Monthly Archives: November 2014


Geodome Project

On Friday November 21, the Great Plains STEM Education Center’s John Boucha assisted University of North Dakota Professor Tim Young at the Williston High School for explorations of the night sky. The presentations took place in UND’s Geodome, a portable planetarium that inflates to house up to 20 students viewing a sophisticated system projecting onto…


Math Dance

Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern founded the Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble in Santa Cruz, California in 1987. Drawing on their combined backgrounds in dance, mathematics, science, writing, music, theater, and athletics, they were drawn to uncommon fields as fodder for their choreography. The San Jose Mercury News dance critic Judith Green observed…


GPSEC Hosts VCSU Dashboard Project

A best practice of interpreting tabulated data is in visualizing the data using graphs and charts, and several of the projects at the Great Plains STEM Education Center rely on data-based communication. Moreover learner standards in math and science also herald the importance on students abilities to record, manipulate, graph, and interpret data. Learning in…


When Women Stop Coding

October 27, 2014 These days we hear a lot about the gender gap and sexism in tech careers, but it wasn’t always that way. Women were some of the leading pioneers in coding and computer science. The first person to write a computer algorithm was Ada Lovelace in the 1800s. Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper invented the computer language COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language) and…