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Alicia Chang
Alicia Chang, Ph.D. is the Learning Design Lead at Wonder Workshop, a Silicon Valley based startup with the mission to make programming fun and accessible to children through play. A cognitive and developmental psychologist, Alicia’s research has spanned topics including the influences of language and culture on young children’s word learning and mathematical understanding, as well as cognitive science applications to curriculum design and instruction in STEM education. She is a graduate of Boston University and the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Build More Than Just A Resume: Seven Ways STEM Builds Character

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 1:59 AM

Hardly a week passes without a news story that touts the benefits of studying a STEM field. There is little doubt that majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline can lead to a cushy gig at a buzz worthy tech company with great perks. In the next decade,...

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Bridging the Gender Gap: Encouraging Girls in STEM Starts at Home

(6) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 2:08 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

The 21st century has been defined by rapid innovation in the science, technology, engineering...

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Kepler Space Telescope's Planet-Hunting Days May Be Numbered, NASA Announces

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 4:50 PM

LOS ANGELES -- NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope is broken, potentially jeopardizing the search for other worlds where life could exist outside our solar system.

If engineers can't find a fix, the failure could mean an end to the $600 million mission's search, although the space agency wasn't ready to call...

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Familia transforma su rutina diaria para vivir con horario marciano

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 7:46 PM

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE, California, EE.UU. (AP) — Para una familia estadounidense, sus vacaciones de verano significaron mudarse a Marte. Bueno, en realidad, significaron acomodar sus actividades al horario marciano.

Desde que la más reciente sonda de la NASA se posó en el planeta rojo, la familia del director de vuelo...

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Mars Panorama: Curiosity Rover Sends Back 1st 360-Degree Color View (PHOTO)

(5522) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 6:03 PM

PASADENA, Calif. -- The photo-snapping rover Curiosity returned another postcard from Mars on Thursday – the first 360-degree color panorama of Gale Crater.

Scientists admired the sweeping vista. In the distance was the base of Mount Sharp, a three-mile-high mountain rising from the crater floor, where the six-wheel rover planned...

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Mars Landing: NASA Confirms Curiosity's Touchdown On Mars

(78) Comments | Posted August 5, 2012 | 12:25 PM

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover has transmitted a low-resolution video showing the last 2 1/2 minutes of its white-knuckle dive through the Martian atmosphere, giving earthlings a sneak peek of a spacecraft landing on another world.

As thumbnails of the video flashed on a big screen on Monday,...

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NASA's New Satellite, 'Glory,' Will Monitor Aerosols' Effects On Climate Change

(52) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 3:01 PM

LOS ANGELES — NASA is set to launch its latest Earth-orbiting satellite on a $424 million mission to analyze airborne grit spewed by volcanoes, forest fires, smokestacks and tailpipes.

The Glory satellite is slated to blast off before dawn Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a Taurus XL rocket....

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Lunar Eclipse 2010, Winter Solstice To Overlap On December 21

(9) Comments | Posted December 19, 2010 | 6:37 PM

LOS ANGELES — 'Twill be nights before Christmas and high overhead, the moon will turn brown or maybe deep red. The Earth and the sun with celestial scripts will conspire to make a lunar eclipse.

Weather permitting, sky gazers in North and Central America and a tiny sliver of South...

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Mummified Forest Reveals Climate Change Clues, Discovered On Ellesmere Island

(281) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 5:01 PM

LOS ANGELES — On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic where no trees now grow, a newly unearthed mummified forest is giving researchers a peek into how plants reacted to ancient climate change.

That knowledge will be key as scientists begin to tease out the impacts of global warming...

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NASA Spacecraft Set To Rendezvous With Comet Hartley 2 (PICTURES)

(13) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 9:10 AM

(ALICIA CHANG, AP/Huffington Post) PASADENA, Calif. — A NASA spacecraft survived a rendezvous with a small comet Thursday, beaming pictures back to Earth that gave scientists a rare close-up view of its center.

Mission controllers burst into applause upon seeing images from the flyby that revealed a peanut-shaped comet belching...

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25,000 New Asteroids Uncovered By NASA's Sky Mapping (PHOTOS)

(12) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 8:36 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Worried about Earth-threatening asteroids? One of NASA's newest space telescopes has spotted 25,000 never-before-seen asteroids in just six months. Ninety-five of those are considered "near Earth," but in the language of astronomy that means within 30 million miles. Luckily for us, none poses any threat to Earth...

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Ocotillo Quake: 5.9 Quake Hits Southern California

(122) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 1:33 AM

LOS ANGELES — To the crowd of baseball fans cheering at San Diego's Petco Park, the jolt in the eighth inning came as a surprise.

But for scientists, Monday night's magnitude-5.7 earthquake was the kind of aftershock they expected from the deadly magnitude-7.2 Easter Sunday quake centered in Baja California...

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