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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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E-book: Engineering Is Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

Science | April 2, 2015

E-book: Engineering Is Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

The ocean’s mysterious twilight zone is home to a wealth of fish species, many that are new to researchers. In this e-book from KQED, discover how scientists from the California Academy of Sciences engineered a device to safely transport live fish from the twilight zone back to the Academy’s aquarium for further study.

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“Engineering Is” for the Next Generation

6 -12 Science | February 26, 2015

“Engineering Is” for the Next Generation

Explore the connections between engineering and science with KQED’s new, free e-book, Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves. Learn how researchers designed a new, more efficient cookstove to improve the quality of life for families in Darfur.

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When Should Animals Be Used for Research or Industry Testing?

6 -12 Science | February 3, 2015 | 53 Comments

When Should Animals Be Used for Research or Industry Testing?

Animal testing in scientific and commercial research has a long and controversial history. When do you think animals should be used for research or industry testing, if ever?

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How is Waste Converted Into Energy?

Science | January 14, 2015

How is Waste Converted Into Energy?

One way to generate electricity is to burn solid waste, like the material found in landfills. Instead of a traditional landfill, a community might have a waste-to-energy facility that incinerates garbage, transforming chemical energy to thermal energy.

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How Nuclear Reactors Work

Science | January 7, 2015

How Nuclear Reactors Work

Energy sources fit into three main buckets–fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas), renewable (e.g. wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, etc.) and nuclear. Nuclear energy is a nonrenewable energy resource because it relies on Earth’s uranium deposits.

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How Solar Power Works

Science | December 30, 2014

How Solar Power Works

Solar power is energy that comes from the sun. This energy can be captured and stored in many different ways. It is the ultimate source for most energy resources.

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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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