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George Leopold
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Re: Good inspiration
George Leopold   5/7/2012 9:13:25 AM
Homer Hickam told us that the initial portrayal of the good folks of Coalwood, W. Va., in October Sky was originally full of hillbilly stereotypes about coal miners. He urged director Joe Johnston to drop the stereotypes and show the dignity of work above and below ground. After all, it was the people of Coalwood who made it possible for Homer to pursue his dreams. (Incidentally, Hickam said Chris Cooper, who played Homer's father, received little or no direction during filming. He just ran with the character and, accurately, for my money, portrayed the tensions between father and his independent-minded son.)

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A great thing
Cadman-LT   5/7/2012 2:56:15 AM
This is such a great thing. Not only promoting STEM, but making it cool is a great thing. I wish I would have had this kind of motivation and outlet back when I was a kid. It is more important now more than ever for kids to get into it. 

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Re: Tech Fest Showcases Young Engineers
mrdon   5/6/2012 11:47:36 PM
Beth, I agree. You can expose kids to STEM actitivies everyday just by bringing a bunch of techno-goodies to their classrooms and letting them explore the wonders of science and technology by teardown activities. I promote STEM by visiting my kids' classroom and discussing careers in electrical and computer engineering with hands-on demos using the Basic Stamp kits. I'm also getting involve with Innovation Generation by providing project excerpts from my new book titled "Learning Electronics with Arduino" coming out 5/23/12 for kids to do cool projects over the summer break as well!

Charles Murray
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Good inspiration
Charles Murray   5/4/2012 6:13:18 PM
I'm not surprised to see the throng, given the celebrities (Homer Hickam, Bill Nye and an astronaut) at the event. I still say that Hickam's book inspired the best science movie ever made. It may be the only Hollywood movie in which a bright young science student is portrayed as a normal child.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Tech Fest Showcases Young Engineers
Beth Stackpole   5/4/2012 3:47:01 PM
Sometimes you don't even have to bring your kids to these tech fests to get them exposure to the fun side of STEM. My kids did that hydrogen experiment on the dollar bill in school and brought it home to amaze their parents. It was pretty cool.

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Tech Fest Showcases Young Engineers
apresher   5/4/2012 8:58:03 AM
Excellent slide show.  We need to do all we can to promote technology to the brightest and best students. Important priority.

Beth Stackpole
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Tech fest love-in looks like a success
Beth Stackpole   5/4/2012 6:49:05 AM
What a great way to expose kids to all the possibilities of technology and engineering in ways that seem creative and fun. More of this kind of hands-on experience and exposure to engineering's "rock stars," as you say, does volumes to whet our kids' appetites for STEM careers.

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