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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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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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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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Sonoma County Office of Education Will Host Maker Education Conference

In an effort to spur STEM education activities in Sonoma County and beyond, the reMAKE Education Summit will bring interested parties together August 3-5 in Sanata Rosa, California. The goal of the conference is to provide training and advice to teachers who wish to bring the Maker Movement into their classrooms. The Sonoma County Gazette provides a bit more detail:

Attendees will engage in hands-on making tutorials, hear from renowned speakers, utilize state-of the-art equipment, and hear what’s working best in classrooms around the ...

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Science Buddies Offers K-12 STEM Opportunities

Abe Farag Family Foundation is proud to offer its support to Science Buddies, a public charity which fosters STEM education in the lives of children and young adults. Science Buddies helps families find and plan for an extensive array of science projects, electronics builds, learning opportunities, and more.

A familiarity with STEM topics will be of increasing importance for children growing up in this century, and AFFF is happy to help make these opportunties available to children, in part, through its support of organizations like ...

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