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Growing STEM in the Southeast

The Southern Education Desk posted an article this morning about the growing trend of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in education. The article highlighted a particular element, a STEM Academy, which...

by Heather Neal | May 10, 2012
Mayim Bialik portrays Amy Farrah Fowler on the show "The Big Bang Theory".  (Photo: Denise Herrick Borchert,

Mayim Bialik on NPR's Science Friday

On May 4, 2012, actress Mayim Bialik was featured on NPR's Science Friday program. I am a big fan of Bialik - not only does she play a neuroscientist on TV's The Big Bang Theory, she actually is one in real life. In...

by Chrissy Warrilow | May 8, 2012
Photo via WPTV. Photographer: Spencer Platt, Getty Images

Why I’ll Miss Maurice Sendak

My heart sank when I heard the news today that phenomenal children's author Maurice Sendak died this morning at age 83. He’s best known for the classic book “Where the Wild Things Are.” But I have a fondness for him...

by Rosemary Jean-Louis | May 8, 2012

An Extra Thank You! It's National Teacher Appreciation Day

This week educators are getting an extra heap of praise. In addition to being Teacher's Appreciation Week, today is National Teacher Appreciation Day. An extra thank you to you teachers for putting your passion into...

by Rosemary Jean-Louis | May 8, 2012
An interesting feature is detected in the tornado radar signature: an area of light rain, with small raindrops. Photo: CSWR.

Observations from Tornado Research Project

The Washington Post just released new findings from the Center for Severe Weather Research regarding "ribbon" features embedded within tornadic thunderstorms. VORTEX2 is the massive tornado research project that is...

by Chrissy Warrilow | May 7, 2012
Supermoon over Paris on May 5, 2012.  Photo: Flickr user VegaStar Carpentier.

Supermoon and Solar Eclipse

From May Day to Mothers Day to Memorial Day, there's already a lot of activity happening here on Earth within the month of May. Why not add a couple more astronomical dates as well? First up is the "supermoon" that is...

by Chrissy Warrilow | May 7, 2012

In Praise of the Greatest Profession: Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11

Since this is Teacher’s Appreciation Week, I thought what better way to tip my hat off to members of the world’s greatest profession than posting this video of teacher-poet Taylor Mali performing his powerful piece “...

by Rosemary Jean-Louis | May 7, 2012
The entrance to the now closed SciTrek Museum. (Photo: Scott Ehardt,

Summer Science Camps

I'll let you in on a secret..... I've always wanted to go to Summer Space Camp. I wanted to learn all about the rockets, bounce around in the underwater training tank, and stay in the "astronaut bunkers" (really, the...

by Chrissy Warrilow | May 4, 2012
Sign for Marist School's Organic Garden in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo: Marist School Organic Garden's Facebook page)

Farm to Table Movement Enters The Schools

As a high school student, I remember reading Diet For A New America and Fast Food Nation and feeling sick to my stomach, thinking of the atrocities I had ingested from a fast-food joint. Later, in my adult years, I...

by Chrissy Warrilow | May 4, 2012
TeachersPayTeachers is a online marketplace where educators can submit and buy lesson plans and materials from each other.

Should Teachers Make Money From Their Lesson Plans?

In 2011, Georgia kindergarten teacher Deanna Jump earned more than $400,000 - not from her day job but from lesson plans and resources she submitted to TeachersPayTeachers. It’s an online site founded by former New...

by Rosemary Jean-Louis | May 4, 2012

The Avengers vs. Sherlock Holmes: Who Are Your Favorite Superheroes?

This weekend is bliss for superhero lovers like myself. In movie theaters, the epic comic book action film, The Avengers arrives. On Sunday, May 6, the second season of Sherlock Holmes premieres on GPB at 10 p.m. I...

by Rosemary Jean-Louis | May 3, 2012
ORCA, the Oil Recovery and Capture Robot, built by the Kell Robotics Team.  (Photo: Popular Mechanics, Hearst Communications)

Kell HS Robotics Team Builds Whale of a Robot

Kell High School is well known for its athletics, especially since it is the alma mater to NFL Steeler Jonathan Dwyer. But Kell also has a whale of a robotics team, and their invention have been acclaimed all over the...

by Chrissy Warrilow | May 3, 2012