International Asteroid Day

International Asteroid Day is observed every year on June 30th. Also known as National Meteor Watch Day, on a cloudless night, STEMists turn their eyes to the sky in hopes of spotting the glow of a falling star. What is an Asteroid? Asteroids are small, rocky objects that orbit the sun. Asteroids orbit the sun like planets, but they are …

Groovy History: Roller Coasters

The first American roller coaster was actually a railway. The Mauch Chunk Switchback Gravity Railway (shown above) was built in the mountains of Pennsylvania in 1827. The track, originally built to send coal to the bottom of a hill, relied on mules to haul the empty cars back to the top of the hill. During non-peak hours, for one dollar, …

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

William Kamkwamba was born August 5, 1987, in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was a mystery. At the time, a land suffering from drought and hunger. But William read about windmills and dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village. A set of luxuries that only 2% of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and …

World Environment Day

World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. It has been celebrated on the 5th of June every year since 1974. The purpose is to create awareness on emerging environmental issues from water pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. The event has grown to …

Groovy Earthquake Proof Skyscrapers

  “An earthquake is such fun when it is over.” – George Orwell A long time ago, our ancestors believed earthquakes to be the act of the Gods. Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, was the first to realise that earthquakes were more than an act of the Gods. To this day, STEMists continue to tame the devastating effects earthquakes have on …