EASI: Bringing science and tech to students and teachers | Local News Stories

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For over a decade local science teachers have banded together to form the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative. Together, these educators put on annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math summer camps and provide teacher support.

Paul Anger is the EASI chairperson and one of the creators of the non-profit group in 2008. Anger is also the director for the Eastern Arizona College Discovery Park campus, where the group holds their meetings and multiple youth summer camp activities.

“Teachers meet once a month to go over planning activities to help each other as teachers. A big factor is the extracurricular activities during the summer for the youth,” Anger said. “The idea is Discovery Park will be the hub of science and STEM activity of Graham and Greenlee County.”

Anger said over the years the initiative’s summer STEM camps have grown in popularity. While the cost of attending the three to four-day camps

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Charter Introduces Stay Connected K-12, Making It Easier For Students And Teachers To Participate In Online Learning | News

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STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With many school districts opting for full or hybrid distance learning this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Charter Communications, Inc., today announced Stay Connected K-12, a new Spectrum Enterprise solution that enables schools to offer high-speed, cable broadband Internet access direct to their students, educators and staff in their own homes so learning and teaching are uninterrupted. Residences are not billed for the service.

Stay Connected K-12 combines the robust speeds and rich features of Spectrum Internet with simplified program management and billing for local districts through Spectrum Enterprise and is a turnkey solution for their students and educators. Users can enjoy:

  • Download speeds up to 50 Mbps to support video collaboration and large file transfers.
  • In-home WiFi to connect all of the WiFi enabled devices in the residence.
  • Unlimited usage with no data caps, providing schools/districts with a consistent cost
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Gadgets for Groceries: Coronavirus Sparks Philippines Online Barter Trade | World News

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MANILA (Reuters) – In the middle of a coronavirus lockdown in the Philippine capital, Grace Lagaday was struggling to breastfeed her newborn without milk storage bottles and nursing pads.

With shopping centres shut and public movement restricted, Lagaday turned to a centuries-old method of trade with a new tech twist: online bartering.

A search of Facebook barter trade groups found the supplies she needed for her baby girl and they were in Lagaday’s hands the next day, in return for bags of M&Ms chocolates and a jar of Nutella spread.

“I really needed breastfeeding stuff but very limited goods were available,” Lagaday told Reuters. “For a mom who gave birth during this pandemic season, bartering helped me find good deals for my baby.”

Lagaday, who has since traded clothes hangers for five kilograms of rice and an electric mosquito killer for two litres of cooking oil, is among hundreds of

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Teachers: ‘Taking the COVID bullet’ for their students | Education | Savannah News, Events, Restaurants, Music

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“I’M really grateful for Dr. Levett,” says Rebecca Greenbush, a science teacher at Oglethorpe Charter School, about the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Superintendent. 

“Her support of science has kept my family safe so far.  I am frightened to return too soon,” says Greenbush.

“Science is always hands-on, lab class and e-learning has not changed that! We just did our first lab last week and it went great! It does require parent support though, getting items like candy to make rocks, or sugar to make crystals, but so far the parents have been wonderful in supporting these types of experiences,” she says.

“Adjusting my instruction to a virtual mode of delivery has challenged me to get creative and really take a look at how to structure the class so that the student’s screen time is monitored and meaningful. 

“What I miss the most is seeing the students each day. I love

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Students unveil gadgets, bots, apps to tame Covid | Hyderabad News

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Hyderabad: As doctors and pharmacists are increasingly falling victim to the novel coronavirus, students from various engineering colleges have come out with innovative ideas, bots, apps and gadgets to fight Covid-19 and protect frontline warriors from succumbing to the pandemic.
In a presentation at an international conference on engineering in fourth industrial revolution, organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Hyderabad chapter, on Thursday, city students came out with solutions to overcome Covid-19, including a predictor that will help doctors to protect themselves from getting affected by the deadly virus and a medicine checker tool that will reduce queues at pharmacies.
Some have come up with an online appointment booking system with a predictor wherein the users can take up a preliminary covid-19 test before they visit a doctor. Another application tells users the availability of medicines that they require in the required quantity in the pharmacy
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Good News: Chandigarh girls collect gadgets to help needy students attend online classes

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What is being lauded as “great initiative” by several internet users, is ‘Prerna – for you and us’ launched by five Chandigarh girls to help the needy students attend the online school amid COVID-19 crisis by collecting donations of gadgets. With the coronavirus outbreak continuing to tighten its grip across the globe and driving the shift from in-person schooling to online school, several others who were unable to afford internet connections or correct equipment have lost months of their education.

However, these school-going girls themselves hailing from Chandigarh have come together to help those in need and Saachi Ahuja told ANI that till now they have given gadgets to at least 21 girls. 

The teenagers are encouraging people to donate their gadgets including mobile phones, laptops for underprivileged girls who are unable to afford the same for online learning. According to reports, it has already been more than four months

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Good News: 11-yr-old saves grandma; Girls collect gadgets for students; 5 amazing stories

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When the world updates consist of COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, protests among other things, people are more than ever are looking for encouraging news. Since the beginning of the year, the unforeseen circumstances have dominated the minds of millions across the globe. But, it has also paved the way for occasional kind gestures, unique songs, online trends and peculiar methods of people adhering to the new lifestyle amid the coronavirus outbreak. From IIT Delhi’s job posting for dog handler creating buzz to Chandigarh girls’ noble initiative for needy students, here are five best stories from today to dial down on the negativity.

Chandigarh girls collect gadgets to help needy students attend online classes

What is being lauded as “great initiative” by several internet users, is ‘Prerna – for you and us’ launched by five Chandigarh girls to help the needy students attend the online school amid COVID-19 crisis by collecting

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Free high-speed internet available for K-12 students who qualify | Mobile County Alabama News

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MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has committed CARES Act funding to deliver free internet access to eligible K-12 students in their homes this fall, according to the Mobile County Public School System.

School officials say families of eligible students will receive a letter after Aug. 24 which will include a prepaid voucher number and a list of service providers to contact to set up free high-speed internet service through Dec. 30, 2020.

MCPSS officials say this is perfect timing for the district’s remote learning plan.

“If your student does not have reliable internet access, be on the lookout for this letter. If you qualify, contact one of the listed service providers as soon as you can; the sooner you call the sooner your student will be ready for a successful remote learning experience,” MCPSS said. 

For further assistance and more information, contact the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for

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Expansion of broadband in rural areas is vital for businesses and students, advocates say | Omaha State and Regional News

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LINCOLN — When the coronavirus struck, Sidney-based Wheat Belt Public Power District implemented its plan to cope with a pandemic.

But the strategy, devised years ago, soon developed a hitch.

Internet speeds were too slow for two-thirds of the power district’s 29 employees who were sent to work from farms and ranch homes outside of town.

The solution wasn’t pretty. For a while, the general manager of Wheat Belt — who had to quarantine after coming into contact with someone infected — had to work from the utility’s parking lot, in his vehicle, to get adequate broadband. Several workers were moved back to offices not designed for social distancing, risking their health.

“It was a workaround, but it worked,” said Tim Lindahl, the general manager of Wheat Belt.

The pandemic has shone a bright light on the lack of adequate high-speed internet in rural areas as office workers have been

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