Science moves beyond textbooks at Mendota Heights school

Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Minn., is home to the state’s first all-girl robotics team, which won last year’s Minnesota North Star Regional Championship. The school also has created a 4,000-square-foot facility dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math, complete with space for the team called the “Robettes.” Students and educators say […]

Minka – Meditation on Traditional Japanese Woodworking

MINKA is a short documentary film about a remarkable Japanese farmhouse and the memories it contains. In 1967, an American journalist and his adopted Japanese son rescued the ancient house from the snow country of Japan, and their lives were forever changed. MINKA is an intimate story about place, architecture, memory and the meaning of […]

How They Built Houses in Japan

Japanese carpenters generally fall into one of 4 categories. Miyadaiku – Intricate joinery focused on the building of shrines and temples. Sukiya-daiku – Teahouse and residential carpentry sashimono-shi – Furniture makers Tateguya – interior finish carpenters This film explores the art of sukiya-daiku. It a fascinating look at the art of japanese hand work. How […]

Wooden rolling ball sculpture

Wooden rolling ball sculpture, a photo by gergistheword on Flickr. Rolling ball sculptures have always enamored me. It goes back to my first marble toy built by my father. It served as the literal and figurative launch for many of the Goldbergesque marble runs I built in our basement with carpet tubes, blocks, matchbox tracks, […]