The Science of Sustainability

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 Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

E-book: Engineering Is Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Access to healthcare and diagnostic tools aren't always easy to come by in many parts of the world. In this e-book from KQED, discover how engineers from Stanford University designed an easy-to-use, easy-to-fix, paper microscope that costs $1 to produce in order to help people in remote areas diagnose diseases.

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

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

“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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Climate Change: Beyond the Headlines

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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Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

From KQED Education Do Now: More than 5,000 schools nationwide have transitioned from traditional learning methods to project-based learning (PBL). Should all schools move in this direction and implement PBL in their science classes?

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

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

From KQED Education Do Now: The Earth is warming. Since the early 20th Century, the global average temperature has increased approximately 1.4°F. 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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Get Energized by KQED’s New E-books and iTunes U Course

Get Energized by KQED’s New E-books and iTunes U Course

Think you know all there is to know about energy? Buff up your energy awareness and knowledge with KQED's new e-book and iTunes U course.

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Nonrenewable and Renewable Energy Resources

Nonrenewable and Renewable Energy Resources

This infographic depicts the two major categories of energy resources: nonrenewable and renewable.

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Career Spotlight: Insulation and Coatings Technician

Career Spotlight: Insulation and Coatings Technician

Samuel Weatherwax is an insulation and coatings technician for a geothermal power plant.

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Career Spotlight: Microbiologist

Career Spotlight: Microbiologist

Aindrila Mukhopadhyay is a microbiologist who directs a group researching ways to use microbes to convert plants into biofuels.

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Career Spotlight: Kite Designer

Career Spotlight: Kite Designer

Damon Vander Lind works at Makani Power building high-altitude kites that can generate more power than conventional wind turbines.

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Career Spotlight: Mechatronics Engineer

Career Spotlight: Mechatronics Engineer

Leila Madrone is a mechatronics engineer who leads a team that is designing heliostats — mechanisms used in concentrating solar power systems.

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Do Now #74: Earth Day

Do Now #74: Earth Day

Calling all students on this Earth Day: Do you make it a regular practice to care for the environment? If so, what do you do? If not, why?

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Be Moved by "Earthquake": A New E-book and iTunes U Course

Be Moved by "Earthquake": A New E-book and iTunes U Course

What are earthquakes? Gain a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with an e-book and iTunes U course co-produced by the California Academy of Sciences and KQED.

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Explaining Earthquakes

Explaining Earthquakes

Dig into the science of earthquakes! Learn the basics, check out an animation on seismic waves, test your quake knowledge, and hear from a Bay Area geophysicist.

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The Nature of Science

The Nature of Science

The process of communicating science can be difficult simply due to logistics. Educators on board the scientific ocean drilling vessel, the JOIDES Resolution, learned this first hand.

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Career Fair: Jobs on the JOIDES Resolution

Career Fair: Jobs on the JOIDES Resolution

Science educators do their best to expose students to the numerous career options available in the sciences. On the JOIDES Resolution, there are scientists with expertise in chemistry and geochemistry, geophysics, paleontology, sedimentology and paleomagnetism.

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What Is Science?

What Is Science?

Get a group of science educators and scientists together, ask them the question, "What is science?" and see what happens. Will everyone agree exactly on each term?

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QUEST Education at the School of Rock

QUEST Education at the School of Rock

Only about 20 science educators each year get to spend two weeks on the scientific drill ship JOIDES Resolution. Find out what QUEST Education's Andrea Swensrud is doing on board.

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