The sixth grade FaceTimed with Dr. Christina Restaino, ecologist from UC Davis about climate change. They lined up to ask her questions about climate, her studies, the scientific process, research, being out in the field, what they can do to make change, and about being a woman in science. ❤️🌲🌎 #ifshecanseeitshecanbeit #womeninstem #womeninscience
Access to Tech: BeAnotherLab
The seventh and eighth grades tried out an insanely incredible machine designed to create empathy through visceral, perceptual feedback from a virtual-reality system designed by BeAnotherLab, a team of nine artists and technologists who live all around the world. Their workshops and exhibitions have been featured at museums, film festivals, and educational institutions in Barcelona, NYC, Berlin, and Taipei, to name a few, and today we are lucky to have them at LWGMS! Huge thanks to filmmaker @sandycioffi friend of the school, for making this connection! The machine provides the illusion that you have swapped bodies with another person, through the swapping of perceptual information such as sight and sound, live-recorded and live-projected in body-worn monitors, headphones, and VR headsets. What?! It was amazing... #TheMachineToBeAnother @beanotherlab #vr #empathy
STEAM Speaker: Carol Macilroy
Else '19's mom, Carol, is here today to talk to the 6th graders about the effects of climate change and the climate research work she's doing with scientists in Skagit County. The how's, why's, and what's...and computer generated vision of what might happen in the future...and the problems and opportunities the girls will have to deal with. 🌎❤️ #climatechange #rolemodels #ifshecanseeitshecanbeit
Access to Tech: Hololens
A moment of awe and zen with the @hololens. Thank you to our friend @nishant.dani for sharing it with the girls. #nbd #techisforgirls #vr #hololens
STEAM Café: Cheryl Greengrove
STEAM Café welcomed Cheryl Greengrove, Associate Professor of Geoscience in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) and a founding faculty member of the Environmental Science Program at UW Tacoma. Ms. Greengrove is a physical oceanographer presently working with biological, chemical and geological oceanographers on studying harmful algal blooms in Puget Sound and estuarine processes in Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Her favorite activity is taking her students in the field and involving them in hands-on research.
Students have been working with circuits in STEAM.
Explain how energy transfers from a battery’s chemical energy into electricity. Explain how to create a simple circuit. Explain how to create a parallel circuit. Explain how to create a switch.
STEAM Speaker: Tarah Wheeler
Woman-in-STEM Tarah Wheeler – Hacker | Founder | Security Researcher | Speaker | Mentor | Advisor | Scientist | Author | CEO – speaking to the student body about What It's Like To Be A Hacker on Pi Day! Thank you to Mr. E for connecting Ms. Wheeler to the school!
STEAM Field Trip
Seventh grade students attended the Women Fly Conference at the Museum of Flight! This annual event is for kids interested in aviation, aerospace, and STEM futures, and they spend the day participating in motivational and career-oriented activities that will allow them to meet and learn from professional women working in a variety of STEM careers! Here are some of our girls coding with Alaska Airlines programmers! ❤ @museumofflight @alaskaair#stem#stemgirls#stemfun#WomenFly
STEAM Café: Cynthia Putnam
STEAM Café welcomed Energy Manager and Principal of sustainability consulting firm Putnam Price, Cynthia Putnam. Cynthia provides advice to owners of large buildings such as schools and offices about ways they can make their buildings more environmentally friendly, energy and resource efficient. Her message for our students was "If you care about protecting the natural environment, my profession will give you opportunities to work with building scientists, engineers, and policy makers to make our buildings work better for the occupants and reduce their impact on the environment."
Access to Tech: DOS
Computer Guts students spent some time learning DOS operating system and commands with Mr. Zarker (Ms. Christine's dad and on of her science and tech role models and champions)!
Microsoft’s DOS is an example one kind of operating system, a fairly simple one, which first appeared in 1981 on the IBM PC. The interface was what we call a command line interface, meaning that there was no mouse, no menus, or any graphical components. Text commands were entered from the keyboard, and the computer’s response appeared as text on the monitor. DOS controlled some aspects of the computer hardware, particularly disk access and basic CPU operations, but it was still common to need to configure the video display, sound card, printer, etc. for each application that would use them.
DOS was a single-tasking operating system, which meant that only one program could be run at a time.
STEAM Speaker: Pixar's Danielle Feinberg
We were honored to welcome guest speaker Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography at Pixar, to L-Dub! Ms. Feinberg spoke to the girls (and many family members who joined us) about her work, which blends art and science. That's right: STEAM is her profession! Throughout the presentation, Ms. Feinberg drove home the idea of following your own voice and setting your own path. She mentioned how following her interests and not following the pack has led her to Pixar - where she's now been for 19 years, working on films such as Wall•E, Brave, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and The Incredibles, Lifted, and Ratatouille.
Here are some great, inspirational quotes from her talk:
“People are going to try to tell your story for you and you don't have to let them.”
“Don't mistake confidence for knowledge.”
“Success requires some fear. If you are not risking something why would you be scared?”
“Create the world you want. Fill it with things that inspire you.”
“Try and try harder.”
“Find the heart and soul in everything you do.”
“When you feel scared you are poised for great things.”
Thank you, Ms. Feinberg for coming to our school and showing our girls the beauty of what math, science, code and art can create in the world. ❤️
Coding at L-Dub program introduces students to the basics of programming. They work on "thinking like a programmer," concepts of algorithms, controlling a computer from the command line, and creating basic programs and scripts.
Here, teams were challenged to access a remote server (the raspberry pi), log in, and then figure out the commands to control a light.
THEY ALL DID IT.
STEAM Café: Dana Manalang
Instrument Engineer Dana Manalang spoke with L-Dub students about her work building instruments to explore the deep waters and shifting tectonic plates of the North Pacific Ocean.
1. Take a picture with an L-Dub Locker Lady...and tweet it. Locker Ladies are are women who have blazed paths for our students – we lovingly name our lockers after them – and will have life size cutouts of the busts of Grace Hopper and Mae Jemison for visitors to cozy up with...and snap photos with.
2. Recharge: Practice Mindfulness...or recharge your device. Learn what mindfulness looks like at L-Dub and have the chance to practice two techniques we use. We will also have a 6-12 port charging station for participants' devices. :)
3. Play Match the Great-Woman-in-STEAM Quotes. We'll have 2-3 small posters of rad women and an equally rad quote for visitors to match up. Our students know all about these women (naturally!) and will teach our visitors about them.
4. Connect us with a woman in tech. We're looking for role models for our girls, and SIC participants, we are sure, will have many connections for us!
Access to Tech: VR at SIC
Mela '16 had a great time with her first VR experience at the Seattle Interactive Conference!
Access to Tech
Just another day in sixth grade science modeling the Earth's atmosphere.
STEAM Café: I-Wei Feng
STEAM Café welcomed GeekGirlCon's Board Secretary and biotechnologist I-Wei Feng. Ms. Feng was born and raised in sub-tropical Taiwan; her family relocated to New Jersey so she could have better opportunities to enjoy glorious American entertainment such as Dirty Dancing and Star Trek: The Next Generation. After high school, she departed for the sunnier climes of California to attend University of California, San Diego, it was during this time when I-Wei first let her Trekkie flag proudly fly as a channel op on the #startrek EFnet IRC channel. But alas, after 16 years in San Diego, Seattle’s vibrant geek culture was ultimately the perfect fit for I-Wei. Professionally, I-Wei is a biologist in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry developing therapeutics for cancer and infectious disease. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, making music, and watching Agent Carter/Naked and Afraid/Game of Thrones/Walking Dead/ST:TNG reruns.