Pier 6

It may be September, but that doesn’t mean summer has to be over quite yet. Of course, the best reminder of that is a visit to the beach. That wasn’t in the cards this weekend, so a quick five minute ride over to Pier 6 did the trick instead. It’s on Constellation Wharf near the Constitution, and as you can see, they have a lovely deck on the water with fantastic views of Boston. If you’re ever in the vicinity, it’s definitely worth a visit!

NY Daze

I made a trip to New York last week as part of a recent frenzy of activity around VR. My original plan was to document my day in pictures for my Digital-Den blog, but it turned out to be a very windy, rainy day so that plan didn’t work out as well as I had expected. Instead, I found myself snapping all sorts of odd “off-topic” pictures that I wouldn’t normally have taken. It seemed a shame to waste them, so here is my day in NY.




Global STEM

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away…

Or, well maybe not all that long ago, and not really that far away, I was once a Professor of Technology in Education at Lesley University, and Educational Technology was a field that I worked in for 20+ years.

Every once in awhile it is nice to go back and be reminded of how much I cared about the discipline and why. Thus I was happy to have the chance to attend The Third Global STEM Education Center Symposium that was co-sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education on their campus (Friday, May 6th).

The symposium was chaired by Isa Zimmerman, my former Program Director back during my days at Lesley University, and also the current President of The Global STEM Education Center (co-sponsor of the symposium). They are engaged in a bevy of exciting and valuable work. Be sure to check out the site.

It was a wonderful event where I got to re-connect with former colleagues and meet new ones as well. Most importantly, I found out, yes indeed, I am still very passionate about STEM in general and Educational Technology in particular!

Here are a few snaps I took to give you a sense of the event…

What’s up?

A lot, actually!

It’s been looking quiet, but looks can be deceptive. Sometimes when it looks the quietest is when the most is going on behind the scenes.

This is definitely one of those times.

It is too early to share details, but watch for news about these soon!

♦ Events where I will present and do VR demos in May and June.
♦ A major new version of Cosma will come out in June.
♦ Then there is that “real life” move that is in progress…

Busy, busy times! Please stay tuned… -Mary

Heading South

It’s feeling like a typical spring in the Boston area. At least it’s not as bad as last year, by quite a lot (thank goodness!), but there’s still the usual random weather that ranges from “sort of springtime” to “down right awful” on a random schedule, although it generally leans towards a smorgasbord of hard to take all the way into May or even June. There’s actually snow in the forecast. But enough whining!

I’m very happy to say I’m getting a break from it this weekend and heading down to the Vintage Computing Festival Southeast 4.0 being held at the Computer Museum of American in Roswell, Georgia which is just north of Atlanta. This is actually my third visit there.

I went down two years ago to visit and give this presentation.
Hopper, M.E. (2014, April). Computer museums: Here and there, now and then [Presentation]. Vintage Computing Festival Southeast 2.0, Computer Museum of America, Roswell, GA.

I also just had a great visit there in February, and given all the exciting news I heard then, I know it’s bound to be another exciting visit this time.

While I’m there, I’ll also be exhibiting my New Computer Museum: 3D Edition and giving a related talk entitled Virtual Computer Museums: How to Visit, Exhibit and DIY. All in all, I’m really looking forward to the trip as well as sharing stories about it when I return. Please stay tuned…