Henry Hunt

Working with teachers, students and administrators to change the way we educate and provide opportunities to students across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Get better every day.

Controlling The Modern Micro World – Plus LED Lights and Video Games.

(Hazard, Ky) – This summer’s Modern Maker Workshop (Electronics and Programing with Micro-controllers), was a big hit for attendees at the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky in Hazard. Students learned a broad range of electronic, programming, coding and concepts by building a series of projects. CLICK HERE to see an outline of the curriculum. Middle and High School students got their hands and minds around fundamentals that measure and control products that drive our modern world. They also had some fun with LED lights, video game design and blinking lights and sounds.

Watch the video to hear what they learned and built.

 

Demanding and Rewarding Visual/Audio Communication Skills Workshop- Register Now

The Dataseam Teacher Track at Western Kentucky University Mountain Workshops is a rare opportunity for educators to improve their ability to think and communicate visually – October 24-28, 2017 in Morehead, Kentucky.

While this digital media workshop focuses on photo, video and recorded communication, it will give you the skills, vocabulary and tools to help students process information, come to a conclusion and communicate a meaningful message in any subject.

This is a hands-on workshop. You will learn how to operate your camera; basic composition and lighting of good photos; fundamentals of visual story telling; and discuss how to integrate those skills into your classroom.

Western Kentucky University Mountain Workshops bring together shooting, editing and writing coaches from across the country — from The New York Times, from the Los Angeles Times, from National Geographic and a host of other media, to guide trainees and produce professional level content.

The Dataseam Teacher Track runs from Tuesday at noon to Friday 4:00 pm (October 24-27). You will spend sun up to sun down with professional journalism and photojournalism coaches, learning to capture attention and strongly communicate a story using words, photography and video. You will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with top-notch writers, photographers and film-makers from across the country.

You will never attend a more demanding or professionally rewarding workshop.  Hear what past attendees have to say.

This is open to Dataseam Participating Partner school districts. There is no workshop fee and most meals are covered. You will need to stay in the Morehead area.

If interested please send an email to (education@kydataseam.com). Include two sample photos you have created, along with a brief outline of what you teach and what you plan to gain from this experience. Deadline September 8, 2017.

Programmable Electronics for the Modern Maker. 4-Day Workshop.

MODERN MAKER – PROGRAMMABLE ELECTRONICS WORKSHOP.  JULY 24-27.

Electronics run the world and programming runs electronics. Each device, from the microwave in your house to the phone you hold in your hand, is a series of micro-electronics and sensors designed and programmed to perform tasks. This four-day workshop introduces basic electronic and programming concepts with hands on projects so students get a clear understanding of how to approach a challenge, solve a problem and build a workable device. We also want to have fun building things.

Workshop is for those interested in electronics and programming; those that want to see if they are interested; and those who like pulling things apart to see how they work. Most careers today require a basic knowledge of modern electronics, programming and coding. Designed for students, grades 7-10 with an interest in exploring and trying new things. Teachers have also found this workshop helpful to gain an understanding of electronic principles and programming.

Each participant receives a complete kit featuring an Arduino Nano microcontroller, various sensors, addressable LED strip, and other components to build projects. Students take their electronic kit home.  See the basic project outlines and watch the video from instructor John Soward. http://www.kydataseam.com/learninglibrary?pid=Programmable+Electronics

Brought to you by the Challenger Learning Center in Hazard, Kentucky and Dataseam. July 24th-27th 2017, 10 am-3pm. Workshop held at Challenger Center located on the Hazard Community and Technical College. Registration. Limited need-based scholarships available, email tom.cravens@kctcs.edu.

 

Photography techniques that help create more impact-sample photo gallery.

A few weeks ago we worked with several classes from Clay, Lee and Owsley County schools exploring basics of photography to creatie pictures with a purpose.  Students are working on various projects involving landscapes, portraits and stories about their communities.

Exercises are designed to get the student thinking about how they can help the viewer engage with the image and understand what the photographer is trying to communicate.

During the individual classes, we covered common techniques used by many professional photographers – Basics of Photography.   Each student then created images demonstrating those techniques.  In the tradition of any good project-based lesson, we shared our photos and spent time critiquing the work so we could all benefit from the examples of what worked and what didn’t.   Mistakes make you better.

Students got hands-on experience using light, leading lines, patterns, unique angles, rule of thirds, framing, and negative space to bring interest and focus to their images.  Students spent time thinking through the process to make an impression with their viewer.

You can view the Basics of Photography video and download the PowerPoint for your class.  These techniques are clearly illustrated and will help your students improve their work.

Teachers, mark your calendar for the Western Kentucky University Mountain Workshops October 24-27, 2017.  Dataseam is once again sponsoring a select group of educators for this year’s Dataseam Teacher’s Track to be held in Morehead, Ky.  This is a once in a career opportunity for teachers to work with photo and journalism professionals from across the country to better understand how to help students enhance communication skills using images, text, video, and audio.  Official application should be available as soon as you get back to school in the fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Thousand Years of Cancer Research

In the first 70 days of the calendar year, the DataseamGrid completed over 1,000 years of critical cancer research.  Since January 1, 2017 researchers at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center have used this massive Kentucky cloud-based computing system to investigate tumor suppressor pathways, target specific genes and identify existing drugs that may be used to fight different cancers.

This unique computing system provides 40,000 Gigahertz of processing power from desktop computers sitting in 38 school systems across the state.  It extracts the maximum amount of computing power from every system around the clock, not only during evenings and weekends, but also between classes and other low use periods.

As one of the largest distributed computing systems in the world, it supplies twice the raw processing power of dedicated super computing at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville combined[1].  If you purchased that much power from traditional cloud-based services, the state would have paid nearly $500,000 since early January[2].

Teams of Kentucky-based researchers have been looking at over 130 targets against their database of 25 million potential compounds to identify potential drugs.  They have also extended their search efforts to scan national databases of thousands of drugs including FDA approved drugs, to determine if some of those drugs might be useful against other types of cancers and different treatment programs.

The potential to repurpose existing medicines or substances may help get the benefits to people more quickly.  It is an area of focus for the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and University of Louisville cancer research teams are concentrating efforts in this area.

Supported and maintained across 38 school districts from Pikeville and Martin County in the east to Union and Crittenden Counties in the west, these 12,000 plus school computers take on these research requests that might consist of 50,000 individual tasks, with each task taking many hours to complete.  If local equipment, network or power conditions put a school or school system offline for any time, the system dynamically redirects tasks to other available computers so the important research marches on 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Dataseam developed and manages the DataseamGrid in collaboration with 38 Kentucky school districts. Dataseam also works with local school districts, universities and academies to promote STEM educated workforce, particularly in bio-medical research and aerospace industries.  Over 7,000 teachers and 90 technicians participate in training and industry-based certification programs as part of this effort.

[1] Computing power based on number of intel cores as documented at https://www.rc.uky.edu/high-performance-computing/hpc-hardware/ and http://louisville.edu/it/departments/research/cyberinfrastructure

[2] Calculated using http://calculator.s3.amazonaws.com