Wisdom of the Ancestors: Beyoncé’s Lemonade

No one must meddle with life. Man can only destroy life, he can’t recreate it. My son, let creation settle its own affairs. We must learn to accept the workings of creation without weeping or sorrow. Since, one way or another it always works out for the best. – From “Sugarcane Alley” (Medouze to José) I […]

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The Battle for Equity: The Crisis & the Future

As the founding editor of The Crisis, W.E.B. Du Bois first proclaimed: “The object of this publication is to set forth those facts and arguments which show the danger of race prejudice, particularly as manifested today toward colored people. It takes its name from the fact that the editors believe that this is a critical […]

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Recap: Design & Making Class Colloquium

I came. I saw. I spoke about equity in making and STEAM. I also attended a day of presentations about Coding and Art, Learning Redesigned, and Ciphers and Codes in the Math Classroom, as well as a full day workshop on Wearable Technology. In between workshop sessions I gave a keynote talk. The keynote for the first […]

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Equity: Design, Making & Teaching

On August 9th I will give a keynote presentation at the Design and Maker Class Colloquium in Los Angeles, CA. The event is hosted by the California Teacher Development Collaborative, a nonprofit organization with over 90 member schools throughout California. Participants will get hands-on training and experience with design techniques, traditional tools and materials of making from […]

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Only the Boys Want to Code!

It has been a commonly held belief that the gender gap in tech is primarily a pipeline issue; that there are simply not enough girls studying math and science. Recently updated information indicates an equal number of high school girls and boys participating in STEM electives, and at Stanford and Berkeley, 50% of the introductory computer science […]

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Cosmogramic Design: Computational, Social & Ritualistic Space

Note: This is for a talk I’m giving at Yale University in the fall. One of the main cultural models I studied as a doctoral student was the cosmogram, defined as a flat geometric figure depicting a cosmology. The motif is usually circular, with four quadrants and a navigational schema or map. From the West […]

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Summer Vacation Musings: Social Change in STEM & STEAM

As I was driving through the Taos mountains, I thought about how important inclusion is in STEM and STEAM subjects. Making – do-it-yourself informal learning – is one way to combine these subjects. While it is important to discuss why and how making is essential to learning, we (educators) must also realize that there are […]

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