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This month’s issue of SB&F is devoted to biographies of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians for all age groups. The issue contains an essay by Mike Venezia, author of the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists series (Scholastic) about writing biographies for children and also a list of SB&F recommended biographies for both children and adults.

The web has many great interactive features profiling the men and women of science, past and present. We’ve uncovered some of the best online resources devoted to the lives of scientists and highlighted them below.  

The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers 

The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers is “a web-only series that shows what happens when the lab coats come off.” Through videos and online chats you can meet intriguing scientists and engineers. The series is upbeat and fresh and shows how “cool” real scientists can be!  Sixteen scientists are currently highlights (including 8 women!), with more to come in the fall 2010.  

Academy of Achievement: Science & Exploration 

The Academy of Achievement “brings students face-to-face with the extraordinary leaders, the visionaries and pioneers who have helped shape our world.” Their “Achiever Gallery” includes people from the arts, business, public service, science and exploration, and sports. The science and exploration gallery includes profiles of 42 scientists, engineers and explorers. Each profile includes a biography, an multimedia interview, and photographs.  

PBS Kids: Real Scientists 

Geared towards a younger audience, elementary and middle schoolers, this site from PBS Kids has short videos of 66 real life scientists doing cool jobs. Some of the jobs highlighted are robotic life scientists, game designer, whale scientist, chimpanzee researcher, frog scientist (Dr. Tyrone Hays from our SB&F Prize-winning book, The Frog Scientist!) and many more.  The short video clips are fun and entertaining and  perfect for introducing young kids to real life scientists.  


Nova has several great features on real life scientists. Many of the scientists profiled are minorities or have disabilities.  

Hear from the Rocket Scientist 

The Unstoppable Sang-Mook Lee 

An Obsession with Robots 

Hear from Sangeeta Bhatia  

E.O. Wilson: Man of Ideas 

Hear from Arlie Petters

Posted 2 Aug 2010 8:00 AM by Heather Malcomson