Mt Gambier STEMSummit2016

Dear STEMSummit2016 teachers, principals, labbies STEM lovers,

Thank you very much for the incredible privilege and amazing opportunity to share a little bit of my excitement with all 750+ of you. I cannot wait to see what you do next and how things are going to change for learners in the Mt Gambier region.

As promised, here are the links to the topics I covered on Friday.

Good luck on your amazing quest!


Introduction and demonstrations

Professor Slo & Dr Mo: Slot Car vs hydrogen balloon

Curiosity Show YouTube Channel

Reminisce with Prof Julius Sumner Miller

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures®

DIY Animation: waves, circles, beautiful mathematics

Indispensable maths: WiFi

Indispensable maths: prime numbers, internet security

Simple science demos: pencils vs plastic bag full of water

> turtle vs jellyfish

> turtle vs plastic bag

seabirds vs plastic

Fun Fly Stick

The positron: an electron moving backwards in time

DIY Oersted’s Experiment: compass+battery+coat hanger

Optimism #1 – MORE PEACEFUL: The decline of violence

The Better Angels of Our Nature  the book by Professor Steven Pinker (2011)

The surprising decline in violence Steven Pinker’s 20min TED Talk

Steven Pinker: A History of Violence 37min talk at the Singularity Summit

Violence Vanquished essay featuring the two graphs in my slides

The News: A User’s Manual Allain de Botton

Optimism #2 – SMARTER: The Flynn Effect

The Mean IQ of Americans: Massive Gains 1932 to 1978 James Flynn (1984) Psychological Bulletin Vol. 95 No. 1

The Flynn Effect  summary of the hypotheses by Indiana University’s Dr Jonathan Plucker

Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents’ Prof James Flynn’s TED Talk

Optimism #3 – NICER: The Bystander Effect

“The bystander-effect: A meta-analytic review on bystander intervention in dangerous and non-dangerous emergencies.” Fischer, P. et al. (2011) Psychological bulletin Vol. 137 No.4 *subscription required

Bystander Effect YouTube video (3min 35sec)

The Murder of Kitty Genovese Wikipedia page with good citations to further reading

Optimism #4 – TECHNOLOGY: Better, faster, cheaper

DIY Experiment: Iinfrared remote control

FLIR One: thermal imaging camera

Slow motion smartphone video (embroidery hoop vs pen)

Optimism #5 – SCIENCE: Unsolved Mysteries

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks why do humans die?

A brief history of the universe from Dr Karl’s Great Moments in Science

How do we know the universe is expanding also by Dr Karl


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