STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend – September 9

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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.

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - Katherine Johnson
Photo credit: NASA.

Our #STEAMspotlight series highlights past and present STEAM pioneers. You know, the scientists, techies, engineers, artists and mathematicians who continue to inspire future generations. We love sharing their stories—the trials and triumphs that allowed them to change the world.

That’s why this article from Smithsonian.com recently caught our eye. It highlights the incredibly important work put forth by several African-American female mathematicians at NASA—Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, to name a few. All math whizzes, these exceptionally talented women helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in outer space. Their lives and accomplishments were truly groundbreaking, and we’re thrilled to see this article shining a light on a few of our very favorite STEAM trailblazers. So inspiring!

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - International Literacy Day
Photo credit: A Mighty Girl.

International Literacy Day, a day promoting global literacy needs, was Thursday, September 8. To mark this day, A Mighty Girl compiled a comprehensive collection of books about reading and literacy. The lengthy list, chock-full of top-notch selections, celebrates the joy and connection to others that books can bring. While we found some familiar favorites on the list, we were excited to see many new-to-us books to add to our “to-read” shelf.

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - Barmak Heshmat - MIT
Photo credit: Barmak Heshmat/MIT.

Now this is cool. A team of researchers from MIT and Georgia Tech have created an imaging system that can see through paper to read what is written on the sheets. The technology, which uses terahertz radiation, could potentially help librarians handling rare books and manuscripts. Go on, take a look!

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