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Exploring the World of Science and Engineering

posted on January 13, 2014

Exploring the World of Science and Engineering

Have you ever pondered how NASA ensures what they send into space is really safe for the environment? Erick Ordoñez is a materials engineer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, who does this every day and has truly mastered a work-life balance. His story is sure to entice any student who has ever had aspirations of becoming an astronaut or being involved in the exciting world of NASA and outer space in any way! In this video from Design Squad Nation, Ordoñez talks about the connections between his work, hobbies and approach to life. Who ever thought salsa dancing could go hand in hand with making sure the materials NASA sends into space are problem-free? (Grades: 4-8) Check it out HERE

You most likely remember Mayim Bialik as the title role in the lovable 1990s television sitcom, Blossom. Or perhaps you know her from her current Emmy-nominated turn as Amy Farrah Fowler on the television show The Big Bang Theory. But do you know her as Mayim Bialik, neuroscientist and Ph.D.? In this video profile from NOVA scienceNOW: The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers, Bialik discusses her long-held fascination with science and her double life as a neuroscientist. She explains that during her time on Blossom, a biology tutor inspired her to fall in love with science and pursue her science interests. Now she is a powerful role model for women as not only a successful child star turned adult actress, but also as a prominent force in the male dominated field of neuroscience. All because of the inspiration she received from a teacher! (Grades: 6-12) Check it out HERE



Tags: careers education educators engineering science STEM teachers

Subjects: Guidance/CareersScience & Technology


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