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 …
Amazing what young minds can create… with a process and research.
- 15 year old invents New Method of Diagnosing Cancer (social-consciousness.com)
- Find Scholarship Competitions for Technology Enthusiasts (usnews.com)
- College Scholarships Ending in November 2013 (mycollegeguide.org)
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.
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)
- Women Invent Tomorrow: Have your say in Accenture’s primary gender gap research (siliconrepublic.com)
- National Girls Collaborative Project: Closing the Gender Gap in STEM Fields (ccistudentcenterblog.wordpress.com)
- STEM and the Gender Gap (twodifferentgirls.com)
- Washington State Group Announces One-Year Programming Academy for Women (smartbear.com)
- 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.
- How Online Classes Level the Playing Field for Minorities and At-Risk Students (brighthub.com)
- Trends in Education for the 2013-2014 School Year (engagetheirminds.wordpress.com)
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!
- Why Designers and Engineers is a Match Made in Heaven (huffingtonpost.com)