STEAM Saturday – Black History Month at NASA, Gender Bias in STEM, and Russian Submarines


STEAM Saturday
Black History Month at NASA, Gender Bias in STEM, and Russian Submarines
February 11, 2023

In this edition, we have Black History Month, gender bias, nuclear submarines, Congressional Space Medals of Honor, and more.

Yes, gender bias is a real thing in STEM professions. Do everything you can to make it not reality.


NASA – Black History Month Image Gallery
NASA celebrates Black History Month by highlighting the accomplishments of astronauts, engineers, and staff. Each image takes you to a capsule summary and a full article about each person.

Science Insider – A TikToker who said she has a science PhD begged viewers to stop asking a man to ‘explain’ things she’s already explained (Dec 30, 2022)
A TikToker who says she’s a materials physicist is asking viewers to stop tagging science influencer Hank Green in her content.

The Drive – Rare Look At Nuclear Reactor Inside Russian Ballistic Missile Submarine (Jan 23, 2023)
Reactors inside nuclear-powered submarines are very sensitive pieces of equipment and it’s highly unusual for a navy to publicize them.

[Personal note: As a nuclear submarine veteran, I can still smell each of the pictures in this article. That memory never goes away.]

NASA – VP Awards Former NASA Astronauts Congressional Space Medal of Honor (Jan 31, 2023)
On behalf of President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris awarded former NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken the Congressional Space Medal of Honor Tuesday for their bravery in NASA’s SpaceX Demonstration Mission-2 (Demo-2) to the International Space Station in 2020. Hurley and Behnken are the first recipients of the honor since 2006 and accepted the awards during a televised event in Washington.

Science News – The Kuiper Belt’s dwarf planet Quaoar hosts an impossible ring (Feb 8, 2023)
The ring lies outside a typical, mathematically determined distance from the small world.

Scientific American – New Exascale Supercomputer Can Do a Quintillion Calculations a Second (Feb 9, 2023)
New “exascale” supercomputers will bring breakthroughs in science. But the technology also exists to study nuclear weapons.

Science News – Physicists stored data in quantum holograms made of twisted light (Feb 7, 2023)
Particles of twisted light that have been entangled using quantum mechanics offer a new approach to dense and secure data storage.

Scientific American – A Common Antibiotic Could Prevent Deaths from Childbirth Complications (Feb 9, 2023)
One in three cases of maternal sepsis can be prevented with a single dose of antibiotic, a study in low- and middle-income countries shows.

Science News – Hominids used stone toolkits to butcher animals earlier than once thought (Feb 9, 2023)
The makers of these versatile implements, which enabled a well-rounded diet, remain a mystery.


Be Smart – A PBS Digital Studios science show hosted by Dr. Joe Hanson (Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology). 

Veritasium – A combination of the Latin for truth, veritas, and the suffix common to many elements, -ium, this show is literally an element of truth. It is hosted by Australian-Canadian science communicator, filmmaker, and inventor Derek Muller (Ph.D., Physics Education Research).

Ask a Mortician – Caitlin Doughty is a mortician, author, blogger, and YouTube personality known for advocating death acceptance and the reform of Western funeral industry practices. You got death questions, she’s got death answers. Ask a Mortician was suggested by Sue Kisenwether.



Jerry Rig Everything – Zack Nelson has used his love of repairing, simple explanations, and brief tutorials to help millions of people with repairs of their own. Outside of YouTube, his ‘to-the-point’ style of teaching has created instructional and informational videos for manufacturers and factories around the world.



Practical Engineering – Grady Hillhouse is a civil engineer in San Antonio, Texas. His channel aims to increase exposure and interest in the field of engineering by highlighting the connection between the world around us and the energy, passion, and thought that goes into making it a nicer place to live.

CGP Grey – CGP Grey is an American-Irish educational YouTuber, podcaster, and streamer who creates short explanatory videos on subjects including politics, geography, economics, history, and culture.

Johnny Harris – Johnny Harris makes videos about maps… and other things.


Nick Zammeti – A woodturner and artist based in the United Kingdom, Nick Zammeti thrives in funky and creative projects fueled by a healthy love of pop culture, especially Back to the Future.

Shop Time – Peter Brown is a geek with a full set of power tools, and he uses that knowledge to experiment, craft, and have fun.

Moonpie Creations – Ken is a woodworker and creator who likes to have fun. A combat veteran, he uses his tools as a way to relax and deal with everyday stress. He loves to try new things, think outside the box, and stay cool.

laymonsterms – Denise Lhamon is an artist who presents history for short attention spans. She also takes commissions as Candy Cane Studios.



David Bennett Piano – David Bennett is a pianist and music lover creating educational music videos about all things interesting in music and music theory.



Smarter Every Day – Mechanical engineer and aerospace engineer Destin Sandlin explores the world using science in this series. He was one of three YouTube personalities chosen to conduct a one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama after his final State of the Union address. His secondary channel provides additional details and interviews to supplement his primary channel’s videos.

Mark Rober – An engineer and inventor, Mark Rober presents popular science concepts and do-it-yourself gadgets in easy-to-understand terms. He was previously a NASA engineer (where he worked on the Curiosity rover) and a product designer at Apple’s Special Projects Group (where he authored patents involving virtual reality in self-driving cars). One of his best-known series involves the development of a glitter bomb to combat porch pirates and internet scammers.

Glen and Friends – Glen and Julie Powell of Toronto host this look into recipes from the Depression Era, including if those recipes still work or can be improved in the modern day. It’s a great look into history and how cooking is both science and art.

Sam the Cooking Guy – Sam Zien is a Canadian-born television cook, restaurateur, and cookbook author Based in San Diego, California, his often-irreverent cooking channel on YouTube focuses on the simple fact that everyone can cook. He makes it easy and fun.

Wendover Productions – Wendover Productions, run by filmmaker Sam Denby, is all about explaining how our world works. From travel, to economics, to geography, to marketing, and more, every video will leave you with a little better understanding of our world.


If you have any suggestions for STEAM Saturday, please leave them below in the comments. If your suggestion is used, your name will be credited.

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope that something inspired you to get out there and explore the universe.


STEAM Saturday is a celebration of curiosity and imagination through science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, the very building blocks of the universe around us.

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