AmericanTown’s Heroes: Girl Develop It Helps Women Learn Web Development

Boys are better at Math and Science. That’s what studies used to show. More recent studies suggest girls are just better students, for one, they read more and that is the basis for lifelong learning.

The fields of Science and Technology are dominated by men, but that is changing as part of a movement afoot to get more girls into coding. Whether it’s large scale efforts sponsored by tech giants like Google’s Made with Code or the nonprofit organization, Girls Who Code, working to reach young girls in school now and inspire them to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

The next generation of students will shape the future, so why not encourage both girls and boys to take an active part in embracing the technologies that will lead to discoveries and innovations that can improve and maybe even save lives in the future.

Code for Good is one effort underway at MIT “that brings students together with local nonprofit organizations to work on impactful computer science projects.” Girl Develop It, is another nonprofit whose mission is to “provide affordable programs for adult women interested in learning web and software development in a judgment-free environment.” Girl Develop It is growing based on need and interest and they are now serving women in 52 cities across the United States. It was founded in 2010 by Vanessa Hurst and Sara Chipps and is reaching 55,000+ members nationwide. If you want to get involved and you don’t see your hometown represented on their map, they invite you to submit a short application to see if there is enough interest and resources to support an effort in your area.

Do you know someone who is working to connect the dots for the next generation of scientists and engineers? They may hold the answers to the questions that will confront us in the future. Nominate a person or organization for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes story.

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/ny/newyork/news/americantowns-heroes-girl-develop-it-helps-women-learn-web-development-25287871

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Feb 25,2016: Die Young and Madball

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Apr 28,2016: DAV NC 46 Meeting

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Apr 26,2016: Shakespeare Marathon

In recognition of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the North Carolina Museum of History and Burning Coal Theatre Company have joined efforts to present the Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in 5 Days. The marathon will bring theatrical groups-professional, college, and amateur-from across North Carolina to perform around-the-clock staged readings of all 38 plays by Shakespeare. The groups-and some celebrities, too-will perform the Bard’s works, from his first to his last, with minimal costumes and props.

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/shakespeare-marathon-the-merry-wives-of-windsor-2016-04-26

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Apr 24,2016: Shakespeare Marathon

In recognition of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the North Carolina Museum of History and Burning Coal Theatre Company have joined efforts to present the Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in 5 Days. The marathon will bring theatrical groups-professional, college, and amateur-from across North Carolina to perform around-the-clock staged readings of all 38 plays by Shakespeare. The groups-and some celebrities, too-will perform the Bard’s works, from his first to his last, with minimal costumes and props.

Time: Midnight – 3:00 a.m.

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/shakespeare-marathon-comedy-of-errors-2016-04-24

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Apr 17,2016: Walk MS: Sandhills (Fayetteville)

Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other – a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we’ve made and to show the power of our connections.

When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 18,000 people living with MS in North and South Carolina. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. Every connection counts.

Register now, connect with others and start fundraising today atwww.walkMScarolinas.org or by calling 855-372-1331.

Check-in opens at 1pm. The walk starts at 2pm. Modern Automotive and Biogen are the local presenting sponsors.

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/walk-ms-sandhills-fayetteville-2016-04-17

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Earth Talk: Why is the Arctic such a crucial area to focus on in efforts to stem global warming?

Dear EarthTalk: Why is the Arctic such a crucial area to focus on in efforts to stem global warming? — J.C.

The image of a polar bear standing on a shrinking iceberg has become one of the most iconic symbols of global warming, yet few of us realize just how important the Arctic’s ice is, wherever we may live on the earth. Researchers consider the Arctic to be an “indicator region” for the rest of the planet, given that even small differences in temperature there can have profound ecosystem impacts and can give us a better idea of the types of problems we can all expect down the road.

Of course, the effects of global warming have been under scrutiny in the Arctic for decades already. Since 1979, the extent of the Arctic’s permanent ice cap has shrunk by upwards of 20 percent. Even worse, the remaining ice has thinned by as much as two-thirds in some parts of the Arctic. Recent models suggest this ice loss will only accelerate in the next several years due to a global warming feedback loop called the “albedo effect,” whereby less ice means less reflection of the sun’s radiation back into space and thus more warming at the Earth’s surface. And not only is the ice shrinking—parts of the ice cap are also rupturing: The Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, the largest block of ice in the Arctic and intact for some 3,000 years, finally cracked in 2000, and within two years split all the way through.

These changes up north are already starting to have ripple effects elsewhere. For starters, the entire Arctic ecosystem is being forced to shift with the changing climate. Animals like polar bears, whales and seals are changing migration patterns, in turn impacting native people who depend on them for sustenance. Meanwhile, other organisms are overpopulating, given all the new habitat opening up. Rising temperatures have allowed the spruce bark beetle to add an extra reproduction cycle each year. As a result the pesky little beetles decimated 3.4 million acres of Alaska’s forests over just 10 years.

And then there’s the issue of sea level rise. Thanks in large part to melting Arctic glaciers, sea level is expected to rise some three feet on average around the world in the next century, flooding over 22,000 square miles in the United States alone. This pressing issue threatens island nations especially. Countries like the Maldives, precariously perched just six feet above sea level, are as concerned as anyone about melting glaciers in the Arctic. And warming in the Arctic also affects weather patterns vital for food production all over the world. Cold water from the melting ice could also potentially halt the Gulf Stream, which brings warm weather to Europe. This would result in a steep drop in temperature for much of northwestern Europe and would affect weather patterns far beyond.

While it may seem futile for us to try to stop Arctic ice melting, we do in fact have the power. We can all work to reduce our carbon footprints by flying and driving less, turning down (or off) the heat or air conditioning, speaking up to our elected officials, and even divesting from companies that support the continued development of fossil fuels.

CONTACTS: NOAA Arctic Change website, http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/detect/climate-strat.shtml; EPA Carbon Footprint Calculator, http://www3.epa.gov/carbon-footprint-calculator/.

EarthTalk® is produced by Doug Moss Roddy Scheer and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network Inc. View past columns at: www.earthtalk.org. Or e-mail us your question: earthtalk@emagazine.com.

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/ct/weston/news/earth-talk-why-is-the-arctic-such-a-crucial-area-to-focus-on-in-efforts-to-stem-global-warming-25150427

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Mar 24,2016: DAV NC 46 Meeting

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: The SMART Org Instills a Love of Reading

We know the word smart relates to intelligence and abilities, but where do those skills come from? Are you born being smart or does your environment and education have something to do with it?

Genes and heredity determine a certain amount of our fate, but education and environment factor into our development, which is why reading matters. In Oregon, SMART stands for Start Making A Reader Today, which is a volunteer program that reaches thousands of children each year. The founders of the SMART nonprofit organization believe that reading is foundational and that every child should be able to read and with help, they can. 

SMART started in 1992, coordinating children who need help with reading with adult volunteers for weekly one-on-one reading lessons. Many of the volunteers are retirees or seniors who make themselves available in their local communities to read to students and connect them with books to borrow or keep.

On the SMART website they highlight volunteers, like Gwynn Sullivan who has been a volunteer reader for 15 years and has many memories of the children she has met and inspired and the stories they told her that touched her life as well. They estimate they have helped more than 180,000 students, spent more than 3.5 million hours in reading sessions and given more than 2 million books away to students.

Do you know someone who volunteers in schools or with children to help instill the love of books and learning? Nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes.

 

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/or/portland/news/americantowns-heroes-the-smart-org-instills-a-love-of-reading-25236258

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Feb 07,2016: Fayetteville Gun Show

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