Updating Fahrenheit 451: How do you turn it into a modern-day comic book?

Fahrenheit 451 is undoubtedly on the top of my lists of greatest books of all time.  The novel was probably one of the reason’s why I became an English teacher, due, in great part, to the way it was taught by my freshman-year English teacher, Kevin Brewner (now retired). Last year, I crafted a rather Read More …

UIUC’s Nano CEMMS summer institute: new “bridges” and new projects (some with sci-fi in mind!)

In my last post, I wrote about some of the amazing advantages our society may enjoy thanks to research being done right now in nanotechnology, specifically at the UIUC Nano CEMMS labs.  The nice thing about the UIUC Nano CEMMS UNITE institute is that I can use a lot of the resources that we worked Read More …

“Getting geeked” at UIUC’s Nano CEMMS summer institute

Coming into the UIUC Nanotechnology Institutes for Teacher Enhancement (UNITE) summer institute (sponsored by the UIUC Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS)), I only every thought of nanotechnology as the science that uses mini robots that are being developed to go into our bodies.  This dystopian myth (inspired by a childhood of Marvel comics) is perhaps Read More …