Black And Blue? White And Gold?

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Yesterday the internet went a little wild after a picture of the infamous color changing dress appeared on Tumblr. Skeptics weighed in with all sorts of claims on why some saw Black and Blue (right brained) and some saw White and Gold (left brained). Others explained it is the way we are perceiving color.

Check out some expert explanations including Wired Magazine’s “The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of the Dress” and Festival Performer David Pogue’s interpretation of the color changing dress.

We are divided here at the Festival. What colors do you see?

Science Experiments For The Kids Stuck Inside

Snow, snow and more snow! It has been quite a tough winter in many parts of our country with record breaking snow falls along the Eastern Seaboard and temperatures way below freezing in the Midwest.  In this article, Scientific American offers a friction experiment to test out with those housebound kids! And, the Festival is excited to welcome the popular television star, science teacher Steve Spangler— science experiment master and regular of the Ellen Show– to the 4th Festival stage! Check out his website for all kinds of fun science experiments sure to perk up those with cabin fever.


The Modern Day Edison At The X-STEM Symposium

Teachers, parents & students in the Mid-Atlantic– are you aware of the ultimate STEM field trip this coming April in Washington, D.C.? Students in middle and high school have the unique opportunity to attend an all day TED-Style conference and hear from some of the most inspiring innovators in STEM! There are still seats available for students to hear from famous inventor Dean Kamen. He’s sometimes called a modern-day Edison for the sheer number and impact of his inventions — which range from the Segway human transporter and revolutionary robotic prosthetic arm to the iBOT battery-powered wheelchair. But in addition to his creations, get to know the man who founded FIRST, the amazing outreach movement which is inspiring kids in robotics and other STEM areas like never before!

Click here to register TODAY!

National Engineers Week

It’s the end of another amazing National Engineers Week (Feb 22-28). This past week, organizations posted hang-outs, pod casts, twitter chats and more to share how engineers can change the world. Visit the Discover Engineers Week Website for an assortment of resources to continue to celebrate the power of engineering all year long.

RIP Mr. Spock

Fans of Star Trek awoke to the sad news this morning of the passing of Leonard Nimoy, the man who entertained generations of science lovers. From the New York Times, “His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).” Click here to read more.