Valeria ( quetevala ) has been working at the New York Hall of Science for almost 10 years. Now she’s in college is studying to become a mechanical engineer. Although it is a male dominated field, Valeria is confident that she will succeed and inspire girls to get involved in STEM.
On Friday August 22, 2014 the Explainer Blog Team took a trip to Tumblr Headquarters! Having never gone before, we were all super excited to meet the staff and get some insight.
We met Katherine Barna, Betsy Cannon, Sarah Henochowicz and Janice Chang. These women told us about their backgrounds and how they attained jobs at Tumblr. It was super inspirational to hear their stories!
As a team we had many questions about how to create a more beneficial blog for our readers and we got a lot of advice that we are excited to use. Our tumblr experience was topped off with goodies and a tour of the Headquarters!
We look forward to planning a better experience for our readers and if you have any suggestions, please feel free to message us!
Yessenia points out the difference between young boys and girls going into science.
See her full video here: http://youtu.be/63G1RtkWeMo
Science Needs Women:
For Women in Science; the L’Oreal Foundation
I’m sharing this video on any platform I can because when I first found it last week it had something like 1,400 views, but it’s the most beautifully produced and succinctly narrated video addressing some of the most complicated issues facing women in STE(A)M fields I’ve found yet.
I’m sharing this for every time I’m called a “feminazi.”
…for every time I’m told that my concerns aren’t valid, our that our issues are imagined.
…for every time I hear “women just don’t like science,” or worse - “women just aren’t good at science.”
…for every time we’re told that we can have a family or a career, but not both - and for every time we feel like we have to decide between the two.
…and because we need more women mentors in these fields to stand up for issues that are not “women’s issues” - these are people issues that affect our collective society as a whole.
The women in this video are my heroes and they should be your heroes, too.
Science needs women.
Important and inspiring.
Broken bones heal pretty well on their own. The only thing doctors really have to do is set the two pieces in line to ensure the bones grow back at the right angle. But certain injuries or defects leave too wide of a gap for new bone cells to fill in.
At Hogwarts, injuries like these would require Skele-Gro, the magical potion from the Harry Potter universe that’s known for it’s dreadful taste, and it’s ability to regrow “vanished or lost” bones. To regrow bones in the real world, our best technique been bone grafting. This process involves taking bone from a different part of the patient’s body and using it to fill in the gap.
This method doesn’t always work. Grafts don’t allow us to fit the complex shapes that bones come in, and sometimes the grafts don’t take. It’s still waiting on FDA approval, but thankfully, the newest method to regrow bone doesn’t involve a potion of any kind.
This idea relies on a biodegradable sponge seeded with human bone cells. Once the memory foam is formed into the proper size and shape, it is fit into the gap. It serves as a scaffold for the healthy bone to grow, but disappears once it’s replaced by solid bone.
It’s years away, but this biodegradable sponge could be a huge boost for reconstructive surgery.
Learn to code while playing Minecraft
“Our goal is to teach kids computer science while they’re having fun.”
Add Tactile Picture Books to the list of cool things 3-D printers can do. We’ve all experienced picture books with textured patches for itty bitty kiddie hands to graze over while they glance at the pictures and listen to the story. But not everyone has been able to have the same experiences. Until now, visually impaired children were left out of the picture part of picture books.
Thanks to the emerging technology of 3-D printing, classic storybooks like Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Goodnight Moon have become more accessible. The 2-D pictures in those storybooks have been run through a 3-D printer, resulting in the sculpted scenes pictured above.
Now that the 3-D printed images sit alongside the braille words, visually impaired readers can engage in picture book reading in a whole new way. The future of this technology hopes to put the power in the hands of the parent who would be able to snap a photo of a 2-D page, send it to a printer, and produce their own Tactile Picture Book for their own kids.