Archive for June, 2012

June 28th, 2012

Profile: Dr. Ana Carolina Zeri on Why She Became a Scientist


  Dr. Ana Carolina Zeri describes her work at LNBio and gives a tour of the Synchrotron lab.

The mission of Science House Foundation is to get kids around the world excited about science and to spark their imaginations. Part of how we work to accomplish this mission of inspiring and imagination-sparking is through storytelling: sharing the stories of why and how adults, especially women, choose to become scientists.

We regularly profile scientists, students and teachers around the world whose stories represent the mission and spirit of Science House Foundation. The story of Dr. Ana Carolina Zeri is a Brazilian biochemist who directs an open lab at LNBio, Brazil’s national biosciences laboratory.

When we first met Ana she told us the moving story of how and why she became a scientist, and  we in turn felt compelled to share it with the world. Her story is one of perseverance, inspiration and drive. As a woman raised in a small town in Brazil, the expectation for Ana was that she stay home, work for the family, and not attend college. Yet she found a way.

June 28th, 2012

The Remarkable Story of Science Catalyzing Literacy in Brazil



One of the most exciting parts of Science House Foundation’s collaboration with LNBio, Brazil’s national biosciences laboratory, in the city of Campinas, was the placement of a new MicroGlobalScope grant at a local Non-Governmental Organization called Anhumas/Quero-Quero. MicroGlobalScope is a Science House Foundation program that provides complete microscopy kits to science teachers who work with 10-12 year old students and then connects them through a collaborative website.

The above video in Portuguese with English subtitles tells the story of a breakthrough moment where the combination of art with science inspired illiterate children from the slums of Brazil to ask to be taught to read and write. Science House Foundation uses microscopy as an opportunity not just to inspire kids to study science but also as a means to spark their curiosity about the hidden world around them — and the excitement of learning in general.

We hope you will enjoy this story as much as we did.