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PITTSBURGH, PA, UNITED STATES, October 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Weeks after Entre publicly launches their app, they open a new round of funding to raise $1 Million through their partner Wefunder to allow their users to also own equity in the company. Entre's mobile and web app was created to be this home for the Future of Work so everyone can connect in one place. Think of it as the new alternative to Linkedin for anyone who is or wants to be self-employed.

So far, Entre already has more than 7,000 users and has raised more than $40,000 from nearly 36 WeFunder investors… The terms of the Mini-IPO is SAFE with a $7 million valuation cap and a 20% discount.

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How Can STEM Programs Prepare K-12 Students for Science and Tech Job Opportunities?

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The knowledge-based economy is here. How can schools educate K-12 students for new technical and scientific job opportunities?

According to the exam results, the performance of fifteen-year-old US students lagged behind their international peers in reading, math, and science.”

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AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, October 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — October 1957 was a wake-up call for the American education system.

That month, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite. As it crossed the night sky, the American public began to ask, “what had gone wrong? How could the Russians beat us into space?”

Suddenly the excitement about Detroit’s new space-age car designs (such as the longer, lower, wider Chevrolet Impala introduced that fall) seemed irrelevant in light of an artificial satellite floating overhead, emitting its characteristic “beep beep” radio signal.

Indeed, Sputnik put an exclamation point on the argument put forward in 1955 by Rudolf Flesch in his best-selling book Johnny Can’t Read—And What You Can Do About.

The Space Race was born. In February 1958, President Eisenhower established the Advanced Research Projects Agency (later DARPA), which brought industry and government together to create some of the most important advanced technologies that power our economy today, from advanced robotics to the Internet.

And the American education system (despite criticism of some its later pedagogical approaches, such as “New Math”) benefitted greatly from the Space Race, thanks to greater investment in the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – the subjects we today collectively refer to as STEM.

Sixty-seven years after Sputnik, the US is facing another crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic.

And, like the sudden appearance of Sputnik, the pandemic has exposed critical, systemic problems in the US economy and our education system.

For the first time in years, the American public has come to understand the limitations of our domestic manufacturing base. In times of emergency, we don’t have the manufacturing capacity here at home to supply urgently needed goods, such as PPE or pharmaceuticals.

But Covid-19 has also exposed a more insidious problem as well – a widespread lack of trust in science and, at times, an even willful repudiation of public health scientists and their research by those with a high school degree or less.

According to research by the Pew Institute, while a majority (54%) of Americans with a postgraduate degree have a great deal of confidence in scientists, the number drops to a minority (only 32%) among those with a high school degree (or less).

For STEM education professionals, this is an alarming development, one that is compounded by a widespread lack of scientific literacy among the general public.

One pandemic literacy issue comes to mind: while Asian and European governments (and the press) regularly discuss fluctuations in the R0 value (e.g. the basic reproduction number of the virus), this basic public health metric is rarely mentioned in the US… why is this? Are basic statistics too difficult for us to grasp in this country?

Did Economic Conditions Just Jump Ahead By A Generation?

If the American public is having trouble understanding basic math statistics, we have a major problem on our hands.

Prior to the pandemic, American companies were already facing a critical shortage of qualified STEM graduates to meet the growing demand for talent in the most rapidly growing sectors of the economy, including healthcare and pharmaceutical research, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, logistics, and online commerce.

As the economy recovers from the pandemic, these worker shortages will become more critical.


As a result of the pandemic, our economy is accelerating its transformation into a knowledge-based economy even faster than expected, with some analysts believing we may be jumping ahead by 10 years – or even a generation – in just a matter of months.

Retail sales jobs are disappearing, as consumers shift to home delivery. Telecommunications (think Zoom meetings) have changed work and business travel patterns, perhaps forever. Investments in automation are accelerating, which, in the short term, can reduce viral exposure in crowded factories, but also eliminate major sources of employment over the long haul.

The result is a growing income gap between tech workers and everyone else.

Could a SIX SIGMA Approach Help Improve STEM Education Policy Planning and Increase the Number of STEM students in K-12?

What can be done to help?

One strategy worth looking at is finding ways to increase the number of STEM students in K-12 education throughout the country.

