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But that's not all. Check out the introductory video that explains why we created the Fuddlebrook School Science Series.
The field of forensic science is immensely popular, driven in part by television shows and sensational media. Luckily for those interested, it’s predicted that there will be an explosion in job opportunities in this field!
Explore Earth’s layers, or horizons, in an easy, hands-on activity children are sure to enjoy. After building the model, eat this delicious snack.
In the Fuddlebrook book, The Mystery Scientist, Liza, Freddie, and Bert, along with Herman Tweed, try to imagine what kind of scientist Mrs. Wigglebum’s husband is. Needless to say, their imaginations run a little wild as they picture him as a “mad” scientist first and then in other exotic science-based careers. You’ll have to read the story to discover which type of scientist he turns out to be.
The truth is, we encounter scientists every day! There are some notable scientists and some science-related professions that are not so typical, too. Take our fun video quiz to see how many renown scientists you can identify. Then read on to learn more about cool careers in science you maybe haven’t thought about.
Walk by the supermarket's fresh fish counter and you will see a collection of marine life from around the world. Some of the fish is wild, caught by fishermen from the open seas, but these days, a lot of fish and shellfish is farm raised. Aquacultural managers direct operations on farms and fish hatcheries that cultivate ocean and freshwater fish for human consumption, recreation, and research.
There will always be both man-made and natural disasters, like hurricanes, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks, that affect public health and safety. Emergency management specialists are the officials who plan for these disasters—imagining and preparing for the worst—and then coordinating the emergency responses.
There is a fraction of the world's population that doesn't have enough to eat or doesn't have access to food that is nutritionally rich. Food scientists work to find new sources of food that have the right nutrition levels and that are safe for human consumption.
Think of all the things that use electricity. Power plant distributors work to keep electricity flowing to homes and businesses by carefully watching and planning for problems like big storms that could damage transmission lines, heat waves that cause a big surge in demand for power, or normal construction work, which could take transmission lines out of service.
Any time you hear music at a concert, a live speech, the police sirens in a TV show, or the evening news, you're hearing the work of a sound engineering technician. They operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in recording studios, sporting arenas, theater productions, or movie and video productions.
Not unusual enough for you? How about these jobs?
It’s someone's job to create fireworks — namely, a chemist who designs fireworks with chemicals that emit those beautiful colors when they're heated. For example, copper compounds burn blue, strontium compounds let off a crimson hue, and sodium blazes a bright yellow. The chemicals are very reactive, and sometimes dangerous. Being a firework designer usually requires a master's degree or Ph.D. in chemistry.
Space psychologists study how astronauts cope with the conditions of spaceflight and the weightless environment in space. Space psychologists make recommendations about the best way for astronauts to perform physical and mental work, as well as rest. This profession could become increasingly important as more extended periods of space travel arise, such as manned missions to Mars.
Beer, wine, bread, cheese, pickles, yogurt — all of these foods are made by fermentation, the process by which yeast or bacteria convert sugars to acids, gases or alcohol. Zymologists, study how these microorganisms can be used in fermentation processes, such as beer brewing. Louis Pasteur was the first zymologist, discovering that yeast led to fermentation.
A volcanologist is a geology specialist who studies volcanic activity. Volcanologists help to predict the timing and severity of volcanic eruptions.Their work helps to plan evacuations of volcanic areas, making it a useful, although highly specialized, discipline.
These are but a few of the really unique jobs in science. Just like the Fuddlebrook students, we hope you are fascinated by the variety offered. Read The Mystery Scientist, remember to take our famous scientist quiz, and don’t forget this month’s experiment!
Monday, April 22, is Earth Day, a time when we pause to reflect on our truly incredible planet. Learn some amazing facts about our home planet.
Did you know that Earth is the only planet in the Solar System not to be named after a mythical god? Instead the word "earth" can be used to mean a number of different things. It can simply mean "dirt." This may have been one of the earliest meanings. What do we stand on? If you are outside, you are often standing on dirt. Perhaps, people came to think of the whole area they were standing on as "dirt" or "earth." By the time people were speaking Old English, about one thousand years ago, "earth" could have already meant the world on which people lived. It took longer for "earth" to come to mean "Planet Earth." This happened about 1400 or so.
Despite our Earth being called "earth," meaning dirt, only about 30% of the surface is actually solid ground. The rest of the planet's surface is made up of water. From a distance, Earth would be the brightest of the planets. This is because sunlight is reflected off the planet's water.
What is even more amazing than this percentage, is that a single drop of liquid water has yet to be found on any other planet in the Solar System. In this regard, Earth is truly unique. Of course, water is necessary to sustain life.
Speaking of water, did you know our oceans hold nearly 20 million tons of gold? There is enough undissolved gold on the sea floor to give nine pounds to each person on Earth!
Scientists also believe Earth may have had two moons at one time. Now Earth has one moon, and its name is Luna.
Instead of looking skyward, let’s take a look below the Earth’s surface. This month, our training video models what lies below our feet. Explore Earth’s layers, or horizons, in an easy, hands-on activity children are sure to enjoy. After building the model, eat this delicious snack.
Yes, our awesome Earth is truly amazing! Read the Fuddlebrook story, The Plant Warrior, to learn more. Remember, we only have one Earth so we all must strive to reuse, reduce, and recycle.
This new series marvelously succeeds in introducing young students to inquiry-based, experiential learning of scientific concepts that are age-appropriate. Moreover, students have the opportunity to explore story-based scientific concepts further through hands-on investigations.
--Teresa, Biology Ph.D; former elementary teacher, Springfield, MO
The thing I love most about the Fuddlebrook series is the connection aspect. Not only have the creators connected literacy and science, they have also provided opportunity for exploration of all areas of life. The dispositions and traits of the characters are consistent throughout the books and lead to discussions about friendship, bullying, loyalty, honesty, and humility. Fuddlebrook is "teaching the whole child by connecting to life."
--Carolyn, First Grade Teacher, Ozark, MO