CS Adventures Virtual Program
July 6 – 17, 2020
1:00PM-4:00PM, M-FFor up to 30 high school students, co-gender.
Join this fun and elite computer camp, and become a creator of new technologies and programming! This camp provides a broad foundation for computer science, to empower our area high school students in CS and computational thinking.
Acceptance into this program will be based on answers provided on the application, the availability of the student applicant to participate in the full two weeks of the program, plus targeted regional, gender, and age distributions.
Apply today: https://bit.ly/CSADV2020
Verizon Innovative Learning Minority Males Year-Long ProgramThe program will return in Summer 2021.
For boys in middle school, rising into 6th – 8th grades.
Summer Camp Info:This program is designed to put technology into students’ hands and give them experience solving real world problems. This experience will teach boys to think like entrepreneurs and develop skills needed for success in jobs of the future. Each student will utilize devices to build projects, design apps, and create innovative solutions to social issues.
Applicants for the Verizon Innovative Learning Program should identify as minority male students from middle schools with an average of over 70% free and reduced lunch. The summer camp will include lunch, materials and supplies, an opportunity to win prizes, plus swag.
Bus transportation will be provided at three locations for students in the Gadsden School District.
Young Women in Computing (YWiC)Resource Site
The Young Women in Computing (YWiC) resource site provides example activities, curriculum, and other resources for other enthusiastic group who might want to organize outreach activities in their local communities.
For more information, visit the YWiC website at http://ywic.nmsu.edu; follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nmsuYWIC or twitter at https://twitter.com/YWiC_NMSU; or email NMSU CS Outreach at cgraham (at) cs.nmsu.edu.
CS Professional Development: Designed for teachers in mid and high school, and the hero’s teaching UK12 DISSECT initiatives, Computer Science, AP CS Principles, etc., and those interested in broadening their coding expertise!
Explore the Grand Canyon through iVFT technology! There are several tours to choose from, including the Unguided Exploration, the Mystery of Blacktail Canyon, and Layers & Superposition, Check out the depths of the Grand Canyon without having to leave your home!
Access the Virtual Field Trips HERE!
Registration is now open for the True Kids 1 Digital Day Camp. Classes will run June 1-30.
The camp is free for youth ages 8-18. Sign up today at www.TrueKids1.org.
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CORONAVIRUS NEW MEXICOby: Jami Seymore
Posted: Apr 10, 2020 / 05:09 AM MDT/ Updated: Apr 10, 2020 / 09:08 AM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – "Local robotics students are using their knowledge of technology to help healthcare workers. Using 3D printers they build themselves, they’re making protective face shields.
The coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping the gears from turning for one group of talented students. The ‘Be Greater Than Average‘ robotics team may be spending more time at home now, but when they saw medical workers in need of PPE, or personal protective equipment, they got to work.
“While we’re a championship robotics team, a big part of that, kind of secret sauce, is that these kids have been taught to be leaders in our community,” said Dr. Shelly Gruenig, CEO of Be Greater Than Average and the coach of the robotics team. “It’s no surprise to me that one of my students sent a message and said, ‘hey, I have an idea,’ and that’s usually how our projects get started.”
Gruenig says around 20 members of the team are using 3D printers they built themselves to make the protective face shields. They use the printers to make the head pieces. “Part of it is 3D printed and the other part is just a typical transparency sheet that is three-hole-punched or it’s hole-punched in the right place,” said Gruenig. “It goes on and the medical people wear this to protect themselves.”
One of the students, Parker Willis, says the shields are cheap and easy to make. She has three of her 3D printers running non-stop to make the head pieces. “There’s a lot of downtime where I can keep an eye on it, and go and do my own thing, you know, homework,” said Willis, who is a junior at Sandia Preparatory School.
The robotics students hope to make enough for the entire community and beyond the metro. However, they need donations to continue making it happen.
“We need people donating transparency sheets, and/or money to buy the filament, the materials to make these masks,” said Willis, also noting that if you’re unable to donate materials, they’re also in need of people to help with assembly and delivery.
Gruenig says she’s inspired by the young leaders, taking this extra time at home to give back to their community. “This is a real example of how they are using their own skills, using things they have learned, teaming up together,” said Gruenig. “Not only are they championship robotics team, but they are championship young people.”
Gruenig says they’re also 3D printing ventilator parts for a local company putting together ventilators for area hospitals. If you are able to make a material or monetary donation, you can contact them through the R4Creating website or donate directly via Paypal."
From Santa Fe Public Library: Seeds for home gardening have been scarce, as many Americans hunker down and plant gardens for the pleasure of it and for the food resources. But there’s great news for Santa Feans who will be able to access a special cache of seeds. Santa Fe Extension Master Gardeners, in partnership with the Santa Fe Public Library are creating free Mini Seed Libraries which will be placed around the county by Saturday, April 25. They consist of a representative selection of seeds that were to be distributed at the Seed Library at the Southside branch library on Jaguar Drive.
