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March is Teen Tech Month at the St. Louis County Library


St. Louis County Library will celebrate Teen Tech Month in March. SLCL will join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, Libraries are for Making.

Beginning in March, SLCL will offer a line-up of tech-themed programs for teens including screencasting tutorials, game design workshops, Minecraft, a robotics demonstration, DIY craft projects, gaming nights and more. A full list of Teen Tech Month programs can be found here, or call 314.994.3300 for more information.

Maximize Your Learning with Discovery Education at METC

Max Brooks METCThe “print-to-digital” transition is full of challenging opportunities. As a regional manager with Discovery Education, an organization committed to providing the best digital resources for curriculum, instruction and assessment, Max Brooks has the privilege of helping administrators, teachers and students overcome these challenges.
 Learn from his expertise at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February!

Spotlight on Sharon Slodounik @ METC 2015

Sharon Slodounik (750 SQ)Sharon Slodounik is in her 13th year as a gifted specialist at Glenridge Elementary in the School District of Clayton in Missouri. Staying on the cutting edge of education has been her goal, which always included integrating technology — whatever was the current technology of the time.

Sharon is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. You can hear her best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.

She shares that at ISTE 2014, Senior Education Evangelist at Google Jaime Casap reminded the audience that the smart phone in our hand is the worst technology that a 5-year-old will ever see. With that kind of future thinking in mind, Sharon has integrated robotics in her work with students and sponsored multiple after school LEGO Mindstorms sessions for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. She was also instrumental in piloting a successful building 5th grade STEM Day that moved to a district wide event the next year.

With a BS and MS in Secondary Education, Administrative Certification and many additional hours of graduate study, her career experiences include being a library media specialist as well as years in elementary and secondary teaching. Connect with Sharon on Twitter @sharonslodounik.

it is not rocket science, it is RoundTrips

Videoconferencing isn’t rocket science… or is it?  Today an aerospace engineer connected (through MOREnet with RoundTrips) to sites from all over the U.S. via videoconference- schools in Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Kansas, New York and Missouri (including CSD) as part of the second annual Kansas City FIRST Robotics Regional Competition videoconferences. Engineer Paul Buhse shared his expertise with students, talking about the Boeing ScanEagle (an unmanned robotic observation plane), live from St. Clement of Rome School in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Info on the ScanEagle:


Also during each one hour videoconference (there were three throughout the day, today), students interacted with participating student engineers in the pits at the competition and asked them questions about their projects.  Programming continues into the weekend-  

Dr. Marge Skubic  of the University of Missouri will share information about her ElderTech robotics research and application program. 

Dr. David Gustafson is from Kansas State University.  He specializes in software engineering including software measurement, software testing, software engineering of robotics software, and robotics. His students participate in the Semantic Robot Vision Challenge.  http://people.cis.ksu.edu/~dag/
Semantic Vision Robotic Challenge

David Larsen is from the University of Missouri School of Natural Resources and will discuss his use of a robotic camera and balloon to study forest canopy.  

For more information on the programming, click here.