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Real Garden Schools

Not many nonprofit organizations listget your hands dirty” as one of its core values.

For REAL School Gardens, that’s exactly what it’s all about. Since 2003, the organization has built more than 100 learning gardens at low-income elementary schools throughout Texas. It then implements a multiyear training program on how to best use the garden as a teaching tool, based on each school’s unique design.

According to the organization, schools with gardens have seen standardized test score pass rates increase by 12-15 percent.

When I first started reading to kids we often read stories about gardens or growing plants. When I asked them about BEES, they often yelled “I hate bees” or “I’m scared of bees”…. this lead me to talk more about gardens and add information about pollination. We also discuss how bees navigate, where honey comes from, what the Queen and Workers do! It is a great way to learn science. When they start their spring time gardens at school, I have noticed that they are more curious. Gardening opens minds, inspires kids and encourages curiosity. — the editor

The gardens also have a number of immeasurable outcomes, “from the teacher who can truly engage her students in a meaningful way, to the student who maybe doesn’t get some of the teaching when it’s in the classroom, but out here (in the garden), boom, a light bulb comes on — and they know what it means because they can see it, touch it and feel it,” said Lannie McClelen, senior project manager for REAL School Gardens.

Think New! Think UnCharted!

Explore What’s Next 
with Nobel prizewinner Randy Schekman, Pulitzer Prize composer John Adams, marriage equality pioneers
Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, social psychologist
Claude Steele, author Adam Mansbach and
dozens of other dangerous thinkers

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UNCHARTED: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas 

Two Days of Thrilling Discussion, Debate, and Dining
October 24 & 25, 2014
“Early Bird” Tickets Now On Sale

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Innovators from the worlds of technology, science, culture, food, arts, politics:
two days of conversations and workshops designed to engage and inspire
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Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas is the Bay Area’s first “ideas festival,” a dynamic two-day public program featuring some of the world’s great thinkers taking on some of the world’s great challenges. The bold exchange of ideas from an extraordinary and varied line-up of speakers, experienced as a series of conversations and interactive workshops, is presented in a festival-style program, combined with exceptional dining and drinking opportunities and exciting Berkeley locations, all delivered at a substantially lower cost than other “idea” conferences. Uncharted, presented by Berkeleyside, happens on October 24 and 25.   **  Tickets are now on sale, with an “early bird” reduced price available for a limited time. **
At Uncharted, new ideas are viewed through the diverse lens of over 40 prominent thinkers representing technology, science, culture, politics, education, economics, the environment, food and all aspects of our lives. There are no “talk-to-you” lectures: at Uncharted stimulating conversations and creative exploration dominate, and participants are encouraged to participate. This interaction goes even further in “Uncharted Lab” sessions when collaborative brainstorming as a group is the format. And attendees are challenged to consider bold provocative new concepts by speakers during “Mind Bomb” presentations.
“Uncharted provides people who are passionately engaged with ideas with an opportunity to engage with some of today’s most provocative, pioneering thinkers,” said Lance Knobel, curator of Uncharted. “The Bay Area has become the world’s leading crucible for important new ideas in so many areas, and Uncharted is the only ideas festival in the region.”
Northern California’s Bay Area is renowned as a hub for creativity and innovation, making it a natural place for an annual gathering of exceptional thinkers who push boundaries and ask questions.

Uncharted, which launched last year and is produced by Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s independent news site launched in 2009, grew from Berkeley’s well-known tradition of challenging the status quo while looking toward the future with optimism. Uncharted evolved out of the belief that the most intriguing ideas – and solutions to today’s big challenges – emerge from the collision of different visions and perspectives. The 2014 Festival represents the blossoming of this concept.

“Participating in the inaugural Uncharted last year proved to be a thrilling introduction to Berkeley for a recent transplant from the East Coast,” said Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California Berkeley. “On full display was this incredible ethos of innovation, curiosity and abhorrence for the status quo—the foundational elements of what makes this town and its university so unique. A perusal of this year’s line-up makes it evident that Uncharted is picking up right where it left off; great news for anyone interested in unconventional wisdom.”

