I really have to admit that my job is a blast. Right now I am at the Carnegie Science Center (just below the DEN logo in the picture to the left) sitting in a room with a bunch of wild and crazy STAR Discovery Educators and their guests. It’s Saturday afternoon, the sun is shining outside and they are inside WORKING!
And, having a pretty good time based on the laughing, chuckling, and screeching (not really sure how to describe the noises coming from Erik Wittmer’s Video Design Dream Team). The teams have been extremely creative (see baby-stroller camera dolly to the right) and Joe Brennan has done a great job of leading the workshop.
Jennifer Dorman, Queen Blogger for the PA Leadership Council, is here and brought STAR recruit Allison Bowman. Both appear to be enjoying themselves…see image to the left :)
In addition to learning a lot about storytelling and moviemaking, this event provided us with the opportunity to throw a little retirement party for STAR DE Peggy Barger (to the right in pink). Peggy and colleague Jim Hopton, affectionately known as J-Peg, have done amazing work with the DEN and will be receiving the PSEA Innovative Teaching Award next week in Philadelphia for their project that combines an anti-bullying program with the Lights, Camera, Education! curriculum found in unitedstreaming. Although technically retiring, Peggy already has ten different ideas on how she (and other STAR retirees) can stay active.
Check out the projects…
Thanks to Bridget Belardi and the PA Leadership Council members in attendance (Erik, Jen, J-Peg and Martha) for organizing a fun weekend in Pittsburgh with the DEN!