STEM

Where’s the shade at the ballpark?

By myralopez on July 13, 2018 in Everyday mySci

Activity: The next time you go to a ball game, notice how the sun moves across the stadium. Is your seat in the sun or the shade? In what inning does that change? What about the batter’s box? The score board? Questions to ask: Which direction does the sun rise in the morning and set in [&he...

Sally Elgin: Lessons learned in a life of science

By myralopez on April 27, 2018 in Faculty & Staff

Nowadays Sally Elgin would probably be referred to as gifted or talented. But in the 1950s, a really smart girl was obnoxious or a nerd. “I come from a long line of nerds and it’s not always a good social position to be in,” explains Elgin, the Viktor Hamburger Professor of Arts & Sciences at...

ISP leads Hour of Code

By myralopez on December 7, 2017 in Community Engagement, Science, STEM

“I made it move,” an ecstatic Jalen Royston said as he bolted up from his seat, pumping his fists in the air. He’d inputted the correct code to make clouds on his computer screen move to the left. Sporting a “Hello, I’m Awesome” T-shirt, Jalen, a fifth-grader at Barbara C. Jordan Elementary Schoo...

Integrating computer science in schools

By myralopez on October 15, 2017 in STEM, STEMpact, Teacher Leadership

More than 100 years before the invention of the modern computer, the idea of computer programming existed. Created by a gifted mathematician named Ada Lovelace who wrote instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s. “The takeaway from her work is that computational thinking is not...