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Wrapping up our series on STEM and STEAM education


We hope you’ve enjoyed our series on STEM and STEAM education over the past month. Here is a recap of the stories we posted, plus resources where you can find out more about the future of STEM and STEAM:

  • Lybba participates in the first Biohackathon LA event for students from LA’s Promise Manual Arts High School. 
  • Lybba invites readers to explore key questions about STEM and STEAM education
  • Lybba features RISD’s innovative STEM to STEAM initiative, highlighting the close relationship between science and design. 
  • Claremont Graduate University’s David E. Drew explains why we should be optimistic about education in the U.S.
  • Dr. Charles Zollner writes a heartfelt piece about how he got interested in STEM education
  • Two Bit Circus launches the exciting STEAM carnival for kids in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Lybba pays tribute to as a musician and proponent of STEM education. 


STEAM education: where science meets design

At Lybba, we are particularly interested in the intersection of science and design, which is also the focus of STEAM education.  Here are some fascinating projects that bring the two disciplines together:


We’ll keep you updated on our continued involvement in exciting new STEM and STEAM initiatives.

Ignoring the gorilla in the room


Recently, NPR’s Morning Edition aired a story about the Invisible Gorilla study. According to NPR's website

“Imagine you are asked to watch a short video in which six people-three in white shirts and three in black shirts-pass basketballs around. While you watch, you must keep a silent count of the number of passes made by the people in white shirts. At some point, a gorilla strolls into the middle of the action, faces the camera and thumps its chest, and then leaves, spending nine seconds on screen. Would you see the gorilla?”
Almost everyone says, “Of course. How could I miss a gorilla?” but you’d be surprised how many people, up to half of the viewers,  miss the gorilla completely. 
It’s really a matter of focus. When asked to concentrate on a challenging task, one’s attention unconsciously narrows and blocks out potential distractions. Even if it is literally a huge, hairy gorilla. 
So imagine what would happen if the Invisible Gorilla study was performed with people who focus and search for a living; for instance, radiologists? 

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