The Uncharted Festival takes off in downtown Berkeley’s Arts District on Friday, Oct. 24, and lands that evening at a bash in UC’s exclusive University Club, high atop Memorial Stadium. Sessions resume on Saturday, culminating in the closing session on Sunday afternoon.                  Tickets are now on sale, with an “early bird” special price of $290 available for a limited time. The price includes both days of programming plus Friday evening’s gala. One-day passes are available for $205, also including the gala. To purchase tickets, see the complete list of speakers, and find out more information, please visit www.berkeleyideas.com.                                                        

Charting Uncharted: Fact Sheet

Who is headlining at Uncharted?

  • A few of the speakers include: Nobel laureate in Medicine and Physiology Randy Schekman, composer John Adams, food poverty campaigner Saru Jayaraman, aging expert Laura Carstensen, Go the F*** to Sleep author Adam Mansbach, and marriage equality pioneers Kris Perry and Sandy Stier.
  • See the full speaker list.

What happens at Uncharted?

  • The speaker line-up at Uncharted is carefully curated and diverse, featuring innovators talking about their pioneering work in variety of fields – the environment, food, science and technology, social policy, activism, politics and the arts. Sessions are one-on-one or one-on-two conversations with ample opportunity for audience Q & A.
  • The Uncharted Lab is a series of engaging, interactive workshops and exercises where attendees grapple with questions and search for solutions, orchestrated by Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation firm.
  •  “Mind Bombs,” similar to TED presentations, are short, sharp injections of provocative ideas.
  • At the Friday evening gala, the halfway point in the Festival’s schedule, events will relax even further taking on a party atmosphere as festival-goers mingle with each other and with speakers at a special gala at the VIP University Club, perched on the highest level of Memorial Stadium. There will be tasty locally sourced food and delicious wine and beer.

What’s on the program at Uncharted?
Here’s a sampling of conversation topics:

  • Science and the open society
  • Robotics in the cloud
  • The colorization of America
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • The lure of social democracy
  • Can art bridge social and political divides?
  • The future of medicine
  • The singularity is further than it appears
  • Will data swallow all our freedom?

What is the vision for Uncharted?

Uncharted aims to be one of the world’s leading ideas festivals along with TED, the Aspen Ideas Festival, London’s FutureFest, and Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

Uncharted is produced by Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s independent news website. One of Berkeleyside’s founders, Lance Knobel, has a wealth of experience organizing some of the world’s major business and political meetings. He was Director of the Program for the renowned World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, and has been responsible for the programs of The New York Forum, the APEC CEO Summit, and The New York Times’ DealBook Conference.
Sponsors for Uncharted include AutodeskClouderaDeYoeWealth Management,Berkeley Repertory Theatre, GreenerPrinterUniversity of California BerkeleyBerkeley Startup ClusterDowntown Berkeley Association, and KQED.

Visit the Uncharted website  (www.berkeleyideas.com) for  more information and to purchase tickets.
Watch Video from Uncharted 2013 and hear more about the festival.
Follow Uncharted on Facebook; and on Twitter  (@UnchartedIdeas) to keep in touch and for program updates.

Maker Faire – May 18 & 19

It’s coming, and you’ll see it ALL!! Fire breathing dragons, electric cars, bamboo bicycles, people in costume, people inviting, questions asked and answered, innovations, containers, robots, Legos,  gliders,fliers, strange things, books, geeks, food, giant bubbles, and all the amazing inventions and oddities you can imagine.


Come celebrate MAKE magazine’s 15th Maker Faire and eighth anniversary in the Bay Area, showcasing creative and resourceful people in the areas of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts and crafts.

Saturday – May 18th, 2013 from 10am – 8pm

Sunday – May 19th, 2013 from 10am – 6pm

TICKETS are various prices and 1 day or more: $15 to $35

More about Maker Media, Inc – Maker Media, Inc., is the publisher of MAKE magazine and producer of Maker Faire.  THEY are Leading the Maker Movement! Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops “getting started” kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels.