Techbridge Summer Training Institute, Oakland, CA

Are you interested in developing a program to encourage girls' interest in technology and science?  Would you like to gain girl-tested, hands-on curriculum and learn strategies for success?

The Chabot Space & Science Center invites you to the Techbridge Summer Training Institute in Oakland, CA from August 2-4, 2010!  This 3-day workshop will give participants strategies and curriculum for inspiring girls in technology, science and engineering.

Strengthening After-School STEM Staff Development Report Available

The Coalition for Science After School (CSAS) undertook a review of staff development for after-school STEM. A select group of CSAS members, representing key staff development providers, formed a community of practice.  The discussions of that community, combined with the existing research base  were used to create the report, Strengthening After-School STEM Staff Development

Get Animated

Objective
Explore the concept of the persistence of vision and explore the relationship between frames and time. 

Activity Idea
Make short animated projects using freeware

Materials & Equipment
Flipbooks (samples)
Sam Animation freeware
Laptop computer
Webcam
Basic recycled materials e.g. Bottle Caps, Paper Cups, yogurt containers, foil

Activity Steps

Assessment Tools in Informal Science

Visit this site to search for and find the right assessment tool to measure performance of informal and out-of-school science, technology, engineering and math programs.

http://atis.pearweb.org/

Looking for Activity Ideas

Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others.

Check out their site for activity ideas, to get inspired, or just for fun!
http://www.instructables.com/

Digital Learning and Media

The MacArthur Foundation launched its five-year, $50 million digital media and learning initiative in 2006 to help determine how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Answers are critical to developing educational and other social institutions that can meet the needs of this and future generations. The initiative is both marshaling what is already known about the field and seeding innovation for continued growth.

On their website you can find:

* information about ongoing projects and emerging research;

Science Friday Video Picks

The weekly public radio program, Science Friday, features a video pick of the week as part of its broadcast. In this example, linked below, "artists Michelle McSwain and Ryan Warnberg (known collectively as MRI) demonstrate how to paint with light. The premise: combine LED lights with long photographic exposures. Vision expert Stephen Macknik, of the Barrow Neurological Institute, explains how our visual system prevents us from seeing the world as light paintings." Other videos document the effects of space travel, beach-ready robots, and many other subjects both ordinary and extraordinary.

Speak Up 2008 Selected National Findings

"Since 2003, the Speak Up National Research Project has collected and shared the ideas and views of more than 1.5 million K–12 students, teachers, parents and administrators on education and technology....

My Fall Out Boy AP Calculus Blues

Check out this spoken work piece written and performed by Noor Hasan a 17-year old poet. Noor, who attends Niles West High School, performed this for the Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Festival, presented by Young Chicago Authors and hosted by Chicago Public Radio. http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=32640

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