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Slum Innovation Project wins Google Rise Award

The Dharavi Diary Project has just received the Google Rise Award for its community based work to help children in slums create solutions through technology. The project was originally started by filmmaker Nawneet Ranjan, who shot a documentary detailing the struggle of living in the slums of Mumbai, India. Ranjan realized children needed to learn how to solve community issues through innovative solutions and technology. Smaller classes of 15 eventually grew into classes with over 200 kids, as children were able to learn coding, computer ...

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Vodafone Taking Steps Toward Equality in the Tech World

According to this article by Kiersten Marek for Inside Philanthropy, only thirty percent of the workforce at large technology companies is comprised of women. Clearly, there is an issue of diversity in the tech sector, as many people believe there is a stigma against women in that field. Vodafone, one of the largest mobile telecommunications companies, agreed, and wanted to increase gender equity in the tech world. Well-known for their variety of philanthropic activities, Vodafone Americas Foundation wanted to invest in providing women with innovate ...

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Spark Inspires Students To Succeed in High School and Beyond

During middle-school and early high-school years, children from underprivileged communities are at the highest risk for academic disengagement. The dropout rate in these neighborhoods can rise as high as 35%! Created in 2004 by teachers and social entrepreneurs to curb these alarming possibilities, Spark connects underserved youth with professional mentors outside the classroom. Through connecting these at-risk students with adults in the workplace, Spark both strengthens and gives back to the community at large.

Students are paired with professionals at leading workplaces such as KPMG ...

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AFFF Proudly Supports Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

JMZ is a place for children and their parents to learn about and to explore the natural world. There are a number of exhibits covering topics related to the natural sciences, and there's even a small zoo with over fifty different animal species. In the summer months there are science programs and events to entertain and educate your child when school is out.

Abe Farag Family Foundation is pleased to support Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, and we encourage you to stop by ...

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STEM Education and the Science of Coffee

As we in the States look to improve the quality of STEM education in our schools and universities, one of the precepts which arises time and again is the idea that students are far more likely to become interested in STEM topics when a practical application of those topics is presented. Students learn to hate math—to provide the classic example—because it is often presented to them as a bunch of abstract formulae which don't appear to apply to the real world. When ...

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