Deborah Lee Rose's blog

14DEC
 

Light Year

2015 International Year of Light

Turn on your cell phone and the screen lights up for you to see. Flip a switch and a classroom turns from dark to bright. Decorate your home with holiday candles and lights, or watch fireworks light up the midnight sky on New Year's Eve...Light and light-based technologies affect every day and nearly every part of our lives. Often we take light for granted, but in 2015 the world will be paying a lot more attention during the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies. 

8DEC
 

Engineering Video Contest

NAE challenge

How can engineering meet the future’s toughest challenges? Create a 1-2 minute video to answer this question, and enter  the Engineering For You 2 Video Contest. Grand prize for the most inspiring video is $25,000. Entry deadline is March 2, 2015.

5DEC
 

Sports and Engineering Essay Contest

How do engineers change how we play sports?

What's your favorite sport? Tennis? Running? Ice hockey? Whatever it is, engineering probably has a lot to do with playing, scoring or training for that sport. Whether it's tennis nanotech, high-speed cameras for photo-finish races, or the best-flex hockey stick materials, show what you know about the sports/engineering connection by entering the 2015 EngineerGirl Essay Contest.

10NOV
 

Interstellar STEM

films can inspire space STEM exploration

Blockbuster sci-fi movies like Interstellar and Gravity and bestselling novels like The Martian raise many questions about space travel and human survival on other worlds. What happens to time during long space voyages? How will astronauts handle emergencies with limited supplies and equipment? Where might humans find another Earthlike planet to colonize? How would they survive there? At Howtosmile.org, learners think like scientists and engineers to explore such challenges through both hands-on and online activities.

5NOV
 

SMILE turns 4!

Nearly 4,000 activities in 28 languages

Howtosmile.org celebrates its 4th anniversary this month! Launched in 2010 at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, SMILE has grown to nearly 4,000 STEM activities from more than 150 source institutions, in 28 languages. The free Howtosmile.org iPhone app gives users immediate access to SMILE activities any time, anywhere.  

26OCT
 

Disease Detectives

Understanding epidemics

Despite major news coverage of ebola, many student learners and adults may still know very little about disease transmission and epidemics. Howtsmile.org activities that model how infectious diseases spread, how medical detectives investigate them, and how disease transmission can be blocked increase understanding of health risks to both individuals and large populations.

23OCT
 

"Zombies" of the Animal World

National Geographic "Mindsucker" graphic novellas

Just in time for Halloween, National Geographic brings humans face to face with animal "zombies" of a "freakish world where parasites compel their hosts to do their bidding." Three graphic novellas on the National Geographic website tell eerie stories of parasites and the real "walking dead" they prey on and live off.

2OCT
 

Observe Everything

Share what you find with Science Friday

Sharpen your powers of observation by taking part in #ObserveEverything, a special project of the Science Friday radio show's Science Club. Anyone can participate—just start by observing something that grabs your attention! 

16SEP
 

Bat "Boo-ology"

Go batty for Halloween

Explore the "boo-ology" of bats for Halloween, or any time of year. Kids and adults are fascinated by and often afraid of bats, but may not know the real facts about them. Demystify these misunderstood mammals with Howtosmile.org activities, and help learners discover how important bats are to pollination and pest control in their ecosystems.

9SEP
 

LEGO Women Scientists

new toy role models

Computer Engineer Barbie, meet LEGO women scientists. This summer a new, limited edition LEGO® Research Institute went on sale including a paleontologist with her dinosaur skeleton, magnifying glass and microscope, a chemist with her minilab and flasks, and an astronomer with her telescope and star chart. The set was the brainchild of geochemist Ellen Kooijman from the Swedish Museum of Natural History. Her design was greenlighted after it garnered at least 10,000 votes from fans on the LEGO Ideas website.

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