STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend – November 25

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Written by Kristin Kish, Digital Marketing Intern. 

Between school, homework, practice and spending time with loved ones, it’s easy to miss out on the latest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. But don’t worry, Thinkery’s got you covered. Here are some of our favorite STEAM discoveries from the previous week. It’s fuel for your weekend.

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Photo credit: NASA.

These days, Mars is a dry, cold desert. But did you know that many years ago, water may have flowed freely on its surface? But how? Why? Travel back 3.8 million years with National Geographic and learn more about the Red Planet—and what makes it so mysterious.

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Meet Jacob Smilg, a 14-year-old inventor who designed a device that allows his friend Ethan to communicate following a traumatic brain injury. In 2013, Ethan Kadish was struck by a bolt of lightning, leaving him with a brain injury and unable to function alone. Jacob knew he wanted to help Ethan communicate, so he set out to work. Using a microcontroller, LED display and two big buttons, Jacob created a way for Ethan to communicate with everyone without having to blink his eyes. Jacob’s solution was a success—and he now has his own TED Talk! Learn more about Jacob’s story here.

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Photo credit: Evaptainers.

A cooler that combats global hunger? YES! Evaptainers work without electricity and provide small farmers and the rural poor with refrigeration to prevent food waste from spoilage. The facts and figures are staggering. Due to a lack of refrigeration, 40% of the produce grown in Africa spoils before it’s consumed. The Evaptainer team is committed to changing this problem. These coolers could change the world! Click here to learn more.

Photo credit: Vorja Sanchez.
Photo credit: Vorja Sánchez.

Barcelona-based illustrator Vorja Sánchez draws magical, surreal birds and beasts. These colorful fairy tale creatures are painstakingly illustrated with pen, ink, watercolor and spray paint. We love his whimsical style—take a look!

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