Friday, March 31, 2023
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
- Where do you find them?
- What textures do they have?
- What colors do they come in?
Friday, March 24, 2023
- The founding of Moderna
- A job at BioNTech
- And the work that went into creating the COVID vaccine
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Monday was the first official day of spring, according to the calendar. But spring, it seems, comes in fits and starts - at least this year. We had warm days that enticed daffodils to push up from the soil, followed by icy days. I could hang laundry outside to dry one day, and build snowpeople the next.
This is the time of year when we say: what a difference a week makes! Check out these photos - from the woods road near my house. They are taken a week apart. The one on the left from March 13, the one on the right taken March 20th.
Once spring gets started, it's on a roll. Snow and ice melt, water trickles down into gullies, tinkling musically as it gathers and falls from rock to rock. Chickadees are changing their tune; robins are everywhere.
Friday, March 17, 2023
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
One of the patterns people find frequently in nature is a spiral. Ammonites (extinct marine mollusks) had a coiled external shell. Perhaps you know some other mollusks with coiled shells? You can find spirals hidden in many plants: in the uncurling fern leaves, head of a sunflower, and curling dried leaves of grass.
This week, head out on a Pattern Walk. In addition to spirals, you might find lines and stripes...
Monday, March 13, 2023
But here’s the thing: even as the guys were inventing flying machines and phones, women were building airplanes and bridges. And seriously, would a man ever even think of inventing a dishwashing machine?
Women have long contributed to our history as rulers, pirate queens, explorers, political leaders, artists, composers, musicians, scientists, engineers, doctors … Too often their contributions were overlooked, overshadowed, or simply erased from the history books.
So for the rest of this month I will be posting reviews of books about women who have contributed to the STEM fields. If you are looking for books to share in a classroom or to read at home with your kids, check out my “Women in STEM” page – the link is at the top of the blog. I’ve curated a list of books that I’ve reviewed here on Archimedes or elsewhere, along with some reviews by colleagues. There are picture books and books for older readers.
And, hey – if you come across a great book about a STEM woman, let me know so I can add it to the list.
Friday, March 10, 2023
Wednesday, March 8, 2023