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
Major Hope Klukovich
Maj Hope M. Klukovich is currently assigned to United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) as the Director of Faculty Research/Assistant Professor for the Department of Chemistry. Maj Klukovich attended Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL, and commissioned in 2004. Her first assignment was to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright Patterson AFB, OH where she worked as a fuels chemist. Her next assignment was to USAFA as an instructor of chemistry. Following her assignment at USAFA, Maj Klukovich attended Duke where she was awarded a doctorate in chemistry. Next Maj Klukovich was assigned to the Rocket Propulsion Division of AFRL at Edwards AFB, CA in 2012. In 2014-2015, Maj Klukovich was the Chief of the Air Force Petroleum Agency’s lab at Al Udeid AB, Qatar. She was also a metal finishing chemist and water treatment chemist prior to her military service
Adam teaches 7th grade Life Science in Watts, Los Angeles. Obsessed with insects since birth,he has spent a lifetime exploring how tiny creatures give us big ideas. This is especially helpful in urban settings, where it’s easy to lose touch with the environment we depend on. He deploys his substantial bug zoo to help rebuild that connection. “You can’t ask someone to protect what they don’t love, and you can’t ask someone to love what they don’t know,” says Adam. “Bugs are a means to give students ownership over some small piece of nature, and this fosters a sense of responsibility for the world at large.” Adam’s work on insects –primarily ants- has led to collaborations with Harvard, Duke, Stanford, and NASA Astrobiology- the search for extraterrestrial life. His tales of the people he has met while looking for bugs have brought him to the TEDx stage, and served as the basis for Bug Bites, a kids science show he hosts on PBS and KCET.
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.