The Future of Science Education

Recently I was in St. Louis and visited my wife’s cousin who is a DJ for a well known rock’n’roll radio station.  We met up at the radio station, so I was able to see the workings of the station behind the scenes.  I quickly realized that what went on behind the microphones was not what I had previously thought.  The entire station is run by computers… no CD’s, no records, no answering phones, just music previously programmed, delivered by computers.  When I asked my wife’s cousin about the innovative methods his station uses, he said, “Times have changed, we need to use the technology that we have to deliver what our listeners want.  We are here because of them.”

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Problem Solving

Despite more than ten years of experience teaching mathematics at Rockhurst, I had a wonderfully humbling experience at the Exeter Mathematics Institute problem-based learning workshop this past week. Math teacher Patrick Curran, Math Department Chair Joe LeRoy and I spent four 8+ hour days working through mathematics problems written by the faculty at the Phillips Exeter Academy.

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Introducing the Robotics Maker Space

I had the opportunity to tour the new Robotics maker space this afternoon, and I tell you - it’s as if this room was predestined for this very purpose. There’s even a 4-pillar support colloseum around the robot battleground in the center of the classroom! You’ve really got to see it up close to feel the excitement of this room’s potential. Moreover, there’s plenty of space for the heavy fabrication machinery at the back of the room, and the variety of equipment as you can see in the image below has just enough space to fill the room entirely. Not to mention Andy has good taste in music which sets the work atmosphere just right.

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New Frontiers

I just finished reading Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney. This should be required reading for any leader, especially one who is involved in Jesuit education (every teacher is also a leader).

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Reflecting

Reflecting upon my Rockhurst High School experience, a few highlights come to my mind:

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We Call it Rocktopus

The first 3D print to arrive at Rockhurst High School. When I heard about it, I had to grab a few photos and share. It’s blue. It has eight arms. We call it “Rocktopus.”

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What's STEAMing?

The electronic equipment for the new rooms arrived yesterday!

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Why Put the "A" in STEAM?

Let’s start here

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