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My Plumber is a Frickin’ Scientist!

There is nothing worse than the anxiety you feel when your plumbing begins to gurgle! The other day our kitchen sink stopped draining and no matter what we tried to do to fix it, nothing worked. So today we set out to look for a plumber. With a shortage of plumbers we were dreading how…

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Science Demonstrations Make Learning Fun

Jimmy Kimmel’s done it. Kelly, Ryan and Ellen have done it. Even Miss America has done it. The “IT” I’m referring to is a science demonstration called Elephant Toothpaste. The internet is filled with content on how to make Elephant Toothpaste, videos of world records and cute littles amazed by this crazy chemical reaction. So…

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She Did It! Miss America 2.0

Miss Science was my way of winning a competition with myself. Unlike Camille Schrier the newly crowned Miss America, I was not confident enough to pursue Science as a career. It wasn’t until becoming a teacher and then developing my career as a Science Educator that I gained my confidence. Miss Science became my platform…

Going Beyond Game-Based Learning: The Benefits of Becoming a Game Creator

Games are a part of American culture – all cultures really. Historically, games were invented prior to written language and have been used as ways to compete, complete tasks, teach and incorporate ideals and morality. In 2013, I created a STEM and Entrepreneurship curriculum that focused on the science of toys and games. I’ve been…

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America Recycles Day

On November 15, millions of people across the United States took part in America Recycles Day. This day’s purpose is to promote and raise awareness about the benefits of recycling and purchasing recycled products. It was started by the National Recycling Coalition in 1997 and since 2009 has been a part of the Keep America…


Miss Science shares the science of cotton candy

Miss Science, Sherri Smith-Dodgson shared how to do spider crafting when it comes to cotton candy.

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Arizona Midday: Turn Your Milk into Plastic



Jan D’Atri Show – Dishin It Up – Show #12 – Thermador + Miss Science

Miss Science Returns to the Jan D’Atri Show


It All Started with a Book and a Yo-Yo

Last month, I had the opportunity to work with a group of awesome fifth graders at Cherokee Elementary in Scottsdale, Arizona. The day before arriving at their school I’d given them a shout-out during my Arizona Midday (NBC-KPNX) segment about the Science of Toys and Games. I showed viewers how to create a bioplastic using… (2)

STEM Education Needs to Go Beyond the Employment Gap

Once seen as a place reserved for the school “Geeks,” STEM clubs and Makerspaces are now drawing a variety of students. In 2009, I started my first STEM Club at a local K-8 school and within a few years I had multiple summer camps running, hosting monthly segments on our NBC station, offering weekend workshops…