Ode to the Brain! by Symphony of Science

"Ode to the Brain" is the ninth episode in the Symphony of Science music video series. Through the powerful words of scientists Carl Sagan, Robert Winston, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jill Bolte Taylor, Bill Nye, and Oliver Sacks, it covers different aspects the brain including its evolution,...

The Art of Science

A short fundraising video written and directed The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. The assignment was to create a compelling and memorable video which the Hutch would show, in person, to couples and individuals who were prepared to write a check for...

Art Science Fusion Program, UC Davis

A new paradigm for education is sprouting in the Northern California landscape. Students in the Art Science Fusion Program at the University of California, Davis, connect the patterns, harmonies, symbols and perceptions that are shared across borders and disciplines. ...

iCivics: How Games Can Teach Kids to be Better Citizens

“We’re hoping to create forums on our site for discussion around those activities, for recognition of particularly successful activities, and for organization of students around particular public policy issues and ways to tie the games to those issues that kids care about.”...

UCSD Extension: Teens At FabLab San Diego Experiment with Creative Computing

At FabLab San Diego, students and community members are invited to come “make almost anything.” The space is a digital design and fabrication laboratory that invites the public to experiment with high-tech tools. At Hackasaurus Jam, Mozilla Encourages Young Programmers to Change the Web Tinkering the...

Hands-On Hacking: Young Programmers at FabLab San Diego Use Math and Science to Dissect Technology and Make it Their Own

UCSD Extension is proud to partner with FabLab San Diego to implement the STE[+a]M approach to learning in a hands on environment. FabLab’s Katie Rast has been instrumental in taking this concept from just an idea into reality.

-Edward Abeyta, Ph.D.
Director of K-16 Programs at UC San Diego
k12.ucsd.edu

StudentSpeak Webisode 21 from Spotlight on Vimeo.

StudentSpeak Webisode 21 from Spotlight on Vimeo.

This week’s StudentSpeak webisode goes behind the scenes at FabLab San Diego, where teens are learning to experiment with technology in a hands-on programming course.

“We give them the chance to hack,” said FabLab Program Director Katie Rast.

FabLab San Diego is a digital design and fabrication laboratory that invites the public to experiment with high-tech tools. This year, FabLab offered a creative computing course to local middle and high school students through a partnership with University of California San Diego Extension, Media Arts Center San Diego and the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

“We want the students to understand how things that they see in their physical environment can be translated, using code, into a virtual environment,” Rast told Spotlight.

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk....

Al Seckel says our brains are mis-wired

Al Seckel, a cognitive neuroscientist, explores the perceptual illusions that fool our brains. Loads of eye tricks help him prove that not only are we easily fooled, we kind of like it....

Amy Tan on creativity

Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved. ...