Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female doctor in the US! She helped to further women's advancement in the medical community by establishing the New York Infirmary and College for Women.
Leonardo Da Vinci believed that "saper vedere," which means, "knowing how to see" is essential to living a full life - that everything is interconnected. Science and art are not distinct from one another, that each study informs the other. He was quite progressive for his day!
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Have you ever wondered where the guessing game question, "Is it an animal, a plant or a mineral" came from? Carolus Linnaeus was responsible for it because of his work in the 1700's when he came up with a spiffy system for naming biological organisms. To learn more about Mr. Linnaeus and other ridiculously cool scientists, check out our postcard book, found here!
So this is just more proof of how amazing my mom is. She won not only her school's Teacher of the Year award but also the award for the entire district!!! She so deserves the recognition and I couldn't be more proud. She has such a huge heart and truly loves what she does (and she's awesome at it!). The local newspaper interviewed her and I wanted to brag about my mama so here's the article! Please read! Go Ms. Huffman!
Here's some photos from our crazy fun weekend at MakerFaire in San Mateo! Follow us on Instagram (ShopGibberish) to see more of that event and all the other awesome nerdy places we visit!
Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderfully geeky moms out there but especially my mama! She's the best mom/boss lady a girl could ask for!
So I decided to roll out a BIG interesting science topic to my students each Monday morning. We agreed that Monday mornings are kinda awful, just by the nature of the day and time, so I thought it might be a fun way to re-motivate us for a fun week of science. And it doesn't have to be chemistry related. High interest topics that will get my kids thinking and talking science and marveling at it, as I do on a daily basis!
Today was the very first day, and I "launched" it by having students watch and then discuss this video. It is a couple of years old, and some of the info is already a little outdated, but it has a whole lot of good stuff in it as well! My students were busily working stoichiometry problems, but the vast majority were stopping to watch and were tuned in. Since my brother-in-law, Patrick Whipps, is intimately involved in the production of the "giant rockets" of the NASA SLS, it seemed only fitting!
How amazing is it to think about the possibility of going to Mars IN MY LIFETIME?
Julie and Jenavieve
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