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Friday, February 3, 2012

Girls Engineering Camp and Video Catch Up

Lest anyone new should come to my site and be overwhelmed by lists and lists of awesome science blogs in my last few posts due to my Science Online 2012 "blog calls", I thought a quick catch up on some of my book recommendation videos are in order!

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I have a major change in my summer compared to previous years. Five years ago, I was called upon by GAMES (Girls Adventures in Math and Engineering Sciences) at the University of Illinois to design a Bioengineering camp. I really enjoyed sharing with the young ladies how biomedical engineering can improve our lives. Now that I am no longer affiliated with the bioengineering department and GAMES recognizes my talent for making complex topics accessible to young people, I have been pulled in to assist with the new Environmental Engineering Camp.

"Environmental Engineering is about designing solutions for preventing pollution and for cleaning up the environment if it does get polluted. Environmental Engineering campers will learn about: 
• sustainability and how the environment, culture, society, and economics are all linked, 
• different kinds of pollutants and the cycles they follow as they move through the air, water and soil, and 
• what environmental engineers do to help protect human health and the planet. 
The campers will learn through lab exercises where they design, build and test pollutant cleaning devices; field trips to environmental monitoring sites, and other interactive activities."  

Other camps include Robotics, Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Chemical Engineering. (Alums, FYI, Marina Miletic, my friend and faculty in charge of Chemical Engineering has moved and will not be in charge of the chemical engineering camp). 

If you have or are a high school aged girl who would like to attend a sleepover camp and learn engineering concepts at one of the top engineering schools in the country, she might want to check us out. We have girls attending from all of the country and world! Scholarships are available, too.

Let's check out some of my book reviews. First, we go way back to before the holidays and share about another great compendium book called The Physics Book".

Sam geeking out about new books!

This is my nephew quite excited about receiving both "The Math Book" and "The Physics Book" by Clifford Pickover for Christmas!

My video is featured on his Reality Carnival Blog on 12/19/2011 

 

 


 

 

I then did two reviews with my 17 year old daughter, Amanda, who will be studying physics this fall either at the University of Illinois or at Purdue.

The first was of "Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer" written by Mireya Mayor, the keynote speaker at Science Online 2012.

The next review with Amanda is about a fabulous book called Math Girls. What an eye-opener to read a bonafide math textbook plus romance novel! 

Having left the lab, I notice I haven't made any other videos besides book reviews. I'm figuring how to resolve that issue currently! I have, in the editing bin, some footage filmed of products that utilize weak acids and bases in skin and health care products, I just need to pull those together. I also plan to present a video of how comparative genomics works by using some of the latest skin care innovations to explain it!

Remember, if you are missing me here at JLS, you can always follow me on twitter @sciencegoddess or check out some of my posts that go up at Scientific American (http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/psi-vid)

Kindly,

Joanne 

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