Let’s use Six Sigma as our model – to evaluate the current landscape, identify best practices, set a goal, make improvements, and measure the results.

1. Identify The Problem: Why We Need To Step Up K-12 STEM Programs To Prepare Today’s Students For The Economy Of Tomorrow

We’ve touched on the economic issues surrounding STEM education earlier, but let’s get more specific.

Why is STEM education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics so critical?

Changing demographics is one of the main reasons.

As the US population gets older, we will be relying on fewer workers as a percentage of the population to fund the programs (Social Security, Medicare) that senior Americans rely on.

We need to invest more to prepare today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, to help them increase productivity and the economic growth we all depend on.

Economists predict that, as we enter the 2030s, STEM-focused jobs will be among the fastest growing (and best paid) job opportunities, including job titles that didn’t even exist ten years ago.

2. Measure The Status Quo: How Do US K-12 Education Program Outcomes Compare With Those Of Other Countries?

As part of our planning, we need to set a baseline.

In other words, how well is the US education program performing now, and how do we compare with other countries?

For an indication of where things stand, we look at the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) exam, which measures what 15-year-old students have learned in math, reading, and science. The most recent exam was in 2018, with more than 600,000 private and public school students participating, representing nearly 80 countries.

According to the exam results, the performance of fifteen-year-old US students lagged behind their international peers in reading, math, and science.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expressed disappointment with the performance of the US students. “The bottom line is there has not been a single study that shows American education is improving enough,” DeVos said in a statement. “Scores have flatlined for a decade. Worse yet, scores for our most vulnerable students continue to decline. We are being outpaced not only by our global competitors like China and Russia, but also by countries like Estonia, Finland, and Canada.”

What lessons can we learn from other countries? Here are a few examples:

– China, in particular, has been investing heavily in STEM education since the 1980s, with a goal to lead the world in science. It has already surpassed the US in publishing science and engineering technical papers.
– Germany has achieved STEM success by following its German Dual Education System model, which brings industry participation directly into the school system, offering hands-on apprenticeship programs to German students with the promise of an employment position upon graduation.
– According to many surveys (including the PISA exam), Finland has been one of the top national performers in STEM education. Critics point to its unique approach, which de-emphasizes standardized testing and extensive homework assignments among the youngest students in favor of self-discovery and hands-on learning.

3. Root Cause Analysis: What’s Holding Back K-12 STEM Program Achievement In The US?

In late 2018, the government issued its STEM Education Strategic Plan, a five-year plan to help the US achieve global leadership in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment.

As the report points out, many US school districts have developed outstanding K-12 STEM programs; however many other school districts, particularly in lower-income areas, need more assistance, in the form of greater funding, improved access to more advanced computing science, and industry apprenticeships and technical learning programs for future workers.

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Internationally Renowned Canine Philanthropist Ecco D'Oro Dies

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World famous Canine Philanthropist GCH Sweetbriars Ecco DOro JH “Ecco” died on October 24, 2020 after a short battle with an aggressive cancer.

When you care…and share…life can take you ANYWHERE!”

— Ecco D'Oro

SMITHFIELD, VA, USA, October 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ecco, a Spinoni Italiano, was best known as the “naughty dog with the big heart” after he reached social media fame from his not-so-stellar but laughable antics.

What started as a simple Facebook page turned into a journey that can only be described as mind boggling.

“When I posted pictures of Ecco, more times than not, he was in some kind of trouble”, recalls his owner, Amy Havens. “Instantly, he became a global internet sensation. Ecco’s personality was so human that I began to write through his eyes. I would post inspirational Italian lessons daily from Ecco’s perspective and a poem weekly coined Sunday Prayers, which morphed into a new page dedicated to prayer requests due to the demand. I had to get him his own P.O. Box because he was receiving fan mail!

‘I realized that many children were watching Ecco’s naughty behavior so I decided to turn his negatives into positives. It’s impossible to be well behaved all of the time. However, the lessons you learn when you make mistakes are what really matters.

‘Ecco was known for stealing and destroying underwear, so I created the international “Underwear Everywhere Drive.” People would send socks and packages of new underwear from all over the world. Ecco and I would then travel down to the Union Mission in Norfolk, VA, and make our annual donation on behalf of his “pack”.

