Image courtesy of NASA, Chandra, SAO
Each year we award 120 curious students, and we also present an award to a scientist and a teacher.
Please join us in congratulating our 2109 winners!
2019 Curious Scientist
Professor Danielle Wood
Director of the Space Enabled Research Group at MIT
Dr. Danielle Wood is a professor in the Media Lab at MIT. She leads the Space Enabled Research Group, which applies space research and technology to social challenges around the world, like access to healthy food and clean water.
When Dr. Wood was a 17 year old intern at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, she was lucky enough to watch the launch of the Chandra X-ray Observatory Telescope. At that moment, she knew she wanted to work on space research. CSF is partnering with the Chandra team to celebrate their 20th anniversary – all of the space images in our book, banners, and website were taken by that same telescope. Maybe Chandra will inspire you just as it did Dr. Wood!
2019 Curious Teacher
Dr. Michael Robinson
Science Teacher, South Middle School, Brockton, MA
Dr. Michael Robinson teaches science to 7th and 8th graders. As a child, Dr. Robinson was curious about anything mechanical, especially if it had a microchip or transistor. He’s still curious about things that mimic the human brain, no matter what the scale.
Dr. Robinson’s family was homeless during his teen years, and he looked to education as a way to provide opportunity for a better life. Driven by his love of biology and education, Dr. Robinson went on to get his Ed.D. He now helps his students at South Middle School feel uplifted and empowered through science.