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A group dedicated to S.A.G.A.N. outreach projects (both national and international), to exchange ideas, to get the word out, or heck, just to fantasize about a better world! 

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A Teaching Resource for a Computational Framework of the Value of Information in Origin of Life Questions

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Comment by Sophie Sanchez on July 20, 2015 at 5:44pm

Hi Sanjoy! Thanks for asking. Every mission patch is built on a three step process: Discover, Connect, Take Action

And every mission is broken down for all 6 levels of Girl Scouting-- I adapt this structure for Boy Scouting. So essentially every mission has a learning component, an activity that the girls can build skills based on what they've learned and then a community project of some sort that incorporates what they've learned. These have included watershed and solar energy projects, for example based on some of the most recent missions. They've also included things like hosting star parties with a local astro club and tons of other stuff. 


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Comment by Sanjoy Som on July 20, 2015 at 4:56pm

Hello Sophie, Hi Ken, thanks for sharing these efforts! Sophie, I think it's a great idea to engage the scounts (biased 'cause I was one myself a long time ago). What do they have to do the obtain the patch? 

Ken - could SAGANet provide a way to help alumni's keep in touch and stay "social"? Of the top of my head, I could imagine a SAGANet group moderated by you engaging this iSTEM alumni community. Happy to brainstorm more

Comment by Sophie Sanchez on July 20, 2015 at 2:11pm

Hi all, 

I was introduced to SAGANet at AbSciCon in Chicago. I shared about a couple STEAM/STEM outreach groups that I've started or work with. I made a ton of connections there and at ISSRDC. I would like to share one STEAM program that I've been working on for a while and has gained a ton of traction and growth over the last year. 've worked with my Girl Scout council to create STEAM programming for our girls and after my involvement with NASASocial started focusing on space based programs. Its been a ride. The idea is to introduce mission based patch programs for the girls to complete, both during and after the recent missions. I'm in NYC right now, after speaking with NASA and CASIS about the program, to work on creating a nationwide introduction of the program. 

Interesting enough, while I was in Boston I met the guy responsible for STEM programs with the Boy Scouts and he is ready to do the same with BSA! Any and all advice appreciated as I work to bring this project to fulfillment. 

Comment by Ken Silburn on July 19, 2015 at 10:28pm

By way of introduction.  I am a Head Teacher Science at Casula High School in the South West of Sydney, Austrralia.  I also coordinate a program called iSTEM.  (The "i" is for "invigorating" although it was basically we though the name sounded better like iphones and ipods) 

The  iSTEM (invigorating Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) program was established in 2010 as an enrichment program for high school students and their families allowing like minded students to network and develop positive attitudes to STEM related careers.  Enrichment activities include visits and workshops with museums, universities, observatories and governent scientific organisatios including ANSTO, the Sydney Observatory and a tour to Korea and the US for teachers and students to participate in the Advanced Space Academy Program at the US Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville.  The success of the iSTEM program was recognised by the Australian Institute of Physics for with the 2014 NSW Physics Outreach Award. 

Since 2010 more than 200 teachers and students have participated in the program and made the trip to the United States.  This year we anticipate another 25 students and teachers participating in the program.  This program will be increased to a national level in 2016 and the expected program size will increase dramatically.

The program is a once in a life time opportunity.  The personal growth of students during the course is amazing. And from a teacher’s viewpoint it is incredible to witness the personal growth of students through out the program.

Our next US trip is in September -October.  There are still places available for anyone wanting to join us just for the space academy program 26 Sep - 1 Oct 

More details are available on our websites

www.spacecamp.com.au and www.istem.com.au

 enjoy

email: ken.silburn@gmail.com

Comment by Kennda Lynch on February 12, 2014 at 8:09am

Greetings Everyone,

I wanted to let you all know about a cool STEM outreach activity that I'm working with here in Montana. It is called "Women's STEM Round-Up!" It is a day long workshop where female scientists from across the state of Montana come to Carrol College spend the day with young women (ages 12-17) and get them excited and inspired about pursuing STEM careers. The day includes a series of lectures coupled with hands-on activities in a variety of science and engineering careers. I will be running the 1st astrobiology-focused workshop for this annual event on February 22nd. Here is the site for more details - http://www.explorationworks.org/stem-round-up-2014/

If you know any young ladies who could benefit from this workshop, please let me know or go straight to the website and have them sign up.

Also, if there are any SAGANET folks in the Montana area who would like to help out with this activity...please message me!

Cheers,

Kennda

Comment by Betul on June 10, 2013 at 8:31pm

Busy summer :) I should note, however, that you don't have to blog the camp real-time (although we would have loved that!) Even a single guest post describing your activities would be so wonderful, if you would make time for it. (Word on the S.A.G.A.N. streets is that some of our members are curious to  know in what ways FAMELab is contributing to your current community work) --You did not hear this from me though :)

Comment by Brendan Mullan on May 29, 2013 at 9:41am

Thanks! :)

I've thought about blogging/tweeting the camp, but I'm usually running the activities or dealing with one crisis or another the whole week. I'll have to see if this year is any different.

b

Comment by Betul on May 28, 2013 at 5:39pm

And also, congrats on the National Geographic appearance, coincidentally I just saw it today at the magazine's print version! 

Comment by Betul on May 28, 2013 at 5:38pm

Thanks for the info, Brendan. The event looks great! Are you keeping a blog or some sorts to keep public/ interested scientists (aka myself) updated on this event? If not, SAGANet also have a guest blog feature (hint hint), we'd love to have you over as a guest blogger and get to listen to your experiences!

-B.

Comment by Brendan Mullan on May 28, 2013 at 10:09am

Hey all,

I'm a newbie at the SAGANET game, so I apologize if I'm a little derivative. I run a week-long summer camp at Penn State in astrobiology for middle schoolers called "Alien AstronoMysteries."

The link will give you a basic description. Here is a photo galery from last year's camp (the pics aren't great). I'm just your average, humble astronomer -- I only pretend to be an astrobiologist (because your stuff makes for such great EPO content!). But what I try to do in this camp is to give the kids a vaguely inquiry-based experience that will help them critically think about why we haven't been contacted by aliens.

Each day, we examine different aspects of astrobiology, from biology and extremophiles (day 1), worlds in the solar system (day 2), stars in the Galaxy and the subset that might be suitable for habitable solar systems (day 3), detecting extrasolar planets (day 4), and the challenges of communication and Drake equation kinds of big picture ideas (day 5).

A lot of our activities are drawn from SETI curricula and pre-existing PSU Astronomy outreach activities (with a few new activities). You can find some of my materials here, in case this would help you at all in your respective outreach journeys.

Keep up the great work, everyone!

b

 

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A Teaching Resource for a Computational Framework of the Value of Information in Origin of Life Questions

Started by soumya banerjee Dec 29, 2016. 0 Replies

Information plays a critical role in complex biological systems. Complex systems like immune systems and ant colonies co-ordinate heterogeneous components in a decentralized fashion. How do these…Continue

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Started by Betul Oct 7, 2013. 0 Replies

A cross between Wayne Manor, a Napa Valley vineyard, a calculus-obsessed kibbutz and a British collegiate faculty lounge, somebody (Ali…Continue

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