‘As Ecco’s popularity grew, unexpected things began to happen. Children wrote letters to Ecco. One in particular made an impact that will stick with me for the rest of my life. A little boy disclosed how he was being bullied and contemplating suicide. This child confided in a dog, not a human. This would not be the first child who messaged Ecco in despair and at that moment, I knew our true purpose.

‘This was the catalyst that inspired the birth of Nawty Dawg Big Heart, a non- profit organization to help others in need. Soon thereafter, Ecco became the larger-than-life Spokes Dog, barking our mission, “If you care…and share…life can take you anywhere.”

‘Prayer requests and cries for help flooded in as a result. We raised money for vet bills, transports and pretty much anything you could think of having to do with animals. We organized 911 “Bark Outs” to save animals from the euthanasia lists. Ecco’s social media pack was strong and philanthropic. Thousands of dollars were raised to help animals in need.

‘I don’t think we would have received a quarter of the response had it not been for Ecco. People really felt like they were talking to a dog, not a human. It was the most bizarre dynamic that I have ever encountered.

Irene Binggeli, now retired from Palisade Elementary School in Colorado, recounts the impact that Ecco had on her students. "Sharing is Caring!" “This could be heard in the halls of Taylor Elementary School. It was also the title of a lesson I taught students in the library with the help of Ecco. He taught kids about the importance of looking past their own life and to help others wherever possible. Ecco inspired our students to do good deeds in their community and to be more compassionate around their peers. These lessons completely changed the way the students felt about their families, friends, town and indeed the world. Just a month ago a former student, now a high school senior, shared with me that he still has the thank you note that Ecco wrote to him after a fundraiser we did for our local animal shelter. “Oh, it's just a dog!” Hundreds of kids and young adults in Colorado would disagree with that statement.”

Ecco brought joy to children and their families at Ronald McDonald House and to little ones during the Christmas season when he donned his Santa Paws outfit and visited pre-school classes. There were so many appearance requests that a stuffed prototype was created. “Eccolinis” were sold all over the world with a portion of each sale donated to a random charity.

“Eccolinis were spotted on every continent excluding Antarctica”, Havens stated. “It was surreal. Those stuffed pups helped children through surgeries, made it into delivery rooms, and even found love during biker week in Sturgis!”

Celebrities started noticing the impact that Ecco’s messages had on children and it wasn’t long before Metropolitan Opera Diva Janet Hopkins contacted Amy to arrange a performance together at the famed Westminster Dog Show in New York.

“The one thing that was more important to us than anything else was education”, said Amy. A long-time advocate for animal rights, Janet teamed up with Ecco to raise awareness about animal rescue. Janet and Ecco met in the lobby of the Hotel Pennsylvania, where Miss Hopkins serenaded Ecco with a favorite personalized Italian aria, “O Mio Babbino Cane”.

Janet and Amy went on to co-write a children’s libretto named, “Ecco Goes to the Opera”, complete with an interactive coloring book, in hopes of bringing more children into the arts through animals and music. When Janet heard of Ecco’s passing, she replied with this statement, “I will forever remember my sweet Ecco. Our duets will echo across the rainbow bridge till we meet again. You were deeply loved.”

Prior to retirement, Ecco was the “Canine Travel Correspondent” for the exclusive Everyday Opera Magazine and the celebrity magazine, Concierge Q. “That crazy dog had restaurants completely shut down to throw charity wine tastings for him and his fans. It was surreal.”, stated Havens. “Restaurants craved the opportunity to invite a famous philanthropist dog in to review their businesses!”

Throughout his career, Ecco was an accomplished show dog, an avid bird dog, a magazine cover dog and the subject of many articles, books and documentaries. He lived up to the meaning of his name, Ecco D’Oro, “Here is gold”.

“Ecco was a ‘once in a lifetime’ dog but most of all, he was our beloved family member. Fly high our naughty boy with the biggest heart. You made a difference."

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Learn and Play Montessori Announces Update to Virtual Preschool Program Options Online

The company is announcing remote learning options for parents and children

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Learn and Play Montessori leads the industry with online preschool and virtual options. The company is announcing new options for virtual preschool.

