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Purdue University Superheroes of Science

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

YouTube Channel: Purdue University Superheroes of Science

 

Mondays: STEM content (25-35 minutes)

Link to Season 2 playlist: https://bit.ly/SOS_season2 

Tune in every Monday when we release new interviews with scientists and STEM professionals. These episodes are directed towards middle and high school students and teachers. Each episode includes STEM-related content and serves to inform students about potential STEM careers. Do you have an idea or a question that you (or your students) would like to ask a STEM professional? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter (we are @PurdueSOS) and we’ll do our best to find someone to provide an answer on a future episode. 

Interviews


Interviews with scientists and STEM professionals
Who was interviewed Date released Topics discussed Link to YouTube video Link to the audio podcast Link to worksheet
Tiffany Lyle 11/16/2020

 The blood-brain barrier,  metastatic tumors, and drug therapy

Video Audio
Erica Carlson 11/09/2020

How electrons can demonstrate states of matter

Video Audio
Catherine Searle 11/02/2020

Native and invasive species, and disease ecology

Video Audio
Chris Uyeda 10/26/2020

Catalysts, catalytic reactions, and transition metals

Video Audio
Seema Mattoo 10/19/2020

Discovering proteins and searching for a treatment to Parkinson’s

Video Audio

 

Tony Rice 10/05/2020

Blue Moon, Blood Moon, Harvest Moon, New Moon, and Why to Learn Coding

Video Audio

 Worksheet

Colin Gray 09/28/2020

User Experience, Dark Patterns

Video Audio 

 

Ali Bramson 09/14/2020

Ice on Mars,  what defines a planet, what types of planets are there, and the Earth’s tilt.

Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Libby Richards 09/08/2020

vaccine development, misconceptions, and the flu shot

Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Clinton Williams 08/24/2020

How treatment plants work, nitrates, parts per billion, measuring zero, purple pipes, groundwater recharge, and water testing. 

Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Matt Kasson and Brian Lovett 08/17/2020 Fungus, symbiosis, zombie cicadas Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Emily Hall 08/10/2020 How oceans absorb carbon dioxide, the oceans’ carbonate system, Red Tide, and Blue Holes Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Don Robison 08/03/2020 seeds from China, Noxious weeds, invasive species, diseases, becoming a certified seed analyst, and the difference in hemp and marijuana Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Mohit Verma 07/27/2020 tested for COVID-19, DNA and RNA, and the processes of transcription and translation Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Dan Dawson 07/13/2020 data of severe storms, Storm chase, Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Dan Cziczo 07/06/2020 Saharan dust storms, aerosol particles, air quality Video

Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Buster Dunsmore

06/29/2020 Computer Science, software engineering career Video Audio
Herman Sintim 06/22/2020 creating leukemia drug compound, process of getting FDA approval Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Gouri Prabhakar 06/15/2020 air pollutants, physical and chemical properties of clouds Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form 

Patrick Taylor 06/08/2020 Earth’s systems, energy balance, Clouds, Climate Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Briony Horgan 06/01/2020 planetary protection, Life on Mars, Perseverance rover, Mars Samples Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Barbara Cohen 05/18/2020 geochronology, Lunar Flashlight, how mass spectrometry works Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

David Thompson 05/11/2020 drug inhibitors, viruses, experimental design Video Audio
David Sanders 05/04/2020 nucleic acids, genetic diseases, modified viruses for gene therapy Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Angeline Lyon 04/27/2020 how enzymes maintain Ca levels in our cells, Biochemistry Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Caroline Kostak 04/20/2020 Spacesuit Systems Engineer, designing a Moonsuit, moondust and space station Lunar Gateway. Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Jeffrey Lucas 04/13/2020 animal communication, Chickadee Video Audio

Worksheet 

Google Form

Mike Reppert 03/30/2020 photosynthesis, understanding green plants, algae and cyanobacteria, biophysics, spectroscopy, Video Audio

