Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Luckily, I'm not sick

But it seems like just about everyone else is. Only three of us showed up for the meeting early Tuesday morning., & one of the missing sick ones was Arno, who's working on the 501(c)3 forms. Meanwhile, I've been substitute teaching almost every day (including Monday, so it was a REALLY short meeting). I've been telling teachers at every school the last few days what happened with the Jr Engineering & Cache StarHouse programs, & about the StarHouse Discovery Center & what our current status is. It seems like there is at least one teacher at every school who recognizes me from the StarHouse last year, even if they can't remember where they recognize me from. The coolest is when a student recognizes me. I was substituting in a 2nd grade class today, & that happened!

I've also been working on the StarHouse Discovery Center webpage. I'm trying to learn how to do forms so that people can enter their contact info & type a message to us right from the webpage. I think I need to learn some Java to be able to do it, though.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

LtUE, report

Last weekend was the annual Life, the Universe, & Everything Science Fiction & Fantasy Symposium at Brigham Young University. I presented on Friday about the StarHouse Discovery Center, and on Saturday, I gave a workshop with some of our equipment. It was a lot of fun. The only problem was that all the teachers from the Educator's Conference on Saturday disappeared while I was setting up the equipment. But then all the Gofers came, & they really enjoyed. Gofers are the volunteers that make sure the panelists & presenters have everything they need - they "go fer this, & go fer that." Most of the Gofers at LtUE are the teenage children of former (& sometimes present) committee members. LtUE is primarily put on by BYU students who enjoy science fiction & fantasy. Some of the panels I attended were Creating Historical Costuming, Using 3D Image Editing Software, World Building, and Filking. Filking is Science, Science Fiction, & Fantasy folk singing. My Dan was with me, which made this year WAY more awesome than previous years, & on Saturday, we took one of our nieces along, too. She's almost eight, & takes art lessons. There were a bunch of art panels on Saturday, & she attended them, really enjoyed herself, & made a cartoon of her own. The Symposium always ends in a banquet, & this year it was held at the Skyroom on BYU campus. Yummy food, good friends, & meeting new, like-minded people - what more can you ask?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I'll be at Life, the Universe, and Everything this weekend.

This is a FREE Science Fiction & Fantasy Symposium. I will be presenting about the StarHouse Discovery Center on Friday, & conducting a teachers' workshop on a few of the modules for the Jr Science & Astronomy outreach program on Saturday.

Hope to see you there!