Lauren Farrar

Lauren has a background in biology, education, and filmmaking. She has had the privilege to work on a diverse array of educational endeavors. Lauren's career has taken her to the deepest parts of the ocean to film deep sea hydrothermal vents for classroom webcasts, into the pool to film synchronized swimmers to teach about the pH scale, and on roller coasters to create a video about activation energy. And, she’s done it all for the sake of education. Lauren loves communicating science! Follow her on twitter @LFarrarAtWork

Converting Buses to Showers for the Homeless

It all started in 2012 when Doniece Sandoval overheard a homeless woman on the street crying that she would never feel clean again. Sandoval took this lament to heart and decided she wanted to do something to help. So she began doing some research to see how accessible showers were for San Francisco’s homeless population.

E-book: Engineering Is Exploring Space with Shape-Shifting Robots

View the e-book Researchers at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA have teamed up with researchers at University of California, Berkeley to design and engineer what might be the next generation of space-exploring robots. These robots are wildly different than traditional rovers, which are super expensive, really ...read more

Outside-the-Box Robotics Activities

Who doesn't love robots? With a growing culture of makers, tinkerers and hackers, robotics can be a great way to excite and educate students about science, technology, engineering, math and computer science. However, introducing robotics projects and activities in the classroom can often be time-consuming, expensive and intimidating for teachers. ...read more

Exploring Space with Shape-Shifting Robots

Alice Agogino is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and she and her lab are among a group of engineers that are designing what might be the next generation of space exploring robots. These don't look like the Mars rovers with the big wheels ...read more

Career Spotlight: Environmental Health Engineer

Amy Pickering is an environmental health engineer and works as a research associate at Stanford University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and at the Woods Institute for the Environment. She combines social science, microbiology and engineering to study ways people in low-income countries can access safer water and better sanitation.

Career Spotlight: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Student

Elijah Martin is a second-year graduate student in the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology program at University of California, San Francisco. He works in the laboratory of Dr. Deepak Srivastava at the Gladstone Institutes. Martin studies how the heart forms to try to understand the causes of heart disease in order to develop therapies.

Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

Manu Prakash, a bioengineer at Stanford University, has created a fully functional microscope out of waterproof paper that uses teeny-tiny lenses to magnify objects. He calls it a Foldscope. The different parts of the microscope are printed on paper, which the user punches out and folds together. The Foldscope requires no power outlets and works with standard microscope slides.

What Would You Explore with a Foldscope?

A bioengineer at Stanford University has designed an inexpensive, origami microscope--called a Foldscope--to allow people from around the world to make discoveries and answer their own questions. What would you explore with a Foldscope?