Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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Blossom and STEM

In one of our recent listening sessions for DA's 2015 Strategic Plan, a parent made a perplexing point about the place of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) courses in the Middle and Upper School curricula. 

His point was straightforward: be careful about over-estimating the value of STEM with younger learners. "They can learn math and science at any age," he said [and I paraphrase], "but they can learn to love learning, the value of truth, and the beauty of humanity only when they are young." 

The argument has been bouncing around in my brain for a few weeks now - in part because I'm not sure I agree, in part because the arguer is a distinguished mathematician and scientist, and in part because he shared a compelling report and beautiful video to support his case. 
Here is the report and here is the video (worth 7 minutes of your day, whether you are a lover of the humanities or a passionate STEMer). 

His specialties? Image and video processing, computer vision, computer graphics, computational vision, biomedical imaging, brain imaging, cryo-tomography of viruses, computational tools in cryo-tomography, computational tools in early diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, differential geometry and differential equations, scientific computation, learning and high dimensional data analysis, sparse modeling and dictionary learning, applied mathematics.

Go figure!
Posted by mulkus on Monday November, 17, 2014


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