Graduate student in the spotlight: Levi Maaia and the ‘Maker’ culture


UCSB GradPost 7/29/2015: Graduate student in the spotlight: Levi Maaia and the ‘Maker’ culture Kyle Corcco at the UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division interviewed me for a “Graduate student in the spotlight” article. We talked about my research into ‘Maker’ Culture and my recent visit to Cuba.

The drones are coming

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Stories about quadcopters, drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are in the news nearly every day.  While the horrors of war, invasions of privacy, daring wilderness rescues and package deliveries make the most sensational headlines, the game-changing role of unmanned aircraft for individuals and small businesses may be the most exciting prospect for […]

Weekend in Havana photos


In February 2014, Daniela and I traveled to Cuba as part of a “people-to-people” exchange program through Insight Cuba. Under the current travel restrictions imposed by the U.S. government, U.S. citizens may only travel to Cuba for a limited number reasons.  Insight Cuba and other tour operators are licensed by the United States Department of […]

Anacapa School reaches for the stars with STEAM power


Republished from Graduate research fellow Levi Maaia focuses his research on digital literacies in teaching and learning and ways in which technology-enabled learning programs can be adapted in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.  For the past five years he has taught media and technology courses to grades 7-12 at Anacapa […]

2013 QST Video Contest First Place Award


Thanks to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for recognizing the work of the Anacapa Near Space Exploration Club (ANSEC).  The project video overview was the 2013 QST Video Contest first place winner. From the ARRL Letter for April 11, 2013: In November, the ARRL invited members to shoot and submit a ham radio-related video […]

International Space Station contact is a success


KEYT-TV news story HD video of the ISS contact Facebook photos On May 22, 2013, Anacapa School students had a chance to speak with NASA Astronaut and former Navy SEAL Christopher J. Cassidy via a live Amateur Radio link to the International Space Station (ISS) (Astronaut Chris Cassidy’s NASA Bio). The 10-minute Q&A session with NA1SS […]

Anacapa School Space Synthesis Unit review


NASA Astronaut Rick Linnehan was the keynote speaker during the three-day intensive 2013 Synthesis Unit “Space: Where Are We Going” at Anacapa School. Each year, the Anacapa School Synthesis Unit provides students with unique opportunities to explore a topic in depth.  Expert speakers make individual 45-minute presentations with time for questions and answers. After three days […]

WPRO – The Gene Valicenti Show: Would you watch Al Jazeera?


In the wake of Al Jazeera’s purchase of Current TV, Gene Valicenti invited me to be a guest on his Saturday morning radio show on WPRO in Providence to talk about Full Channel’s decision to carry Al Jazeera English. Listen to an mp3 clip from our discussion.

Anacapa to Host Live Q&A with the International Space Station


Student space exploration group works with S.B. Amateur Radio Club to connect to astronauts October 4, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif. Students and faculty of Anacapa School are preparing for a rare event that will allow them to make contact with an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) via amateur radio as part […]

Endeavour’s farewell flight over Santa Barbara


Californians from Sacramento to Disneyland were treated to a rare treat today as the Space Shuttle Endeavour made its farewell flight from Edwards AFB to LAX by way of a scenic tour above the Golden State at low altitudes. NASA provided some advance clues to residents of both the San Francisco Bay Area and the […]