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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. Summer Camp Registration Open — April 19, 2014
  2. Crimea and Ukraine, April Fools, and Alarming Statistics — April 10, 2014
  3. Engineering Saturdays — March 22, 2014
  4. Announcing the DNA Day Challenge — March 18, 2014
  5. The Theatre, Robotics, and Creativity — March 10, 2014

Most commented posts

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

Author's posts listings

Apr 19

Summer Camp Registration Open

Grow a Generation is holding some exciting Camps at Baden Academy this summer! SUMMER CAMPS @ BADEN ACADEMY Mon-Fri, Jun 16-20 9:30-3:00 History of Robotics(Grades 3-8) Are you ready for the Google driverless car?  It is on the roads in California, Florida, Nevada and Michigan.  Spend a week exploring the history of autonomous robotics as we …

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Apr 10

Crimea and Ukraine, April Fools, and Alarming Statistics

April Fool’s found me sifting through my son’s annual barrage of pranks (forgive me if you received an email with the signature “Czar of the World” as my title).  It was my Duquesne students who trumped him this year.  I have several students from China in my evening class.  We were covering the history of …

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Mar 22

Engineering Saturdays

Thank you to Lauren for forwarding the gorgeous video!  Dutch artist Theo Jansen, intricately conjoined plastic tubes, wood and sails, and formed beautiful and complex works of art. Mr. Jansen makes some interesting claims about the definitions of life and asks whether his many-legged skeletons that move so fluidly and autonomously can be called a new, …

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Mar 18

Announcing the DNA Day Challenge

Congratulations to the two winners of the Pi Day Challenge! Aliyah K StormC   DNA Day Scratch Programming Challenge Grow a Generation is thrilled to announce an April 25 DNA Day Scratch Programming Challenge Available to all ages! Log into Scratch and create a celebratory card that celebrates the marvels of Nucleic Acid and the Human …

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Mar 10

The Theatre, Robotics, and Creativity

I ran a camp last summer, Theatrical Robots,  where kids created a script and programmed a Groma Robot to be an actor in a two minute film.  The camp makes a return this spring on the After School Tuesdays @ Baden Academy beginning May 13.  This semester I am partnering with two creative people in the …

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Feb 15

Musical Genius in Pittsburgh

  I was a cellist growing up, in a home where season tickets to the Symphony and Opera occasioned regular trips into the city. I was treated last week to a special pre-Valentine romantic night on the town by my wonderful husband.  The tickets were for the Pittsburgh Symphony’s performance of Holst’s The Planets. While …

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Feb 03

CMU Field Trip 2014: Robots, DNA, and Virtual Mentors

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Third and fourth grade research fellows from Baden Academy had the honor and joy to spend a day on CMU’s campus.  A ride in Doctor Who’s Tardis couldn’t have been more exciting.  Our adventures landed us in four different labs. The Baden Academy fellows not only gazed upon visions of the future, but were able …

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Jan 26

Middle School Math: Another New Age of Learning is Approaching

We are getting there! Getting to a place where we engage students creatively as they master the crucial STEM concepts needed for today and tomorrow’s world. Walk with me for a few minutes to glimpse three unique approaches to the common core standards with focused and prioritized curriculum. One approach that I have loved using …

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Jan 18

Collaboration Skill #7 – Telling the Lemon Wedge Story

Teaching collaboration is a challenge, whether you are working with kids or adults! Second graders have begun coming into the Media Lab to work in small groups and develop in Google Drawing a Virtual Neighborhood.  They are learning basic mapping skills, compass points, and how to write clear directions. They are also learning how to …

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Jan 11

Superhero Pose

Pictures of Superhero Poses

Walk into the media lab during a class and shout out “Superhero” and watch 20 some kids leap from their stools, throw their shoulders back and strike a superhero pose with hands on their hips or cast into the air about to take flight. Some think it an odd “attention signal” but I assure you, …

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