Worksheet 

Google Form

Jani Sparks 03/23/2020 stable isotopes, CHONS, Spectrometer, Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Birgit Kaufmann 03/16/2020 quantum computing, synthesizing a material found on the wings of butterflies, mathematician Video Audio
Andy Freed 03/09/2020 moon craters, computer modeling, heat in the moon, tectonics on the moon, origin of all elements Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Michelle Thompson 03/02/2020 organic materials on asteroids and comets, meteorites Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Grey Nearing 02/24/2020 machine learning, hydrology models, Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Andrew Najafiarab 02/17/2020 geology of the Kentland meteor impact site, road building Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Michael Baldwin 02/10/2020 meteorology, weather models, El Nino, La Nina Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Betsy Parkinson 02/03/2020 Streptomyces bacteria. soils, antibiotics Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Robert Nowack 01/27/2020 Earthquakes, waves, Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Gustavo Rodriguez-Rivera 01/06/2020 Computer Science, neural networks and artificial intelligence Video Audio
Robin Tanamachi 12/16/2019 radar technology, the movie Twister, Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Chris Andronicos 12/09/2019 geology, new minerals, field geologist Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Lisa Welp 12/02/2019 carbon and water cycles, and how plants respond to extra CO2 in the atmosphere Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Dan Cziczo 11/25/2019 aerosols, the hole in the ozone layer, and CFCs Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Dan Chavas 09/16/2019 weather and climate, hurricanes, severe weather, and tornadoes Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Darryl Granger 08/26/2019 cosmogenic nuclides, caving, radioactive dating, and the scientific method Video Audio

Worksheet

Google Form

Corey Thompson 08/22/19 Professor of Chemistry, Corey Thompson, discusses how he got into the field of solid-state chemistry. Video Audio

 

Thursdays: Teacher Professional Development (20-30 minutes)

Link to Season 2 playlist: https://bit.ly/SOS_TeacherS2

Thursdays are for teachers! We like to think of these episodes as attending a virtual session at a conference. Our goal is to provide resources “by teachers, for teachers” on what is being done (and working well!) in the classroom right now.   

Teacher Professional Development Videos
Who was interviewed Date released Topics discussed YouTube video
Sarah and Steven 09/25/20 Tips on writing grants Video
Sarah and Steven 09/10/20 Why and how to make a Bitmoji Classroom Video
Bill, Sarah, Steven 09/03/20 How to turn your in-person labs into virtual labs for students Video
Sarah 09/01/20 How to copy a Google Form, set up a Google Sheet for that Form, and organize the files in Drive Video
Sarah, Steven, and Bill 08/27/20 Science fair rubrics and timelines Video
Sarah, Steven, and Bill 08/20/20

Constructing Explanations from Evidence and Communicating Conclusions

Video
Sarah, Steven, and Bill 08/13/20 Independent and Dependent Variables  Video
Sarah and Steven 08/06/20 Teaching students to ask researchable questions Video
Sarah and Steven 07/30/20 How to teach Nature of Science and ‘the’ scientific method Video 
Sarah Nern 07/23/20

over 200 free virtual labs from Vernier

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

 

 

Resources from Inspiring Ideas episodes:

Questions and variables:

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Science fair and Science Symposium:

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 Science Fair Rubric      Science Symposium RUBRIC

Student Programs

Fridays: Virtual lab experiences for students

Link to the landing page

Superheroes of Science is excited to begin offering virtual lab experiences for students at all levels (Elementary, Middle, and High School)! Beginning Fall 2020 we will be kicking off the following initiatives:

 

Purdue Science Kids Degree (Elementary) Coming January 2021 

We are creating grade level playlists of videos (3-5 minutes). Each video will be appropriate for students and include standards-based content with ideas for activities that students can complete at home. Students will have the option to complete a quiz (Google Form) at the end of each video where they will earn a code. Collect 10 codes and be eligible to earn a ‘degree’ from Purdue Science Kids. This program can be completed individually by students, or together as a class depending on teacher preference.

  

Science Friday at Purdue (Middle and High School)

Beginning Fall 2020 we are expanding our AP Friday program (established over the last three years) to include more labs for more grade levels. Additionally, we are moving these labs online. Each lab will include links to a lecture video where students will hear from a Purdue faculty or staff member, lab video of the procedure (students will be our virtual lab partner) including data that is collected, link to student lab handout, and instructions for teachers to access answer keys for each lab in addition to lesson plans. 

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

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