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Brains & Beakers: Toying with Engineering


Two recent Stanford graduates are trying to get more girls interesting in technology — by embedding it in dollhouses. The founders of Roominate, Alice Brooks and Bettina Chen, took the concept of building toys for girls to a whole new level by adding wires and generators.

Brains and Beakers: Secrets Of Science Reporting

Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal has been called “the perfect modern reporter.” He’s written for The New York Times, Wired, and is now a senior editor of the Atlantic magazine, where he runs their technology section. He recently joined us at Brains and Beakers, Youth Radio’s regular gathering where we hear from some of the biggest scientific thinkers, right here in our…

Brains and Beakers: Rapping on Science

A couple years ago I wrote a song about geography to the tune of Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream. I still remember every single word of that song… too embarrassing to actually write here, but it helped me pass my test. Music can help with learning and memory and can be used as a tool in the classroom. That’s one reason why educator and rapper, Tom McFadden, is bringing battle raps to science class. He created a curriculum to teach middle and high school students how to write raps about important scientific concepts.

Brains and Beakers: Gamifying Air Pollution


Could video games save the environment? Maybe with the right video game, and that’s what Greg Niemeyer is trying to build. Niemeyer specializes in digital art, and his most recent work focuses on games that seek and support cultural change. He’s an assistant professor for new media at UC Berkeley, and presented at the last Brains and Beakers event, Youth Radio’s quarterly science lecture series.

Brains and Beakers: The Color of Green Chemistry

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Your apple-scented shampoo may have a nice, pale green color to it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s “green.” Chemically speaking, that is. Youth Radio’s Brains and Beakers series welcomed Leah Rubin from UC Berkeley’s new green chemistry center to discuss ways to make the dyes in our food and hygiene products healthier for our…