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Barbara Fernandez Going

Postdoctoral Researcher, National Science Foundation in Santa Barbara

Kids into Discovering Science

PRESENTED ON AUG 12, 2015
IN SANTA BARBARA @ VOL 14

Barbara Fernandez Going is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work examines the response of plant communities to spatial and temporal variation in the environment with the overarching goal of trying to predict which plant communities are most vulnerable to global change. She has a passion for science education and is co-founder of Kids into Discovering Science, a K-12 science education program based in Northern California.

Kids into Discovering Science (KiDS) is a growing K-12 science education program with roots in Northern California. The program illustrates the process of discovery and science through fun, hands-on classroom and field activities. Over ten weeks students act as Principal Investigators of a plant growth experiment which serves to illustrate the entire scientific process, from observing nature to collecting data and communicating results. The program year culminates in an all day trip to a local Natural Reserve which reinforces their newly gained scientific literacy, highlights the beauty of biodiversity, and provides a sense of place.

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Discovering Insulin and Charles Best

BY MELINDA BEST
@ VOL 18 ON FEB 21, 2013

Melinda Best tells us about her grandfather, Dr. Charles Best, most widely known for his work in the discovery of insulin. She reflects on Best's work, and the history that he and his partners left behind, using old family photographs and vintage posters from her grandfather's time. 

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Origami Math Genius (OMG)

BY BIJIAN FAN
@ VOL 10 ON JAN 30, 2014

Following a scientific career, BiJian Fan moved on to visual art. He integrated science and art in his creative practice. He developed OMG as a curriculum for integrating art and science in education. 

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Birth of a Science Festival

BY KATE DICKERSON
@ VOL 12 ON APR 11, 2014

Kate Dickerson moved to Bangor in 2002, after she and her husband lived the nomadic life of the academic world. While John followed the trail of physics jobs, Kate worked in all sorts of areas in the environmental field, and they traversed the northern part of the US. They were thrilled to settled down in Maine with their two kids, and have always felt like it was home. In her presentation, Kate takes us down the road that led her to create the Maine Science Festival.

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Innovar a base de reinventarse o… ¿qué es eso de los anticuerpos?

BY ALFREDO CORELL
@ VOL 5 ON JUN 27, 2014

Sobre la capacidad de reinventarse y aprendiendo qué es un anticuerpo

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A GARA COL TEMPO SENZA OROLOGIO – La Percezione del Tempo Negli Animali e Bambini.

BY EVELINA ISOLA
@ VOL 10 ON OCT 31, 2014

This project have been presented to the 12th edition of Genoa Science Festival, as a playful lab for kids. Do animals have perception of the time? According to some scientists, only humans have a real memory, while the other animals have a perception of the time limited or episodic. A different perception of time can have different utilities according to escape strategy, communication or feeding. Time and its perception are not relative only on physics books! This happens in a lot of very small animals, for example the flies that perceive the world with a slow motion effect.

In other species the perception of time is connected to their movement in the space, as in case of dolphin and bats biosonar. Children are conducted in a fascinating “time travel” in their time perceptions, from the perception that themselves have, to try out what other animals fell of time, according to the different utility in the survival strategies.

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Generating STEAM

BY BART TAYLOR
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 25, 2014

Bart Taylor is a robotics and technology high school teacher in Bryan College Station Texas. He discusses the importance of adding an "A" to "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math" (STEM) to generate  STEAM: "Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, and Math."

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Ubu

BY GEORGE PARKER
@ VOL 25 ON OCT 30, 2015

Pataphysicist Ubu, the guardian of the Gym, storms the stage to give the audience an education on the surreal

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Standing on The Sholders of Giants - Discovering a Love for Science

BY NICK LOVE
@ VOL 17 ON NOV 24, 2017

Nick Love shares his passionate love for science. The child whose interest in science grew from watching Bill Nye the Science Guy, he is now the Outreach Coordinator of the Planetary Society, where his role is to build community interest in space science, and the pursuit of space exploration with in its members and the general public.