A novel project: Literature, engineering collide in middle school outreach

first_imgThe Harvard Ed Portal in Allston was buzzing with the excitement of young minds on Feb. 5, as seventh grade students from the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA) showcased “novel engineering projects.”The event, coordinated by Kathryn Hollar, Director of Community Engagement and Diversity Outreach at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, along with GPA faculty members, exposed middle school students to the engineering design process. The cross-disciplinary project also provided an opportunity for these young thinkers to be mentored by Harvard engineering concentrators.The impetus for the project was a new curricular unit based on Linda Sue Park’s novel “A Long Walk to Water,” explained seventh-grade teacher Katherine Atkins Pattinson. The book’s two main story lines support the Water for South Sudan Foundation. Salva Dut is a Sudanese “lost boy” in search of his family, and Nya, is a girl who walks hours on end each day to retrieve drinking water.“Students read these books that are so sad, but wonder ‘so then what?’ We decided to empower students to be the problem solvers, to aid in creation versus just applying skills,” Pattinson said.The seventh graders read “A Long Walk to Water” in the fall and, at the start of the new semester, had the chance to choose teams and pick a client from the novel. They came up with ideas to help Salva in his travels or Nya to have clean water.One group of students presented a water filtration system made with layers of charcoal, pebbles, and sand. During their presentation, they demonstrated the device by emptying a cup of dirty water into their system and pouring out clear water.“You think charcoal is going to mess up the water, but it takes the contaminates out. This could help Nya and her village not get sick from the lake water,” explained seventh-grader Alex Arevalo.Other novel ideas ranged from bug zappers to combat malaria, to many iterations on shoes made of recycled materials. One student group of girls constructed sandals made from used plastic water bottles, a group of boys, including Francisco Sosa, constructed a pair of sneakers from cardboard and foam that remarkably resembled Nike Jordans.“The girl in the story gets hurt by thorns in her feet. We wanted to make a thick sole and we thought the shoes should be waterproof,” Sosa said.When asked what he learned from the project, he responded, “It’s better working in a group than working alone.”Read more about the project and the students’ novel ideas at https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2018/02/novel-project Read Full Storylast_img read more

Florida man fatally shoots friend with gun after believing it was not loaded

first_imgA Florida man has been arrested after he accidently shot his friend with a rifle.The incident occurred Thursday night at the suspect’s home in Palm Harbor.The Pinellas County Sheriff’s department reported that 26-year-old Shea Michael Harkins and the victim, 26-year-old Sean Cook, were playing video games in Harkins’ room when Harkins decided to pick up a Colt M4 rifle he had been customizing. Harkins’ believing the gun was not loaded, then aimed the rifle at Cook as a joke.Cook then said “What are you going to do, shoot me?” and that’s when Harkins pulled the trigger.Cook was struck in the chest with a bullet and taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.Harkins was arrested and taken to the Pinellas County Jail where he remains as of Friday morning. It is unclear if he has legal representation.last_img read more

IT Poll: Do You Find User Conferences Helpful?

first_imgLast week ReadWriteEnterprise editor Alex Williams and I attended Salesforce.com‘s annual user conference Dreamforce. And we’ve got more coming up, like Lotusphere and SAPPHIRE NOW.For journalists, these events are great because we get to cover new announcements and talk to both vendors and users. But I’m curious how users actually find these types of events. Do you find them helpful? If not, why not? Why do you go to user conferences?Photo by Christian Senger[Disclosure: Salesforce.com paid for a plane ticket and hotel room for Klint Finley to attend the the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.] klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Products center_img Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Pocari Sweat: Dynasty rising

