Engaging kids with STEM projects

There’s little wonder that schools are pushing more and more into digital territory.  Now that computers and devices with high-speed internet are the status quo for most homes, there is a clear benefit to getting kids involved with digital technologies early.  It’s time to…

Engage the Kids in TechImage: FDR students use electrical components to make fully functioning objects, including a guitar.

In the Verizon Innovative Learning lab at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Middle School in Bristol, Pennsylvania, students are able to practice computer and software programming, sound engineering and other advanced sciences.  This was discussed in an article by the NY Times.

More organizations like Verizon Innovative Learning are targeting troubling STEM gaps among students.  With thousands of jobs erupting in the STEM and technological fields, Verizon Innovative Learning essays to bring more female and under-served students into the education process.

Kids that get involved with the program are encouraged to reach for bigger dreams, made to feel that their dreams ARE achievable.

…and they ARE!

you can learn more about what Verizon Innovative Learning is doing here

 

Thanks for reading!

– Juice

 

Education for City Kids

Education and more is made available for inner city, public school kids in Pittsburgh, California.

STS Academy goes beyond just education…

Market Watch released an article recently about a California-based nonprofit that offers after school and other educational programs for inner city youth.  The Success Through Self (STS) Academy began when a Pittsburgh, California resident worked with his son (a teacher at the time) to develop a program that targets the struggling kids of their inner city.

STS logo with young girl

The program is actively partnering with other organizations (like 100 Black Men, and the University of California) to not only aid in education, but to also teach the youth about healthy eating choices.  They are even moving forward with initiatives to teach the young ones to grow food hydroponically from home.  the initiative focuses on growing sustainably, and will help alleviate costs for their families.

kids gathered and smiling outside

You can get the best feel for the kind of work STS does here.  You can donate to their cause at their site here.

Mobile Education in Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea’s education outlook continues to improve, as the nation continues to focus on educating their youth.  Other nations continue to come alongside them.

Check out this very brief article about their mobile education initiative.

 

Good News in Pakistan

The Good News From Pakistan

referencing an article in the Tribune

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Fellow journalist Joanna Reid wrote an article in the Tribune celebrating the positive events happening in Pakistan.  Here are a few pointers from her article:

  • about the 1,800 community schools  have been established for girls, helping nearly 100,00 students
  • medicine availability has improved by 21%, and most medical facilities now have a full-time doctor
  • “Immunisation in children between 12-23 months has increased from 49% to 84% across Punjab, with every district showing improvements”

 

Ms. Reid’s article, titled “The good news from Pakistan” goes on to tell of her work with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).  Because she has political connections within the nation, she is in position to see much of the positive work happening in the region.

You can learn more about the DFID’s efforts from the UK’s government site.

This video is not associated with the article, but here is a little bonus positive news about a grassroots effort to educate the children of Pakistan.

Until next time, Positive-Minded Friends!

-GNFTH

Making a Stand For Non-Violence

The organization Black Women for Positive Change is holding their annual

                       week of non-violence  

 

The event will end in Baltimore, Maryland after touring several eastern and southern states in the U.S.  There will be several conferences, workshops, and discussions, as well as a non-violent film screening.  For those who register online, there will even be an essay competition based on the film (which can be found on promotional web pages).

Even if you don’t live in Baltimore or the United States’ Southeast region.  There are plenty of ways for you to stay plugged into the event.  Non-violence is becoming more and more of a high profile issue.  Because of our societies access to information, many Americans are beginning to see that violence (as it happens for Americans) is not a “universal” issue.  We CAN make positive changes to bring the violence down in our cities.  We CAN instill a culture of love and stewardship in young Americans TODAY.

Discover more about this annual event @ http://weekofnonviolence.org/

Learn more about Black Women for Positive Change here.

You can see the news interview here.

Thanks for your continuing love and attention.

 

–   GNFTH

 

 

A River-Park Protects the Sea!

Floating in Positive Change!

