Wednesday, October 29, 2014

World's largest wind tunnel

Hello World!
The other day I had the opportunity to tour the world's largest wind tunnel! It was quite a sight!

You might wonder what the purpose of such a large wind tunnel is, besides of course, generating mass amounts of wind... I learned that new airplanes get tested for their aerodynamics (ensuring your safety), old airplanes, such as the Wright brothers plane (replica) was tested for its aerodynamic design, and other objects that fly get tested here, such as the Mars Rover parachutes. The ability to test an object provides both knowledge and the ability to see if it would work as designed, before a catastrophic failure or to maximize performance. I know the team who worked at the wind tunnel (from the director to the interns) loved their job. Pretty cool!

(Photo from YouTube of car in wind tunnel testing)

Here are some neat sites I found where you can learn more, learn the math behind aerodynamics, and even make your own (virtual) wind tunnel to test your ideas! 

Have a windyfull day ;)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NASA nails

Hello World!
I recently attended the 75th anniversary of NASA Ames research center and spotted these fabulous nails at the event! I just love when fashion and science go together. 

I also loved seeing around 120K or so people come out to support STEM! From Mars rovers to industry partners to the mass gathering of 150 food trucks, there was something for everyone. My favorite was the world's largest wind tunnel (to be posted). For more about Ames and what they do, (and some cool opportunities!) check out
It is exciting to be in STEM, you create what your future holds! 

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Hello World!
I hope you are doing well, I read this interesting article and wanted to share. It discusses cognition and meta cognition (thinking about thinking) and ways we can all improve our abilities, such as flexibility, curiosity, and embracing development over the idea one is either born with it or not.

It is helpful to me to remind myself the power of our thoughts and the influence on our lives... I encourage you to read the article and enjoy some food for thought! 

Wonder what Rodin's thinking person sculpture thinks? For a little art with your science check out


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

If the shoe fits

Hello World!
I saw this interesting article on shoe fitting  and wanted to share! It had some good pointers that I found useful and I thought you might too (for shoe physics you can check out earlier posts!).


Monday, October 6, 2014

The astronista

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I enjoy reading other blogs as well as writing them and wanted to share this super nifty blog I found;

The astronista is also by a female scientist, with an interest in fashion. She actually makes science themed clothes and shoes and sells them too. She is a student, works for a planetarium, and posts fun and educational info.
I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October Diversity Events and Awareness

Hello World!
When you think of October, do you think pumpkins, scarecrows, and Halloween? How about money, ergonomics, or bullying prevention? There are many other holidays, observances, and more to be celebrated or undertaken for education and awareness. 

They include:

(World) Blindness Awareness Month
Emotional Wellness Month
Financial Planning Month
Global Diversity Awareness Month
International Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month
Intergeneration Month
LGBT History Month
National AIDS Awareness Month
National Book Month
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Depression Education & Awareness Month
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Down Syndrome Month
National Ergonomics Month
National Family Sexuality Education Month
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month

Appreciation and credit for the above list is given to Theta Nu Xi (thanks ladies!). I encourage you to pick one or more of those items for further study! Looking at the list, I see STEM in all those topics in various forms and it reminds me how STEM can be useful in areas outside of STEM! I am also reminded to be grateful for life and be more empathetic to others.
If you know of other October observances, please leave a comment!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Costumes of empowerment

Hello World!
Happy first day of October! With costume party ads in abundance and occasion for dressing up not far away I was excited when I found this link (via girls inc) for costumes that empower.

I think it is important to consider what one chooses to dress as, to ensure it does not offend or take away from one's dignity. 
While attire does provide an avenue for a certain attitude, attitude can also influence attire as seen in this quote I saw the other day "Epictetus, once wrote, “Know, first, who you are, then adorn yourself accordingly.” —it’s not the clothes that make the person but vice versa". 
Food for thought!