Science Super Heroes
In celebration of Science Channel’s 20th Anniversary we will be launching Science Super Heroes, crowning individuals each month who have used science to make a difference in their community. We at Science Channel know science is everywhere and used everyday. 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 both on air and online the first Thursday of every month!
This Month’s Winners
Jon Mullen was born in Nepal, adopted into an American Family as an infant, and then managed to grow up all over the world until age 15. Being homeschooled, he had plenty of time to spend exploring the planet around him. He maintains his deep passion for science.Jon began his teaching career in South America. Then it was on to Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina, where he is the Science Lab teacher for 700 kids aged 5-10. Jon wants his students to experience a sense of awe each time they leave his classroom. He wants them to understand their grave responsibility to take care of our world. He wants them to ask questions, and to think critically. “If they’re not talking about science class at the dinner table, I haven’t done my job,” he says.Ask him and he’ll tell you he has the best job on the planet.
Alexandra Kuechenberg is an interdisciplinary artist, technologist, and Creative Director at the Frost Science Museum. Her projects are built around emerging interactive media technologies and are driven by her fascination with human perception. From 2006-2012 Alexandra led the design and development of numerous artworks for renowned light and space artist James Turrell. Her work for Turrell inspired her to explore alternate avenues of communicating the wonders of perception to wide audiences. In 2012 she founded the creative studio TO:SEE, a Miami based research and design practice. TO:SEE’s mission is to facilitate collaborative development of non-invasive technologies that facilitate authentic human and environmental connection. Since 2013, she has been building programs, exhibits and experiences for Miami’s new Frost Science Museum, set to open in Spring 2017. Alexandra holds a terminal degree in creative technology from NYU’s Interactive Technology Program and uses light as a jump rope.
Douglas Robinson is a cell biologist who investigates how cells control their shapes for normal human health. His lab initially uses a model organism Dictyostelium to discover fundamental concepts and then applies these insights to human diseases, including cancer and lung disease. Doug’s lab has also built an outreach initiative for high school students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Based on the success of the high school program, Doug and his colleagues then created a pipeline effort called the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine (CSM). So far, CSM has served over 100 students from high school through postbaccalaureate levels. 100% of the high schoolers have matriculated into 4-year colleges, and some of the first group of postbaccalaureate students were just accepted into MD and MD/PhD programs. CSM’s overarching goal is to create opportunity for scholars to achieve success independent of socioeconomic background.
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.