Some of America's most astute researchers...have to be in bed by nine.
I'm Bob Karson with "The Discovery Files" -- new advances in science and engineering from the National Science Foundation
What are third graders doing with data from sophisticated remote tracking gear? How could high school kids be the first to capture the image of a supernova exploding in space? Who allowed teens barely old enough to date to collect the same data on whale migration as marine biologists do?
All three programs are part of an effort by the scientific and academic communities to give young people a chance to study science in a more interesting and relevant way, by using the tools and data of real-world scientists.
"Hands-on Universe," "Whalenet," and "The Albatross Project" are examples of initiatives that create a science curriculum that transcends traditional textbook study and predictable canned experiments. Aside from the benefit of creating new interest in science and technology, students must rely on other skills such as math, geography, and critical thinking.
Because of the vision of today's scientists and educators, tomorrow's scientists and educators are getting a hands-on head start.
"The Discovery Files" covers projects funded by the government's National Science Foundation. Federally sponsored research -- brought to you, by you! Learn more at nsf.gov.