     In the Netherlands, plastics are being gathered from the North Sea to create a Floating park.  The Park is made entirely from re-purposed plastics and is equipped to accommodate plants and wildlife.

three floating platforms, with growing plants

This park is made from free-roaming plastics collected from the North Sea

In Rotterdam, an effort has been underway to protect the seas and oceans from inland pollution.  It’s called Recycled Park, and it offers a unique look at how helping the environment can be really helpful for everyone.  Workers use plastics gathered from the entrance to the North Sea to create floating park areas.  Special areas in the structures allow for plants to grow on top while accommodating fish looking for a safe place to leave their eggs.

This is a triple positive for people since it provides a unique outdoor experience combining floating structures, plant life and wildlife.  Once plastics enter the North Sea, they can be almost impossible to control, adding to the gross worldwide pollution of our waters.  By catching plastics before they enter the sea, park workers hope to be an example to other parts of the world.  It is a really interesting way of looking at the types of things we can accomplish with “trash”.

Could it be that things are only trash when we are absolutely sure there is no use for them?  GNFTH.com is always looking for ingenious ways in which people are re-purposing “garbage” before it adds to the global ecological problem.  If you’ve heard or seen something interesting like this, be sure to add it here!>>>!

You can Learn More! about Recycled Park here,

or from this article from ArchitectMagazine.com

No matter where you live, you can help the efforts of Recycled Park in several ways (see Here for that)

Until next time Positive People,

-GNFTH.

 

Rebuilding Together (October 2018)

All across the nation, people are struggling just to survive.  That’s not always the beginning of their story, and it’s certainly not the end.  Concerned people are looking for ways to help those in need, and to make sure their neighbors are able to experience the free America we were taught about in schools.

For those who experience hardship with their physical homes, REBUILDING TOGETHER steps in to help.

This not for profit steps in to help with things like a failing roof, molded walls, paint repair, and other things around the house that may be both expensive and essential.  They are a bridge between companies that want to give back, people who want to have a positive impact, and underprivileged or at-risk people who need their services.

In Wisconsin, Freddy Weidner and his family were people just like you and me, who wanted to give back.  They were able to help families in their area by partnering with Rebuilding Together.  You can read more about that here.

The company has locations all across the country, so if this interests you, or if your company or group is looking for a way to pitch in, visit their site to see which locations are nearest you.  It may be that this is that relational connection to the community that your group has been looking for!

You can click here! to learn how you can help Rebuilding Together reach even more people.

A new way to clean city air!

New UK bus brings hope to cities worldwide!

An Awesome Way to keep Your City’s Air Fresh

A new bus in the Southhampton area of England has a great quirk: it filters the city air as it drives around town.  The bus was developed by a company called Bluestar, and is operated by Go-Ahead.

The roof of the bus is designed to filter air in front of it (trapping harmful particles) and blow clean air out behind it.  The whole point is to leave air cleaner than it was before the bus arrived.  Imagine a regular “wake” of fresh air at each passing of a bus!!!

If this bus is a success, you can be sure the technology will be the envy of many cities around the world that want to keep a clean “footprint”.

You can learn more about this in these articles:

UK’s first air-filtering bus launches in Southampton” in the Guardian &

Pollution-busting bus hits the roads to clean up urban air” in the Positive News

Positive NEWS is Everywhere!

So much data seems to prove that negativity in the news results in profits, but what does that say about us as a people?  I’m willing to argue that people would rather be surrounded by news that is actually true.  Sure there are people doing horrible things everywhere, along with natural disasters, and major mishaps, but there are MORE people doing wonderful things for each other every day.

I searched Google, and here’s just a little of what I found in the last two days:

 

With all that’s going on in the world today, you can rest assured that there is at least one place you can go to every day for the best, current, positive news.  Here @ GNFTH.com, we report the TRUTH.  This is a wonderful world to live in.  People are striving every day to make the world a better place, and make up for the places that we’ve historically fallen short.  I hope you’ll join us on this journey!

 

Report GOOD NEWS here!

 

Thanks, Juice

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