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NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson

March 3, 2021

Katherine Johnson was a very talented African American mathematician. After she graduated from college at age 18, she worked as a teacher before joining NASA. Johnson was known for making careful and accurate calculations, and became known as “the computer.” She was responsible for analyzing the flight trajectory of the Freedom 7 mission, which sent…

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Quarantine Pioneer, Ibn Sina

December 9, 2020

Quarantine isn’t new Quarantine has become a common word in our 2020 vocabulary. Did you know this is a long-established practice for helping stop the spread of illness and disease? Ibn Sina, also known as Avicenna, was a highly influential Persian scientist who lived during the Middle Ages. He was what is known as a…

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Chimpanzee Researcher and activist, Dr. Jane Goodall

October 30, 2020

Chimpanzees are closely related to humans, and British primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall is best known for her research of wild chimpanzees. Learn more about Dr. Goodall on this printable coloring page. Dr. Goodall is a primatologist and anthropologist who studied the social interactions among groups of wild chimpanzees. She first started her 60 year studies…

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Lonnie Johnson Coloring Page

October 1, 2020

Dr. Lonnie Johnson is a mechanical and nuclear engineer. After graduate school, he joined the US Air Force, and later worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Johnson won multiple awards in spacecraft system design, and contributed to the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Mars Observer projects. His most famous invention was the Super…

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Filter Smoke with Duct Fan Bin

September 19, 2020

Smoke from wildfires and dust in the air can make it difficult to breathe sometimes. If you live in a place with lots of particulates (small pieces of matter like smoke, ash, dust, pollen) in the air, you might want a way to remove some of those things from your home. Earlier this week, Ash…

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Box Fan Filter Instructions

September 16, 2020

Why Filter the Air? ScienceWorks is located in Oregon, where we are having some wildfires right now. There is quite a bit of smoke, dust, and soot in the air. Due to the high levels of particulates (small pieces of solids in the atmosphere) outdoors, most people are trying to stay inside. Breathing too many…

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Turn Your Room Into a Camera Obscura

August 19, 2020

What is a camera obscura? While it might have “camera” in its name, a camera obscura is actually more like a projector. It is a device used by using a dark room or box and adding a small hole in one wall which will let light in. The light that travels through the aperture (the…

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DNA Photographer Rosalind Franklin

July 28, 2020

DNA Photographer: Spotlight Scientist Rosalind Franklin was born in London in 1920, and decided by age 15 that she wanted to be a scientist. Rosalind was known for her logic, intellectual debate, and keen sense of humor. She studied at Newnham College, one of two schools for women at Cambridge University. Even during World War…

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Mars 2020 Video Series

July 21, 2020

Welcome, Mars fans! Later this summer, NASA will launch the Mars Rover Perseverance. Since ancient times, humans have been fascinated with Mars. It has earned the nickname of The Red Planet, and has been the setting for countless science fiction stories. Why Explore Mars? Mars is thought to be the most Earth-like planet in our…

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Engineering: Spotlight on Willie Klassen

July 13, 2020

Engineers design and make many of the objects around us. Willie Klassen is an engineer who works at Schilling Robotics. Learn more about how Willie became an engineer, some of his favorite things about engineering, and what you can do if you are interested in a career in engineering. Underwater Robotic Submarines Willie helps build…

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