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Tagged With: School

The difference between success and achievement

A few months ago I was invited to be the guest speaker at the Academic Awards Banquet for my hometown’s school district. I had twenty minutes to talk to the top 10% of the graduating seniors for all four of the district’s high schools. So what do you say to a group of students about … Continue reading »

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math… and Scouting?

Scouting is outdoor adventure like camping, backpacking, climbing and canoeing, right? Does that leave the technology-heavy learning to a realm outside of Scouting? Not exactly. This video from has been making the rounds of the internet, and it got me thinking about how we teach kids about programming. Take a look… Teamwork is essential? … Continue reading »

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What did you do after school yesterday?

Friday during my drive home after yet another den outing I was thinking about the wide variety of activities that Cub Scouts provides boys and their families. Then over the weekend I read Jeff’s post on Rocks, Hockey, Theater and Art describing the (rather busy) activities of his son’s pack during the previous weekend. I … Continue reading »

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Street-Fighting Mathematics

The first rule of street-fighting mathematics is… Math is always portrayed as exacting and calculating, but there is a great need for those that deal with numbers on a regular basis to also have a sense for approximate answers. Throughout engineering school it is often referred to as “back of the envelope” calculation. Quick and … Continue reading »

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Welcome to 2009

Well, we made it to 2009, albeit a second later than normal. Looking back on 2008 there were lots of good things mixed in with the not so great. 2009 will, without a doubt, be another “good news/bad news” year. The main focus for me this year is to finish my dissertation and graduate (finally!). … Continue reading »

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