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games “If Myla decided to shut down for the rest of the conference, we wouldn’t have won the title,” says Ty, who retired as team manager recently. “She just proved that she’s our franchise player.”American import Krystal Rivers, a cancer surivor, proved almost unstoppable in the finals, while Michelle Strizak played solid throughout the tournament. Everyone in coach Rommel Abella’s squad did more than her share to clinch a third straight championship for Pocari Sweat, starting with the Shakey’s V-League Open and Reinforced Conferences last year.“We were in a pretty bad shape at the start of the tournament,” says Ty. “Players were injured probably because we started preparing as early as January. We were in a state of flux.”The level of competition in the PVL had also gone up with teams raring to come up with a creditable showing in the first tournament since the switch from the Shakey’s V-League. “In terms of parity in the lineups, this was one of the most competitive tournaments we played in,” says Ty.Abella also praised Gyzelle Sy and Melissa Gohing in their title run. “They were great all throughout the conference and they held the team together,” he says. “In all the adversities that we faced, they stepped up and provided the leadership the team needed.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments In the end, this turned out to be the toughest and sweetest championship yet for the Lady Warriors, whose move from the Philippine Superliga to the established PVL raised plenty of eyebrows.Nonetheless, the club owned by Federated Distributors Inc. has come a long way from a last-place finish in its debut in the PSL in 2014. That windup by the squad, then known as Mane ’N Tail, proved to be an eye-opener for management which decided to come up with a 15-year plan in an effort to make its mark in the volleyball scene.“Our goal was not just to win championships, but also to supply the national team with players,” says Ty. Three years after the plan was hatched, the Lady Warriors have emerged as one of the most successful clubs in the PVL.The club then known as Philips Gold placed third twice in the PSL, behind the efforts of Pablo, Gohing and Michelle Gumabao, who is no longer with the team. Their three straight titles are a record in the PVL, organized by Sports Vision.“You have to go way back to the time when we were still called Mane ’N Tail and were given just a few hours to decide on having a franchise,” says Ty. “But we didn’t want to be known as a losing team, that’s why we invested in a long-term plan.”The signing of Pablo to a long-term contract was the biggest indication of Pocari’s commitment to winning. “We try to build a team and that has given us an edge because our core is intact and we’ve jelled,” says Ty, reflecting on their success. “We have a family atmosphere. Everyone looks after each other. We have players who at one point were team captains in other clubs. But they’ve set aside egos to work together for a common goal.”As the club looks ahead to the next PVL conference, key pieces will be added to shore up the lineup. But with resilience, toughness and commitment to winning ingrained in the squad’s DNA over the years, there’s no reason to doubt Pocari’s abilities to collect more crowns. And who knows, the next title celebration won’t just be in Boracay.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next While reinforcements later came to beef up the squad, Pablo remained its heart and soul. On their way to the hospital for Pablo’s checkup, team manager Eric Anthony Ty broached the idea of resting her for the entire tournament. She refused.“I can’t just leave the team,” Ty recalls Pablo as saying. “There’s a championship for us to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe back injury had bothered Pablo right from the start. When the Warriors opened the season with back-to-back defeats, she was also asked to sit out the conference. But there was no way she would miss out on this run.Pablo, who signed a multimillion five-year deal with the club early this year, typified the Lady Warriors’ resilience on their road to the crown at the expense of the BaliPure Water Defenders.center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors may be frolicking in the sands of Boracay the past few days, but there was a time when things weren’t always fine and rosy. A championship run can have many turning points, and for these women it came early in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference.Pocari star Myla Pablo slumped on the floor in agony after aggravating the pain in her back after a crucial play. It was only an elimination-round game, but the sight of Pablo in pain had teammates, the coaching staff and fans of the Lady Warriors worrying about the open spiker’s health.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Two Filipinos in ‘Battle of Brisbane: Pacquiao vs Horn’ undercardlast_img read more

India can handle adverse circumstances: Lara

first_imgIf any player has seen the transition of the West Indian cricket team from invincible to below-par at the international level, it is the Prince of Trinidad Brian Lara.Having played through the transformation, he knows what it takes to be a champion and feels that the reason behind the success of the present Indian side is that they have learnt to perform in adverse conditions.”Indian teams have always been good batting outfits. But the reason why they failed to become the number one team is that their level of performance dipped the moment they went abroad. But the USP of the present side is that they have performed in situations not conducive to their strength – playing well on flat batting tracks. This is where the present team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni has scored over past teams,” he said.”With teams travelling the world over and performing in foreign conditions, the game will only get more competitive over the next few years. Sports is a cycle.While we started the domination, Australia took over from us.”While they remained unbeaten in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, no one expected England to beat them the way they did in the Ashes. The time of invincibility is over.” Lara believes the inclusion of Sreesanth makes the Indian bowling attack balanced.”Sreesanth bowled really well in South Africa and I think him joining India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan will augur well for the team. I think Sreesanth and Zaheer add a lot of balance to the side. It also makes the bowling very competitive,” he said.advertisementHaving been a leading player during the 1996 World Cup, Lara believes building momentum will be the key in this year’s showpiece event.”Having played the 1996 World Cup, I feel the team that builds momentum throughout the tournament will go on to win the Cup.In these conditions, you need momentum as it is a pretty long tournament. In such cases, you don’t want to start on top and run out of steam in the later stages,” the 41- year- old said.Reliving his memories from the 1996 World Cup, Lara said: “Beating South Africa in the quarterfinal in Karachi was definitely the happiest moment as they were the favourites and were going great guns before we knocked them out.”As for the saddest moment, it definitely came a few days later when we lost from a winning position against Australia in the semifinal in Mohali. We were cruising before spin wizard Shane Warne ran through our lower middle- order and handed us a fiverun loss.”Having worked as a batting consultant for the Zimbabwe team, Lara doesn’t expect to make them overnight champions, but feels he has shared his experience and that can help them gain confidence ahead of the World Cup.”As a batting consultant, my job was to improve their batting. But I didn’t stop just at that. I have shared my experiences about how favourites can crumble under pressure in such big tournaments.I know they aren’t a fancied side, but I seriously feel that they can spring a few surprises and that will be the basic aim.”They might not be champions, but they are all good players and some are very good players.But the problem is with their selfbelief.If they can start believing in themselves, they can do wonders.I looked at building the right atmosphere in the team and increase their confidence,” he said.last_img read more

