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Andrea Aust

Andrea is the Science Education Manager for KQED. She joined KQED in 2007 to coordinate education and outreach for the public television series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. Between working on Ocean Adventures and joining the QUEST team, she developed the educational resources for the 4-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. Before arriving at KQED, she taught, developed, and managed marine science and environmental education programs in Aspen, Catalina Island and the Bay Area.

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How Does Electricity get to Your Home?

Science | December 23, 2014

How Does Electricity get to Your Home?

When you flick on a light switch or plug in your computer you’re using electricity. But where does it come from and how does it reach your house?

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What is the Difference Between Power and Energy?

Science | December 17, 2014

What is the Difference Between Power and Energy?

Energy is what makes change happen and can be transferred form one object to another. Power is the rate at which energy is transferred. It is not energy but is often confused with energy.

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How is Energy Measured? [Infographic]

Science | December 10, 2014

How is Energy Measured? [Infographic]

We measure energy in many different ways and for many different purposes. Quantities of energy given in one unit can always be converted to any other unit of energy. Here’s an infographic that illustrates the various units of energy.

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Climate Change: Beyond the Headlines

6 -12 Science | December 3, 2014

Climate Change: Beyond the Headlines

Explore California’s drought, sea level rise, renewable energy and more at the touch of your finger tip! Clue into Climate is a new e-book series about the science behind climate change with interactive animations, infographics, videos and audio reports from KQED and its partners.

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How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive]

6 -12 Science | November 17, 2014

How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive]

Although hydropower has been in use for centuries, largely in the form of water wheels, hydroelectricity is a more recent phenomenon. Hydroelectricity is a type of hydropower and is created as moving water powers machines that produce electricity. Here’s an interactive explainer that shows you how it works.

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Should Fracking Be Banned?

6 -12 Science | October 28, 2014 | 97 Comments

Should Fracking Be Banned?

The November 2014 ballot contains an initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing for three counties in California. Hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking,” is steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water is eventually disposed.

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How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

6 -12 Science | October 1, 2014 | 59 Comments

How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

Plants and animals are responding to climate change in different ways, altering ecosystems all over the world. How do we balance protecting species with human interests in dealing with and adapting to climate change? What do we prioritize?

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Are Consumers or Corporations Responsible for Reducing Carbon Emissions?

Do Now | September 16, 2014 | 7 Comments

Are Consumers or Corporations Responsible for Reducing Carbon Emissions?

Scientists have long known that reducing greenhouse gas emissions can help mitigate climate change, but that is easier said than done. Who is responsible for curtailing emissions? Is it carbon-emitting industries and businesses who manufacture consumer goods, or us, the consumers of those goods?

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Cap-and-Trade for Carbon?

6 -12 Science | August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cap-and-Trade for Carbon?

In 2012, California launched its cap-and-trade program. In this program, the government sets a limit on the total amount of allowable carbon emissions from businesses, refineries, manufacturers and power plants. Some people think that a tax on carbon emissions would be better. How do you think companies can best be regulated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

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How Would You Design a Bicycle?

6 -12 Science | June 13, 2014 | 3 Comments

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?

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