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John DeBacher

Director, Public Library Development, WI Department of Public Instruction in Monona, WI

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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Stem Cell Art

BY IRWIN ADAM EYDELNANT
@ VOL 14 ON MAR 27, 2012

Irwin Adam is a chemical engineer, but all of his friends are designers. After a crazy journey through Siberia, he moved to Toronto from Montreal. Inspired by his designer friends, he's turning 2D stem cells into microscopic 3D art.

"Presentation of the Day" on July 27, 2013.

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Generating STEAM

BY BART TAYLOR
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 25, 2014

Bart Taylor is a robotics and technology high school teacher in Bryan College Station Texas. He discusses the importance of adding an "A" to "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math" (STEM) to generate  STEAM: "Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, and Math."

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Stem Cell Donation: Match in a Million

BY SOON-OK HEIJMANS
@ VOL 3 ON SEP 19, 2015

Soon-ok Heijmans, a researcher on Asian affairs and a leukemia survivor, tells about the miracle of finding one's match in a million through stemcell donation.

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Stem to Steam

BY KAI KAONI
@ VOL 4 ON MAR 02, 2017

From the perspective of an artist, engineer and educator, Kai Kaoniexplores the importance of art in innovation curriculum.  Using his own photography and paintings as a backdrop, he describes how the new STEAM education initiative could create the next generation of great American thinkers.

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The Art of Biology

BY MEHDI DOUMI
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

Mehdi Doumi is from Algeria and England, studied biomedical engineering, and is a technical leader in Research and Innovation at L’Oreal USA - researching human perception of cosmetic products.  He has been part of NPO Ligo Project, promoting science in U.S. culture through humor and videography.  He also enjoys carpentry, improv, and drawing satirical cartoons.  Over the last 4 years he has committed himself to creating abstract artwork to any K-12 educator across the USA.  He hopes that each art piece stimulates student curiosity about math and science topics, especially in a challenging teaching environment.

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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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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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The New Era of Living Medicines

BY JAN NOLTA
@ VOL 27 ON APR 20, 2017

Jan Nolta talks about the UC Davis Stem Cell Program and Regenerative Cures.

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Waterville Students and Eelgrass

BY JON RAMGREN
@ VOL 25 ON JUL 13, 2017

Jon Ramgren shares with us his history of helping students learn outside of the classroom; on July 13th 2017 at Volume 25 of Pecha Kucha Night Waterville.