Abdul-Jabbar, newly named Global Cultural Ambassador for the State Department, has a new book, "What Color is My World?" about African-American inventors and innovators. He tells us why we don't know these names as well as we know Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, especially when looking at the depth of the contribution and achievement.
Why did he author this book? To show young kids, especially from minority neighborhoods, that they can have a future beyond just sports and entertainment, if they "get the right kind of educational foundation and apply themselves."
12.05.2013 | "There are very few schools
that purposefully try to create lines and connections between different fields. The way most high schools are set up,
you're in history class, and then the bell rings;
then you go to science class,
and then the bell rings." Watch Now | Comments
11.19.2013 | Future inForm?"inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the... Watch Now | Comments
11.12.2013 | Many parents in the United States assume that (math ability)
is just some kind of aptitude -
some kids have it, some kids don't . . .
The result is most of our kids (in the U.S.) don't do really
well in Math . . ." Watch Now | Comments
10.31.2013 | Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus at MIT, "father of linguistics", political commentator. From bio: "Besides his work in linguistics, Chomsky is internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today": ... Watch Now | Comments
10.23.2013 | The Arts in STEM learning: "I actually explained my whole theory of immunology
to an entire art class at a college
JUST through visuals and they GOT it.
I have many more problems trying to explain it to my students
in my immunology classes."
-Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein Watch Now | Comments
10.22.2013 | Great video from pandodaily, my new favorite tech site, about how the CEO of Deviant Art uses his artistic expression and journaling to help him think, reflect, organize or clear his head to work better. Watch Now | Comments
10.17.2013 | In this video below, dance moves are equated with having "pattern attributes". This connection is very reminiscent of what mathematician Paul Lockhart was referring to in "A Mathematician's Lament" about math being about pattern-making . . . and art.Isn't also... Watch Now | Comments