I have a classroom Wall of Fame where I post photos of students and their accomplishments throughout the year. The Fourth Grade has a Wall of Fame where we post student brushes with fame (movie parts, famous relatives, famous people they have met, etc.).
What is your claim to fame? If you have any science or tech claims to fame, be sure to include those.
Here are a couple of mine:
I met Bill Nye the Science Guy (very briefly; shook his hand) at a science conference and worked at a camp with Kinky Friedman.
And, a friend of my sister's was a babysitter for Michael Dell.
(Note: I got this idea after posting on Susan Gauthier's thread: A Board Can Say it All -- thanks Susan!)
My observations have been that "The Big Bang Theory" is turning people onto science in a way similar to how "NUMB3RS" turned people onto math. These two shows show it is possible to have shows that engage the audience and teach STEM concepts at the same time. (I also have the same opinion of why people enjoy NCIS, CSI, etc.)
I had dinner with five Nobel Laureate's last May. A sit down, next to them, talk to them for an hour kind of dinner. I also had a conversation with Nobel Laureate, Doughlas Osheroff, which knew my favorite all-time scientist, Richard Feynman. Close enough for me. On a very minor note, but of personal significance, my favorite science professor in college had worked on the Manhatten Project--I didn't understand half of his lectures but the half I did understand completely changed how I thought about science.
Well my claim to fame was walking with Bono and Oprah along Michigan Avenue as they introduced "Project Red" including the first Red nano. Although I was a huge fan - what impressed me more was that Bono took the time to explain this project to my then 8yr old daughter. If I wasn't a fan at that point I would have been after that brief conversation.
As for science and technology connections I was fortunate to get a private tour of the FBI lab facilities in Quanico. What an amazing facility.
My claim to fame is that I spent the afternoon with Joy Cowley, a children's author. I enjoyed visiting with her at a Reading Recovery Convention. Unfortunately, I have not science or technology claims or brushes with fame. We have had three winners in our current Teaching with Technology class! Yay! Go Northwest Techies.
Dr. Oliver Smithies is a geneticist and Nobel laureate currently working at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is credited with the invention of gel electrophoresis and the simultaneous discovery, with a team of scientist the technique of homologous recombination of transgenic DNA with genomic DNA. This is a much more reliable method of altering animal genomes than previously used prior to his discovery. He also worked on developing the technique behind gene targeting and knockout mice.
As a Kenan Fellow I was invited to hear him speak at NC State University. We had the opportunity to chat and take photographs with him at the conclusion of the session.
Excellent discussion topic!
Two years ago I served as my State Science Teacher's Association President. I pulled some strings and got Dr. Mario R. Capecchi to be our keynote speaker. Because of my responsibilities, I was allowed to be his "official escort" and spend several hours with him. I was concerned at having such a distinguished Nobel Prize winner (2007) speak to our science teacher group. Teachers in attendance ranged from Early Elementary Education through High School science teachers. All subject areas were in attendance. Dr. Capecchi's work was done in genetics.
He spoke from the heart about how he became excited about science and continued by explaining his work. He engaged all teachers with his enthusiasm for the work - and explained it in a way that everyone was capable of understanding.
My time with Dr. Capecchi was incredible and I appreciated the time he spent with me.
Gosh, you are all so impressive- I had to think hard on this one...
While in college at the University of Michigan School of Music, I had occasion to meet with a number of well-known musicians- Rostropovitch, Isaac Stern, Rafel Frubeck de Burgos, and more. I did get their autographs, though I'm sad to say I have misplaced them.
However, it made me interested in autograph collecting. Later, as an elementary teacher, I decided to collect the autographs of astronauts. These I have safe and sound- many framed. It's inspiring to meet with and speak to famous people sometimes, isn't it? All of the astronauts I have met were interested in speaking to and inspiring students.
And so are we, right? I'm proud to have met and known and "read" so many teachers right here in the Engage Community who work tirelessly each and every day to inspire the love of learning- the "lifelong" kind- in their students. You are all over the world, and you confront challenges and obstacles daily.
On days when it's difficult to keep fighting for what I think is best for students, I come back to this community- and I am always inspired!