Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Report on the White House Science Fair

Listen to President Obama's speech below (you may also want to watch Judy and Adam's video below, as it's related). Go to the website of the White House for additional information. Then write a news story about. Remember to answer the five W's of a good news story. Also, do not forget to include labels, links, video, and photos in your post.

Adam and Judy spent a week in Boston working with three kids for Design Squad Nation's Trash to Treasure competition.  MaryAnn, Lilly and Daniel were the three grand prize winners for this year’s competition.  



The following is from Judy. Write an article about the contest, embed the video, and then include information from below. Remember to put it your own words. 
But wait it gets better!

MaryAnn and Lilly had the great opportunity to take their inventions to the White House Science fair on Monday, which brought together winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math competitions from around the country.

The White House chose to showcase MaryAnn and her Smarter Toilet. MaryAnn’s trip to the White House Science Fair was an amazing success!  Every White House staffer that spoke with MaryAnn said that “The Smarter Toilet” was their favorite invention at the fair.  MaryAnn also got to meet the new head of NSF and his family.

To top it all off, at the end of the day, both MaryAnn and Lilly got to shake President Obama’s hand, and MaryAnn even got the President to sign a note excusing her from school that day!  


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Report on the Adventures of Adam and Judy

Adam and Judy spent a week in Boston working with three kids for Design Squad Nation's Trash to Treasure competition.  MaryAnn, Lilly and Daniel were the three grand prize winners for this year’s competition.  





The following is from Judy. Write an article about the contest, embed the video, and then include information from below. Remember to put it your own words.
But wait it gets better!

MaryAnn and Lilly had the great opportunity to take their inventions to the White House Science fair on Monday, which brought together winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math competitions from around the country.

The White House chose to showcase MaryAnn and her Smarter Toilet. MaryAnn’s trip to the White House Science Fair was an amazing success!  Every White House staffer that spoke with MaryAnn said that “The Smarter Toilet” was their favorite invention at the fair.  MaryAnn also got to meet the new head of NSF and his family.

To top it all off, at the end of the day, both MaryAnn and Lilly got to shake President Obama’s hand, and MaryAnn even got the President to sign a note excusing her from school that day!  




Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Write a Bio About Adam

Use the following information and write a story — a biography — about Adam. Include an image of him from the PBS Kids site. At the end of your article, include five questions that you would like to ask Adam.

Adam is a mechanical engineer in IDEO's Palo Alto office. As a member of the Health, Wellness and Social Impact group in IDEO's design community, Adam brings to bear years of expertise in medical device design and biotechnology, as well as a passion for designing considered products and services that responsibly address pressing human needs. Highlights of his career with IDEO include the design of consumables for a breakthrough genetic sequencing company, design of a suite of groundbreaking spinal surgery instruments for a local medical startup, participating in IDEO's Ripple Effect project to improve access to clean drinking water in the developing world, and a variety of other innovations in personal care and hygiene products. Prior to IDEO, Adam was a principal R&D engineer at the Palo Alto biotech startup Theranos, Inc. Theranos is developing a transformative point-of-care diagnostic device. Adam’s contributions at Theranos included inventions in the areas of whole blood separation and automated sample processing, disposable design, and user-interaction. Adam received his BS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and his MS from MIT where he studied microfluidic design of biological sensors for lab-on-a-chip applications. Hailing from Portland, OR, Adam has been fortunate to live, travel, ski, bike, and hike in many beautiful and fantastic places of the world, but he will always have a soft spot for the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.n of a child. As a grad student, one of her designs was accepted for 2006 production by IKEA.

Write a Bio About Judy

Use the following information and write a story — a biography — about Judy. Include an image of her from the PBS Kids site. At the end of your article, include five questions that you would like to ask Judy.

Judy is a product designer and mechanical engineer in the IDEO Palo Alto office. As a member of the Design Community, she contributes to projects through human factors, concept development, design thinking, prototyping and engineering. Her projects have ranged from packaging designs of medicines to food and children’s toys to pet products. Her background combined with her experience in rapid prototyping and creative design exploration makes her versatile in both engineering and multidisciplinary projects. Before joining IDEO, she worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Underwriters Laboratories designing and building automation equipment. Judy studied at North Carolina State University, where she earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Industrial Design. Her graduate research studies focused on children’s flexible, unpredictable play patterns and created transformative toys to stretch the imagination of a child. As a grad student, one of her designs was accepted for 2006 production by IKEA.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008