Einstein once said, “[t]he significant problems we face cannot be solved with the same level of thinking we used to create them.” Education for Sustainability (EfS) is our contribution to cultivating that different way of thinking.
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The Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) started with an idea. What if:
Every child could get excited about learning through collaborative "hands-on" activities?
Every educator could obtain low-cost materials and the training to use them in "hands-on" projects?
21st Century learning skills developed through "hands-on" education could become pervasive and improve educational outcomes?
Teachable Moment: It is often hard to communicate the carbon impact of our decisions because it is often a third or fourth order calculation and an abstract concept. This web site provides a powerful visual engine for understanding the carbon impact of our every day decisions.
Every action, every event, every person, everything emits a certain amount of carbon, but putting it in perspective can be a bit tough. As part of our focus this week on the home energy technologies on display at the Consumer Electronics Show, GE has again partnered with author and designer David McCandless to create an interactive data visualization that examines some of those scenarios.
Teachable Moment:This TED video discusses the invention of the GPS as a perfect example of open innovative systems where "chance favors the connected mind". I also like it because it provides a good example of how innovation can be as simple as merely the inversion of our thinking... in this case, one group of scientists had discovered how to track a moving object in space from a fixed point on the ground... and another one pushed them to think about tracking a moving object on the ground from a fixed point in space.
The NXT Classroom; a community dedicated to supporting teachers who are using the LEGO Mindstorm System in their classroom.
Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only as a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker - with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell.
Only on TV, could a teacher find a teachable moment in a locked storage room with a gang member. And of course, if you're going to challenge a gang member to anything, it might as well be explaining to them how an atom works!
In 1935, Schrodinger wrote a paper about the state of Quantum Physics wherein he posited the following:
"One can even set up quite ridiculous cases. A cat is penned up in a steel chamber, along with the following device (which must be secured against direct interference by the cat): in a Geiger counter there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small, that perhaps in the course of the hour one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none; if it happens, the counter tube discharges and through a relay releases a hammer which shatters a small flask of hydrocyanic acid. If one has left this entire system to itself for an hour, one would say that the cat still lives if meanwhile no atom has decayed. The psi-function of the entire system would express this by having in it the living and dead cat (pardon the expression) mixed or smeared out in equal parts"
Great video from Stand and Deliver
Your arm is about ten times longer than the distance between your eyes. That fact, together with a bit of applied trigonometry, can be used to estimate distances between you and any object of approximately known size.
Imagine, for example, that you're standing on the side of a hill, trying to decide how far it is to the top of a low hill on the other side of the valley. Just below the hilltop is a barn, which you feel reasonably sure is about 100 feet wide on the side facing you.