Our options for parents are expanding as we couple virtual preschool programs with face-to-face programs.”

— Harpreet Grewal

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA, USA, October 24, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Learn and Play Montessori, a best-in-class provider of online kindergarten and online preschool taught in an innovative, Montessori-inspired way, is proud to announce new virtual preschool program information online. The newly updated page highlights so-called ‘virtual preschool’ options so that parents who are homeschooling their children become aware of how the school can partner with them to provide best-in-class virtual learning capabilities. virtual preschool “Our options for parents are expanding as we couple virtual preschool programs with face-to-face programs,” explained Harpreet Grewal, director of Learn and Play Montessori. “We allow parents to choose from three options, which are a) face-to-face only here in the Fremont, Danville, and Dublin areas) face-to-face and virtual or blended, which combines in person instruction with virtual program options, and c) virtual-only which offers best-in-class preschool and kindergarten taught via Montessori-inspired efforts.”

Persons interested in learning more can visit the newly updated virtual preschool program page at https://www.learnandplaymontessori.com/online-learning/online-preschool/. That page explains how the virtual preschool system works, coupling live and recorded information with supplementary materials. Parents across the country, from New York and New Jersey to Kansas and Texas to California and Washington, have happily signed up for the program. The key concept explained is that virtual preschool does not mean do-it-alone preschool. Parents can avail themselves of YouTube videos, Zoom sessions, Facebook Live, and even supplementary downloads to help them help their child. The goal is to keep preschoolers engaged both at home and online, so that virtual learning does not mean a cessation to life-building skills.


Here is background on this release. Many people mistakenly believe that homeschooling a preschooler means going it alone. Parents, even educated parents, do not necessarily have the pedagogical skills to effectively teach their children. Their children need to use preschool to establish the basics of education. These might be educational basics such as learning the numbers or colors, or behavioral basics such as learning how to silently observe and learn, or to take turns when participating. The point of the new virtual preschool programs is to bring the Montessori method into this new virtual / homeschool environment, so that educators and parents can work together for a best-in-class virtual environment. Interested parents are urged to visit the newly updated page, and to reach out for a consultation with an expert on how they can best address their children’s needs. Learning, in short, never stops and the savvy parents are educating themselves on what resources exist for better online learning.

For parents in Fremont and the East Bay, it should be noted that the school continues to offer face-to-face preschool options. Those in and near the Irvington neighborhood in Fremont, California, can visit https://www.learnandplaymontessori.com/irvington-fremont/ to learn about that school. For parents who need a “traditional” face-to-face preschool, the options in Fremont, Dublin, and Danville are fully operational.


Learn and Play Montessori (https://www.learnandplaymontessori.com/) aims to be one of the best Montessori schools in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Whether parents are looking for a Montessori School in Danville, a Blackhawk preschool, or a top-rated Montessori School in Dublin / San Ramon, Learn and Play has a campus for their child or children. Bay Area parents searching for Walnut Creek preschool options could find the right fit in Danville. All schools use the famed Montessori method, offering programs from childcare to daycare, preschool to kindergarten, in not only Danville, Fremont, Dublin, or San Ramon but also in nearby towns such as Alamo, Blackhawk, Diablo or San Ramon on the I-680 corridor as well as Walnut Creek.

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Le récent réchauffement de l'Atlantique est sans précédent depuis 3 millénaires

South Sawtooth Lake, Ile d’Ellesmere, saison estivale. Crédit: Pierre Francus. Bas: section d’une carotte de sédiment avec la courbe de titane. Francois Lapointe

Nicholas Balascio et François Lapointe travaillant avec une tarière à glace pour forer dans la glace de 3,5 m d’épaisseur à South Sawtooth Lake, Canada. Crédit: Mark B Abbott.

