Category Archives: STEM

STEM: Watch This Short TED Talk Video to Learn What it Takes to Launch the FIREBall Telescope

University of Arizona astronomer Professor Erika Hamden (also see her personal web site here) leads a team involved with launching the FIREBall telescope to help her and her team learn how stars are created. Failure is not an option, even though it happens….you learn from your mistakes, you get back up, and try and try again. I know. Gotta love

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STEM: “Why You Should Make Useless Things” A Short TED Talk by Simone Giertz

Watch this really funny and informative video about the need to design and make “useless” things by Simone Giertz. Here is Simone’s YouTube channel. 🙂 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) students will learn that not everything will go perfectly the first time. I always knew that my designs would need to be improved (or sometimes completely trashed and start over)

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STEM: Sony Introduces the KOOV Programmable Blocks for Kids

Check out the video below then go to this CNET article and the Sony KOOV web site for more information on KOOV. Here is a quick paragraph from the CNET article: “The Koov pieces contain sensors and actuators that spring to life when kids use them to build shapes and models. The completed sculptures can be wirelessly connected to a

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STEM: If you want to be an Astronaut and Work on the Space Station Watch this Cool Video

I actually worked, very briefly, at Lawrence Livermore Lab with someone who eventually became an Astronaut. He has even been to space. If you want to venture into space with your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and career, NASA TV has some great information on the latest happenings in the world of Space. Watch the video below for the

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STEM: Watch as PhysicsGirl Explains What Programmers Really Do

PhysicsGirl Diana Cowern visits YouTube to find out what software engineers really do. NOTE: ForCarol.com College Scholarship recipient, Inyoung, now works at YouTube TV. 🙂 As Diana explains: “I left a physics job to do software engineering. Was it worth it? What do software engineers actually do? Software engineers and programmers code everything from virtual reality to artificial intelligence to

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