Archives for the month of: October, 2013

From Crain’s Detroit Business:
A grassroots effort to launch a new hands-on children’s discovery center in Detroit is picking up speed. Local interior designer Elizabeth Cannella launched the effort to open Imaginosity Discovery Center Inc. after the closure of the Detroit Science Center and Detroit Children’s Museum at the end of 2011. “What we are bringing is a whole-child experience … all under one roof … the STEM programming, arts, a hands-on city environment … and health and fitness programs with sports programs that will emphasize physics, health issues,” said Cannella.


From The Examiner:
In early October, the California Academy of Sciences pioneered a new use of digital images to explore the life of 16th-century astronomer Johannes Kepler. Instead of a traditional stage, Kepler’s work and his theory of planetary harmony came alive within the Morrison Planetarium through a combination of a performance by actor Norbert Weisser and immersive computer-generated projections on the planetarium’s dome.

From The Chicago Tribune:
On October 7, the Art Institute of Chicago announced that it is receiving a $1 million grant to fund a five-year collaboration with Chicago Public Schools to foster students’ engagement with original artworks. The gift from Cari and Michael J. Sacks to the Department of Museum Education will underwrite “TEAM: Thinking Experiences in an Art Museum,” a program intended to take the visual arts into Chicago’s public schools and to encourage critical and creative thinking.

From Chicago Ideas Week:
Chicago Ideas Week, an annual gathering of global thought leaders, ran from October 13 to 19. MSI hosted youth and adult sessions in Future Energy Chicago, giving participants a fresh, dynamic look at our energy choices. Other events across the city included tours of UIC’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory, a panel of experts speaking on the most effective ways to educate students, a look at the Academy for Urban School Leadership’s Future Classroom, and a behind-the-scenes exploration of the Field Museum’s collection. For a full list of news stories on Chicago Ideas Week, click the link below.

From ReadWrite:
Of 12 technical subjects examined in a recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics, computer science was the only one that declined in student popularity from 1990 to 2009. Recognizing the need for an increased focus in computer science courses in schools, organizations like the nonprofit are teaming up with industry leaders to promote technology education in both elementary and high schools across the country.


From Technology Review
Experts from Facebook and genetics labs have teamed up to help doctors make personalized predictions about their patients. Jeff Hammerbacher, known for being Facebook’s first data scientist, is applying the same data-crunching techniques used to target online advertisements to a powerful engine that will take large amounts of medical information to make predictions that could cut the cost of health care. Hammerbacher hopes big-data technology will be used to search for connections between, say, hospital infections and the DNA of microbes present in an ICU, or to track data streaming in from patients who use at-home monitors.

Ed Tech
From Christian Science Monitor:
Welcome to the new intersection of technology, education, and business: start-ups that focus on education technology, or ed tech. These “edupreneurs” chip away at the massive issue of education reform one byte at a time. Investments in the ed tech industry are booming, but it remains to be seen what this means for the future of education.

From MarketWatch:
Microsoft has reached more than 100 million youth to date through nonprofit partnerships and technology access and education. On September 23, Microsoft announced the availability of new and expanded technology education and skills training programs for youth as the company marked the first year of progress and impact of its global YouthSpark Initiative. Microsoft is increasing access to computer science education through expansion of TEALS-Technology Education And Literacy in Schools—and providing an enhanced digital literacy and technology skills curriculum through its YouthSpark Hub.

From The Journal:
Digital badges can help students pursue personal learning pathways and provide a standardized platform for learners to demonstrate their accomplishments, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Mozilla Foundation.

From ScienceMag:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has never been in the business of supporting precollege science education and promoting health literacy to the public, says NIH Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak. And now it’s official NIH policy, too.