Education: December 2007 Archives

One learning child. One connected child. One laptop at a time., One Laptop Per Child

"The mission of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what were doing and want to help make education for the worlds children a priority, not a privilege. Between November 12 and November 26, OLPC is offering a Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. During this time, you can donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition of your contribution."

Editor's 12 Nov note: I just bought two (i.e. donated one). You should too.

Editor's 26 Nov update: This program has been extended to 31 December 2007.

Editor's 18 Dec update: I got my OLPC XO laptop today. It is an interesting device. Certainly rugged. In some ways it is intuitive - in other ways (i.e. to my 52 year old brain) somewhat counter intuitive. But it is not designed for me. It is designed for children - children who may have never touched electronics before - their gateway to the modern, globalized, interconnected world. As such, this is a potentially powerful device. Once you get through a few things it is remarkably straightforward to use. I get the feeling someone in a third world community is going to submit the equivalent of their application to Starfleet Academy on this device. More to follow.

Images taken inside one of the Insert Studios at CNN's Washington Bureau on 19 December 2007 [Left] me and the backdrop taken by my XO laptop. [Right] My XO laptop sitting on a chair in the studio. Click on images to enlarge.

High Schooler Gets Detention for Using Firefox?, Gizmodo

"Today in class [name] had a program launched called Foxfire.exe. I had told [name] to close the program and to resume work but he told me that is was just a different browser and that he was doing his work. I had given him two warnings but he insisted that it was just a "better" browser and he wasn't doing anything wrong. I had then issued his detention."

Editor's update: Looks like this was a widely-propagated hoax.

Science Cafes Tap Nation's Fascination With Research and Discoveries, Wired

"Toby Garfield, an oceanographer at San Francisco State University, was explaining the science of big ocean waves, like the giant Mavericks surf break about 25 miles away. As he showed slides of the ocean floor and explained that the coast is a system of energy dissipation, the crowd peppered him with questions. Why do waves come in sets? What are rogue waves? How is the United States harnessing the power of waves to make renewable energy? Scenes like this are being repeated across the country at science cafes, where contemporary science -- a topic that Americans supposedly find dull -- is drawing substantial crowds month after month, even on topics as nerdy as gene sequencing and dark matter."

Editor's note: This is something NASA Should Be Doing. Oh wait - they are - at ARC i.e. Luna Philosophie, NASA CoLab

Editor's update: A NASA Watch reader informed me that LaRC Has been holding Science Cafes as well - my omission. Perhaps LaRC will fix its press release distribution system such that I get press releases and media notices (such as this one) - things that I have registered to receive by email ...

NASA's Elementary and Second Program: Review and Critique, NRC

"The federal role in precollege science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is receiving increasing attention in light of the need to support public understanding of science and to develop a strong scientific and technical workforce in a competitive global economy. Federal science agencies, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), are being looked to as a resource for enhancing precollege STEM education and bringing more young people to scientific and technical careers."

Challenger Center News

Challenger Center for Space Science Education Flies High Above Times Square

"Over the past several days, New Yorkers have had a chance to see what the next Challenger Learning Center will look like. The facility will be located in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey and wadesigned by Cubellis, a national architectural, interior design, and engineering firm. Visitors to Times Square have been shown a large electronic advertisement by PRNewswire at 3 Times Square featuring a press release and an image of the new Learning Center."

Challenger Center News

Challenger Center for Space Science Education Names NASA Veteran William Readdy As Next Board Chairman

"Challenger Center for Space Science Education is pleased to announce that in January 2008 William Readdy will assume the important leadership role, succeeding astronaut and business executive, Dr. Joseph Allen, Ph.D. as chairman of the board. Readdy brings over three decades of experience in the aerospace industry to Challenger Center. He had a distinguished career with NASA, as an astronaut and as associate administrator for space operations."

Challenger Center for Space Science Education Adds New Members to Board of Directors

"Leroy Chiao, Carol Staubach, Keith Cowing"

Looking Ahead

From Education to Enterprise: The Importance of Science and Technology in a Global Market

"Join an Interactive Panel with Global Leaders Hosted by The Center for Excellence in Education and Booz Allen Hamilton - Event Date: December 10, 2007 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Eileen Collins, Colonel, USAF, Ret., NASA Astronaut
  • Dennis Doughty, President, US Government Business, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Michael H. Jordan, Chairman of the Board, Electronic Data Systems Corporation
  • Steve Wozniak, Co-ounder, Apple Computer"

Simple Video - Big Message

NASA's Exploration Mission: And the Children Shall Reach Out - and Lead, SpaceRef

"Every now and again even the most cynical of us stumble across something so simple - and yet profound - as to take one's breath away - and remind us of why we are so captivated with space exploration's broader ramifications."

Editor's note: I need to post a link to this video (below) at least once every few months. Indulge me.



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