The Evolution of Hydroponics

Did you know you can grow plants without soil? The method is called hydroponic, a Latin word that means working water.  Although historians believe that the evolution of hydroponics started with the ancient Babylonians and their hanging gardens, it was John Woodward, in 1699, who became the first documented scientist to successfully grow plants using hydroponics. John Woodward John Woodward …

International Asteroid Day

Black and white photograph of an asteroid captioned "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 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 …

Nikola Tesla: Imagining the Future

Nikola Tesla imagined the future and is being rediscovered in pop culture and celebrated as a man before his time.  He thought of devices and technologies we use today such as mobile phones, wireless internet and renewable energy. “It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages around the world so simply that any individual can carry and operate his …

Female Aerospace Pioneers

 “Flying is the best possible thing for women.” — Baroness Raymonde de la Roche Although men were the first aviators, women quickly took to the air as well.  Most early flight schools did not accept female students, but determined women learned from friends or paid for private lessons. Since the early 19th century, women have been making strides in the …