Archive for November 2007


ASU program fosters interest for women, minorities

November 18th, 2007 — 12:03pm

Nancy Cortas, 12, stood outside Powell Junior High School in Mesa writing down observations about a desert tortoise ambling on grass near her feet.

“These are prehistoric animals,” she wrote. “Their feet are very scaly and rough.”

More than 20 other seventh-graders stood in a circle around the creature, doing the same.

“Does it float?” Cortas asked, standing with her pencil in the air, poised to write down the answer in her binder. A minute later: “Does he have good eyesight?” She will use her observations next month to build a robotic simulation of the creaturethat will burrow, move and even react to changes in temperature. Continue reading »

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$1 million NSF grant supports IT/STEM education research and outreach

November 8th, 2007 — 2:26am

As a child growing up in India,  remembers taking apart his mechanical toys and his father’s fountain ink pens to figure out how they worked. Later he used an erector construction set he received as a gift to build any number of “contraptions.”

Ganesh, Assistant Dean for Information Systems with ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton College of Education credits the imaginative play of his childhood for fueling his early career in engineering and his desire to create opportunities for female and minority youth to engage in learning activities designed to inspire and prepare them to pursue careers in Information Technology / Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (IT/STEM) fields. Continue reading »

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