Paper Machines Workshop at USD

Paper Machines Workshop for familiesSunday, March 4, 2018, 9-11 am, Dr. Odesma Dalrymple and Dr. Perla Myers, University of San Diego, Loma Hall, Cymer Ideation Space

Create your own paper machine! This workshop will combine engineering and paper folding concepts to explore some of the endless possibilities of paper folding and desing thinking. We will start with stations, where participants will learn various techniques, then they will combine the techniques to create their own paper machine. We will end with a short presentation on further applications of paper folding and design thinking to medicine, manufacturing, social justice, etc.

No RSVP required, but give Dr. Perla a heads-up and thank you:

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Other cool USD events in April:

Knapp Events at USD


Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

Reception to follow

Father/son duo Martin and Erik Demaine like to blur the lines between art and mathematics, by freely moving from designing sculpture to proving theorems and back again. Paper folding is a great setting for this approach, as it mixes a rich geometric structure with a beautiful art form. Mathematically, they are continually developing algorithms to fold paper into any desired shape. Sculpturally, the duo has been exploring curved creases, which remain poorly understood mathematically, but have potential applications in robotics, deployable structures, manufacturing, and self-assembly. By integrating science and art, they constantly find new inspirations, problems, and ideas: proving that sculptures do or don’t exist, or illustrating mathematical beauty through physical beauty. Collaboration, particularly as a father-son team, has been a powerful way for them to bridge art and mathematics. Prior to the lecture, guests will be able to view a sneak peek of the exhibition in the Humanities Center Gallery starting at 4 p.m.


Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Humanities Center, Serra Hall 200

Father/son duo Martin and Erik Demaine explore the worlds of sculpture, manufacturing, and shape based on the notion of scale.  In particular, they explore ideas behind several parallel creation stations (including two located at USD, one in Linda Vista, one in Tijuana) that allow participants to simultaneously create based on certain rules inspired by the work of Martin and Erik. Some of these creations will be “folded” into the exhibit, “Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings” prior to the gallery opening reception on April 27.

Gallery Exhibition: Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings

Monday, April 16, to Friday, May 18

Humanities Center Gallery, Serra Hall 200

Opening Reception: Friday, April 27, 5–7 p.m.

Father/son duo Martin and Erik Demaine like to blur the lines between art and mathematics by freely moving from designing sculpture to proving theorems and back again. Paper folding is a great setting for this approach, as it mixes a rich geometric structure with a beautiful art form. Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings will feature work by the Demaines and work created in several parallel creation stations — including two located at USD, one in Linda Vista and one in Tijuana — that will allow participants to simultaneously and spontaneously create based on certain rules inspired by the work of Martin and Erik. The exhibit will begin with a few pieces by the Demaines and the collaborative creations will be “folded” into the exhibit prior to the gallery opening reception.

Simultaneous Creation Stations:

During the week of April 16-23, when Martin and Erik are at USD, there will be several creation stations that will run in parallel, including two at the University of San Diego, two in Tijuana (at the Escuela Libre Architecture School and at a Community Center), and 3-4 in the San Diego community (schools or community centers). Participants (students, teachers, families, community leaders, etc.) at the different sites will simultaneously create based on challenges to be revealed each day inspired by the work of the Demaines. The work at these stations will be streamed to the Humanities Center at USD throughout the week, and some of the collaborative work will be “folded” into an exhibit that will include work by the Demaines, “Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings” in time for the gallery opening reception on April 27. Part of our vision for this project is to introduce the San Diego and Tijuana communities to creative, playful, interdisciplinary thinking with the Demaines and to inspire a bi-national collaboration that will result in the development of new works infused by the rich assets of our diverse communities.

Speakers Needed at Bell Middle School

Good Morning,

Speaker Series 2018

My name is Precious Hubbard and I am the principal at Bell Middle school. I am looking for San Diego community members who would like to motivate and inspire middle school age students with a brief and engaging interaction. If you aren’t comfortable delivering a 45-minute presentation, we can add you to a panel of speakers (2-3). Our students need to see professionals they can relate to and hear stories of resiliency.

Please see an invitation attached to speak to students at Bell Middle school during our speaker’s series. If you are interested, be prepared to commit at least one hour and send a mini bio ahead of time so teachers can sign their classes up to hear you speak. My contact information is below and in the letter.

Thank you.

Principal Precious Hubbard

Precious Jackson-Hubbard, Principal
Bell Middle School
620 Briarwood Road
San Diego, CA 92139
(619) 430-1001 Campus

Click Here for times and more info

Teen Expo Lunch at Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside

Hello everyone,

I hope all is well and thank you for continuing to work collectively to support S.T.E.M.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside is offering a teen expo lunch at Oceanside High School to look at ways in which to broaden the student’s ideas of the plethora of careers beyond high school.  The intent is to open their eyes to higher education opportunities, entry level careers, military, and higher levels of management/business etc.

If you, your organization, or you know of an organization that might be a great fit for this teen expo please pass on the vendor information attached and flyer.  We look forward to exposing these students to the kaleidoscopes of opportunities especially in the  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for all that you are continuing to do for promoting S.T.E.M. to our younger female generations.

Hillary Adams
Director of Operations

BE WiSE for 7th/8th girls

January 3rd – February 3rd is open application enrollment for BE WiSE, so please spread the word to your friends and science teachers!

Complete and on-time applications will be reviewed within one month of the application deadline. Students will be notified if they have or have not been accepted, or if they are on the wait list. All students who apply will hear from us! We accept 120 students, 40 for each of the three overnights. Once accepted, you’ll be assigned to an overnight, and you must attend that overnight. Participation and acceptance into the BE WiSE program is contingent upon attending an overnight. If you are unable to attend an overnight, your spot in BE WiSE will be given to someone on the waitlist.

Spring 2018 Overnights
San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research (May 45)
Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden and Heritage Museum (May 1112)
Girl Scouts at Morley Field in Balboa Park (June 1–2)

Visit our website for more info, or forward this email to someone you think would be a good fit for BE WiSE.
Until next time, expect great things!
BE WiSE Program Manager

Hands-On Technology Education is Hiring

My company (Hands-On Technology Education!) is looking to hire additional STEM instructors for our 2018 activities (after-school programs, workshops, summer camps).

Click the image to view their Flyer!


An enormous amount of planning has been done so that we can reach our goal of interacting with 400+ students in the 2018 calendar year, but the plan is contingent upon us finding more qualified teachers to help us facilitate our Mobile Technology programs!


If you know of anyone who would be interested in getting involved with cutting-edge, K-12 STEM education, please have them check the flyer attached to this e-mail as well as the job posting we placed on Indeed:


Also if you have any particularly strong references, please let them know they can e-mail me directly in addition to applying on Indeed 🙂
Thanks for your help!!!
Korey Sewell, Ph.D

Executive Director
Hands-On Technology Education, LLC | 949-529-0438

Venue Space – La Jolla Library

We are so grateful for our network in San Diego and around the world.  Please read below if you are looking for a venue space for STEM/STEAM or something else!
I work with the La Jolla Library to organize a series of science workshops and lectures. We also have a biology lab to support workshops that gets little use during the week, but we have had students use the lab for science fair projects in the past. I would love to invite other groups that might need space to do lab experiments or classes to use this facility- doesn’t necessarily have to be biology, but that is mostly what we are set up for.
You can read more about it here:
Please feel free to share this information with any other science educators in San Diego who you think would be interested in this resource.
Best Regards,