The Raleigh Digital Connectors ROCK!!!

If ever you wondered what I did in addition to research the video below will tell you! I have been gifted the opportunity to work with groups of BRILLIANT young people for the past three years and the experience has been invaluable. The privilege of assisting in molding the minds of our future leaders in STEM is one that I truly cherish 🙂

Inspiring grades 5-8 to explore Newton’s 3 laws of motion and careers in engineering.

HONEYWELL AND NASA FOR STUDENTS:INSPIRING SCIENCE & ENGINEERING SUCCESS

Discover FMA Live!, the award-winning science education concert from Honeywell and NASA! With FMA Live!, middle school students will never look at science and engineering the same way again.

FMA Live!’s Forces in Motion show is an interactive, traveling hip-hop concert that teaches Newton’s

Universal Law of Gravity and Three Laws of Motion. Named after Newton’s Second Law of Motion [Force equals Mass times Acceleration], the show connects science and engineering to everyday life. And how studying Newtonian physics can lead to interesting, competitive careers.

How did we do it? With a hip-hop concert, choreography, cool videos, giant sticky walls, extreme wrestlers, and the “Man Behind the Motion:” Sir Isaac Newton. Middle-school students never knew science could be so fun!

Watch the trailer!

via Inspiring grades 5-8 to explore Newton’s 3 laws of motion and careers in engineering..

President Obama proposes free community college program | theGrio

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma to boost weak U.S. wages and skills for the modern workforce.

via President Obama proposes free community college program | theGrio.

FREE library of Shel Silverstein activities & games!

What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of  “The Giving Tree” (My absolute favorite book in the ENTIRE world!) than with FREE games and activities! Shel Silverstein is still creating imaginative playscapes for children to explore. There are drawing booklets, event kits, lessons and activities for the following books:

The Giving Tree

Don’t Bump the Glump!

Everything On It!

Runny Babbit

Any many more 🙂

All of these literary resources are available on the website shelsilverstein.com. Share the gift of the most precious technology in the world…IMAGINATION!

Stay Tuned!

STEM Resource Highlight: Learn to code for FREE @ Codecademy

Computer science has traditionally been perceived as an enigmatic field. We imagine “The Matrix”  minus the cool slow motion cinematography and instead see someone (usually a man) slouched in front of a computer. This dull figure awkwardly hunched over a keyboard staring at a screen  filled with incomprehensible letters and symbols scrambled together. Fear not!  There is a place that one can venture to and learn the mystery behind digital machine speak.  That place is Code Academy.  Recently our youth digital literacy program integrated coding into our curriculum and the outcomes were interesting. Now we didn’t have lofty expectations that our students would master this skill within a few months. The goal for us this past year was simply exposure and an opportunity to demystify the notion that one has to be a computer genius to acquire this skill. So what was the verdict at the close of the program?:

  • Give them lessons and they will code
  • Make challenging content relevant
  • Learning code sets them steps ahead of their peers
  • Youth like computer science they just don’t know it 🙂

This coding phenomenon is swiftly picking up speed as the new go to skill set. How is this mundane computer skill so cool all of a sudden you ask?  Well here are a few reasons why: Facebook, World of Warcraft, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram. All of these digital hubs run on CODE! Once you spill the beans on that youth definitely want to know more  because then it becomes more relatable and less abstract.

What else should one know about the infamous code?! Currently there’s much support  and push within the education arena for exposing minorities, youth and women to learn how to code. Here are some awesome organizations already dedicated to doing so:

Black Girls Code

Silicon Harlem

Microsoft YouthSpark

Girl Develop It

LEARN HOW TO CODE

If you’re looking to learn more about the power of code then check out this cool video form Code.org. Watch it! Share it! Like it! Learn it!:

If you want to learn to code yourself or are interested in getting someone else hip to this new digital trend then click the link to Codeacademy.com to learns for FREE 🙂

Stay Tuned!