WISE spring conference, the science of baseball, & Try Engineering

A few tidbits of news.

Women in Science Endeavors (WISE) is holding a conference for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Science Spectrum in Lubbock. The girls will participate in four workshops. Registration must be received by March 26, and space is limited to the first 300 students. For more information, call James Nesmith at the Science Spectrum (806-745-2525 x 234).

I ran across a website called The Science of Baseball (http://www.exploratorium.edu/baseball/index.html). Tech just renovated Dan Law Field, and, heading back to my car one afternoon, I was startled at first to hear music and a voice because it seemed the renovation couldn’t possibly be complete. But, no, they are actually playing. Now it’s nice to walk to my car on a warm spring day and hear a bit of the game. Baseball has a very enticing sound that makes me want to get outside and enjoy life–hot dogs, watermelon, freshly mowed grass. If your students enjoy baseball, this site may provide you with some fun science lessons.

And, last but definitely not least, I found Try Engineering (http://tryengineering.org/). Our T-STEM Center is located at Texas Tech in the Whitacre College of Engineering, so naturally we encourage teachers to use engineering projects in K-12 schools. I’ve been reading that engineering jobs are plentiful, and entry-level positions often offer attractive salaries. But students, and possibly some teachers, are afraid that math and science demands of engineering will be too rigorous. Maybe websites such as Try Engineering can help with that perception. Engineering is really remarkable in that in uses science, technology, and math–all of the STEM curriculum. And it encourages students to try out their concepts and refine them over and over again.

Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you enjoy the blog.

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