Because of the Governor’s orders, the library was closed and with it our thousands of seeds. At the same time, food scarcity and a high demand for seeds, which are sold out at many online and local retail locations, became a reality in our community. That was the impetus for liberating our seeds and distributing them via the “Mini Seed Library” project.
“We hope this supports the current high demand for seeds, helps address urgent food scarcity issues, and encourages people to start saving seeds,” said Santa Fe Extension Master Gardener Seed Stewardship Project co-leader, Susie Sonflieth.
Mini Seed Library locations, April 25 through June 15, unless otherwise indicated:
County Fairgrounds, Santa Fe,
3229 Rodeo Road–outside the white gate–Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Southside Library, Santa Fe,
6599 Jaguar Drive–under the portal–Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Reunity Resources, Santa Fe
1829 San Ysidro Crossing, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Call to confirm (505) – 490 – 1047
La Tienda, Eldorado
7 Caliente Road, Eldorado, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Galisteo Park, Galisteo, NM,
Next to the church on Camino Los Abuelos, April 25 and 26 only
The libraries will be self-serve and the seeds are free. People are asked to take only five packets per person and observe social distancing and use proper hand sanitizing and masks. Instructions for how to use the mini library while observing recommended safety regulations will be posted on each container as well as on a sign nearby.
In addition, seeds will be distributed to the Food Depot, Tewa Women United, and New Mexico Acequia Association to support their community food distribution programs. There will also be a container at the Community Garden on Cerro Gordo for their members’ use only.
Growing tips and techniques, informational resources, and a planting calendar are available at https://SFEMG.org/seed-stewardship-project/
Throughout the temporary closure, Santa Fe Children's Museum launched a Museum@Home to provide educational information and fun projects to keep kids learning. The Santa Fe Chioldren's Museum is providing fresh ideas and resources online including STEAM based learning and virtual field trips.
Join Northern New Mexico Youth Project from May 6th to May 16th for the Annual Seed Exchange and Plant Sale! They are holding the sale online this year. Please see the catalog and visit our Shopify at https://northern-youth-project-plant-sale.myshopify.com/ or call us at 505-832-8408 to place an order. Thanks for continuing to support the work of Northern Youth Project.
"New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) is offering a selection of fun and educational acequia learning worksheets to support this amazing opportunity to talk more with children about our family traditions and knowledge around the acequias, farming and gardening, and taking care of the water, seeds, animals, orchards, and land. Download, view, and print PDF's below (also available on NMAA blog) and check back regularly for additional activities in the coming weeks.
As the covid-19 health crisis has made clear - our acequias and food traditions have never been more important. Generations who came before us kept our acequias flowing, cared for the land and water, and saved seeds. As we prepare for a profound transformation of our economies, educational systems, and communities, we will continue to be vigilant in protecting our water, acequias, and farmland and we will work the land to grow food for our communities. Toward that vision, NMAA is sharing seeds to support you in planting your gardens. Seeds carry ancestral memory and they also carry our potential for the future. By sharing and growing seeds, we are shaping the future for our children and grandchildren, and also taking practical action to ensure health, food access and food security for our communities."
Now is the time to plant seeds!! NMAA is providing seeds of different vegetables and traditional crops for anyone who needs seed for their farm or garden this season. If you are in need of seed and have not yet made your request, please do so soon so we can get your package on the way to you! To make a request, fill out the online form here - OR call our office at (505) 995-9644 and leave a voicemail.
Share pictures of your seeds and plants:
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Add a comment on the Semillas pa la Gente blog on our website lasacequias.org
- Post on Facebook & tag @New Mexico Acequia Association
- Use hashtag #SemillasPaLaGente on Instagram & Facebook
Gente de la Tierra - Siembren sus jardines! People of the land - plant your gardens!
Join a LIVE plática, via an online gathering, to learn and share knowledge about our gardens. You will have an opportunity to 'Ask an Acequia Farmer' and share your stories and experiences about planting. This is the first in a series of gatherings for the 2020 growing season. Everyone with all levels of gardening and farming skills are welcome and encouraged to participate, as we keep building our local food sovereignty one garden at a time!
Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Connect by Zoom or Phone (see directions below)
Our first call will feature two beloved maestros to answer questions and share their wisdom -
Lorenzo Candelaria (Cornelio Candelaria Organics) and Donne Gonzales (Chicoyole Farm).
Both are mentors with NMAA's Sembrando Semillas program.
We will also have acompanamiento de música with David Garcia.
Please click here to register.
You can also use this form to send us questions in advance.
