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Full STEAM Ahead! The Adler Planetarium’s 2nd Annual Girls do Hack Day

17 Nov 2014, 20:00 UTC
Full STEAM Ahead! The Adler Planetarium’s 2nd Annual Girls do Hack Day
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Choo choo! I am full STEAM ahead on the STEM + art/design train. This past Saturday, at our 2nd annual Girls do Hack Day at the Adler Planetarium, I saw first-hand how well it works to use the creativity and fun of art/design to hook girls into STEM. Eighty Chicago Public High School girls, partnered with forty women in STEM mentors, did hands-on activities throughout the day. Everything from robot obstacle courses to making chocolate to programming mobile phone apps to doing their own biotech experiments. Our WorldWide Telescope STEAM workshop was held in the Adler Space Visualization Lab, which, if you haven’t visited, is like being a kid in a candy store. A dozen interactive screens, some in 3D, giving you a feast for the eyes of all the most beautiful astronomical visualizations you can think of. The room showcases those essential STEM careers that are about communicating science to the public; taking our data, our results, our discoveries and translating them so that the public can share in the excitement and the learning.After an icebreaker to facilitate finding out what creative pursuits the girls and mentors are into, in small groups they explored WorldWide Telescope and its beautiful ...

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