What’s Shaking

The Raspberry Shake is not a new type of smoothie, but a new tool for detecting earthquakes and other seismic activity. Developed by a startup in Panama, the Raspberry shake is a powerful tool for people interested in earthquakes and citizen science. The Raspberry Shake, designed initially as a maker project for home use, has… Continue reading What’s Shaking

Dragonfly Robot

Nanotechnology Nanotechnology is the science, engineering, and technology at the molecular level, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.  At Duke University, bio-medical engineers have created a robot shaped like a dragonfly with a soft body that operates without electronics. This miniature robot is driven by air pressure through microchannels in its hydrogel body. DraBot, as… Continue reading Dragonfly Robot

Inside the Box

Gitanjali Rao’s Epione Gitanjali Rao, an award-winning inventor, was 13 years old when a family friend became addicted to her prescription opioid drugs. She learned that over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 suffer from some form of addiction to prescription drugs. Also, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, over 130… Continue reading Inside the Box

Fighting Opioid Addiction

Gitanjali Rao Invents a Medical Diagnostic Tool “One of our family friends became addicted to prescription opioids after a car accident,” says Gitanjali Rao, an award-winning inventor. The friend’s doctor had prescribed opioid painkillers to ease her suffering. As happens all too often, Gitanjali discovered, the friend mistakenly took too much of her prescription and… Continue reading Fighting Opioid Addiction

Book Review: A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM

How do some people accomplish so much? TIME magazine’s first-ever Kid of the Year, Gitanjali Rao, gives us a glimpse of her techniques in A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM: 5 Steps to Problem Solving for Students, Educators, and Parents. As with everything she does, Gitanjali Rao delivers a great guide to the innovation process. … Continue reading Book Review: A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM

Dasia Taylor and Her Color Changing Sutures

Why did Dasia Taylor spend hours after school in the chemistry lab juicing beets? The high school junior was inventing a way to reduce the infections that often result from surgery in developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries, about 11% of surgical wounds develop an infection, according to the World Health Organization. This infection… Continue reading Dasia Taylor and Her Color Changing Sutures

Hello World

Explore the world. Nearly everything is interesting if you go into it deeply enough. –Richard Feynman Welcome! Welcome to my Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) blog! If you’re interested in what is going on in STEM, this blog may be a place for you. I’m a science teacher writing on what I learn about… Continue reading Hello World