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2013 was an exciting year, especially for all of us at The Think Tank. For the last blog post ever for 2013, we wanted to bring everyone up to speed on what we’ve been up to and what we have to look forward to in 2014.

 

A new website

We’ve launched a new and improved version of our website, replete with new information on our Street Science, School Science and Fellowship programs, which are the bread and butter of our mission. By bringing science to the streets and schools of Chicago, we hope to inspire change among all youth to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, particularly underrepresented minorities and girls. Our vision — to diversify the perspectives and insights in the scientific community and affect greater and positive change in the world at large — will come alive in these programs.

Visit our website again for more developments. As our programs get off the ground in the New Year, we will do a better job of keeping everyone up-to-date on The Think Tank’s activities and other cool STEM news. Scout’s honor!

 

A new truck

In case you missed all the buzz on our social media channels, the much-anticipated truck is finally here!

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We are ready to take this baby to the road and bring greater exposure to our cause. The truck is a critical component to The Think Tank’s mission. By taking science to the streets, we hope to engage the public audience — students, teachers, school administrators, parents — and inspire them to discover more about themselves and their communities through scientific inquiry.

We will be outfitting our new whip with some sweet tools and gadgets. We’ll post new pictures and updates as soon as we are able!

 

A new brain trust

We recently recruited two new members to The Think Tank’s team. We are pumped to finally introduce Stephanie Levi, our trusty Community Programs Manager, who has already played a vital role in forging new relationships with key stakeholders and organizations. There’s also Jaimie Oh, the spunky Communications Manager, who will be posting regular updates and news items on our social pages and this blog!  If you aren’t already, follow The Think Tank on Facebook and Twitter and check back here for weekly blog posts! You can learn more about our two leading ladies on our website!

We are thrilled to see what 2014 has in store for us. We want to send a huge shout out to everyone who has supported us along the way and to all our new friends who are just joining the party. Before we sign off today, we wanted to share our co-founders New Year’s resolutions. Have any resolutions that you’d like to share?* Post them in the comments below!

 

Daniel Casasanto, PhD: My resolution is to make more regular blog posts on The Malleable Mind, a monthly blog on Psychology Today!  

Tyler Alterman: My New Years resolution will be to get back to meditation, especially given all the amazing new science showing its profound benefits. There's work being churned out at a rapid pace revealing meditation's positive effects on mood, attention, stress, and more. One plan is to use mindfulness to end my chocolate addiction. Another will be to bend spoons using only my prefrontal cortex. Ommmmmmmmm....

Happy New Year, folks! See you next week!

 

*Research shows sharing your goals may actually make you less likely to act on those convictions. Buuuuut, sharing is caring (and way more fun).

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