Darlene Cavalier

Founder of Science Cheerleader and SciStarter


"Having math and science knowledge gives us the power to make our lives even better."

Darlene Cavalier, a former 76ers cheerleader, is the founder of ScienceCheerleader.com, a website that promotes the involvement of citizens in science and science-related policy. She also playfully challenges stereotypes while inspiring young girls to consider science careers with the help of the Science Cheerleaders, NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science and engineering careers. Cavalier held executive positions at Walt Disney Publishing and worked at Discover magazine for more than a decade where she continues to write and serve as a senior advisor. She ran a $1.5 million NSF grant to promote basic research through partnerships with Disney and ABC TV and collaborated with the NSF, NBC Sports, and the NFL to produce the Emmy Award-winning Science of NFL Football series. Cavalier is also the founder of SciStarter.com, a popular website that connects the public to citizen science projects; and a founding partner of ECASTNetwork.org, a network of universities, science centers, and policy think tanks working on participatory technology assessment methods to better inform federal and state science policy making. She has been featured on CNN, NPR, ESPN, Discover, the Washington Post, Fox National Headline News and more, and is a frequent public speaker on all things related to public engagement in science. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and four children.

Favorite Inventors:

My favorite inventors are the unsung inventors; the people who find new ways to do things or solve problems, out of necessity (think of the ingenuity of the seamstress, baker, carpenter, electrician, or even all those little tree-house makers).

Favorite Inventions:

The microscope, lightbulb, recorder, remote controlled helicopters, running (hot) water, and defibrillators.

Why Do You Think Math & Science are so AWESOME

Math and science help us understand more about ourselves (how our bodies work, our world works) and that knowledge gives us the power to make our lives even better by making smarter decisions. Although we know a lot already, thanks to the work of scientists and engineers before us, there is SO much left to be discovered!

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