Today's the Super Bowl and of course everyone is focused on the New England Patriots and the Seattle Sea Hawks, but I recently learned of another reason to tune in- The Science Cheerleaders.
Last night on NBC Nightly News, a story caught my attention when the reporter asked who will be the smartest person at the Super Bowl?
It turns out it will be a cheerleader with a Phd!
Kelly Bennion is a Harvard graduate who is completing a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience.
Watch this segment-
According to the Science Cheerleader website, there will be close to twelve cheerleaders who are members of this organization on the field.
Who are the Science Cheerleaders?
The Science Cheerleaders are professional cheerleaders pursuing science careers who playfully challenge stereotypes, turn everyone onto science by encouraging participation in citizen science activities, and inspire young women (including 3-4 million U.S. cheerleaders) to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math. We do this by recasting the image of scientists and engineers while giving people the opportunity to explore their personal interests as a gateway to science. We communicate in ways that inspire people using our very real, very personal stories. We do this at schools, festivals, malls, on tv, online, at cheer events, games, bars…wherever the people are! The point: science is accessible to ALL!
Darlene Cavalier is the creator of this program which promotes careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). She is a former cheerleader herself for the Philadelphia 76ers. It turns out she found like minded women among the NFL and NBA cheerleaders. Years ago she started a blog to spark widespread public interest in science and get people involved in research.
You can support and donate to Science Cheerleaders by checking out their website here. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
I was so impressed with this idea, I had to share it on School Zone. This is definitely a program I can cheer for!
Happy Super Bowl Sunday!
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