Saturday, June 5, 2010

Saturday Sharing (My Finds Are Yours)

Today's edition of Saturday Sharing gives you a manageable list of bookstore blogs, a glimpse of Einstein's office on the day he died, images of more than 100 beautiful and mysterious crop circles, a run-down on the Confluence Project in the Pacific Northwest, and a link to a constantly updated site of science-related content. A project to create a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) network for girls also is highlighted.

✭ Many bookstores have their own weblogs, and now the 50 best are listed here.

✭ If you hunger for science podcasts, sciencepodcasters promises not just to whet but to satisfy your appetite for all kinds of science-related content.

✭ A school for girls only who go undercover to explore the mysteries of science, technology, engineering, and math? Yes, that's the concept for Click!Online, a proposed Web-based augmented-reality game for teen-age girls. Its "spy school", Click!Agency, will use a science-based social network to help girls learn how to solve real-world challenges in biomedical science, environmental protection, and expressive technologies. It will emphasize critical thinking, collaborative problem-solving, group sourcing, and social action. (See video below.)

Designed by Drew Davidson of Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center, Sabrina Haskell of Schell Games, Charles Palmer of Harrisburg University, Nina Simon of Museum 2.0, and Laura Staniland of CivicsLab and directed by Emily Sturman of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center, the Click!Online project recently was awarded $200,000 in the 2010 Digital Media and Learning Competition.

For a list of Girls, Math & Science Partnership programs under the aegis of Carnegie Science Center, go here.

For the 2010 AAUW report, "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics", go here.


✭ Einstein fans will appreciate this recently issued exclusive from Life magazine: "The Day Einstein Died". Photographer Ralph Morse documented how Einstein's office looked the day he died and recorded other images that remained unpublished for 55 years.

✭ The preservation of cultural and natural resources is integral to the Confluence Project, a collaborative initiative of a group of Pacific Northwest Native American  tribes and  the states of Washington and Oregon. Launched in 2002, the project encompasses landscape restorations and environmental enhancements at seven sites along the Columbia River, each of which features permanent interpretive art installations by world-renowned architect and environmental artist Maya Lin. The seven locations are Cape Disappointment State Park, Ridgefield, Fort Vancouver National Site, Sandy River Delta, Celilo Park, Sacajawea State Park, and Chief Timothy Park. Cape Disappointment, Fort Vancouver, and Sandy River are now open to the public. Sacajawea is expected to open soon. The project has created a Journey Book for exploring online the places, people, and art in place or envisioned.

✭ Crop circles are beautiful. These were photographed in England.

7 comments:

M.L. Gallagher said...

OK, the crop circles are beautiful -- stunning actually.

And I love the 'undercover' girls in science. Very cool.

Have a wonderful Saturday my friend.

Louise

SUNRISE SISTER said...

Crop Circles are unbelievably beautiful - so beautiful and unreal that I, of course, began to doubt their actual being.....checked out UK Crop Circles and, well, as I said unbelievable. Can't wait to go back to the site later today and see what these incredibly creative people are up to! Thank you for taking me somewhere I certainly didn't expect to go this a.m.:)

xoxo

n. davis rosback said...

:-)

jenne said...

Again you bring so much to the table, seemingly tirelessly devoted to informing, giving of yourself. Ti respetto moltissimo. BTW I've linked to the actor Nick Mancuso's blog-- he doesn't give me the time of day of course but you might find his work of interest. He's very very sharp! xxj

slowmuse said...

Great find M. One of my big life passions. I've gotten beyond asking how and just relishing their visual grandeur.

sarah said...

I tried to find out more about Click Online but it must be too early on Sunday morning, I had no luck and can't quite understand how to figure it out. But it looks like an awesome idea! (And I tried to listen to the video but cartoons were on tv and drowned it out, lol!)

The Storialist said...

As usual...awesome!! I love all of these.

Crop circles? Especially.

I was watching these...have you seen them? Pretty fascinating (starling murmurations):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNRnHkccmWA