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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 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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Should Water Be a Commodity or a Right?

Do Now | April 29, 2014 | 300 Comments

Should Water Be a Commodity or a Right?

Water is essential to our lives, but increased demands along with changes in weather and climate can put pressure on the availability of this resource. Should we consider water as a commodity, available to those who can pay for it, or as a right, freely available to everyone?

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Should We Kill One Species to Save Another?

Do Now | February 4, 2014 | 262 Comments

Should We Kill One Species to Save Another?

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has begun conducting experiments to kill invasive species in some areas in hopes of increasing the population of their prey. Should we kill one species to save another? Why or why not?

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Science Educators: Participate in our Online Focus Group!

6 -12 Science | August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Science Educators: Participate in our Online Focus Group!

KQED Education is looking for science educators to participate in a study of our online professional development materials. These online training modules are designed to teach educators how to use and create media in their secondary science classrooms. We would like to refine and expand these online training offerings, and need your feedback to do […]

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Do Now #74: Earth Day

Do Now | April 13, 2013 | 277 Comments

Do Now #74: Earth Day

The first Earth Day celebration was held on April 20, 1970. Its founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson, developed the idea over a seven-year period after he realized that political leaders were not making environmental issues a priority.

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Do Now #62: A Love of Science

6 -12 Science | February 6, 2013 | 65 Comments

Do Now #62: A Love of Science

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNow62 For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now What do you love about science? Why is it interesting to you? Introduction There are numerous […]

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Do Now #56: Concussions in Sports

6 -12 Science | January 8, 2013 | 6 Comments

Do Now #56: Concussions in Sports

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #KQEDDoNow For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now Should professional and amateur sports have stricter rules to prevent injuries like concussions? Why or why […]

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Four Great Sites for Teaching About the Science of Winter Sports

6 -12 Science | December 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Four Great Sites for Teaching About the Science of Winter Sports

Winter break is just around the corner! And there’s a good chance that some of your students will be watching or participating in winter sports during the break or over the next few months. Engage students with examples of scientific concepts in action! Teach about the science of skiing, ice hockey, snowboarding, ice skating and […]

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Do Now #53: Cap-and-Trade for Carbon?

6 -12 Science | December 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Do Now #53: Cap-and-Trade for Carbon?

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNow53 For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now California recently implemented a cap-and-trade program in order to cut carbon emissions. Would a carbon tax […]

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Do Now #50: Climate Change and Extreme Weather

6 -12 Science | November 14, 2012 | 6 Comments

Do Now #50: Climate Change and Extreme Weather

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #KQEDDoNow For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now What role do you think climate change played in Hurricane Sandy? Introduction During the last few […]

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