Ainissa Ramirez featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

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Ainissa Ramirez and her work were featured on a segment of NPR’s “All Things Considered”: 

This Teacher Wants To Excite Your Inner Scientist

Imagine a space shuttle speeding toward Earth at 17,500 miles per hour, the friction outside heating the vessel up to more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit as it enters the atmosphere.

Those kind of temperatures normally melt metal. So what protects NASA’s space shuttles?

That’s just the kind of question award-winning scientist Ainissa Ramirez can’t wait to answer. In fact, she’s done it in this YouTube video. Hint: It involves sand.

“I always target everyone’s inner smart 12-year-old,” says Ramirez, who has a gift for explaining complicated science to people like you and me.

She’s got patents and has written dozens of technical papers, but her ability to simplify is what makes Ramirez a great teacher. And as a self-described science evangelist, she’s trying to reach the world by writing books, giving TED Talks and producing online videos to explain scientific concepts.

She’s jumping on the podcast bandwagon too, with a new show called Science Underground.