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July STEM Star-Melissa Márquez

Today we are kicking off this short holiday week by introducing our July STEM Star! Our theme for July is Biology! Biology is an area of science focused on the study of living organisms. This includes their structure, function, growth, identification and more. Marine biology specifically is the focus of studying living things in the sea. If you love animals and nature, biology is a perfect area of science for you to explore more! Our STEM Star for the month of July is Melissa Cristina Márquez and she studies Marine Biology and Conservation! We couldn't think of a better fit for this months STEM Star!  Márquez is also the Founder of The Fins United Initiative and the Education Assistant and Social Media Consultant of...

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Science Outfit of the Day: It's in your genes

  Be it casual Friday or a lazy day on the weekend, some days you just need to be comfortable. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish, too! For those days when you want to rock a tad more casual fashion, but still show your love for science, we’re proud to present our Science Outfit of the Day: It’s in your genes. Kicking off things with a simple but stylish top we have a classical round neck plain blouse. While this blouse forgoes a cluttered pattern for a cleaner, sleeker look, it’s not devoid of fashion, and that’s exactly why we love it! The loose fit (but still slim figure) of this piece makes it comfortable and easy to...

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See What's Inside Our June Subscription Box

Let's talk about our most recent subscription box, the June build it box!  Our theme for June is "Build it," which celebrates the tools of science! This month is all about the tools we use to build and create! The first item in this box is our additional information pages. These list which pieces you can expect in your box, as well as explain the concepts that inspired them (you can read the materials from this, and past boxes here). That's not all however, each month we feature an interview with an awesome woman working in a STEM field.  This month we featured the ever so talented Kim Dow, Maker Faire Art Director. In her interview, we learned about the maker movement,...

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Life in the deep: how animals live in the eternal dark

by Melissa C. Marquez, Sci Chic's July Marine Biology STEM Star I think the first time it really hit me that the ocean was bigger than I could comprehend was when I was swimming alongside a tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) in the middle of the Gulf Stream. Looking down, the thought, “There are things in the deep that you can’t see that can see you” ran through my head and I stared longingly at the inky blue, wondering what could possibly be there (besides the obvious tiger shark I was holding on to). Since then, I’ve had a fascination with the deep sea, part of the reason why I jumped at the chance to study deep sea chimaeras in New...

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"I love your pretty dress! Look at all those scary dinosaurs!"

How often have you ever heard those sentences uttered back-to-back?  Thanks to Princess Awesome, the answer is frequently. We are a new girls’ clothing company founded by two moms from Washington, DC, Princess Awesome fills the “dinosaur dress” gap. We make twirly dresses with rockets, fire engines, math, science, and of course, dinosaurs. Girls sporting Princess Awesome dresses can finally twirl and roar at the same time.  Even better, the adults around those girls are changing their conversations. “When my daughter wears her molecular orbital dress or rocket dress, adults communicate with her differently,” says Laura B., a Princess Awesome customer. “Instead of calling her a princess or cute, the conversation expands to rockets and then my daughter talks about...

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