i-9dc84d4d9156dccb30d5f62466b4219a-swblocks.jpgRemember Bill Nye the Science Guy, that television popularizer of science for kids? Maybe it’s time to give him an update and a facelift. That’s the goal of Susan the Scientist, a project of Dr. Susan Reslewic, who is launching a new blog, myspace, and youtube presence to (in her words):

teach ‘citizen science’ to kids and curious adults using music and objects in our local households to conduct simple experiments online. The idea is to make science both hip, simple, and most importantly fun. We hope to build this project and message making this available, free online this coming year.

Here’s a look at one of her videos:

Good luck to Susan. I think we all know that a hip, young woman science popularizer would be a Very. Good. Thing.


  1. #1 dean
    May 7, 2009


    I lover her clear and direct explanations. I’ve long believed that one of the off-putting features of science (in my area, math/stat) education comes from the stilted writing style, and specialized language, the disciplines live by. The ability to cut through the technical jargon at this level is great – I hope she finds success with this.


  2. #2 D. C. Sessions
    May 7, 2009

    About time. It seems like we go through long droughts between generations of “TV Junior Science” and it’s a shame.

    I was lucky enough to have Don Herbert back in the day, and double-lucky to have his second run when my kids were little. Maybe it’s just the echoes of my personal Big Bang, but the original series (black and white though it was) seemed a bit more exciting than the later one. Then again, it was a lot more low-budget and thus more accessible.

    I hope she can keep up with the “household objects” aspect. I’m hoping to have someone continue the tradition for my hoped-for grandchildren and I’m not sure I’m up to it personally.

  3. #3 Lilian Nattel
    May 7, 2009

    Definitely great–I have 2 daughters.

  4. #4 Physicalist
    May 7, 2009

    Susan the Scientist is awesome! Thanks for bringing her to my attention. (And Bill Nye was (is) definitely way cool too!)

  5. #5 ambivalent academic
    May 7, 2009


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