Pittsburgh’s North Hill’s High School used every inch of its campus and every student to tape this energetic lip dub of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.” It is truly epic, brilliant, and such a positive motivator to get these kids excited about school. Essentially, this one student had a dream - getting every student involved in a massive lip sync. He choreographed this with each student club, by choosing two members from each club to do "their part" for the video. His timing is impeccable. He had a dream, and figured out how to make that happen. And the results? You have to see this.
This video reminded me of some of the CRAZY awesome Rube Goldberg machines I've seen. What's that, you ask? A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complicated fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970). Mashable even did a compilation of " 13 Crazy Genius Rube Goldberg Machines." Here is my favorite:
Like the bride and groom who performed one of the most amazing entrance in the history of weddings (in my humble opinion) and has close to 80 MILLION views on youtube:
Or the brilliance of a flash mob (A flash mob is defined by Wikipedia as "a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse.") (Mashable again did 15 Fab Flash Mobs)
Synchronizing people in these ways is amazing. Something that seems nearly impossible happens when humans put their mind to it. Or, is synchronicity evolutionary? Teamwork keeps some animals alive. If animals can work together and collaborate, maybe it's all in our genes, to come together to solve a task.
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Dr. Amy B Hollingsworth has worked in education for over 20 years. Most recently, she was a Learning Coach at the NIHF STEM School in Akron. She served as the Executive Director of Massillon Digital Academy. She was the District Technology Specialist at Massillon. She also was the Natural Science Biology Lab Coordinator at The University of Akron. She specializes in Biology Curriculum and Instruction, STEM education, and technology integration. She has written six lab manuals, and an interactive biology ebook. She has dedicated her life to teaching and learning, her children - Matthew, Lilly, and Joey, her husband Ryan, and her NewfiePoo Bailey.
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