Just finished reading a great and timely article by Franz Lidz in Smithsonian.com entitled ” How Lego Is Constructing the Next Generation of Engineers“. It’s a quick and interesting read. Lidz provides a brief overview of how Lego’s came to be, and their evolution during the past eighty-one years. With the emphasis being placed on building awareness and interest in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers Lego’s have made their way into many K-12 schools worldwide. Where students are designing, building, and testing robots from simple to advanced Lego robot kits. Lego is doing its part to introduce and enlighten the K-12 youth in a hands-on-minds-on way to the STEM fields. To read the complete article check it out here in Smithsonian.com. MINDSTORM EV3 will allow individuals to turn their LEGO creations into live robots. LEGO MINDSTORM EV3 will be available in the Fall of 2013. To find out the specifications of LEGO MINDSTORM EV3 check out the MINDSTORM SITE HERE. I’ll be introducing the principles of robotics during my scheduled 2013-2014 science, technology, engineering, and math teacher training workshops. Check out the available STEM teacher training workshops I offer here.
The Google Doodle today honors Maria Sibylla Merian, one of the world’s first scientific illustrators. Maria’s passion for insects and flowers would change science forever. Maria lived at a time when few women ventured into the sciences, and yet she became one of the world’s most talented scientific illustrators. During my science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) workshops I introduce teachers to reflective journaling in the STEM and science classroom. Reflective journaling is quite different than the traditional science notebook which tends to be teacher-driven as opposed to student-driven. Teachers maintain reflective journals during the training, and return to their classrooms to introduce their students to reflective journaling as well. I imagine Maria did quite a bit of reflective journaling during her days. To delve deeper into Maria Sibylla Merian’s impact on science, and to view her illustrations and a video of her nature illustrations check out the following article by Grrl Scientist in Guardian UK here.