OSA-RS Speaker Series: Vicki Cobb, Author

  • October 29, 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • Laboratory for Laser Energetics - East Lobby 240 East River Road, Rochester, NY, 14623


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Epiphany! Discovery!

Why Scientists LOVE Science and How to Give These Moments to Students.

A conversation with Vicki Cobb, Author


Vicki Cobb is all about the examination of the phenomena of daily life through the lens of a child/scientist. Her first challenge is to ask a question that leads to thinking differently about something extremely familiar to you. Next comes a test, and interaction with a phenomenon to deepen understanding. And finally, you get see how your new knowledge can be applied to innovation and invention.

For scientists who teach and teachers of science, Vicki Cobb brings her humor, wit, and humanity to the communication of science so you comprehend those moments that reinforce its amazing production of knowledge and give your students a taste of why scientists LOVE science. It is a process akin to art.

About the speaker

Vicki Cobb, the “Master Chef of Hands-on Science,” a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia’s Teachers College, is a former science teacher with a M.A. in secondary school science. The publication of her classic book, Science Experiments You Can Eat, (an updated, revised edition was released in 2016 by HarperCollins) established her as an innovator in hands-on science. Take a look on her website www.vickicobb.com to get a sense of her playful and accessible approach to science in her 90+ books for grades K-8 that cover physics, chemistry and biology, biographies, geography, and the human body.

She is also pioneering a video project based on her book We Dare You! Check out the hilarious videos at www.wedareyouvideos.com

She has performed “Science Surprises,” her interactive and engrossing show for kids, in 49 of the fifty states (missing only North Dakota) as well as internationally. A veteran motivator/professional development presenter of day-long in-services/keynote speaker, Vicki uses her expertise, humor, wit and background as an educator to inspire teachers to make science teaching the highpoint of their day. Currently she is president and founder of iNK Think Tank, Inc., a nonprofit company that focuses on the contribution that nonfiction literature and its authors can make to education.  She contributes to: The Nonfiction Minute, (which has had 5+ million page views over the past five years), has been a Contributor to the Huffington Post and has recently launched www.vickicobbsblog.com in connection with the Nonfiction Minute, where she writes commentary on education and reviews nonfiction books as inspiring reading for children hungry to learn about the real world.

Over the years, Vicki Cobb has received many awards for her books Including a Sibert Honor and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012.

Twitter handle @vickicobb


Check out her latest podcast: STEM and Sky https://kidlit.tv/2019/05/kidlit-radio-nonfiction-minute-stem-and-the-sky/

Pre-talk dinner 

Pre-talk dinner with guest speaker Vicki Cobb will be held at 5:00 PM at Phillips European Restaurant, 26 Corporate Woods, Rochester, NY 14623, prior to the talk. Contact the House Committee by email for dinner reservations. Email: house@osarochester.org

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