Dustin’s STEM Assignment

Hello World.

My name is Dustin Martin, and I am currently enrolled in General Chemistry at Grantham University.  As a requirment for this course, I had to come up with an idea to promote something for the scientific community.  I thought a good idea would be to create a newsletter of some sort and send it out to my address book.  However, my instructor thought that a more aggressive approach would be to create a blog so that the potential number of readers could be exponential.

SO, with that in mind, I plan to create a new post each week that will feature a topic that features on of the aspects of STEM.  For those of you that do not know, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Pretty clever, huh?  This is a new intiative that is aimed at promoting each of these principles throughout the education system of our country.  As many of you may know, our country is quickly falling behind the rest of the world in the number of scientists and engineers that we develop.  This is where STEM comes in: to make these core topics interesting, viable, and sexy again.

This is a good link for more in-depth information on the STEM initiative: http://www.stemedcoalition.org/

In this first post, I will share an interesting article from each of the core topics of STEM.

Science: Scientists are using methods from other disciplines to glean new knowledge from old data.   In an effort to curb funding requests to examine previously discovered data, Biologists, in particular, are developing “synthetic science” — an approach which combines concepts, tools, and data from multiple disciplines to produce new insights or discoveries.    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100111154922.htm

Technology: The CES is underway in Las Vegas, NV.  Here is a peak at what is coming in the months ahead in personal technology.  Of cource, the usual  jumps in television and home theater technology are making the usual rounds, giving us louder stereo and pristine television pictures.  What really jumped out to me was the introduction of the Picowatt.  This device allows home owners to monitor their energy use, scaling back thier consumption.  This will be particularly helpful in places like California where rolling blackouts in the summer months are common due to the high demand.  http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/01/06/mashable.ces.overview/index.html

 Engineering: Need a taste of some of the most recent engineering marvels to grace our planet?  Have a few billion dollars laying around?  If so, then check out this myriad of marvels in Dubai.  Granted, the country is currently in a financial meltdown due to its extreme, over-the-top engineering and building choices, but they sure built some neat stuff.  I am not sure of the practicality of it, but it appears that the country felt that it could really boost its post 9/11 tourism draw of the world’s wealthy by building these monstrosities.  It’s just too bad that the price of oil has fallen like a rock.  http://www.dubai-architecture.info/DUB-GAL1.htm

Math: Chinese Scientists help spark the Chinese space initiative with their advancements in mathematics.  Ok there is nothing too alarming about this article you say?  How about the fact that each of these brilliant men were born less than 15 years after WW1?  To me, that’s just cool.  These guys are each in their 80’s and could do mathematical circles around most of us.  Check out the pictures and ages of the previous award winners.  They range from 75 to 91 years old!  http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-01/12/content_9304301.htm

That is the conclusion of my first blog ever written.  Hey, for a guy who doesn’t do Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Yourface, Hisplace, or whatever, I think this came out ok.  Check back around Monday each week.  I’ll find some more cool sciency stuff to post.

-Dustin

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11 Responses to “Dustin’s STEM Assignment”

  1. Randy Weed Says:

    Creative, Observant, Ordinal, Laudable COOL

  2. Lacey Says:

    I thought this was very interesting. I liked that you can get a shot of neat info and if interested in more you can click on the link. Good job and good luck…look forward to more!!!

  3. Nancy Foye-Cox Says:

    The best of luck to you, Dustin, in this important pursuit. Most interesting.

    Aunt Nancy Foye-Cox
    Akron OH

  4. Susan Perez Says:

    Very information first edition. Looking forward to reading more ‘cool sciency stuff’ on your next edition…or will there be a quiz perhaps?

  5. Damian Berry Says:

    http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/custom/portlets/recordDetails/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=EJ727637&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=EJ727637
    Here is a link to an interesting article about Asian success in mathematics. It seems there is a cultural aspect behind American failure as well. Whereas Americans have an attitude of giving up and valuing ability asian cultures value effort over ability. I highly recommend it.

  6. Pat Tharp Says:

    Good job Dustin. Very interesting and informative. I look forward to the next one.

  7. Rhonda Says:

    Dustin…being a mathophobic…I appreciate your approach to sharing the word…good luck to you!

  8. Pat Tharp Says:

    Good job Dustin. Very informative. Look forward to your next one.

  9. Carolyn Anderson Says:

    Great idea! Well organized and structured. Your luck on your venture.

  10. Pamela Martin AKA Proud Mom Says:

    Dustin, I know there isn’t anything you can’t do and do well! Enjoyed the article Tracking Reasons Many Girls Avoid Science and Math… self-confidence instilled by parents and teachers is an important factor… for my first graders I tell them there is no I can’t only I can’t, yet!

  11. PC Says:

    Dustin,
    When is your next post? I have been looking forward to reading it.

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