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Online resources:

  • Google doc with a collection of online resources outside of Purdue University 

Superheroes of Science 

Superheroes of Science is a Purdue University College of Science program that highlights STEM content, provides professional development opportunities for science teachers, and delivers learning experiences for students.

Visit the Superheroes of Science page for more details. 


YouTube Channel: Purdue University Superheroes of Science

  • Season 1: 2019

    • In the first season of Superheroes of Science, we did not take video. These are audio-only with a splash screen.
      • Darryl Granger, discusses cosmogenic nuclides, caving, radioactive dating, and the scientific method. Video, Worksheet
      • Dan Cziczo explains aerosols, the hole in the ozone layer, CFC, air particles, and clouds. Video, Worksheet

      • BioGeoChemist Lisa Welp discusses carbon cycle, CHONPS, carbon sink, isotopes used as tracers in water and her career path. Video, Worksheet
      • Robin Tanamachi studies severe storms using radar and discusses XTRRA, and 3-cm X-band radar. Video, Worksheet
      • Chris Andronicos discusses the geology of Oman, studying rocks at archaeology sites, copper-aluminum alloys that should not exist, outcrops, and petrographic microscope, and Brunton compass.  Video, Worksheet
      • Dan Chavas explains Global Climate Models, weather, climate, planetary sciences and communicating research. Video, Worksheet
  • Season 2: 2020

    • Full-video episodes of interviews with scientists started in January 2020.
      • Robert Nowack discusses seismic waves, sounds of Earthquakes, resonant frequencies, Richter scale, the “bell” of the Earth, and cultural noise. Video, Worksheet
      • Andy Freed explains moon craters, computer modeling, the heat still present in the core of the Moon, moonquakes, tectonics on the moon, and tracing the origin of all elements. Video, Worksheet.
      • Michelle Thompson discusses organic materials on asteroids and comets, airless planets, how we know a rock is or is not a meteor, asteroids, comets, using an Electron microscope, Earth’s new moon, and making them tell you no. VideoWorksheet.
      • Grey Nearing discusses applications of, variables in, and who uses hydrology models. VideoWorksheet

      • Andy Najafiarab discusses the Kentland impact site, building roads, landfills, leachate, karst, and sinkholes. VideoWorksheet 
      • Michael Baldwin explains weather forecasting, Models, El Nino, La Nina, and careers in meteorology. VideoWorksheet 
      • Betsy Parkinson discusses Streptomyces bacteria, why bacteria excrete antibodies, the difference between bacteria and viruses, and the advantage of getting antibiotics from bacteria.  VideoWorksheet
      • Jani Sparks talks about what it is like to analyze samples for Professors at the Purdue Stable Isotope Facility. Jani talks about what a stable isotope is and gives examples of common light, stable isotopes that are analyzed at Purdue.  VideoWorksheet, Edpuzzle
      • Jeffrey Lucas researches animal communication and explains the complexity of vocal cords and social systems. VideoWorksheet
      • Caroline Kostak, Spacesuit Systems Engineer discusses designing a Moonsuit & Lunar Gateway.  VideoWorksheet  
      • Angeline Lyon, Professor of Biochemistry, researches enzymes needed to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.  VideoWorksheet  

 Shared Google folder with guided worksheets for Superheros of Science episodes. 

Submit your science questions to this Google Form or Tweet us your questions @PurdueSOS.

Inspiring Ideas for the  Classroom 

Who was interviewed Date released Topics discussed  YouTube video
Lynn Bryan 01/13/2020 science education research Video
Christopher Roemmele 04/06/2020 designing your lesson plan, using demos Video
Amy Smith 04/22/2020 guided reading e-books, Screencast-o-matic, Zoom ideas Video
Steve Auslander 04/24/2020 Kahoot and Ed Puzzle Video
Troy Simpson 04/29/2020 Twitter, daily attendance, making/posting a video, and Zoom Video
Greg Smith 05/01/2020 Nearpod and Gimkit Video
Sarah McAnulty 05/06/2020 Skype a Scientist program Video
Sarah Chattin 05/08/2020 Zoom,Thinkpad, Phet, and recordings of her doing labs Video
Kristen Poindexter 05/13/2020 SeeSaw to communicate, assign, give feedback, Video
Melissa Newcomb 05/15/20 students creating models at home, Screencastify, Ed Puzzle, Canvas, and YouTube. Video
Tracy Ostrom 05/20/2020 NASA JPL STEM, NASA Digital Badging, GLOBE, and MyNASAData Video
Tami Hicks 05/22/2020 Padlet, Flipgrid, resources for ELL students Video
Kyle Kline 05/29/20 Flipgrid, QR codes with AR, and Screencastify Video
Kierston McKinley 06/04/20 Google Voice, Flipgrid, Google Forms, social-emotional wellness Video
Ryan Bean 06/11/2020 computer science, Scratch and Tinkercad Video
Kerry Sensenbrenner 06/18/2020 Tech Fatigue, Google Slides, Video
Brandy Hicks 06/25/2020 computer science, IDOE resources,, and Video
Dorian Janney 07/02/2020 Project-Based Learning and data literacy from NASA GPM Video
Dana Calfee 07/09/2020 computer science, Microsoft MakeCode, Circuit Playground Express, and Google Sheets Add-on Autocrat Video


Virtual Tours 

Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

  • Purdue Stable Isotope (PSI) Facility  
    • The Purdue Stable Isotope Facility houses 4 isotope ratio mass spectrometers (IRMS), each accompanied by peripheral devices for conversion of various compounds into analyzable gases. We also operate some standalone instrumentation for both concentration and isotopic analysis.
  • Outdoor Rock Display 

    • Immerse yourself in the middle of our outdoor Rock Display in this virtual reality experience. Currently, we have some of the rock samples labeled such as the petrified wood, Fossilized Ripples, Conglomerate rock from Prophet's Rock area, Fossiliferous limestone from IMI Swayzee Quarry. Other samples will be labeled sometime soon.

  • Gold Mine Display 

    • A working draft of the Gold Mine Display is up! We will be updating it with more photos and descriptions. 
  • Solar System Display 

    • A draft of the Solar System display is scene 2 of the Purdue EAPS Hallway Displays. 

Department of Chemistry

  • Professor Corey Thompson Lab 
    • A 360 virtual tour of Professor Corey Thompson's lab. Corey is a solid-state, inorganic chemist. His tour includes 4 different lab scenes and a total of 20 “hot spot” still pictures with descriptions.


Additional Resources 


Lessons, activities and resources!


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