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Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh

Author's details

Date registered: June 28, 2011
URL: http://www.ellencavanaugh.com

Biography

I live in the intersection of mathematics (originally trained as a math teacher), a business owner, a parent, and a theologian exploring what brings meaning to life. My passion is for every child in our world to thrive. I believe the most important resource each child has is you, their parent. May we together Grow a Generation that of innovative, critical thinking collaborators, emotionally intelligent and resilient, with great leadership and vision.

Latest posts

  1. Shocking Data in Economic Forecasts — September 6, 2014
  2. Engineering Saturdays Fall 2014 now open to registration! — August 24, 2014
  3. Rebar, Steelmaking, and 21st Century Jobs — August 10, 2014
  4. August 24 is Vesuvius Day — August 2, 2014
  5. The Coding Craze: Why I Am Asking Learners to Go Deep into Scratch Programming — July 26, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Assigning Wikipedia Entries for a College Classroom — 6 comments
  2. My Child Wants to Design Video Games Part Two: What type of training or classes should they take? — 5 comments
  3. Scratch Programming and 3rd Grade Common Core — 5 comments
  4. Science Center claims Moon Landing May Have Been Faked — 5 comments
  5. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard — 4 comments

Author's posts listings

Sep 06

Shocking Data in Economic Forecasts

Changes in Occupational Employment

Woodie Flowers (MIT Engineering Professor and FIRST Robotics Champion) and the recent Pittsburgh STEM Summit had a similar caution… Economic forecasts, based in the occupations of 16 European Union Countries and in the United States, agree that the middle class is disappearing. Automation has increased the demand for highly skilled managers and creative types, plus …

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Aug 24

Engineering Saturdays Fall 2014 now open to registration!

Engineering Saturdays Grades 3-8 11 am to 3 pm Baden Academy Media Lab $45 REGISTER   OCT 18 Diffraction and the Discovery of DNA  Go back 50 years to see the x-ray diffraction that Rosalind Franklin used to discover the shape and structure of DNA.   Each participant will build a DNA model to take home.  Bring …

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Aug 10

Rebar, Steelmaking, and 21st Century Jobs

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Aug 02

August 24 is Vesuvius Day

On August 24, 79 C.E., Mount Vesuvius erupted, killed thousands, and destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It is one of the largest recorded volcanic explosions in history. Commemorate Vesuvius Day by creating a Scratch animation that not only remembers this day in history, but also educates people of today about Emergency Preparedness. Log into Scratch …

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Jul 26

The Coding Craze: Why I Am Asking Learners to Go Deep into Scratch Programming

This blog is for parents and teachers who are just starting to learn about Coding (the skill of writing computer code).  Advocates claim it as the next great literacy needed by citizens of our technological world. A few years ago my son was preparing for high school. He had to pick one of 7 languages …

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Jul 08

July 10 Tesla Day Scratch Programming Challenge

July 10, 2014 Tesla Day Competition - Programming in Scratch Make an Animated Card TechShop Pittsburgh has donated a MAKE Learn to solder kit ($65 value) to be sent to the winner! Log into Scratch and create a celebratory card that celebrates the genius who lit the world before July 10.  Submit the URL link to your creation …

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Jul 04

Happy Fourth of July!

Have you ever wondered how technology has transformed the fireworks industry?  Take a look at plans for tonight’s show at Penn State’s main campus. More than 500 volunteers donated their time and expertise to prepare for the 2014 Central PA 4thFest. The display is one of the largest 4th of July fireworks events in America.  More …

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Jun 19

Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Exist Yet

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You’ve heard the phrase. It conjures a variety of images. One can be blinded by the prediction that 2 billion jobs, including commercial pilots, legal work, technical writing, telemarketers, accountants, retail workers, and real estate sales agents jobs will disappear to robotics and technology by 2030. Or you can envision coming catalytic innovations that create …

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Jun 17

Gavin Phillips Interview by Larry Richert on KDKA 1020

This morning, Larry Richert from KDKA 1020 interviewed research fellow Gavin Phillips about his new book, Saving a Galapagos Family.

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Jun 15

Learning the Engineering Process and Playing with Motors

Re-Purposed Motors 12

Saturday greeted eight young engineer hopefuls, clutching their battery operated mechanical toys.  Dean Petrella, Angela Fishman and I served to assist these young explorers as they tried to grasp the mechanics of electric motors in the guts of their toys.  Hammers, screwdrivers, dremel saws and brute strength were needed to take apart amazingly robust toys with …

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