Science Super Heroes
In celebration of Science Channel’s 20th Anniversary we will be launching Science Super Heroes, crowning individuals each quarter who have used science to make a difference in their community. We at Science Channel know science is everywhere and used every day. It’s in the DNA for progress and possibility. Through Science Super Heroes we are committed to igniting passion for science and encouraging the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and game changers.
Super Heroes will be honored quarterly on-air and online!
This Month’s Winners
Former physics and chemistry schoolteacher, author, and social entrepreneur, Jacqueline Cofield is the founder of J Rȇve International, LLC. Her enterprise targets enhanced learning through STEAM and arts integration, and cross-cultural experiential education. Jacqueline specializes in creating game-changing experiences for educators, students, artists and arts patrons. Her unique programs are designed to bridge cultural and global barriers to humanity, creativity, academic performance, and productivity. She published ‘STEAM+ Arts Integration’ and launched its corresponding conference. An international ambassador, Cofield collaborates globally with leading cultural and educational institutions, visionaries in creative arts and education, and private enterprises. She is also a trilingual multidisciplinary cultural strategist and has lived and studied in 9 countries and traveled to more than 60. Cofield graduated with multiple honors degrees in Education, Communication, and Fine Arts respectively from the City University of New York, University of Southern California, and Tisch School for the Arts at New York University.
Diane Noel has been working with the State of Connecticut Public Health Laboratory (CTDPHL) for over fifteen years and currently serves as Supervisor of the Enterics and Bioterrorism Response departments. During her tenure, her and her team has processed and tested thousands of samples implicated in criminal cases of bioterrorism threats, including the Amerithrax attack in the fall of 2001. She continues her role in educating clinical laboratorians on improving their capacity in identifying potential dangerous pathogens while they are on the bench, as well as increasing outreach to First Responders and other key players (i.e. state and federal agencies) to demonstrate the evolving responsibilities of the Public Health Laboratory as new biological threats emerge. Prior to her work at CTDPHL, she had over twenty years working as a clinical microbiology supervisor at both the hospital and reference clinical laboratory level.
Daniel McKinney is a passionate science educator with over 16 years of classroom experience teaching a broad spectrum of subjects including Physics, Biology, Astronomy, Marine Biology, and Agriculture. He also has over a decade of experience as a professional development designer and facilitator working primarily in beginning teacher mentoring and science instructional design. He is currently employed at Santa Rosa Academy in Menifee, California where he teaches Physics, Astronomy, and Environmental Science. He also develops workshops with the California Science Project at the University of California Riverside that integrate modern physics research into contemporary physics classrooms. Doctor McKinney focuses on dynamic hands-on instruction and active engagement to make science and critical thinking real and lifelong practices for his students. It is his sincere belief that education remains the most powerful and empowering resource a person can possess and is an effective means of promoting positive social change.
With a continued dedication to promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to students everywhere, Discovery Communications partners with nonprofit US2020, which seeks to to dramatically scale the number of STEM professionals mentoring and teaching students through hands-on projects, with a focus on girls and underrepresented minorities.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges they face. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls. At Girls Inc., girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through its Science family of journals, AAAS has individual members in more than 91 countries around the globe. Membership is open to anyone who shares our goals and belief that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can help solve many of the challenges the world faces today. You can lend your support to our efforts on behalf of scientists, engineers, educators, and students everywhere by becoming a member. Together we can make a difference: Join Us.
Iridescent’s mission is to create and deliver powerful science, engineering and technology education to help underprivileged children and youth develop: Curiosity to learn how things around us work; Creativity to try new ideas; Perseverance to keep improving and developing their ideas. We are an education non-profit that trains professional engineers, scientists, and parents to deliver cutting-edge STEM education to underserved girls, children and their families. Over the past seven years, we’ve trained more than 3,500 mentors and engaged more than 60,000 participants in our programs.
DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. We’re a supportive community for girls driven by an interest in creating and building with technology. DIY Girls uses a three-pronged program approach that integrates engagement, capacity building, and continuity to ensure girls’ success. We offer after-school and in-school programs, as well as workshops that provide hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) experiences for girls. Girls learn technical skills and apply them by creating their own creative projects and inventions. DIY Girls has reached over 1200 girls in Los Angeles since 2012.
Mouse is a national youth development nonprofit that believes in technology as a force for good. Mouse empowers all students to create with technology to solve real problems and make meaningful change in our world. Mouse is committed to creating more diversity in STEM and opening opportunities for students from underserved communities across the country.