Gerrard hammers defenders after horror show in Russia

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has hammered his team’s defenders after their horror outing against Spartak Moscow on Thursday.The Gers took the lead three times in Moscow, but a woeful second-half display handed them their first UEFA Europa League defeat of the season.The Scottish Premiership club were on a high when first-half strikes from Glenn Middleton, Daniel Candeias and an own-goal from Roman Eremenko gave them a 3-2 advantage.But shocking defensive lapses, especially in the second half, allowed Spartak to seize control for a 4-3 win, as they blew Group G wide open.Gerrard’s side seat third in their group behind Spartak and Villarreal, but host the Spanish club on match day 5 as they look to secure qualification for the second round.However, the former Liverpool youth team coach refused to spare his ropey rear-guard and knows more lamentable defending in their next two group games will cost them any shot at the last 32.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.He said, according to Express: “I’m very disappointed with the result. You saw two sides of our performance tonight. We attacked very well and were dangerous and countered bravely. We got our rewards and had control at half-time.“However, football is about levels and if you don’t do the basics well enough and defend properly, then high-level teams will normally punish you and that was the case here.“People who have had a lot of praise and who did really well to get us to this stage just didn’t do the basics well enough.“Normally, to come here and score three goals you get a result, but I’m bitterly disappointed with how we defended.”last_img read more

HOPE foundation for Autism Awareness

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Sept 2014 – The HOPE foundation for Autism Awareness this weekend welcomes Michael McGinty for a back to school workshop for teachers. McGinty, with a Master’s in Education is a specialist for detecting and working with autism… among the topics, creating an educational plan, interventions within traditional and special classrooms and instructional accommodations. The workshop is set for the Occasions Ballroom, Airport Hotel this Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. Related Items:HOPE foundation for Autism Awareness, michael mcginty Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

General Electric Plans NetZero Energy Home by 2015

first_imgThe major components of a net-zero energy home as part of GE’s Net-Zero Energy Home project.Credit: General Electric. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: General Electric Plans Net-Zero Energy Home by 2015 (2009, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-electric-net-zero-energy-home.html Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Using solar panels, wind turbines, appliance monitoring, and on-site energy storage, General Electric has a plan to enable homeowners to cut their annual energy consumption (from the electric grid) to zero, in some cases, and at least minimize consumption in others. GE is piloting the technology this year, and hopes to commercialize the system by 2015. Californians bask in solar energy The GE Net-Zero Home Project encompasses a variety of technologies, as well as consumer incentives. The most expensive part of the project involves on-site power generation through solar panels or wind turbines, where applicable. As GE executives explained during a recent symposium at the company’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York, a 3,000-watt solar panel array could be enough to supply all of a home’s consumption, and cost about $30,000 to install.GE is also converting its appliances (for about $10 per appliance) to be able to communicate with a home’s smart meter, allowing consumers to find out how much energy individual appliances use. The information will hopefully allow users to control appliances by using them during off-peak times (peak times are usually morning and early evening), encouraged by time-of-use pricing plans. Homeowners would also use an energy monitoring device called Home Energy Manager, which costs about $200-250. The Home Energy Manager is designed to control and optimize on-site energy generation and consumption, such as by running the dishwasher or clothes dryer at times when the solar panels are operating, and not during peak times.As part of the project, plug-in electric vehicles would be charged during the night. The vehicles and other storage batteries could also be used to store electricity for use during peak times. Overall, a net-zero energy home would cost about 10 percent more than the conventional kind, but would help homeowners save money in the long run, as well as make the electricity grid more efficient. If the system is easy to use and offers financial incentives for customers, GE hopes that it can encourage involvement where everyone can benefit.via: CNet© 2009 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Panasonic releases wireless solar charging table

first_imgvia Japantrends Explore further More information: Citation: Panasonic releases wireless solar charging table (2011, May 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-panasonic-wireless-solar-table.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Most of us forget how much our cell phones are a part of the day-to-day of our lives until we don’t have access to them. I’m not just talking about when you leave it at home, in a callous act of irresponsibility. An event as simple as a dead battery can mean that you miss an important call that creates ripples in your whole week. © 2010 PhysOrg.com NTT Docomo’s new smartphone features wireless charger So when you are out and your battery suddenly goes to red what are you going to do about it? Unless you happen to have an outlet in your pocket, in which case you are probably a robot, you are short on options. Or, at least you used to be. In the near future Panasonic may have a solution to your problem. They were showing off a prototype of a solar-powered inductive charging table at the Retail Tech Expo in Tokyo. The device would be able to wirelessly charge any device with a Qi battery simply by setting the device down on it. This not the first wireless charging station on the market. In 2010 Energizer put out a similar pad that relied on being plugged in to a power source. Various companies have created solar chargers for mobile devices, though most of these have been too unwieldy or too expensive to become popular. Panasonic is the first company to date to combine the two ideas and create a wireless solar charger. Panasonic did mention that these units would be on sale by the end of this year in Japan. No word has been given yet on when this device will be on sale in the United States.last_img read more