Most teachers have a first-year-teaching story. Few have one like Matthew d’Alessio’s. His first teaching experience was at California’s notorious San Quentin State Prison, the largest prison in the country, where he taught math and geology in the Prison University Project, the only college program inside a California prison. “The students were among the most […]
The Infrared Street View is an award-winning project that was funded by the National Science Foundation. The idea is to create a thermal equivalent of Google’s Street View that would serve as the starting point to develop a thermographic information system.
Imagine being guided by a buzz on your smart watch, suggesting you try a different path in the museum you’re visiting. Or your mobile device that knows your favorite types of activities nudging you to move outside your comfort zone and explore new genres of art or recommending the next curiosity to examine. The Conference […]
Location-based augmented reality (AR) games such as Pokemon Go have become popular in recent years. What can we learn from them in order to make SmartIR into a fun science app? In the past week, I have been experimenting with AR in SmartIR using the lo…
As our senior software engineer Kirk Swenson said in a recent @Concord article, the Concord Consortium is all about impact: getting more students in more places doing STEM inquiry. Since only about 5% of the Earth’s population speaks English as a first language, it makes sense to reach beyond English to make our free resources […]
How do students learn to think like scientists so they can uncover the natural world’s secrets? Scientific experimentation allows students to discover some of nature’s secrets. However, it is not simply about collecting data through the use of various apparatus, whether it’s a conventional microscope or advanced computer technologies. Scientific experimentation requires students to engage […]
Fig. 1A goal of the SmartIR app is to provide basic instructional support directly in the app so that students, citizen scientists, professionals, and other users can learn what they can do with the incredible power of thermal vision beyond its convent…
I am pleased to announce Project Snake Eyes. This ambitious project aims to combine image analysis and infrared imaging to create biomimetic thermal vision — computer vision that simulates the ability of some animals such as snakes to see in darkness.
In the midst of the data deluge, data seem to be everywhere. With the advent of ubiquitous Internet of Things sensors, data now seem to be a part of the natural world around us, too. And along with this idea that data exist everywhere, we often say that scientists collect data (think: collecting blueberries, in […]
Design thinking and engineering design is often taught as a linear, structured approach, but with Paper Mechatronics, tinkering is key. During two different July workshops a group of teachers and some young girls explored a more creative approach to learning design: blending crafts with electronics, coding, and mechanisms. Infosys Foundation USA Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018 […]