In Education, S-T-E-M on May 18, 2015 at 8:15 am
Exciting news! We are about to announce details of a summer camp scholarship for girls.
This has been in the works for the past month. As you may have seen, I moderated a ‘Women in Engineering’ Town Hall meeting, here in the computer lab on April 21st.
Applications will be taken from students at Salt River Elementary. The scholarship will pay for a summer camp at Arizona State University. These ‘camps’ are for those interested in learning skills such as design, app development, robotics, animation, and renewable energy.
This STEM Scholarship program is being underwritten by The Quarter Project, a Colorado-based non-profit promoting engineering for young girls.
Application forms will be out later this week, and posted to our school website.
In Science, Space on April 30, 2015 at 4:01 pm
It is the 25th birthday day of Hubble Telescope.
In case you missed it, last Friday, April 24th was the day NASA sent up a giant piece of technology that looked like a tin can, but with an amazing lens.
Hubble orbits some 347 miles above the earth, and travels at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour! Think of it as a high-speed camera that could probe the universe, and provide us with images and ‘events’ going on in deep space. Like this one.
This one is called ‘Eagle Nebula’
To teachers, this opens up a vast library. Take the official Hubble website www.Hubblesite.org. Among other things, teachers could:
And much, much more.
In Curriculum, Education, Robotics on April 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm
The upcoming theme for FLL Robotics challenge in Fall, has already fired up my students’ imagination.
Yesterday no sooner had I introduced them to the recycling / trash theme, Trash Trek, than they began thinking of a project. By happenstance, I was getting rid of a large cardboard box, and it became the discussion point of where it ‘stuff’ comes from and where it ends up.
Better still, in my closet was another cardboard box filled with a gift from Solavore last week —the solar oven. As we looked at the ‘technology’ I could see the gears turning, as thoughts about energy, land fills, insulation and composting filled our discussion. I assigned a note-taker, and an ‘investigator,’ to seize the moment.
These are the last 3 days of robotics, but it will become a topic they could think about during the long summer break.
At our next class we will be watching this classic presentation by Annie Leonard called the ‘Story of Stuff.’