a² + b² = c²
Pythagoras was a Greek mathematician who lived about 2500 years ago, and who developed the most famous formula in geometry, possibly in all of mathematics! He proved that, for a right triangle, the sum of the squares of the two sides that join at a right angle equals the square of the third side.
“Elements - Experiments in Character Design” was Kaycie D's senior thesis project, which premiered at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Senior Thesis Exhibition from April 2011 - May 2011 for 72 of the elements. In November of 2011, the remaining 40 elements were completed.
Kaycie D. grew up on the animated Disney movies of the 90's and the songs have been stuck in her head ever since. Though she is a born and bred Minnesotan, she received her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with a major in Animation and a minor in Illustration. She specializes in character design and is working on several large serial projects. Aside from art, she likes puppies, Julie Andrews, and singing loudly and off-key in public places
For more info go to Kaycie D's websites http://kcd-elements.tumblr.com/ and http://kaycie-kcd.blogspot.ca/ #sciencesunday #scienceandart
1. Don't Patronize We're working with real tools. No more sandbox, baby crap. I understand the motivation and thought process behind learning environments like Scratch and the various programming games and I appreciate the quality of work that has gone into many of them, but at the end of the day they're just not real enough (or, at least not for this group). I want the kids to develop real skills that they can use to create real things in the real world. Plus, the kids love it. Being able to login to their own server on the command line and create interactive web pages that the whole world can see is frankly pretty badass and they know it.
3. Challenges, Points and Levels Unsurprisingly, I've found that gamification works. For some reason, when you present a formal challenge to kids and assign points to it, they respond. I've tried just suggesting things for the kids to try out or work on, but often times that just results in a lot of screwing around with little progress.
Just so you can get a sense for the kind of stuff we're doing, here are the challenges from last night (session #4):
Anyway, it's all one big experiment and a work in progress, but it's exciting to see the kids progress and frankly I'm pretty much obsessed with it at the moment. More updates to follow ... ;)
Edit: Also, I owe a big shout-out and thank you to , my good friend, TechZing co-host and general partner in crime, for allowing me to Shanghai him into doing this with me. We've done 38 sessions so far and if there's one thing we've learned it's that teaching kids this young to code is NOT easy. In fact, I would have to say that it's easily the hardest 5-hours of my week and the sessions are only 90-minutes long! ;)
I think it is cool that Machine learning is being used in so many aspects of society!
The Unsettling Beauty of Lethal Viruses
The one of the left: Swine flu, by Luke Jerram.
The one on the right: Enterovirus 71, involved in hand, foot and mouth disease, by Luke Jerram
Few non-scientists would be able to distinguish the E. coli bacteria from the HIV virus under a microscope. Both are as different in their design as they are in their outwardly effects. Artist Luke Jerram, however, can describe in intricate detail the shapes of a slew of deadly viruses. He is intrigued by viruses, as a subject matter, because of their inherent irony. That is, something as virulent as SARS can actually, in its physical form, be quite delicate.
Clearly adept at scientific work—as an undergraduate, the Brit was offered a spot on a university engineering program—Jerram chose to pursue art instead. “Scientists and artists start by asking similar questions about the natural world,” he told SEED magazine in a 2009 interview. They just end up with completely different answers.
To create a body of work he calls “Glass Microbiology,” Jerram has enlisted the help of virologist Andrew Davidson from the University of Bristol and the expertise of professional glassblowers Kim George, Brian George and Norman Veitch. Together, the cross-disciplinary team brings hazardous pathogens, such as the H1N1 virus or HIV, to light in translucent glass forms.
The artist insists that his sculptures be colorless, in contrast to the images scientists sometimes disseminate that are enhanced with bright hues.
BBC Video Link: glass virus art.FLV
Article Link: http://goo.gl/3IvVn
Luke Jerram's website: http://www.lukejerram.com/
#science #scienceeveryday #virus #glass #sculpture #art
Having completed my PhD in nuclear physics, I spent some time doing computational physics in medical research, and then worked for a web startup company at the height of the web 2.0 craze. Combining these interests with my professional training as a high school math teacher, I later joined the millions of others and developed some educational and math apps for the iPhone and iPad.
I spend my days as an Assistant Director at Australia's National Statistical Agency managing the dissimenination of their statistical collections, and in true ninja style, by night I hack away as an covert Data Scientist attempting to devise new and improved statistical machine learning algorithms for snazzy stuff applications like Automated Essay Scoring.