BIG Lab Coordinator Lindsey Own is using Evergreen's 3D printers to join in the widespread DIY effort to help support health efforts. She started off printing a popular design in the maker community, "Prusa RC2" headbands that hold a plastic sheet in place to act as a face shield to protect doctors and nurses; the first batch is now headed to the emergency department at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds. Over the weekend, the NIH approved a slightly different headband for clinical use, so she's switched to printing that one now.
From online class meetings and plenty of projects to virtual visits by the Scientist of the Month -- not to mention library time, PE and more -- we are embracing the possibilities of remote learning, from preschool through 8th grade!
Yesterday, the Middle School Service Club hosted Dr. Jesse Salk, a molecular biologist and clinical oncologist, and also the CEO, chief scientific officer and co-founder of TwinStrand, a Seattle startup developing next-generation DNA sequencing technology—plus, an Evergreen alum! Speaking to an audience of about 25 middle schoolers, Dr. Salk discussed his work, including with veterans in the cancer ward at the VA Hospital, to whom he recently delivered holiday cards and valentines hand-made by students in the club.
Upper Division (grades 4-8) had a visit yesterday from author Lamar Giles. Giles, who writes books for middle grade (ages 8-12) and YA (ages 12-17) audiences, as well as adults, also helped found the organization We Need Diverse Books.
Presenting to the students, Giles talked about his path to becoming a writer. He grew up in a family that valued reading and he loved to read, but he also lived in a Virginia factory town where a good factory job was the aspiration of many, and bookish kids like him were often teased.
Giles also talked about the idea of windows and mirrors in literature: books that offer a window into a different world, and books that provide a mirror, offering more relatable experiences and characters. Both are great, he said. But there is an imbalance, and he talked about the lack of diversity, particularly of characters of color, in children's books, and how this is changing, but slowly, leading him and others to start the organization We Need Diverse Books.
Signe's kindergartners were excited to see who their "Mystery Reader" would be today! Parents/guardians have been taking turns coming in to surprise students and read a story to the whole class. Throughout the day, students are given hints to try and guess ... who likes celebrating festivals and playing board games??