Artifacts from the Summer Face to Face Meetings (F2F)
This is the first selfie I ever took. It was part of Day 1 for the MSUrbanSTEM class, a shoot-n-tweet introduction. Notice how it is entirely the wrong angle, it makes me look imposing, taken from the bottom. I am showing off my geometric mean spiral
Here I became part of a team! This is a varied group of individuals from Math and Science. The Cream of the Crop, we became Creme delaSTEAM
This is our first Quickfire Video. This is the first project that we completed as the Creme delaSTEAM team of 5. It's a pretty cool problem, I like the idea of including small 1 min videos for my classes.
After reading the book "Cosmos", we as a whole group came up with a picture quote book along with our big ideas for how the readings could related to stem education. It was really neat to see our work combined with the other groups.
Today was a busy creation day. I started off the day with making a mask. I wasn't sure where I was going to go when I started, but I want a large mask using geometric shapes. I eventually settled on something Spartan-like, and I'm relatively pleased with the result. It matches with my Greek Pythagorean shirt. It might make an appearance for Halloween or something. It is certainly sturdy enough to last.
We created some Memes! I created a few, but probably the best one I created was featured on the MSU Urban Stem website. A variation of the "Success Kid" theme.
Alphabits: Here is the idea that we can see the structure of language and letters in everyday objects, outside of our normal alphabet. I took several images, but this is perhaps the one that looks most like a letter. Can you figure out which letter it is?
We were given a task to create something that represented STEM, but we could only use one physical medium (and our hands). A very creative yet rather restrictive project at the same time. I had PlayDoh! I decided to create a tower of different colors; the 4 colors represent the 4 letters of STEM. There was a deliberate decision to include more layers on top to show a mixture, since I don't believe that the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math should be separate categories.
For our next quick-fire challenge, we were given the task of animating a physics (or science in general) misconception. However, given the nature of the exercise, we used a new piece of technology to show something that physically cannot happen. The GIF bellow was made using a Stop-Motion app. Stop-motion is very tedious and this 3 second GIF used 18 images. We decided to show a double misconception: Orbits around the sun are circular, and that the orbit is the same for every planet.
It is time for Creme delaSTEAM to share things with the large group. Mike Ng and I shared some tech tips, he contributed the first three, and I was responsible for the "B side" final two tips.