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STEAM

Last week we had an amazing round table with  Rebecca Kamen. She is a phenomenal artist, and I cannot stress enough how thought provoking and beautiful her pieces are.  Aside from her pieces being so captivating, the methodology behind them makes them that much more intriguing. She combines science and art in order to come up with these beautiful displays. She has a mind that is able to connect visually appealing images and installations that often depict events and processes that occur naturally in science.  I think it can be unanimous in saying that she was able to illuminate the minds of the crowd with her explanations of swirl patterns and overviews of scientists/artists who used their knowledge to depict these beautiful natural patterns and structures.

What is really mind blowing about her, is how she is able to engage audiences in subjects that can be daunting. I know the idea of neuroscience is fairly intimidating to me, but she presented these scientific disciplines and notions in an intriguing and approachable way.  More importantly, she truly encourages students to explore and look at science, technology, engineering, and math from an artistic lens.  There is beauty in it, and she manages to capture it and be inspired by it.

For a look at her work please check out her website:

http://rebeccakamen.com/#3

Community Colleges: Affordable, Available, So What’s The Barrier?

The AAUW or the American Association of University Women of Virginia Northern District Program is presenting this amazing talk from Dr. Catherine Hill, where she will be talking about ” challenges  facing students and parents and opportunities in STEM fields, and how community colleges provide more women with a reliable path to opportunity and economic security.”

The rising cost four year institutions has created an influx in the number of students (whether they are fresh out of high school or further into their adulthood). Dr. Hill presents an pertinent study and I encourage folks to go out and attend.

Here are the details:

The talk takes place at Oakton Library and it is FREE and there will be FOOD !

From Route 66 East or West:

Take exit 60,  Rt. 123, going north toward Oakton and Vienna.

Turn left on Hunter Mill Rd.

Turn left onto Lynnhaven Pl.

From Reston and Dulles:

Take the Reston Parkway (RT. 602) South

To the Dulles Toll Rd. (RT.267) East toward DC

Take exit 14 onto Hunter Mill Rd. , turn right to go South

After approx .3 miles, turn left to continue South on Hunter Mill Rd.

After approx 4.4 miles, turn right onto Lynnhaven Pl.

I encourage people to go out and attend. I was able to meet with some of the women from the AAUW this week and they are lovely people.