We're very excited to announce some changes to our shop! We've been working on this for a while and it's so awesome that it's finally ready! We've changed the way we make our name-signs, cufflinks, and single tile necklaces! Instead of using scrabble tiles, we're now going to be using these lovely laminated tiles!
They're still handmade but the process will do a lot less damage to our hands, which means we'll be able get orders completed much faster. We'll also be able to create customized name-signs at the science shows we go to (i.e. NSTA, CSTA, MakerFaire). Get ready for some nerdy fun everyone! These new tiles open up a whole new world of geeky possibilities so stay tuned! Let us know what you think! We'd love some feedback.
When we went to the Maker Faire last May, we stumbled upon the T-We booth and fell in love with this small business, their fantastic selection of teas, and their inspiring ethics! They are a San Francisco based tea business that tries to spread the joy of all-natural ingredients. My mom got me the "Flailing Princess" tea for my birthday, along with an ADORABLY GEEKY robot tea infuser (ThinkGeek has the same one).
I couldn't help it but giggle every time I steeped my tea. The tea cup and saucer are also gifts from my mom. She knows me so well! :) She found them on ETSY (where else??) from the shop, AmonstLovelyThings. How gorgeous are these? I think I might need to bake something pink now to go with those and my tea...
Welcome to Friday! Since the new school year starts next week, we are busy trying to eek out the last bit of irresponsible fun while we can. I’m sure the weekend will be filled with making fun stuff, hopefully going to the beach, and staying up way too late!
Today we would like to introduce all of you to our newest necklace, the Sally.
It is named after one of the greatest women of science, Dr. Sally Ride. I was heartbroken last summer when I heard the news that Dr. Ride had lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. Not to wax too cheesy, but the stars were much dimmer that night.
Dr. Ride, as the first American woman in space, provided numerous contributions to science and space exploration. She was a Mission Specialist on two space shuttle flights, became a professor of Physics at UCSD, the director of the University of California's California Space Institute and authored five children's science books. Go here to read more:http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/ride-sk.html
Jenavieve and I (and one of my dear science education friends, Rachael) were thrilled to have been able to meet Dr. Sally Ride back in 1997 in Omaha at a conference where she was the keynote speaker. I distinctly remember her intelligence, her enthusiasm for science education, and her humility. She even handled my babbling “new teacher” enthusiasm when I shook her hand and asked her a somewhat goofy question, “How can we encourage girls to follow a path into science, and science education?” She gave me a very gracious smile and said “I’m doing what I can…” It was so profound and funny.
Dr. Ride left a legacy of science education through the work of Sally Ride Science (an amazing science education organization dedicated “to educating, engaging, and inspiring all students.”
When you have a few minutes, watch this video Celebrating Sally.
Thank you Dr. Sally Ride for all that you did for the advancement of science, science education and especially for women in science!
This design was inspired one morning by two of my favorite seniors who were pouring over a final review in my chemistry class. Everyone was struggling with periodic trend concepts from the beginning of the year and, as frequently happens in my class, these two were talking big and bad because they got the right answers. They claimed to be science “thugs”. According to Urban Dictionary, and Tupac, “thug life” is…“when you have nothing, and succeed, when you have overcome all obstacles to reach your aim.” That’s the joy and fun that my amazing boys were throwing out there for the world when they nailed the right answers. We have lots of “thugs” at our school, and contrary to anyone that claims thugs are criminals, in OUR world, it is more of an endearing reference to success from struggle. And who hasn't struggled with chemistry??
"My real love for the night skies developed while observing at Palomar Observatory in California, and that love has never diminished." - Carolyn Shoemaker
The next astronomy necklace to be named after a famous female scientist is our lovely Jupiter necklace which shall henceforth be referred to as the Carolyn necklace. It is being named after Carolyn Shoemaker, who along with her husband and scientist David Levy, discovered the comet known as Shoemaker-Levy 9 at the Palomar Observatory outside of San Diego in 1993. In July of 1994, the comet broke apart and collided with the giant planet providing spectacular knowledge to scientists around the world. ..both about Jupiter itself and space debris in general. Carolyn Shoemaker received the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1996. She is considered to be an amazing astronomer, holding the record for the greatest number of comets discovered (32 comets and 800 asteroids) even though she entered the field of astronomy at the age of 51.
The California Science Education Conference in San Jose, CA was TONS of fun! We loved meeting all the wonderful teachers that attended the event! We will definitely be there next year in Palm Springs!
Check out our new geeky cuffs! They are available with geek or with nerd and can even be personalized with your monogram or with a short name. Wear them proudly to show your love of all that is nerdy! www.shopgibberish.etsy.com
Life Science or Physical Science? Which is your fav and why?
So here is my very FIRST blog give-away. The winner of this sign will be randomly chosen from all of the comments I get to this post by November 15 at midnight. It would make a delightful holiday gift for that special geek in your life or just a cool sign for yourself! To make this even MORE FUN, I will also give away a periodic table necklace to the person that sends the most people to my blog. Please let me know the first name of who "sent you" in your reply and GOOD LUCK! (Remember, to qualify, please just tell me which is your favorite and why...physical or life science...guess which is mine???)
Julie and Jenavieve
A geeky mother and daughter working to bring science and art together. To get to know us better, check out our about page!