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January 19, 2018

Why Families Should Visit the Orlando Science Center

Filed under: Education,STEAM and STEM — William Jackson @ 12:30 pm
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family time
Why Families Should Visit the Orlando Science Center

by William Jackson and Aida Correa
@wmjackson @laphoneix

The visit at the Orlando Science Center (OSC) was
one of the highlights for our family during the winter
school break. A great period for family time, learning,
participation in activities that were fun, educational
and creating “ah ha” moments. There were many
instances that highlighted the day included those
below.

1. The interactive play areas at OSC are fun and educational.
They have the family involved and engaged.
2. OSC embraces the STEAM educational initiative
that 21st century careers demand.
3. OSC embraces the diversity of cultures visiting
the center with a welcoming atmosphere.
4. The presenters of the programs are knowledgeable,
engaging and entertaining.
5. The building and infrastructure is inviting and
sensory stimulating. The visuals are colorful.
6. Families are welcomed and assisted by the staff.
7. There are opportunities for children to be
involved in multiple activities that require different
skills.
8. Children with disabilities are welcomed and
supported.
9. The facility is clean and well maintained.
10. Families with autistic or special needs will
find activities that are hands on and stimulate,
but not overly excite the senses.
I (Aida) would like to add a few additional points
to this list that, as a mom, I noticed.
11. The OSC has something for everyone in the family.
As William mentioned above, we had as much fun as
the kids did.  What he didn’t mention, however is that
one of the kids is 9 and the other is in college yet,
they both enjoyed themselves. There is even a
section of the museum set-up exclusively for
children 7 and under.  Knowing that there is something
for everyone can be a stress reliever when trying
to find something to do with the whole family.
12.  Along the lines of “something for everyone,”
the exhibits varied. There were dinosaurs in one
exhibit, complete with animatronics and a
fossil dig in one area and a complete
gingerbread village in another area, which I
thought was wonderful. Also, while everyone else
was enjoying the show on space, my little one
was having a go at being a weather forecaster –
so no one was “bored.”
13. The exhibits change.  While we were there
we noticed some areas blocked off in preparation
of new exhibits, which made us decide that we
need to come again and check them out.
14. There’s plenty of interaction.
As William mentioned above, there are plenty of
interactive activities throughout the entire museum.
We cut out paper snowflakes, jumped in the
hurricane simulator, “dug” for fossils and so much
more.
15. Location and practicality.  Firstly the OSC is
conveniently located and offers plenty of parking.
We also noticed that in same location as the OSC,
there are other centers and museums we can check
out during future visits. As for practicality, there is
a cafeteria located on the ground floor of the museum
and there are plenty of restrooms.
16. The cost is reasonable.  While the regular cost is
fairly reasonable, check out their website for
additional discounts you may be eligible for.

Activities from the hurricane simulator, to the
dinosaur discovery, to the high tech presentation
about our solar system provide unique learning.
There is evidence of STEM, STEAM and even STREAM
learning. Aida and I (well past our teen years) had a
wonderful experience, not just watching
our girls, but participating with them as well.
Family time is about enjoying the experience
together and building lasting memories.
The OSC employs traditional and hands on
activities that allow for touching (tactile)
stimulation, video and auditory presentations.
Visual acuity and auditory sensory experiences
are not overwhelmed. The VR or virtual reality
provides a full range of learning.
Parents take the time to schedule family
time and arrive early enough to have
children participate in a rich learning
environment. There is plenty to do see,
hear, learn and experience.
Resources:
Orlando Science Center – http://www.osc.org

 

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January 3, 2018

Rediscovering SPACE A TEDxFSCJ Event

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 1:30 pm


Rediscovering SPACE A TEDxFSCJ Event

William Jackson, Social Media Team Member
of TEDxFSCJ http://tedxfscj.com

“Rediscovering SPACE” a TEDxFSCJ community event
hosted at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH)
in Jacksonville, Florida.
William Jackson, M.Ed. and Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche,
Social Media Team broadcasting on Facebook, Twitter
and Instagram.

The knowledgeable panelist speaking about the future
of SPACE travel, evolving careers in STEM, manufacturing
in space and traveling to distant planets and galaxies.
The panelists shared their knowledge, experiences
and passion for the SPACE industry and discovery.
Also discussed that minority children need to be
exposed to careers in STEAM to allow them growth
in careers that will allow educational
progression, exposure to new and developing
technologies and equipping minority children to
have a voice and a place in future decision
making areas where technology is the key to
advancement and success in life.

Taylor Richardson a 7th grade student one of
the awesome panelists dreams of being an
astronaut and is an advocate for literacy for inner
city children, STEAM education in schools and
is active in her community of Jacksonville,
Florida.

Taylor is an honors student at The Bolles School
and travels nationally speaking to youth, teens
and young adults about career choices in STEAM
and building girls’ confidence to motivate them
to dream big and reach literally for the stars in
space exploration.

Other members of the panel represented
private space industries, NASA scientist, engineers
and astronauts that will be flying into space in
the future. SPACE allowed the audience to learn
about constellations, future missions to deep
space, the importance of the International
Space Station and humanities potential role
in the galaxy and beyond.

