TED scientists get the LEGO treatment

Lego never gets old. Let it inspire future generations.

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LEGOs are for building spaceships, crafting castles and getting lost in your couch. But what if they could be used not just to dream of lands long ago and times far away, but to inspire future scientists? That’s what writer Maia Weinstock had in mind when she made these STEM scientist action figures.

Weinstock has turned TED Fellows Jedidah Isler (an astrophysicist), Danielle N. Lee (a biologist) and David Sengeh (a bio-engineer), as well as TED speaker Mae Jemison (an astronaut) into miniature figurines using LEGOs. In the Scientific American article “It’s time for more diversity in STEM toys,” she explains why: increased racial diversity in STEM toys can help kids imagine (and then create) a world where Hispanic programmers and African-American chemists are the norm instead of notable exceptions.

STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — is a place where students in the United States are

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7 reasons to get TED Live

TED talks have inspired me so much. Short, sharp and informative talks in a busy world.

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Just in time for TEDGlobal next month, we’ve rebuilt our TED Live program, allowing you to watch the entire conference—or a single day of it—on a high-definition live stream anywhere in the world, anytime. 7 reasons to try it:

  1. You’ll gain insight into what’s going on in the world. The TEDGlobal 2014 program is designed to look at the forces underlying recent news stories — and at the larger phenomenon shaping our global landscape. As you watch TED Live, you’ll see these big themes emerge, session by session. And you might even see a little breaking news.
  2. It’s cost efficient. Watching all four days of the TEDGlobal conference on TED Live costs $500, and we’ve also added a day pass option, for $200. TED Live is a great way to support TED’s nonprofit mission of spreading ideas —  and get a concentrated dose of inspiration in return.

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25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

Loving this TED Blog. Who’d have thought there were still apps I needed for helping with time management and easing daily life generally.

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Favorite_appsAt our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, writing/designing and running a full-scale conference twice a year. We asked the TED staff what apps they can’t live without. And beyond the classics—Instagram, Google Maps, Spotify, Uber, Seamless—we found some great apps that might help you too. (A star denotes that the app is free, or at least has a free version.)


For random life stuff…

Dark Sky
A weather app with startling accuracy, its interface tells you things like: “Light rain starting in 22 minutes.” It also shows you beautiful weather maps that let you play local-news weather expert. “It’s like a wizard,” says our CTO, Gavin Hall. “If this app were available in the 1600s, it would have been burned at the stake for witchcraft.”


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A little bit about me…  http://re.vu/teacher

Much of my early adult life was spent working in an office and then I took time out to raise my family.It was at this point that I made the decision to train as a teacher. My enthusiasm for technology has always been part of my lifestyle as well as my work life. Having spent many years helping in schools, both as a parent, and then prior to teaching, as a playgroup leader and TA, my involvement in primary schools has been a long and enjoyable one.

Having now spent 12 years in the classroom my enthusiasm has not diminished and it is always nice to face new challenges, particularly as the world of technology progresses.

In my current position I have happily taken on the role of Student Council leader together with a colleague. It is so important to ensure the pupil voice is heard and as such we try to think of a new project each year.

The role of maths coordinator has been a new one for me since being at SFBS. I am in the process of implementing a drive to look at the maths environment in classrooms. This, along with some other focused ideas for raising the profile of maths will be implemented during this school year.

“It is today we must create the world of the future” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Please take your time to look at my website. It shows a clear picture of what motivates and excites me as an educator and where I see the future of education to be going.