Students did a great job this year building their light bulbs from some wire, batteries, pencil lead, and a binder clip.
Students worked today investigating how to write more sophisticated code by using modules and using example code to design their own. By “breaking” code we’ve been able to analyze what are the essential pieces needed to do tasks like calculating Gravitational Potential Energy or velocity if only energy information is known.
We name our equipment after women in STEM, better than just Car 1, Car 2… and today is Dr. Mae Jemison’s birthday read more from her NASA biography here.
Students have a goal of developing a proceedure and data table (which must get approved before data collection can begin).
2nd build has begun
Today is last day of school. Another great year where I am thankful to work with such great students and colleagues.
I’ll be reading “Chasing Space” by Leland Melvin for my Summer Reading.
As per usual, the end of the year starts to fly by at an alarming rate. The students have done a great job with their final projects in telling the conservation of energy story through Rube Goldberg machines, calculations, and qualitative narration. This video is the trailer; full projects will be online next week.
Daily Date Doodle is a project that started in 2016 with Pi Day but quickly became an opportunity to learn about women and people of color in STEM fields. As a student, and even though I was a Physics and Geology double major at Mount Holyoke, the stories of scientists were, save one (Mme. Curie), were about “dead white males.”
The one area I don’t have many resources is on LGBTQIA & Nonbinary people in STEM, and it is an area that I want to do more research and find people to feature
I use many resources for inspiration for the daily posts:
Rachel Ignotofsky’s Women in Science (picture from her website)
Rachel Swaby’s Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science — And The World (picture from her website)
Patricia Sluby’s The Inventive Spirit of African Americans: Patented Ingenuity
David Foy’s Great Discoveries and Inventions by African-Americans
https://todayinsci.com/ – A good starting point for general regular information about the history of STEM
http://www.thehistorymakers.org/makers/sciencemakers – A great resource (not only biographies but also interviews!) of African-American Pioneers in STEM Fields
If the person is a medical pioneer, I will often end up here https://cfmedicine.nlm.nih.gov/
http://www.womenshistory.org/ – National Women’s History Museum
https://twitter.com/smrtgrls – Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
https://twitter.com/amightygirl – A Mighty Girl
https://twitter.com/womenshistory – National Women’s History Museum
https://twitter.com/minouette – A scientist by vocation, artist by avocation: marine geophysicist-printmaker, or vice versa
Many artists, graphic novel authors, and others have given me some fantastic ideas about how to show complex ideas visually.
Sydney Padua’s Amazing Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
Larry Gonick’s “Cartoon Guide to Physics”
The all the work of Ed Emberley
David McCauly’s “The Way Things Work” and his other works
Mike Rhode – Sketchnotes
And Paul Hewitt – whose drawings have helped us all use a visual language to teach Physics