Physics for Rock Stars, or How The Periodic Table Can Help You Find You BFF

Women in science and engineering: a rare occurrence. Listen to this interview and learn how one young girl was introduced to the wonders of science and engineering and never gave a thought to being the only girl in the engineering class. It’s an interview with a female engineer and she speaks about her entry into the field and how being a B and C student is good enough because what you do on the job matters more. 
Interviewer: Brianna McGurran
Portland’s Christine McKinley wears many hats: she’s a mechanical engineer, a musician, a composer, an author and a former TV personality. She’s also on a mission to make math and science more fun. Her book Physics for Rock Stars is part memoir, part science lesson, and part advice column. It reads like a practical guide to the world from a clever, nerdy friend. Physics Lessons From The Science Teacher You Wish You’d Had … 

High School Senior Invents Simple Solution to Water Pollution

High School Senior Invents Simple Solution to Water Pollution

Amazing what young minds can create… with a process and research.


water filter


Check out the Intel Science Talent Search (not to be confused with the ISEF which my EDD students must enter)


Who knew? Sand Dams Can Save Water in Arid Lands!

Who knew? Sand Dams Can Save Water in Arid Lands!

Fresh potable water for drinking and irrigation are going to be one of the 21st century’s great challenges. This sounds counterintuitive, but, hey! That’s why we need to be open to new ideas! check this out:

Sand dam technology may date to Roman times. But it has been perfected in the 21st century by a combination of talent including a British NGO called Excellent Development, a Kenyan farmer named Joshua Mukusya, and Mennonites from North America.

Read about sand dams.


The STEM Gender Gap

The STEM Gender Gap

A Science Friday audio report containing interviews with researchers and students that underscore the crucial role played by female STEM role models for young girls and women AND reframing the perception of engineering as a helping profession.

Worth a listen (22 minutes)


Making The Grade Online

Making the grade online

My anecdotal research (see below) affirms my belief that there a different skill set required for optimal success in the “blended” classroom of today. I think we can be giving our students a leg up on the competition by developing our own (educator) skills in this new world.
I found this other article to be pretty informative about this trend a towards a new learning environment and skills:
  • Clark College is now using Canvas and Edmodo as I learned from a couple of our Running Start students.
  • And some of our recent alumni have also shared their online classroom experiences with me because I started introducing online learning skills in my classes when I started teaching high school eight years ago.
  • My son who taught at WSU-Pullman last year (now at Cal State) also taught online courses.

Engineering Design and Inspiration

Here are links to two engineering design firms.

  • The first-IDEO/Palo Alto– –is perhaps best known due to CBS “60 Minutes” coverage of their work. Here’s a link to a video interview and 2012 update to the original 1999 show done by the producers at CBS 60 Minutes.
  • The second–Beyond Design/Chicago I recommend you look at their design process and the cool stuff they do with kids Dig8

Check out the cool student desk IDEO designed! Wish we had them here at Skyview!