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USS Intrepid: Combining science & history for virtual excursions

Written by Ben Newsome on June 27th, 2014.      0 comments

After a fantastic visit to New York Hall of Science my Churchill fellowship continued on toward Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum Complex in Manhattan.

Approaching the World War II aircraft carrier from the heart of Hells Kitchen t I couldn’t help but be excited to learn the history of the vessel and see the variety of aircraft on the flight deck. USS Intrepid was launched in 1943 and saw active service in World War II and Vietnam as well used for recovery operations for the NASA Gemini program. During World War II the carrier was survived by 5 kamikaze attacks and 1 torpedo strike as it participated in operations across the Pacific.

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USS Intrepid
 

CNYRIC: Championing the use of VC for New York Schools

Written by Ben Newsome on June 24th, 2014.      0 comments

With a short flight out of New York I dropped into Syracuse to visit the Central New York Regional Information Center (CYNRIC), an entity that serves as educational support for 50 school districts and four Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) across eight counties in the central region of New York State. 

Everything from technology integration, flipped learning consultancy to digital media loans is covered plus in addition to this they help schools get connected with video conferencing equipment and help teachers learn how to use VC in a variety of situations.

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With Amy & little 'RIC'
 

nySci: Bringing science to remote students

Written by Ben Newsome on June 24th, 2014.      0 comments

After zipping across to CYNRIC in Syracuse I dropped into the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY.

Also known as NYSCI, the museum was established as part of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair near the banks of the East River. Finding the museum is easy, just keep an eye out for the Mercury Atlas-D and Gemini Titan II Rockets poking above the surrounding Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

On entry to the museum you are greeted with a new tinkering area where kids can build, create and manipulate all sorts of objects to solve engineering problems or simply to have fun!

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Maker space at New York Hall of Science
 

International Spy Museum; covert distance learning!

Written by Ben Newsome on June 20th, 2014.      0 comments

Ever wanted to be a secret agent? Got a hankering to live a double life? Well this leg of my Churchill Fellowship found me at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC to find out all about the life of spies and how classrooms across the world have experienced this content presented via video conference.

I must admit, this visit intrigued me as the educational content presented is completely unique; where else can you see a real spy gadgets or talk with an ex-CIA case officer about life as an agent? 

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Spy concealment deveices
 

Behind the scenes at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC

Written by Ben Newsome on June 19th, 2014.      0 comments

Following a very busy week in Cleveland I made my way over to Washington DC, home of a stunning array of museums and galleries. 

During the visit I met with Mark Kornmann, Chief of Educational Outreach at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. It was interesting to discuss how the museum was working to reach students across the USA. The museum broadcasts distance learning programs via a movable video conferencing trolley as well as from center stage within the Moving Beyond Earth gallery. 

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Museums, Smithsonian style
 

STEM at the Challenger Learning Center and BUBL; Rochester, New York

Written by Ben Newsome on June 14th, 2014.      0 comments

 
On leaving Cleveland Museum of Art I continued my Churchill Fellowship, taking a later flight out of Ohio and landing at midnight in Rochester, New York to visit the Rochester Challenger Learning Centre and Bathysphere Underwater Biological Laboratory over a 2 day visit. 

The skills of the team are diverse and so I was looking forward to checking out how they run classes that simulate being in a spaceship, a NASA command center or an underwater laboratory for a variety of student groups.  They didn’t disappoint!

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What a learning environment!
 

Science and Art video conferences by the Cleveland Museum of Art

Written by Ben Newsome on June 12th, 2014.      0 comments

 
After an inspiring time at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History I headed over to the Cleveland Museum of Art to visit Dale Hilton and her distance education team.

One of the reasons I wanted to visit was to find out how the museum mixes art and science in a video conference setting. In teacher professional development sessions I’ve often argued that science doesn’t have to be run by itself and that mixing it up produces richer meaning for students

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Chroma-key brilliance!
 

Distance learning at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Written by Ben Newsome on June 11th, 2014.      0 comments

On leaving Indianapolis I dropped into Cleveland to visit a hive of activity in the science education via video conferencing world.

My first stop was with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, situated within the University Circle district not far from downtown Cleveland. On entering the building I was greeted by Lee Gambol, an exuberant and knowledgeable science presenter who spearheads over 30 video conference science programs 

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Vinnie cam!
 

Nina Mason Pulliam Ecolab

Written by Ben Newsome on June 8th, 2014.      0 comments

Following my visit to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum I dropped by the Nina Mason Pulliam Ecolab. Situated in Marian University, the NMP Ecolab is designed as a living laboratory for local students to study the ecology of the Indiana prairie’s, woodlands and freshwater streams. 

The strength of the video conferencing lies in the interactivity; classes are sent materials to interact with which means the distance lesson is not a ‘talking head’...

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Biology teaching in Indiana
 

Checking out the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Written by Ben Newsome on June 7th, 2014.      0 comments

Whilst in Indianapolis I was able to check out the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis , the world’s largest children’s museum not far from the city centre. 

 As you approach the building you definitely know you’re in the right place as full size dinosaurs smash out of the building as a giant Bumblebee robot from the Transformers franchise stands guard within the foyer.

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Busting out the science!
 

CILC; the heart of North American distance learning

Written by Ben Newsome on June 6th, 2014.      0 comments

After two flights from Alaska I continued my Winston Churchill Fellowship travels toward Indianapolis to visit the heart of North American video conferencing at the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration (CILC).

Bringing together over 230 content providers, 10,000’s of teachers and over 90 countries the CILC has truly become a center of video conferencing over the past 20 years of operation...

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Coordinating 1000's of schools
 

Alaska Sealife Centre: marine wildlife video conferences

Written by Ben Newsome on June 2nd, 2014.      0 comments

After a visiting the Alaska Zoo the Churchill Fellowship continued down to Seward to visit the Alaska Sealife Centre. Set on the edge of town on the shores of Resurrection Bay, the Alaska Sealife Center specialises in cold water marine animals and is Alaska’s only permanent marine mammal rehabilitation facility.

On entering the Center I immediately headed upstairs to meet Darin Trobaugh, a distance education specialist getting ready to run a video conference on Marine Mammals and their Adaptations to some year 4 students on Long Island...

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Presenting on the floor :)
 
 

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