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Ainissa Ramirez @ainissaramirez

Ainissa Ramirez @ainissaramirez

Science Evangelist

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D., is dedicated to making science fun for people of all ages. She is the author of the TED Book 'Save Our Science' based on her TED talk on improving science education. She is also the co-author of 'Newton's Football' (Random House), which shows the stealthy science behind the game. Before all of this, she was a popular engineering professor at Yale University for ten years. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in materials science and engineering and holds several patents, one of which was awarded MIT’s Top 100 Young Innovators award.

Posts

  • Brain-Based Learning
    Taking notes by hand helps students form deeper connections to information than they do when using a laptop.
  • Education Trends
    With a strong vision, simple setup, and plan for content, format, production, and promotion, you can turn your expertise, unique approach, and enthusiasm into a podcast.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
    Young children are always asking "why?" because humans are born scientists. We can nurture this by modeling the value of curiosity, exploration, and experimentation.
  • Creativity
    Teach creativity by emulating great scientific thinkers: make friends with failure, generate ideas, connect the unconnected, and don't judge answers while creating them.
  • STEM
    Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has applications in the modern-day classroom for teaching geometry, thinking skills, fractions, problem solving, and fun science.
  • STEM
    As long as science is perceived as geeky, U.S. students are less likely to embrace STEM subjects. They need to reimagine what scientists look like.
  • Diversity
    Studies suggest that replacing the lecture-hall model with an active learning model can help close the achievement gap between students of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Brain-Based Learning
    The amygdala is your brain's 911 operator, triggering a hardwired reaction to danger. Fear is fun to learn about, but fear itself can hinder learning!
  • Classroom Technology
    The educational tools that we choose often shape how we educate our students, so let's choose them wisely with one eye on the future.