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Steamed Up over STEM

BY JOHN DEBACHER
@ VOL 22 ON APR 13, 2017

What's all the fuss and focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in our schools? It's spread beyond earlier efforts to proactively help our young women not feel stigmatized if they enjoy an equation or two, and now threatens to spread a cumulonimbus over our educational system. Where are the Arts in all this? Not even chopped liver -- that might qualify as culinary science. I believe that, when you get beyond all the flash of STEM's appeal, it's components can, upon reflection, be seen as progeny of the Arts. The necessary components of abstraction, classification and description rely on humankind's unique language abilities, as do the symbols in formulas and theorems. Science could not have developed without the fundamental dance of discourse and recorded evidence that developed from the advancement of oral storytelling into poetry to literature...and of course, how could we survive any of this without humor?

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Beyond Thin Mints: Girl Scouting & STEM

BY ALLISON MARTINSON
@ VOL 22 ON APR 13, 2017

When you think about Girl Scouts, you probably don't think about Juliette Gordon Low, the hard-of-hearing inventor that helped bring scouting to the United States. You're probably thinking about cookies. Cookies are a Girl Scout's first introduction to entrepreneurship. Allison Martinson introduces them to engineering. At Girl Scouts of Wisconsin - Badgerland, Girl Scouts are learning to use their dreams and ideas to make, build, design, create, dissect, and analyze. Badgerland's program introduces girls to code, robotics, entomology, and rocketry, connects girls to inspiring adult volunteers, and encourages girls to use STEM to make the world a better place.

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How to Sell Video Games to Schools

BY BRANDON PITTSER
@ VOL 22 ON APR 13, 2017

Filament Games has been exclusively focused on developing learning games for over 10 years, and They've recently cracked the code of selling learning games to schools. The want to share their secrets with you! From district administrators to rockstar teachers, they uncover how they use their allies in the field to evangelize for this important pedagogical movement. Brandon Pittser gives a high-level overview of what it takes to make it in the challenging, exciting world of K-12 educational games sales.

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What do we actually know about Google's algorithm

BY EAGAN HEATH
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

The higher you rank on Google, the more traffic that comes to your website. That means it's worth money to be at the top, which requires Search Engine optimization (SEO). But how many SEO rules of thumb are proven? Eagan Heath will share interesting case studies to provide some insight on this matter in What do we actually know about Google's algorithm.

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Artificial Intelligence isn't on its way

BY JULES BROVONT
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

 In Artificial Intelligence isn't on its way, Jules Brovont will clear away some common misconceptions about what artificial intelligence is, what it isn't, and what its capabilities are. Are you already using AI without realizing it? Where is AI taking us as a society, and how is it already changing our lives? Jules will scratch the surface of these fundamental questions, and catch a glimpse of how this technology is already beginning to shake the foundation of our civilization.

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What all truth seekers have in common

BY MICHAEL NEELSEN
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

There is a lot of depate about facts and truth today, but did you know that truth seekers of all stripes (scientific & artistic) share the same process in their pursuit? Inspired by Arthur Koestler's book "The Act of Creation," Michael Neelsen will share how all scientific discovery & artistic creativity boils down to a process of combining two or more variables to create something new.

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Can you change your brain? And would you want to?

BY TINA HALLIS
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

Recent scientific findings debunk the myth that our brains stop changing once we reach adulthood. This revelation then begs the question, if our brains continue to change throughout our life, can WE direct those changes? If we can, is it possible to tailor our brains in a way that zctually improves our quality of life? Tina Hallis explores these questions, along with related scientific results to consider how all of us can take advantage of our brain "power."

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Healthy Lakes. Healthy Community

BY JAMES TYE
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

People rely on our lakes for recreation; businesses rely on them for recruitment. the Clean Lakes Alliance knows the more people realize our lakes are the center of our community, the more they will fight for their health. James Tye shares what's being done and what we need to do to ensure lake health in the Yahara Watershed

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Coworking: Fact vs Fiction

BY TIFFANIE MARK
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

When most people hear the term "coworking" their minds jump straight to tech startups and Ping-Pong tables. But, there is more to coworking than meets the eye. In this presentation, Tiffanie Mark digs into the heart of the shared space movement, providing a deeper look into one of the world's fastest growing industry.

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You can't sell...How you can sell ketchup to someone wearing white gloves, using your watch

BY MATTHEW PLETZER
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

"For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction."

In You can't sell...How you can sell ketchup to someone wearing white gloves, using your watch at PechaKucha Night Madison Vol. 21, Maththew Pletzer disproves the idea that not everyone is meant to be a salesperson. While many still believe this myth, Matthew thinks that many just don't feel comfortable with conventional sales methods. In this presentation, He shares his extensive knowledge of the psychology behind why people buy the way they do and how you can influence people by using your watch. 

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From Lunchables to Changed Lives - Learning How to Market United Way in the Face of Misperceptions

BY JOCELYN HARMON
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

Jocelyn Harmon will share her journey from Corporate Brand Management to mangaging the nonprofit brand of United Way. She hopes to clear up any misconceptions one may have about this wonderful local institution located in Dane County. 

 

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Beyond Camelot: The Mythic Memory of the Sixties

BY CRAIG WERNER
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

From JFK's Camelot to Martin Luther King's, "I Have a Dream" speech to protestors spitting on Vietnam veterans, the cultural memory of the Sixties rests firmly on a foundation of politically-motivated myth. In this presentation, Craig Werner juxtaposes familiar and surprising images of the decade to reveal some of the complications behind the myths. 

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