Monday, March 10th is the Prelim Round for Power Pitch at 1871. The Sixth Annual Power Pitch Contest kicks off at 6 pm in the 1871 Auditorium. Each of the twenty-three teams presents a 60-second elevator pitch followed by a science fair style event where the audience and judges can visit displays to learn more about exciting new tech businesses from their creators. The event if open to the public and free. Over 15 judges from leading startups and businesses will be on hand to evaluate business models. The audience also gets a vote. The "audience favorite" is automoatically included in the Finals held on April 29, again at 1981. Judges will choose five additional teams to participate in the Finals. TALENT, sponsored by the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, is an extracurricular program that is open to high school students around the state who want to start up a business. TALENT maintains several projects in CoolHub.
If you want to attend the Prelims, let us know by signing up here.
Liferay Sync is free software that works a lot like Dropbox for CoolHub. With Liferay Sync installed, you can drag and drop files into and out of folders in your CoolHub projects without having first to log in to CoolHub. This saves a number of clicks and enables more powerful document and folder control. For example, upload files in folders nested within folders and the folder hierarchy is preserved--this is not possible using the standard Library tools.
Who should use this? Anyone who uploads multiple files to Liferay. You can also drag and drop files to new folders, create and delete folders, all with just a mouse click.
Download the software from Liferay. This requires setting up an account (one time only) on Liferay. Once the software is downloaded and installed, you can set up your preferences by launching the application and setting preferences to include your CoolHub username and password. You can choose which projects to sync (you have to be a member of the projects). When you start the application from then on, it logs you into CoolHub in the background. Open the Sync folder and get to work.
IMSA math faculty member Noah Prince created the Graph Theory Project as a result of working with the IMSA Fusion program. Middle school students visiting the Fusion program enjoy a one-hour math lesson on Noah's favorite branch of mathematics, graph theory. Graph theory, a subject that students find exciting and engaging is not typically a part of traditional math curricula.
In this project, teachers will find lessons that could be incorporated in their classrooms. Lessons are linked to the Common Core State Standards and are accompanied by thorough "teacher's notes" so that instructors feel confident leading classes through the material.
The project space is interactive, so members may offer their thoughts and feedback.
The Core Project was created to support investigations regarding the impact of humans on the environment. By studying fossils in core samples it is possible to detect changes over time. The Core Project is a good example of using CoolHub for content, in this case, a flash-based activity that engages learners in identifying fossils at different depths of a core sample, then interpreting the findings. This project was created by Stephanie Crook, with assistance from CoolHub staff in creating the interactive Flash core.
According to Stephanie, the core was taken from a pond in the Miller Woods. The fossils were found when the samples were sorted at Brown University.
The core activity was recently highlighted at a workshop at the Indiana Dunes. It is useful for teaching about soils in Environmental Science classes. For more information, visit the Indiana Dunes Curriculum Activities site.
Visit the Core Activity and imagine your own uses for this resource and ways to use CoolHub to support your teaching.
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