There is great passion for the exploration
of SPACE and the experimentation of manu-
facturing in weightless environments that offer
new opportunities to discover and create new
substances.
The development of new industries in science,
engineering and the passion for exploration
helps to fuel industry, education and coming
commerce related to SPACE.

The passion for SPACE was seen in the audience
as a video production of the formation of the stars,
the importance of comets and how deep
space research influences life on earth.
The community is encouraged to take opportunities
to visit the MOSH and learn more. How to apply
that knowledge to future careers that broaden
man’s understanding and take advantage of
community events.

The panelists consisted of:
KATHLEEN O’BRADY
Lead Certification System Engineer for NASA’s
Commercial Crew Program
CHELSEA PARTRIDGE
Engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Systems
at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
DR. MIKE REYNOLDS
Professor of Astronomy and Physics at
Florida State College at Jacksonville and
the Executive Director Emeritus of the Chabot
Space & Science Center in Oakland, California.
TAYLOR RICHARDSON
Student at The Bolles School in Jacksonville
and an accomplished science advocate.
She is a student space ambassador for
The Mars Generation.
ANDREW RUSH
President and CEO of Silicon Valley-based
Made In Space, Inc., the first manufacturing
company in space.
JENNIFER RULIFFSON
A NASA Solar System Ambassador and
has hosted several events centered on space
and space exploration.

Resources:
TEDxFSCJ – http://www.tedxfscj.com

December 15, 2017

Hip Hop Nutcracker – Blending of Hip Hop and the Classic Nutcracker

William and Aida, Bloggers and Digital Innovators
in Jacksonville Florida #MyQuestToTeach

Hip Hop Nutcracker – Blending of Hip Hop and the Classic Nutcracker
William Jackson, My Quest To Teach Edited By Aida C.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker was a musical explosion combing
old school Hip Hop with classical music and the grace,
elegance and power of Hip Hop dancing. The back drop
story line of the Nutcracker provided the framework
on a story that is relevant generationally dealing with
the diversity of relationships and family. Using music
to transcend dialogue, the dancing of the actors
(yes the dancers are considered actors) showed
that emotions, passions, fears, desires and love
help to form our humanity and used to tell a
unique story.
In its own right Hip Hop has cultural and gener-
ational significance, inspiring musical artistry
allowed story-telling to be told in a dynamic
and electrifying production that literally has the
audience reflecting on their memories of Hip
Hop in the 80’s.
Kurtis Blow still has a masterful way of getting
the audience hyped and providing avenues of
remembrance through the decades. The 80’s
when real Hip Hop was formed and had
audiences of all ages dancing in the streets,
in house parties, schools and even some
churches that Hip Hop as a way of community
connection and unity. There is a cross
generational connection of memories when
the 80’s Hip Hop is heard.
As the transition of background images of
New York neighborhoods and subway artwork
joined together by the concrete and steel of
those days made communities more than
buildings, they were families of people with
similar family values, challenges, celebrations
and expectations. The visual elements of
Hip Hop Nutcracker brought a visual appeal
of life in New York and a back-drop of a New
York Bridge.
The connection that allowed Hip Hop to travel
throughout New York City and across the country.
The Nutcracker has international acclaim which
combined with the athletic artistry of dancers,
gymnast and those that appear to defy gravity
if just for a brief moment excites and brings
true the abilities of youth, teens and young
adults as artists.
Building a unique musical journey that draws
in a generation that may not even know about
the classical Nutcracker story that has
many variations. The challenges of relationships,
overcoming misunderstandings, relational realities
of life.
Woven into a story decades old and combining
with not just a dance style, but a way of life in
Hip Hop.
The melodious manipulations of Hip Hop songs
and classical music as manifested by a DJ
(disc jockey), collaborated “scratches” building
on the tempo, scales and instrumentation
of accompaniment and unity.
The music radiates a yearning to connect with
the finest details related to instrumentation
on an electronic scale.
The two hour show is fun, electrifying, skillfully
choreographed and the acting is first rate even
though displayed through dancing and the
expressions of the actors. No words are
exchanged which brings a unique perspective
that means as you watch the performances
you are engaged and encouraged
to think about the events unfolding.
The human spirit is seen at such a high level
that in  the engagements, violin solos and
other events Hip Hop Nutcracker
will move you to find those old LP’s, CD’s and
even YouTube videos and relive the feel of
the 80’s and the nostalgia that only
music can bring.
If you’re a child of the 70’s and 80’s you
will enjoy the show and want to tell your
children about the simpler time when
there were arguments and conflicts that
were many times solved by dance offs or
creating on the fly raps that were
creative, innovative and allowed the brain to
flow using language not bullets to settle
disagreements.
Parents should take their kids to see Hip Hop
Nutcracker to show them the power of a
musical genre still shared around the world and
as powerful and moving as classical music.
The combination is so Dope and Lit it can carry
you way, back to a time when life seems built
on music, love and family.
Resources:
The Florida Theater
http://floridatheatre.com/event/hip-hop-nutcracker/

The Hip Hop Nutcracker
http://hiphopnutcracker.com

 Hip Hop Nutcracker 2

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