Writing Science



After studying learning and behavior in ants, bees and cockroaches I put everything I learned to the test by teaching children. My science-teaching career includes a handful of years in the high school classroom, a dozen years of doing homeschooling science on the kitchen counter and in the garden, and since then a number of science and writing workshops for schools and homeschool groups.

I still do science. During the summer I keep track of the native bees pollinating the flowers and vegetables in the garden. I still stop to watch ants, follow woolly bears, and see what’s living under the stones. I look at snowflakes under a magnifying lens and leave rubber bands outside overnight in below-freezing temperatures to see if they still stretch in the morning.

Since 1997 I’ve been writing my column “Archimedes’ Notebook” in Ithaca Child for parents exploring science with their children. You can find the current article in print here.

My articles for children:


ChoosingSides, Are Animals Right- or Left-Pawed?” Highlights, December 2016

What’s theBuzz”, Odyssey magazine Nov/Dec 2014. City bees use plastic in their nests.


“Build a Nest Box”, Odyssey magazine online edition, Nov/Dec 2014. Citizen scientists build bee nest boxes

"ReallyFast Food", Highlights Magazine, May 2014. It takes only a second for some animals to catch their dinner.


"Counting on Bees", Ranger Rick, June/July 2011. A profile of a 10-year old girl who is helping scientists track biodiversity of wild bee pollinators.

“Dancing with the Stars”, Ranger Rick, November 2010. How animals communicate everything from love to territory to where the choices food is, using dance and displays.

“Ladybug Detective”,  Ranger Rick, May 2009. A profile of a 10-year old boy who is helping Cornell researchers search for a ladybug species that might be going extinct.

“Bizzie Beez”, Wild Outdoor World, May/June 2001. About the biodiversity of native bee pollinators.

“Toby’s Fossils”, Boy’s Quest, April/May 2001. How ancient sea shells ended up on the hilltops of NY.

Invite Ants to Lunch”, Ranger Rick, July 1998. Hands-on exploration of how ants recruit their worker-friends to collect food and carry it back to the nest.

“Farming Before the Mayflower”, Cobblestone, November 1994. Pre-Columbian farming in the northeast United States.

“A Three-Sisters Garden”, Cobblestone, November 1994. How to grow your own Native American raised-bed garden or traditional corn, beans and squash.