Sixth-Grader’s Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

"When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.

Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. The invasive species has no predators on the Florida coast, so if they were to migrate upstream in rivers, they could pose a threat to the ecosystem.”
Learn more from NPR.



"The Ghost of Sitting Bull" / old scrap metal farm machinery
by South Dakotan sculptor and metalwork master John Lopez

(Source: stunningpicture)

I introduced a teacher friend to Rube Goldberg Machines yesterday. So here’s a repost of this edugif for anyone else who hasn’t made one of these contraptions before.


Playing with Simple Machines

This week’s Edugif was made in collaboration with Graphite and Common Sense Media. Graphite is a community of educators that sift through apps, games, websites, and digital curricula to find the best resources for their students. So I was stoked when they asked for an Edugif to introduce their new App Flow feature on the site. An App Flow is an interactive framework tool that enables teachers to seamlessly flow apps, websites, and games throughout lessons. Check out the App Flow I wrote to accompany this GIF for more ways to integrate making and digital tools in your classroom.

Making CAD parts and puzzles #pltw (at Cal Poly Pomona)

I’m participating in the Project Lead the Way core training program at Cal Poly for the next few weeks, exploring ways to integrate the arts with science, technology, engineering, and math. I’ll be sharing doodles on Instagram.

  1. Camera: iPhone 5
  2. Aperture: f/2.4
  3. Exposure: 1/275th
  4. Focal Length: 4mm