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Young scientists ask great questions about our world. What do they do when they can’t seem to find an answer? Ask Dr. Universe!

Who is Dr. Universe?

Dr. Wendy Sue Universe is a very smart cat who investigates tough questions from curious elementary and middle school students. Questions like: What is fire? Why does soda fizz? Why is the ocean salty? Why is liquid nitrogen so cold?

The project is based out of University Communications at Washington State University.

How does it work?

  • Students can submit their questions on the website. They can receive the e-newsletter. They can read new science stories, vote in polls, and watch videos with questions from other students. Dr. Universe gets a lot of great questions and does her best to respond to as many as possible.
  • The website can easily be projected on an interactive whiteboard or viewed on computers and tablets. This makes it easy to introduce Dr. Universe to the whole class or let students explore and research independently.
  • Teaming up with Dr. Universe, students will make real-life connections to current research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. Meanwhile, they’ll meet Dr. Universe’s friends: scientists and researchers. Every article receives the stamp of approval from a real expert.

How can I connect?

Follow Ask Dr. Universe on Twitter and Facebook.

Discover current events in research at Washington State University at 

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Receive the weekly e-newsletter and read it with your students.



Click here to print your own Dr. Universe poster!