Marshall Barnes, Featured Member of the Week of Edutopia.org
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Since: Apr 07
#1 Jun 19, 2012
In a press release from last week http://www.prlog.org/11900265-the-george-luca... , internationally noted research and development engineer, Marshall Barnes, announced he was named the Featured Member of the Week by the George Lucas Educational Foundation's Edutopia.org , a social media platform uniting teaching professionals in conversations and media presentations that promote creative ideas for teaching. As a STEM professional with seven years experience doing developing and presenting innovative STEM programs in schools, Marshall Barnes has begun to make a national name for himself as a true innovator.
In his email to Marshall, informing him of the honor, Edutopia's Editorial Consultant, Alan K. Lipton, said "We appreciate your recent participation in our discussions and wanted to introduce you to a wider selection of the community."
Marshall saw some "irony" to being selected because of Edutopia's connection to George Lucas, the famous filmmaker and the creator of the Star Wars movie series. In the '80s Marshall was not only a big Star Wars fan but studied intensely the innovative production techniques of Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic studios, through documentaries. Marshall cites the creativity of the firm's approach to special effects as an inspiration for him to do the same in the area of video production and beyond. So, to some extent, his inspiration from Lucas' ILM has contributed to his enthusiasm in innovation learning that has gotten him noticed by the George Lucas Educational Foundation's Edutopia.org .
Marshall has increasingly become a leading proponent of STEM education since 2005, when he created SuperScience for High School Physics to promoted interactive and multi-media presentations in school classrooms to show the real world of cutting edge advanced concept science and technology R&D. Then he branched out in 2009 by joining National Lab Day and joined Edutopi.org in 2010. 2010 is also the year that he became involved with the USA Science and Engineering Festival which used an image of children using his Visual Density Reduction Window(TM) device as the largest photo for its 2012 promotional cards. The device makes objects appear invisible. He's now a member of a number STEM organizations as well as scientific research groups such as NineSigma and the Philosophy of Time Society. In the fall, Marshall plans on doing a national tour of a multi-media STEAM event for physics students, which will be free for them to attend. It will include live music, music video, audience participation, and videos of research and experiments.
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