Exploring the World of Science & Engineering

PBS Learning Media takes a behind-the-scenes look at the daily life of actual scientists and engineers for grades 4-8 and 6-12.  As well as spending “A Day in the Life of a NASA Engineer,” you and students might be surprised to see some familiar faces, including television star turned neuroscientist Mayim Biyalik.  There’s also a companion collection from NOVA.A Day in the Life of a NASA Engineer:

Have you ever pondered about how NASA ensures what they send into space is really safe for the environment? Erick Ordoñez is a materials engineer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama who does this every day and has truly mastered a work-life balance. His story is sure to entice any student who has ever had aspirations of becoming an astronaut or being involved in the exciting world of NASA and outer space in any way! In this video from Design Squad Nation, Ordoñez talks about the connections between his work, hobbies and approach to life.  (Grades: 4-8)

Meet Actress Turned Neuroscientist Mayim Bialik:

You most likely remember Mayim Bialik as the title role in the lovable 1990s television sitcom, Blossom. Or perhaps you know her from her current Emmy-nominated turn as Amy Farrah Fowler on the television show The Big Bang Theory. But do you know her as Mayim Bialik, neuroscientist and Ph.D.? In this video profile from NOVA scienceNOW: The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers, Bialik discusses her long-held fascination with science and her double life as a neuroscientist. She explains that during her time on Blossom, a biology tutor inspired her to fall in love with science and pursue her science interests. Now, she is a powerful role model for women as not only a successful child star turned adult actress, but also as a prominent force in the male dominated field of neuroscience. And all because of the inspiration she received from a teacher! (Grades: 6-12)

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