BLOSSOMS is an international collaboration, creating a rich repository of open-source video modules for high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes worldwide.
BLOSSOMS's goals include:
- promoting critical thinking, moving away from rote memorization;
- getting high school students excited about STEM careers and subject matter;
- showing application of math and science to everyday life;
- developing cross-cultural awareness and appreciation; and
- having fun while doing this.
- ORC: Karima Nigmatulina — Taking Walks, Delivering Mail: An Introduction to Graph Theory
- ORC: Anna Teytelman (with Prof. Arnold Barnett) — Is Bigger Better? A Look at a Selection Bias that Is All Around Us
- ESD: Rhonda Jordan and Dan Livengood — Flaws of Averages
- ESD: Dan Sturtevant — Building Cryptosystems
Here is the proposed schedule of events:
1. Wednesday, Nov. 16: Expression of interest: Email Professor Richard Larson indicating your intention to participate in the contest by this date. You will receive templates and some related useful information. If there is a team, you should identify all members of the team.
2. Wednesday, Dec. 7: Submission of the concept template for your BLOSSOMS video module.
3. Some date during Independent Activities Period (IAP), exact date to be determined: Live contest in an MIT auditorium where you and your team act out the first two sessions of your video, and you submit your proposed architecture template for the entire video. Winners will be announced live at this event.
The winners must agree to move on to the development of a pseudo-script that must be approved prior to videotaping. The date of videotaping during the spring semester will be arranged to be convenient to your schedule.