Les températures de l’océan Atlantique au cours des ~3 derniers millénaires

BOSTON, MA, USA, October 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — L’Arctique se réchauffe beaucoup plus rapidement que le reste de la planète à cause de l’augmentation des gaz à effet de serre. Cependant, ce réchauffement peut être amplifié ou atténué par les variations naturelles du climat. Une de ces fluctuations est contrôlée par les températures des eaux de surface dans l’Atlantique Nord, qui alternent entre une phase chaude et froide sur un cycle de 60 à 80 ans, communément appelé l'Oscillation Multi-décennale de l'Atlantique (OAM). En remontant 3000 ans en arrière, une équipe menée par Francois Lapointe et Raymond Bradley de l'University of Massachusetts et Pierre Francus de l'Institut National de la recherche scientifique (INRS) Quebec, a pu mesurer ces variations de la température des eaux de l’Atlantique Nord.

Cette nouvelle étude permet de mieux comprendre l'évolution des variations de température de l'océan Atlantique, et ce, avec une résolution temporelle sans précédent. Un progrès immense qui illustre entre autre que la période la plus chaude s'est produite durant la dernière décennie, alors que la phase la plus froide s'est échelonnée entre 1400-1600 après J.C., période communément connue sous le nom de "Petit Age Glaciaire".

Pour produire cette série, Lapointe et ses collaborateurs ont analysé des couches de sédiments lacustres accumulées au nord de l’île d’Ellesmere, dans l’Arctique canadien. En mesurant la taille des particules constitutives et leur concentration en titane, il a été possible d'estimer la température et la pression atmosphérique relative.

Plus précisément, lorsque le nord du bassin Atlantique est anormalement froid, un système de basses pressions domine au-dessus du Groenland et du Canada. Ce faisant, les conditions sont plus froides, la glace et la neige d’été fondent moins ce qui à son tour rend les grains sédimentaires plus fins et augmente leur concentration en titane – issu de l’altération des roches. La relation s’inverse lorsque l’Atlantique nord devient anormalement chaud. Cette corrélation est en fait l’expression d’un mode de variabilité que l’on appelle communément l’Oscillation Atlantique Multi-décennale (OAM).

« En utilisant ces liens solides, il a été possible de reconstituer les variations des températures de surface de l’Atlantique au cours des 2900 dernières années. Cela en fait l’enregistrement le plus long actuellement disponible » explique Francois Lapointe, auteur principal du papier.

«Notre ensemble de données unique constitue la première reconstitution des températures de surface de la mer Atlantique sur les 3000 dernières années et cela permettra aux climatologues de mieux comprendre les mécanismes derrière les changements à long terme du comportement de l'océan Atlantique". Ajoute le professeur Pierre Francus.

Les chercheurs rapportent que leur enregistrement nouvellement reconstruit est significativement corrélé avec plusieurs autres enregistrements de sédiments indépendants de l'océan Atlantique allant du nord de l'Islande jusqu'au large du Venezuela, confirmant sa fiabilité en tant que proxy de la variabilité à long terme des températures océaniques sur une large bande de l'Atlantique. L'enregistrement est également similaire aux températures européennes au cours des 2000 dernières années, soulignent-ils.

La dernière phase chaude de l’OAM a commencé en 1995 et se poursuit actuellement. Les résultats montrent que le réchauffement dans la région de l’Arctique canadien et du Groenland est intensifié par une fréquence plus élevée des systèmes de haute pression atmosphérique. « Les températures maximales ont pu atteindre 20 degrés Celsius pendant plusieurs jours sur Ellesmere, l’île canadienne près du Pôle Nord », souligne Lapointe. Il a constaté l’ampleur de ces changements lors de ses nombreux travaux de terrain dans l’Arctique canadien au cours de la dernière décennie.

Combinées avec l’augmentation globale des températures, ces conditions atmosphériques favorisent un ensoleillement constant en été et ont mené à des impacts irréversibles sur la fonte des glaciers, des calottes glaciaires et du pergélisol au cours des dernières années.

« Si cette phase chaude se poursuit, on peut s’attendre à des conditions climatiques qui entraîneront une fonte encore plus importante dans les prochaines décennies. Dans le scénario d’un retour à la phase froide de l’OAM, on devrait alors s’attendre à une atténuation du réchauffement en Arctique », précise Francois Lapointe.

La calotte de glace du Groenland a perdu environ 500 milliards de tonne de masse en 2019, un record, souligne le professeur Bradley. « Des conditions anticycloniques (haute-pression) sans précédents ont eu lieu durant cet été, ce qui a conduit à des conditions de fonte exceptionnelle dans la région. Les modèles climatiques actuels ne reproduisent pas correctement ces conditions atmosphériques persistantes, et sous-estiment potentiellement l'accélération future de la fonte dans des régions clés en Arctique», conclut Lapointe par conférence téléphonique.

