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The EdLab Group would like to thank our partners, collaborators, and colleagues in the field for the work we accomplished in 2014. We helped create positive change, together, and are thankful for your collaboration and support in 2014. Everyone at the EdLab Group sends our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!
This summer the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) invited programs to participate in a pilot project with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM). The LVM is a transmedia hub for 2-D and 3-D collections, online games, simulations, and virtual worlds highlighting Smithsonian art and science collections as they relate to U.S. Latinos.
Selected projects were given access to the LVM Teacher Toolkit, which is now available for free on iTunes University, and piloted activities from the "Eco Explorers: Mi Tierra, Mi Mundo" module. In Eco Explorers youth learn about the watershed by experiencing a bilingual immersive virtual experience and then making connections to their local watershed through hands on activities.
On October 2, 2014 two of the participating programs, Infuse Positivity and Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, joined LVM for an NGCP webinar to celebrate the launch of the toolkit and share best practices for integrating this amazing collection of transmedia resources into STEM programming. They shared feedback and insights such as:
The NGCP would like to thank Infuse Positivity and Girls Inc. for sharing their experiences using the LVM Teacher Toolkit during the webinar and throughout the pilot. If you are interested in learning more, you can listen to the webinar or download the presentation slides here.
From programming lessons and building robot structures to team building activities and lunch with female role models the Project Splash camp held August 4-8, 2014 in Seattle, WA was a busy week!
Sixteen high school girls from the greater Seattle area attended a five-day course called "Project Splash: Girls Designing Robots for a Better World."
Hosted by the UW Summer Youth Program, supported by Boeing, and taught by instructors with the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, this camp is part of a larger national initiative designed to encourage girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using the WaterBotics curriculum.
Working in teams of four, girls built underwater LEGO robots and completed various missions, including building a remotely operated robot that could descend to the bottom of the pool and collect objects. The girls visited a nearby university lab which builds underwater robots for remote ocean exploration. Mentors from Boeing, Microsoft, and LiveStories spoke to the girls throughout the week. During a final showcase for parents and friends they demonstrated their engineering accomplishments and shared lessons learned about team work and communication.
This summer the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) is partnering with the UW Summer Youth Program to offer its second annual Project Splash camp. Project Splash is an innovative, underwater robotics program for high school girls (entering 9th–12th grades).
Creativity and confidence thrive throughout this five-day camp. Girls create a community with like-minded friends as they explore engineering and programming activities. They take the lead, persevere through challenges, and learn and grow in teams. Project Splash challenges girls to design, build, program, test, and redesign underwater robots made of LEGO and other components. Throughout the week, participants will progress through a series of "missions" that culminate with amazing final designs.
Watch this video to learn more about the impact of Project Splash camps throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Are you a graduate student or professional with experience in mentoring, programming, science, engineering, or robotics? Email Nimisha at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can be a camp mentor this summer (volunteer and positions with a small stipend are available).