Andrea Aust

Andrea is the Senior Manager of Science Education for KQED. In addition to QUEST, she's had the pleasure of coordinating education and outreach for the public television series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures and the four-hour documentary Saving the Bay. Andrea graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Environmental Science and earned her M.A. in Teaching and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. Prior to KQED, she taught, developed, and managed marine science and environmental education programs in Aspen, Catalina Island and the Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter at @KQEDaust.

How much do candidates’ faces influence voters?

Featured Media Resource: [VIDEO] “How Quickly Do You Judge a Face? ” (Science Friday)By looking at a face for less than a second, we can judge someone's age, gender, race, emotional state and even their trustworthiness. There's evidence that these split-second decisions can affect voters' views of

Building Fun: 5 Civil Engineering Activities for the Classroom

The Next Generation Science Standards require science teachers to integrate engineering into their classes across science disciplines. Many teachers will be doing this for the first time–and we are here to help. Our Engineering Is video series, associated media collections and e-books showcase examples of scientists and engineers

How Would You Use 3-D Mapping Technology?

Featured Media Resource: [VIDEO] “3-D Mapping Your World With a Backpack” (KQED/QUEST)Hyper-realistic video games. They're made using a technique called 3-D mapping. In the real world, 3-D mapping indoors is much more difficult than 3-D mapping outdoors. The solution? A 3D mapping backpack. Next up: your smartphone. Do

Career Spotlight: Structural Engineer

“One of the things I really love about being an engineer is being able to help people,” explains Alishia Ballard who graduated in 2015 with a degree in civil engineering from San Diego State University. After graduating, she has been interning with San Francisco Public Works in their structural engineering

Career Spotlight: The Planet-Searching Physicist

Growing up in a small town in New Mexico, Elisa Quintana didn't even think about science. She grew up in a household that did not stress the importance of math and science. It was not until community college that she realized she liked math, and ended up transferring to the

Our Engineering Stories of 2015

From $1 microscopes to shape-shifting robots, we covered some pretty awesome engineering stories in 2015. Here's a look back at those stories. Engineering Is Bringing Fish Up from the Deep We began the year diving deep into the ocean and showing how scientists at the California Academy of Sciences engineered a device

Would You Buy a Genetically Modified Pet?

[youtube]Featured Media Resource: [VIDEO]: Science Creates Glowing Kittens, Monkeys and Sheep! (DNews)With advances in technology, genetic engineering of animals is becoming increasingly common. This video describes the fluorescent protein that's turning animals bioluminescent, and the implications it has for science. Do Now Would

Getting Ready to #EngineerThat

Teachers, have you heard about KQED's STEM media challenge #EngineerThat for middle school and high school students? Are you excited to have your students participate, but aren't sure how to get started? Here are some tips to get your students ready to #EngineerThat. Get Inspired Watch one of QUEST's “Engineering

Career Spotlight: Software Engineer

In 2013, Jessica Mong arrived in the Bay Area with $100 in her pocket and a desire to enter the field of software engineering. Fast forward two years, and Jessica is now a software engineer with SurveyMonkey, a tech company that creates and designs custom online surveys. Jessica works

Should We 3-D Print Our Own Medicine?

[soundcloud url="" params="visual=true&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height='450' iframe="true" /] Featured Media Resource [AUDIO] “Good Thing/Bad Thing: 3D Printed Pills” (Science Friday) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first 3-D printed pill last August. The drug, called SPRITAM, is produced by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Company and used to treat epilepsy. Jim Ruble, who specializes

A New Earthquake-Proof Calaveras Dam

Since July 2010, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has been hard at work on one of the biggest engineering projects in the nation, the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program. At a cost of nearly five billion dollars, the program will seismically upgrade and replace aging infrastructure that

Bringing Dark Energy to Light

There's a mysterious force that makes up about two-thirds of the universe. And it has nothing to do with Star Wars. Scientists call it dark energy, and it is believed to be causing galaxies to move away from each other faster and faster. Now, researchers who have been trying to figure

Into the Deep with Elephant Seals (updated)

If you're a resident of the Bay Area, chances are you've walked or biked across the Golden Gate Bridge, attended a San Francisco Giants game, marveled at the towering redwoods in Muir Woods, or savored a glass of Pinot Noir from the legendary vineyards of Napa or Sonoma. But there's another