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Science Cheerleaders enlist youth athletes as citizen scientists for nationwide research that examines soil moisture conditions and water availability

NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite

Science Cheerleader, NASA, SciStarter enlist youth cheerleaders and football players as citizen scientists for nationwide research that examines soil moisture conditions and water availability Grant from Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists enables Science Cheerleaders and SciStarter to recruit, train, and equip youth in  STEM research  Philadelphia, PA – (July 25, 2015) – NASA scientists are on a mission to map global soil moisture, and through SciStarter and Science Cheerleader, they’re teaming up with citizen scientists to gather valuable data from the…
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Understand the science behind a wildly popular, iconic American pastime with The Science of Cheerleading, a new ebook

Science of Cheerleading

“An estimated 3 million young women and men are involved in cheerleading in the U.S., “ said Darlene Cavalier, creator of the book and the founder of Science Cheerleader. “We hope this book helps them understand the science, technology, engineering, and math inherent in cheerleading. Once they grasp those STEM concepts using something familiar (cheer), they can apply the principles to other things and achieve a greater understanding of how the world works.”

Science Cheerleader, Rachel, selected as Ms. Veteran America finalist

WW2 Veteran Closeup

Hi, I’m Rachel, and in addition to being a Science Cheerleader, I’d like to share another activity I’ve been pursuing. I’ve been participating in the Ms. Veteran America competition!  Ms. Veteran America is a competition among women veterans who exemplify the “Woman Beyond the Uniform” in many different ways, have served their country honorably and remain active in their community. There were over 600 applicants this year, more than ever. Over 400 became contestants and through semifinals that number was divided exponentially. We held semi-finals…
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Rachel’s appearance at Sonendo’s Fun Run

Rachel Speaks

 Rachel here! I’m sharing some pictures from my SciCheer appearance, sponsored by  Sonendo. Sonendo kindly arranged for my travel out to the Pacific Northwest for their sponsored 5K and fun run/walk at the American Association of Endodontists Annual Session on May 8.  I had the pleasure of being up before sunrise to make announcements, warm up the runners and meet and greet along with take photos with everyone afterward. There was a great turnout and the runners felt warmed up, but not…
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Lucy: Former University of Southampton cheerleader who works at the Institute of Cancer Research

Lucy University of Southampton Science Cheerleader

Cheerleading in the UK has exploded in popularity in the past 10 years, it is HUGE here now! Just about every University has its own cheerleading team, and many level 5 and 6 all-star teams are going to Worlds every year! In many teams the stunting and tumbling is up there with the top US programs.

Brooke: Tennessee Titans Cheerleader and Occupational Therapist


Science Cheerleader Hilary here! I’m excited to introduce you to Brooke, an occupational therapist who cheers for the Tennessee Titans! photos: Erick Anderson (top), provided by Brooke (bottom)   Brooke is starting her third seasons with the Tennessee Titans and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Milligan College. She plans to begin a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy in the next 1-2 years!  What turned you on to science…
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Science Cheerleaders visit the World Science Festival


Science Cheerleader Hilary here! Last weekend Science Cheerleaders Christine, Sam, Danielle and I participated in the World Science Festival, promoting citizen science and engaging in activities at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Washington Square Park! We had a great time on Saturday night at a Stargazing event with NASA and our friends at SciStarter and Astronomy Magazine (see our favorite photo below, with Astronomy’s Editor in Chief,Dave Eicher! On Sunday we spent the day cataloging wildlife with citizen scientists in Washington Square Park at…
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Temple University News: Science Cheerleaders challenge stereotypes

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From Temple University News. Alumna Darlene Cavalier started Science Cheerleader to promote women in science careers. by Julia Chiango 24 February 2015 During her senior year at Temple, Darlene Cavalier decided to try out for the Philadelphia 76ers dance team. As a cheerleader for four years while she was an undergraduate, Cavalier said she just went out on a limb. In 1991, the same year she graduated, Cavalier made the team. Years later, Cavalier used her cheer experience and interest…
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Growth Results for Microbes Collected by Citizen Scientists and Grown on the International Space Station

Project MERCCURI Patch

Relative Growth Rates Documented by UC Davis Scientists for Project MERCCURI “Encouraging” for Long-Term Manned Spaceflight Do microbes grow differently on the International Space Station than they do on Earth? Results from the growth of microbes collected by SciStarter and Science Cheerleader’s  community of citizen scientists in Project MERCCURI indicate that most behave similarly in both places. Citizen scientists from the NFL, NBA, Pop Warner Youth Football and Cheerleading, and more helped advanced this research. “While this data is extremely…
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Team Cheer announces national partnership with Science Cheerleader


​Team Cheer is excited to announce a new partnership with Science Cheerleader! The Science Cheerleaders are current and former cheerleaders who are also scientists and engineers. They aim to inspire, engage, and empower young women to pursue science careers. These goals are a perfect match for Team Cheer. ​Science Cheerleader founder Darlene Cavalier, a former Philadelphia 76ers cheerleader, says, “I founded Science Cheerleader to playfully challenge stereotypes, inspire young women (particularly the estimated three million cheerleaders in the U.S.) to pursue science careers, and engage people from…
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