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 Would You Design a Bicycle?

Learning to ride a bicycle is a strong memory from many of our childhoods. How did you learn how to ride a bicycle? What would you change about how today's bicycles are designed?

How Do Fireworks Work?

Originally published on July 4, 2012. From holidays like the Fourth of July to victories, fireworks mean celebration. And to me, they're a celebration of chemistry too. Atoms and reactions power the colors, sounds and smoke of fireworks. The first firecracker was discovered in China about 1,000 years ago. Called black

Do You Learn Better Through Making?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrRNwLJHxhQ?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=360] Featured Resource: [VIDEO] Permission to Make: Adam Savage (KQED Education) From classic cars to simple electronics, we have been making and tinkering with everyday objects for decades. The recent surge in DIY and Maker Culture has inspired

Spend Your Summer as a Bay Area Citizen Scientist

Are you looking for some science-related activities this summer? Why not help scientists with real research and have fun doing it? Citizen science is a fast-growing movement where members of the general public contribute to scientific research. Here's a list of some fun citizen science projects in the Bay Area

Is It Possible to Be a Scientist and An Artist?

Have you ever felt torn between two different career interests? Has someone told you that you can be be a scientist or an artist, but not both? Perhaps you focus on one over the other because you feel you don't have enough time to pursue both. Well, it is possible

Can We Keep Inventions From Being Used For Evil?

http://ww2.kqed.org/education/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2016/05/ForYourProtection-aNewKindofMetal-Except-s.m4aFeatured Media Resource: [AUDIO] For Your Protection, A New Kind of Metal Foam (Science Friday)Afsaneh Rabiei at North Carolina State University has developed Read More … Source:: <a target="_self" href="http://ww2.kqed.org/education/2016/05/26/can-we-stop-good-inventions-from-going-bad/" target="_self" title="Can We

Will Robots Replace Us At Work?

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Should Animals Be Kept in Zoos?

Featured Media Resource: VIDEO: Zoo Conservation Raise Debate (CNN)Hear opposing thoughts from a field biologist at the University of York and the President of the Born Free Foundation about keeping animals in zoos for conservation purposes. Do Now U Do you <a target="_self" href="http://ww2.kqed.org/education/2016/05/11/should-animals-be-kept-in-zoos/" target="_self"

Should Teens Be Allowed to Buy E-Cigarettes?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cqgbdfZk20?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent&w=700&h=500] Featured Media Resource [VIDEO]: “Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?” (BBC News)As e-cigarettes and vaping grow in popularity among teens, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to regulate their distribution. Researchers are still determining the health risks associated with the popular product. In <a

Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?

Featured Media Resource: VIDEO: Do You Understand the Minimum Wage Debate? (Citizen Tools)View a non-partisan explanation of the history and current status of the minimum wage debate. Do Now U Do you think the federal minimum wage should be increased? #DoNowUWage How to Do Now To respond to the Do