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2013 June

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Jun

Thinking Like a Genius: Changing Perspectives

At the Kuriosity Lab we experiment with how become kids fully engaged with learning (equals figuring things out).  Our hypothesis, based on neuroscience research, is that when students are completely focused on what they are doing, there is a better chance to place that learning into long-term memory.  And to master a skill, whatever it is, the student needs to accumulate that knowledge into  long-term memory storage and have the ability to quickly retrieve that information. Sometimes kids, as do all of us, get stuck.  When that happens, one of out suggestions can be: how about changing your perspective.  We have a 12-foot ladder to  climb that offers immediate perspective change. Getting to the second, third,  and fourth best answer is thinking  like a genius. These two photos of the same thing–lots of sneakers– is an example of this kind of seeing things differently

View from outside

View from outside

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Sneakers from the inside

Sneakers from the inside

 

17

Jun

The Energy of a Sun

sun and energy waves photo-250One more experiment with light.  I can imagine/feel waves of light energy being radiated into the universe. Have any idea how this effect was made?

17

Jun

More light

The Lab is still not complete, but it is still so much fun to work/play there.  I spent some time in the dome space where we experiment with light.  Great paradox: in order to play with light, you have to have a dark, dark space. The interior of the dome reaches a height of 17 feet.  Amidst the darkness there is a spacious and orderly feel (from the geometric patterns of the framework from the dome.  Look at it one way, and you see a series of hexagons; change your perspective and all you see are pentagons. I will remember that when I need to change my frame of mind–just look at things slightly differently and the world can change.

The  hexagons and pentagons sharing space.

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Here’s a photo taken today. photo-77