USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

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 Read More…  Credited with helping to popularize physics and other fields of science for millions of students worldwide with his futuristic way of presenting these frontiers, Michio Kaku says his explorations into such realms began in childhood when his hero Albert Einstein died.  He was eight when he learned of Einstein’s death, and he remembers…

(Science Question of the Day:  Are you often teased and put down by peers and others because of your love of science or engineering?  So was Ellen.  Read her amazing story of success!) Blasting off into space was once an all-male’s game.  But on the heels of such trailblazers as Sally Ride, engineer and inventor…

Read More… Although dance was among her first loves while growing up in Decatur, Alabama, Mae Jemison also had a high degree of interest in science, particularly space exploration. “I always knew I’d go to space,” she says with a smile. A desire to help others through medicine was also high on her list. With…

Read More… The next time in class that you are contemplating the value of such algebraic equations as x^2 – 20 x + 100 = 81 x , think of Muhammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī and the power he unleashed to scientists, engineers, mathematicians — and everyday people — to solve a wide range of problems…

PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! (Let Us Know Your Comment: In addition to being a brilliant scientist, did you know that Benjamin was also an outspoken critic against the evils of slavery in his day?) Born in 1731, Benjamin Banneker was born in Baltimore County, Maryland  — the son of  free…

Science Question of the Day:  On your road to success in science and engineering, how willing are you to break down, and break through, stereotypes and other obstacles?  Sally was. Read her story! While completing her Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University in 1977, Sally Ride became intrigued by a NASA newspaper ad seeking astronaut…

PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! (Let Us Know Your Comments! Tell us what you think about this story, particularly how David is working to study and save vital fish populations for Native Americans!) Since his teenage years, Native American scientist David Close, (a member of the Cayuse Nation tribe of the…

PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! (Send us your opinion today: How can science and engineering make life better for persons with autism and other learning and physical challenges?  Let us know what you think of Temple’s achievements in the face of autism!) Because of autism, Temple Grandin was not able to…

PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! (Send us your opinion today: What are the challenges faced by NASA engineers and scientists in keeping the Space Station and its astronauts safe from harmful bacteria, viruses and other nasty microbes?  Tell us what you think of Monserrate’s contributions!) Microbiology may not come to your…

  PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! (Tell Us What You Think:  What are some of the science and engineering skills that Lonnie used to invent the Super Soaker?  He proves that science can be TOTALLY fun!) It seems that Lonnie Johnson was born to be an engineer.  Growing up in Mobile,…