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“Hidden Figures” Is Getting A Lot Of Hollywood Buzz, But Don’t Forget About The Book

Type "scientist" into Google and what images do you find? As author Margot Lee Shetterly would describe it, the results are pretty pale. They are "mostly male. Usually white." But the Virginia writer knew this convention to be false. She grew up surrounded by blacks in STEM. Her father spent 40 years working in NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Her aunts and uncles overwhelmingly made their way into engineering and technology. To Shetterly, "the face of science was brown like mine."  It makes sense, then, that her first book, "Hidden Figures," was sparked by a visit home, when her father casually mentioned that her former Sunday school teacher, Kathleen Land, worked for NASA as a mathematician. Shetterly, 47, followed that thread and spent the next several years... Read More →

#HipHopEd = Science Mixed With Rap For An Ultimate Battle Of Skills

I defy gravity/I am stronger than any force/I am Brooklyn" This isn't a verse from one of Jay Z's latest records, but rather the first lines from a high school student's entry in the Science B.A.T.T.L.E.S. competition.  Students from nine New York City schools competed in June, part of a network of student rap contests that marry verbal dexterity with concepts from plate tectonics to Pluto.  These aren’t lectures but true competitions—students in Oakland, California, rapped about whether Rosalind Franklin was ripped off by James Watson and Francis Crick in their discovery of the architecture of DNA. Stage names were welcome—one student performed as "Double R Bars." Teachers encouraged adolescents to be energetic and creative as they rhymed lyrics on stage in front of family... Read More →
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