Category: Save the Planet

29 Jun

Solar Sinter Project

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In a world increasingly concerned with questions of energy production and raw material shortages, this project explores the potential of desert manufacturing, where energy and material occur in abundance.
In this experiment sunlight and sand are used as raw energy and material to produce glass objects using a 3D printing process, that combines natural energy and material with high-tech production technology.

Solar-sintering aims to raise questions about the future of manufacturing and trigger dreams of the full utilisation of the production potential of the world’s most efficient energy resource – the sun. Whilst not providing definitive answers this experiment aims to provide a point of departure for fresh thinking.

01 Dec

Maureen = National Board Certified Teacher = Yay!

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After 23 months of working and waiting Maureen has become a National Board Certified Teacher (thus making it official that she is indeed the best teacher in the world). This is a huge accomplishment and I’m very proud of her. 

Before she started this process I thought that becoming a Nationally Board certified teacher required some studying, a big test, and maybe writing a few letters.  I was very wrong. The assessment for National Board Certification consists of a multimedia teaching portfolio consisting of 4 entries that include word-limited essay and in-class videos. This portfolio is used to evaluate pedagogy (the science of teaching) and student outcomes. After one finishes all that (it takes about a year, teachers then need to successfully complete/pass a three-hour examination.

There are only 64,000 Nationally Board certified teachers (of the 4,000,000 teachers currently employed only 1.6% have this certification).

Here’s some more information from


The mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by:

1. Maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do

2. Providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards, and

3. Advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.


NBPTS was formed in response to a 1986 report issued by the Task Force on Teaching as a Profession, a group funded by the Carnegie Forum on Education. The report, entitled A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century, called for the creation of a board to “define what teachers should know and be able to do” and to “support the creation of a rigorous, valid assessment to see that certified teachers do meet these standards.” The founding president of NBPTS was James A. Kelly, and the original chair of the board of directors was the Honorable James B. Hunt Jr., former governor of North Carolina.


NBPTS Standards are based on the Five Core Propositions — the foundation of what all accomplished teachers should know and be able to do — and provide a reference that helps educators link teaching standards to teaching practice. NBPTS publishes standards of “accomplished teaching” for 25 subject areas and developmental levels for pre-K through 12th grade. These standards were developed and validated by representative councils comprised of master teachers, disciplinary organizations and other education experts.

09 Apr

The Department of the Future called, they want their fog tower back…

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This dispatch from the future of skyscraper technology takes us to the northern coast of Chile, where Alberto Fernández and Susana Ortega have conceived of a Fog Tower that absorbs and channels water from its mist enshrouded environs. This pristine helical structure would allow for the development of a sustainable agriculture environment at the edge of the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on earth.