Connecting with NASA

February 06, 2016 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

by Andrea Tehan Carnes

On Friday, January 29th at 11:00am EST, Stoneleigh-Burnham students had the chance to connect with Dr. Lenore Rasmussen, Polymer Chemist, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Ras Labs in a video conference hosted by Rachel Power of NASA’s Digital Learning Network at Kennedy Space Center. While Stoneleigh-Burnham was the only school to participate on camera in the web conference, it was also streamed live on NASA’s DLN channel where anyone was able to live tweet or e-mail Dr. Rasmussen questions about her experiment. There were 25 eighth grade students, 13 upper school students, and six teaching faculty in attendance for this exciting event.

Filed Under: STEAM, Girls Schools, STEM, Education

UMass Women in Engineering and Career Day 2015

November 11, 2015 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

by Andrea Tehan Carnes

Stoneleigh-Burnham School is working hard to expand the exposure our girls have to STEAM (science-technology-engineering-art-math), and I am excited to be leading our school in this initiative! My goals as the SBS STEAM Coordinator are to give our girls exposure to the many educational and career paths available in the STEAM field. The best way to get girls interested in STEAM is to get them working with their hands and walking in the shoes of people already in these fields. I know that I am not alone in the fact that I found my dream job by doing a lot of varied activities as a young person - many of which, I knew afterwards, were not for me! But you never know until you try!

Filed Under: STEAM, Girls Schools, STEM, Women in Technology, engineering, Education

The Right Questions

July 06, 2015 by Bill Ivey

The National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS) held their Annual Conference from June 22-24, 2015 at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia. The theme was “From STEM to STEAM: Girls’ Schools Leading the Way.” Sally Mixsell, Head of School, attended along with science teachers Andrea Tehan Carnes and Meghan Lena, and Bill Ivey, Middle School Dean. Over the weeks following the conference, we are sharing our thoughts on what we learned and what we did.

Filed Under: intersectionality, educating girls, STEAM, social justice, Girls Schools, Feminism, STEM, Education, National Coalition of Girls Schools, #NCGS15

Like Home

June 28, 2015 by Bill Ivey

The National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS) held their Annual Conference from June 22-24, 2015 at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia. The theme was “From STEM to STEAM: Girls’ Schools Leading the Way.” Sally Mixsell, Head of School, attended along with science teachers Andrea Tehan Carnes and Meghan Lena, and Bill Ivey, Middle School Dean. Over the next few weeks, we plan to share our thoughts on what we learned and what we did.

Filed Under: girls' education, STEAM, social justice, Girls Schools, Feminism, STEM, National Coalition of Girls Schools, #NCGS15

The Work We Do Daily

June 16, 2015 by Bill Ivey

By now, you may have heard of this pithy observation on women in science: “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls ... three things happen when they are in the lab ... You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry.” (Sir Tim Hunt, quoted in Drum) The piece provoked a firestorm of reaction, including the trending hashtag #distractinglysexy which mocked Sir Hunt’s remarks through comments such as “Rosalind Franklin was so #distractinglysexy that Watson and Crick forgot to give her credit for figuring out how DNA worked.” (Seth D. Michaels, quoted in Waxman) A few days later, Sir Hunt, a Nobel Prize winning scientist, was fired from his position at University College London.

Filed Under: STEAM, gender equity, Feminism, STEM, Education

Spreading the Joy

May 20, 2015 by Bill Ivey

Powerful #GirlsWithToys campaign proves once and for all that women have a place in STEM http://huff.to/1GmwBX5 (tweet by HuffPostTech)

Well. That is good news. But I can’t help but wonder - how did we get so quickly to that point?

It all started with an interview on NPR with Professor Shrinivas Kulkarni of the California Institute of Technology. The main purpose of the interview seemed to be to humanize scientists and to make it clear they are not just deadly serious denizens of labs but also as fun-loving as the next person. One of Professor Kulkarni’s main points was, “Many scientists, I think, secretly are what I call 'boys with toys.' (...) I really like playing around with telescopes. It's just not fashionable to admit it.”

Filed Under: STEAM, Feminism, STEM, Education, #GirlsWithToys

Sub Plan

April 06, 2015 by Bill Ivey

With five teacher/advisors volunteering to chaperone the 8th graders on their annual trip to Washington, DC, it seemed only right for me to step up and sign up to sub in their absence. I got Andrea's 7th grade Science/Math class and Meghan's Junior IB Bio I class. We got off to a bit of a slow start in the 7th grade Pre-Algebra class as the 7th graders who were in the predominantly 8th grade Algebra 1 class downstairs were apparently baking, and there was a tidal wave of enthusiasm for the idea of our doing the same despite the fact that we had neither ingredients nor oven. But it wasn't long before I was tossing dry-erase markers to students to go put up their answers to the homework on the board before checking them over.

Filed Under: The Girls School Advantage, girls' education, gender equity, learning, Feminism, girls' school, STEM, student-centered learning, Education

Not a Four-Letter Word

August 12, 2014 by Bill Ivey

The recent controversy around the Science magazine cover objectifying and dehumanizing trans women highlights not only how trans women may be treated within the scientific community but also how women in general may be treated within the field. The short answer: not well.

Filed Under: Alumnae, gender, LGBT Support, social justice, gender equity, Girls Schools, diversity, All Girls Education, Feminism, girls' school, STEM, Education

No Retreat, No Surrender

December 03, 2013 by Bill Ivey

We need to make sure we’re making it possible for people of all genders to feel acknowledged for their contributions and not feel held back by something as arbitrary as their genetics or appearance.
- Emily Graslie

Chief Curiosity Coordinator has to be one of the most awesome job titles ever. The position, created by Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, is held by Emily Graslie, who is STEAM (Science - Technology - Engineering - Art - Mathematics) personified. A studio art major, she interned at the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum, where she was tapped to host her own show on YouTube, “The Brain Scoop,” to show and discuss the behind-the-scenes workings of a major natural history museum. She also manages a tumblr by the same name.

Filed Under: gender, Technology, The Brain Scoop, STEAM, All Girls Education, Feminism, Women in media, STEM, Current Events, Emily Graslie

Closing the Gap

November 27, 2012 by Bill Ivey

I was staying overnight with my brother and his family so I wouldn't have to get quite so early a start to attend a conference at Simmons College entitled "Dreaming Big: What's Gender Got to Do With It?" The conference would present a study on middle schoolers and career aspirations and provide opportunities to discuss implications and ideas for follow-up. My brother and sister-in-law enjoy the TV program "Modern Family" (as do I), and after we caught up on our lives for a bit, we settled in to enjoy the evening's episode. In retrospect, it turned out to be a good way to warm into the conference, as the show, progressive as it is in some ways, does in other ways reflect the kind of stereotyping about work that is too often seen in the media. For one example, neither of the two moms in the show have a salaried job.

Filed Under: Middle School, Teaching, gender, The Girls School Advantage, On Education, Bill Ivey, Parenting, On Parenting, All Girls Education, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, STEM, Education