HOW TO USE 'ZOOM':
Option A - Connect from your computer or smart phone internet:
The Santa Fe Community Educators Network (CEN), a working group of the Opportunity Santa Fe Birth to Career collective action initiative, created and distributed over 600 activity kits for families and children (k-12) who may not have access to the internet, by putting together activities and workbooks for students in English and Spanish. To access activities for children, please visit the CEN website here where you will find General Resources for families developed by local museums, cultural institutions, and nonprofits, as well as resources organized by grade levels.
Nairobi, 22 April 2020 - " In response to the COVID-19 crisis, an unprecedented coalition has come together to launch “Earth School,” which provides free, high-quality educational content to help students, parents and teachers around the world who are currently at home. Initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and TED-Ed, Earth School takes students on a 30-day “Adventure” through the natural world. The curated Earth School content features videos, reading materials and activities — which will be translated into 10 languages — to help students gain an understanding of the environment while considering their role within it. This is the biggest online learning initiative in UNEP’s history and is available for free on TED-Ed’s website.
According to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), more than 1.5 billion learners are affected by COVID-19 school closures. The pandemic has caused a health, economic, and education crisis; in the age of physical and social constraints, there is a strong need for global science literacy.
That is why UNEP and TED-Ed — in coordination with 30 collaborators, including National Geographic, WWF and UNESCO — came together to launch Earth School in just over two weeks. Built for children and youth ages 5-18, it spans 30 school days that run between Earth Day and World Environment Day on June 5, which this year will take place under the banner of Time for Nature.
TED-Ed creates free, video-based lessons on everything from animals and climate change to underwater farms. It is the educational arm of TED, whose library of thousands of interactive lessons — built by a network of 500,000 educators from across the world — spans all ages and subjects.
Each Adventure has been carefully selected by a panel of expert practitioners and caters to different age groups. Each consists of a hands-on experiment and nature discovery. In addition to TED-Ed’s own content, Earth School will feature videos from notable media organizations including National Geographic, PBS LearningMedia and the BBC with the goal of empowering participating students to be caretakers of our planet.
“Billions of children are currently out of school because of COVID-19. But learning cannot stop. COVID-19 has revealed how deeply interconnected all life on this planet is," said UNEP’s Executive Director, Inger Andersen. "I am delighted that UNEP, along with TED-Ed and other collaborators, are launching Earth School. Learning about the natural world will be critical to building a better and sustainable future for all."
“These unprecedented times highlight just how important it is for young people to connect with the natural world and understand science,” said Vicki Phillips, executive vice president and chief education officer at the National Geographic Society. “We’re thrilled to join forces with trusted organizations like UNEP and TED-Ed to cultivate a spirit of exploration and build empathy for the Earth, no matter where students are the world — even if it's from inside their homes, from a window, or on a short walk in the neighborhood.”
“Despite being confined to their homes, this project shows that students, parents and teachers throughout the world can still engage in science-based learning and adventures together. Earth School is a collaboration between so many talented educators and incredible partners from around the world, which is why we’re proud and thrilled to see the initiative feeding the global curiosity of home-bound students, all of whom are the future environmental stewards of our planet. This platform is a gateway to some of the most inspiring lessons on nature and the environment, and each lesson comes with practical and fun activities that students can engage with and share,” said Logan Smalley, founding director of TED’s youth and education initiative, TED-Ed.
The lessons were curated by a team of environmental education experts including Kathleen Usher Ph.D, Jessie Oliver and Juliane Voss, who worked with over 100 contributors in creating Earth School. The initiative is in support of SDG 4.7 and the Decade of Delivery and will contribute towards the Global Education Coalition launched by UNESCO last month to convene governments, technology partners and leaders in the education field to keep pupils learning. As part of this coalition, UNEP will be exploring how this content can be adapted and shared with children who aren’t able to access the Internet.
Collaborators who have agreed to support this initiative include: BBC Ideas, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Conservation International, CEE, Earth Day Network, Earth Challenge 2020, Environment Online (ENO), GeSI, International Olympic Committee, IUCN, Institute for Planetary Security, Junior Achievement, Learning in Nature, Littlescribe, Minecraft, National Geographic Society, Ocean Wise, Only One, Royal Geographic Society, SciStarter, Sitra, TAT, TED-Ed, The Nature Conservancy, UN Convention on Biodiversity, UN SDSN / TRENDS, UN Technology Innovation Lab, UNCCD, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFCCC, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, University of Pennsylvania, Vult Labs, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), Wild Immersion and WWF."
NOTES TO EDITORS
About the United Nations Environment Programme
UNEP is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Everything we do supports learning — from producing a growing library of original animated videos , to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, to celebrating innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s global network of over 500,000 teachers. TED-Ed has grown from an idea worth spreading into an award-winning education platform that serves millions of teachers and students around the world every week.
For more information, please contact:
Keishamaza Rukikaire, Head of News & Media, UNEP, +254717080753
Melody Serafino, TED Press