Who You Gotta Meet?

Who You Gotta Meet?

If you could meet anyone in your community, who would you pick? Joe Rhatigan encourages young people to explore that question in his book, People You Gotta Meet Before You Grow Up: Get to Know the Movers and Shakers, Heroes and Hotshots in Your Hometown. I’ll admit that one of my favorite things about this … Continue reading

Women in Science: Graphics that Teach

Women in Science: Graphics that Teach

How would you represent a great person’s life work in a single symbol? What single image could represent the contributions of Martin Luther King? Abraham Lincoln? Srinivasa Ramanujan? The artist using the pseudonym Hydrogene tackles that question, while also creating art work focusing on STEM education and technology across cultures. The most recent additions to … Continue reading

Toys from Trash: Arvind Gupta’s Science

Toys from Trash: Arvind Gupta’s Science

Arvind Gupta is one of those people every educator should know. Wonder why? Take a look. Gupta believes that children learn best by touching, feeling, cutting, sticking — pulling things apart, putting things together. And he’s devoted his career to providing children all over the work with the inspiration and tools to do so.  And … Continue reading

Frozen Code and More Problems

Frozen Code and More Problems

It’s cold in Michigan. We’re expecting record-breaking low temperatures tonight and I just discovered a new gelato place a mile from my house. My husband and I love gelato, but I just can’t do it. So you can imagine how I chuckled reading Dan Meyer’s Frozen Code post. The post relates an actual frozen code … Continue reading

Kenneth Shinozuka, Problem Finder

Kenneth Shinozuka, Problem Finder

Do you know someone with Alzheimer’s Disease? If you do, you’ll wish you lived across the street from this remarkable young man. 15-year-old Kenneth Shinozuka followed in the footsteps of many great inventors when he looked at a problem near to his heart and was spurred to action. He is a fine example of real-world … Continue reading

Icy Ornaments

Icy Ornaments

Happy New Year! The holidays are over and we’re all moving back into our work routines—and in Michigan, to our midwinter world of ice and snow. After our mild fall, we are back into the deep freeze and dark days—just the time when we need some creativity to raise our spirits. At this time of … Continue reading

Creative Crèches

Creative Crèches

In just a few days, it will be Christmas. I’m still grading papers, I haven’t baked my usual cookies, and my house doesn’t remotely resemble anything on Pinterest. And yet it doesn’t matter. Really. It doesn’t. For me, this is at heart a sacred season, shared across the global Christian community. As long as I … Continue reading

Celebrate Oops!

Celebrate Oops!

A while ago I shared one of my favorite books for supporting students in risk taking, Beautiful Oops. While the book focuses on the beauty that can follow artistic “oops” experiences, it also can spur discussions of successes that can follow all manner of not-so-successful efforts. Now, the publishers of Beautiful Oops are sponsoring a … Continue reading