Thanks to a generous donation via DonorsChoose.org from the folks at Seattle-based Groundspeak, Room 402 just received a brand new Garmin GPS and 6 new compasses! We’re planning a field trip for early November to the Queens Museum of Art to check out the scale model of New York City and to do some geocaching … Continue reading
Dear Sixteen, Ms. Fay and I found out a week or so ago that, thanks to The Sixteen Project, we will have the opportunity to travel through Southeast Asia this summer to do ethnographic fieldwork – the same type of work you all do in our classes. We’re expecting to visit Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and … Continue reading
Game Design: We’ve spent the past few classes working with game mechanics – that is, the rules that determine what players do in a game. For example, “fighting” or “capturing.” Game design challenge #2, which is due on Monday, October 3, asks designers to match a mechanic with a theme so that those two are … Continue reading
GothamSchools posted a piece yesterday about our students who presented their work at the New York Times’ Schools for Tomorrow event. Check out the full piece at http://gothamschools.org/2011/09/22/at-conference-about-the-future-some-students-are-already-there They highlight #Disastercamp, Sixteen and iMovie. Cheers to Piel, Chanel, Bria + Izzy!
We were talking about the OK Go / Rube Goldberg machine video during advisory on Tuesday – here’s the video from Vimeo:
Open House New York is a weekend that celebrates architecture / design / urban things all around the city. There are tours of places that aren’t usually open to the public, like artist studios. Check it out at http://www.ohny.org.
The LA Times broke a story in July about how city officials in Bell, CA – a city in Los Angeles County – were paying themselves extraordinarily high salaries. For example, the city’s chief administrative officer, who manages the city’s operations, was paid $1.5 million per year; by way of comparison, city managers in neighboring … Continue reading