There’s a big push underway at Georgia Tech to get more minority students into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – the four subjects better known as the STEM fields.
Tech has partnered with three Atlanta public high schools with the goal of doing just that through a program called Project ENGAGES.
ENGAGES is a competitive and intense high school science education program. Students involved in the program receive 12 months of research experience – which includes working full-time in Georgia Tech labs in the summer and 15 hours a week during the school year.
The Sumatran tiger once roamed vast stretches of the jungle on the Southeast Asian island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Now the big cat is classified as critically endangered – on the brink of extinction.
The clouded leopard is in a similar battle for its life. The smallest of South Asia’s big cats, it once claimed a vast territory that stretched from the Himalayan foothills to the forests of the mainland into China.
2014 has proved to be another busy year for both City Cafe and the city of Atlanta. Our reporting has taken us to rooftops, through forests, and into the lives of seemingly ordinary folks with extraordinary stories. As this year ends and the new one begins, we present some of our favorite features of '14.
If it weren’t for the sign just outside the entrance to the Podponics farm, you might wonder if you’d gotten the address wrong.
As you pull into the lot, the scene most resembles an industrial truck yard. Airplanes are rushing overhead, taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson, just a few miles away. And the 11 acres of land in front of you are mostly empty, with exception of a few dozen shipping containers, stacked two levels high in the middle of the lot.
Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 6:32 pm
It's not everyday that a world famous climate scientist gets himself arrested in front of the White House. But that's exactly what happened to James Hansen in 2011 as part of a protest against the Keystone Pipeline.
In the 1980s it was Hansen's highly respected work that helped people realize that the climate change we humans were driving was real — and really dangerous.
Here's a story of technology helping a musician overcome adversity. When Jason Barnes lost his right arm in 2012, that might have been the end of his drumming career. But Professor Gil Weinberg at Georgia Tech's Center for Musical Technology has built Jason a robotic arm. Now, he can not only play the drums again, but the prosthesis will collaborate with him while he does.
To many it’s known as the Fernbank Telescope, but it’s actual name is the Dr. Ralph L. Buice, Jr. Observatory. It hosts a telescope that’s nearly three feet across under a large white dome that opens to the night sky. It’s the largest telescope in the southeastern United States and the Fernbank Science Center has free observations a couple of evenings a week, weather permitting. You can find out more here.
Despite trying to close a projected $73 million dollar budget hole, it looked like the DeKalb County School Board was going to spare the Fernbank Science Center.
That changed today when the board decided to consider cutting about $3 million from the Center’s budget.
“Fernbank would remain open and would still be a science center that has a core educational mission of hands on science education for children,” said DeKalb spokesman Walter Woods. “But it would have a reduced budget.”