Cheerleaders, Professor Team Up for Science

By Allison Bond | August 4, 2009 5:22 pm

pompomsPlenty of science aficionados want to get the general public excited about their favorite subject—but few have turned to actual cheerleaders to do it.

A physics professor is joining forces with members of the Philadelphia 76ers cheerleading squad to dole out 18 online lessons on the basics of science. The project is the brainchild of former DISCOVER staffer (and 76ers dance team member) Darlene Cavalier. You can see a slideshow here, and read more about the project here.

FOX News reports:

“Why not cheerleaders?” asked [professor James] Trefil, the Robinson Professor of Science at George Mason University. “My own philosophy is, any way you can get the scientific message across, that’s a good thing.”

Guess when it comes to raising interest and awareness about science, it pays to be…aggressive! Be, be aggressive! And miniskirts don’t hurt, either.

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  • Sarah

    Great we’re starting to think outside of the box in order to encourage scientific literacy; too bad we’ve already started to pander to the male demographic’s drive of sex to do so. Any other interesting ideas that are inclusive of both genders on this road to embracing science?

  • Darlene

    Thanks, Sarah, and yes! We’ve got some things brewing at to help turn the ladies on to science as well.

  • Paul

    This is a great start! As easily as this can be viewed as sexist, I use it as an example that everyone is beautiful and everyone can become a scientist- no matter who they are or how old they are. Remember, beauty comes from within! IMHO…

  • sarahmas

    Talk about thinking inside the box, Sarah… who says cheerleaders don’t appeal to girls? I am a lifelong cheerleader (still coach and judge) with a degree in math from MIT.

    And by the way, cheerleading is all physics. Physics and cute outfits.

  • Darlene

    Sarahmas: we need to talk! zip me an email at when you have some time.

  • Nicole

    so how do the cheerleaders use math????


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