I taught four classes for MIT Spark this past weekend. One was entirely new, and the other three I had only taught in their current forms at Columbia Splash, so this was the first time I’d run them for middle school students. The results were mixed. I was pretty happy with two of the classes, and two of them need a lot more work.
One overall note: at previous Sparks I had noticed that there were very few girls in my STEM classes. That was not the case this year! I don’t think I consciously changed anything, so I have no explanation for this.
MIT Spark is this weekend, and I remembered I hadn’t posted about Splash yet. I taught three sections of class at MIT Splash last November, one on graph theory and two on population dynamics.
These are my favorites of the books I read in the second half of 2018! (The post for the first half is here.) The post is split by target audience and genre. Continue reading
Columbia Splash was a couple of weeks ago, and it was on a Sunday for the first time! I’m not sure if it was because of the day of the week or some other reason, but turnout was really bad throughout the day. I had far fewer students than were enrolled in each of my classes, and I heard from other teachers that they were experiencing the same thing.
Columbia doesn’t have a student survey, so I gave two-question surveys to my kids at the end of a couple of my classes. The surveys asked about favorite parts of class and what I should change for the class in the future. Continue reading
This post is part of a series on key concepts in atmospheric science and geophysical fluid dynamics. You can find previous posts at the following links: Geostrophic Balance, Thermal Wind Balance. This post will focus on vorticity, a local measure of rotation in flows. Continue reading
Most of the performances I saw in November and December were at the Joyce, but I also saw some special holiday shows: the Rockettes, Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring (I have no idea why this was the choice for a holiday show), and two Nutcrackers. Continue reading
I saw five ABT performances this past Met season. I continue to prefer the variety of the fall season. All five performances were of story ballets, and only the two performances of Romeo and Juliet weren’t a restaging or reconstruction of a Petipa ballet. The only new work was Ratmansky’s reconstruction of Harlequinade. More details on each performance I saw are below the fold. Continue reading
I saw about a dozen dance performances last September and October. I wrote about some of them in “September-October Dance Performances, Part I.” This post covers the remaining performances, all of which took place at the Joyce Theater or Brooklyn Academy of Music. Continue reading
Here are my favorites of the books I’ve read so far this year! The post is split by target audience and genre. My YA reading has been weighted heavily in favor of contemporary, so I chose twice as many contemporary favorites as sci-fi/fantasy ones. Continue reading
At the end of my post about snarks, I mentioned network flow problems. The most famous network flow theorem is the Max-Flow Min-Cut Theorem, which tells us about the maximum possible flow from a source to a sink. Continue reading