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More than 25,000 sign petition requesting NCAA, Big Ten investigate Ohio State’s sexual abuse cover-up

We want them to establish rules that would prevent this from ever happening again and we want OSU held accountable, so other institutions learn that covering up sexual abuse comes with a high price.”

— Mike Schyck

COLUMBUS, OHIO, USA, October 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — NCAA and Big Ten officials are being asked once more to commence an investigation of Ohio State’s decades-long cover-up of Dr. Richard Strauss’s sexual abuse of nearly 1,500 students and student-athletes.

Last week, nearly 200 Strauss survivors and student-athletes requested that the NCAA and Big Ten Conference launch an investigation to hold Ohio State accountable for failures that harmed young countless athletes and that threaten student-athletes today.

At the same time, survivors launched a petition at Change.org asking for public support. It has already been signed by more than 25,000 and that number appears to be climbing steadily.

The change.org petition alleges that Ohio State is being dismissive of survivors by refusing to take accountability for its actions. Survivors point to Michigan State’s settlement with survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse as an example of what OSU should be doing.

One of the survivors who signed the letters is calling on the public, and Ohio State alumni in particular, to urge the NCAA and Big Ten to investigate OSU. “It’s been well over two years since the Strauss scandal unfolded and the first of many lawsuits was filed against OSU,” Strauss survivor and two-time All-American Mike Schyck said. “But the university continues to try to have our lawsuits dismissed. We need justice so we can heal and move on with our lives.”

Many petition-signers agree with Schyck.

One wrote, “This isn’t the kind of thing that can go ignored. OSU needs to understand that.”

Yet another said, “The NCAA has an obligation to protect student-athletes. Understanding this cover-up is key to preventing anything like this from happening again.”

The NCAA and Big Ten is being asked to ensure that large-scale, long-time sexual abuse does not happen again at any Big Ten or NCAA-member institution by holding OSU accountable, much like they did with Penn State. In 2012, the NCAA fined Penn State $60 million for covering up coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse and the Big Ten fined them $13 million.

Any financial sanctions imposed by the NCAA and Big Ten would be “used to establish a Victims Assistance Fund for student-athletes of sexual abuse and sexual assault,” the survivors’ letters said. “We also want them to establish rules and practices that would prevent anything like this from ever happening again and we want OSU held accountable, so other institutions learn that covering up sexual abuse comes with a high price,” says Schyck.

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Local Nonprofits Award Boston Public Schools Remote-Learning STEM Grant to Raise Next-Gen Problem Solvers

Girl student using web-based FabMaker STEM program to design and fabricate inventions

Girls are particularly drawn to the FabMaker STEM program’s design & fabrication web-based tools

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Students design and fabricate their own designs using low-cost paper and card stock

Girl student holds box she designed using the Engineering Design Process and FabMaker software to prototype her invention.

Designing on computer, students use the Engineering Design Process & FabMaker software to prototype their inventions.

Dassault Systèmes U.S. Foundation, Reynolds Center Provide Grant-Funded STEM Program to Introduce Kids to National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges

With the increasing challenges the world is facing – often impacting marginalized and disadvantaged populations the most, there is an urgent need to catalyze meaningful STEM learning opportunities”

— Al Bunshaft, President, Dassault Systèmes US Foundation

BOSTON, MA, UNITED STATES, October 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Several Massachusetts-based organizations are celebrating Massachusetts STEM Week 2020 by announcing news of a generous grant from Dassault Systèmes US Foundation, which was established by Dassault Systèmes, a world leader in 3D design software with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, MA. The funding has helped make possible a new STEM/CTE program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – Career Technical Education) with a focus on the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges, which include fourteen game-changing goals for improving life on the planet.

Boston Public Schools, which was recently chosen as recipient of the grant-funded FabMaker Grand Challenges (FabMakerGC) program, will invite students (grades 4 & 5) to take on some of the Grand Challenges as they learn engineering and design skills by using the FabMaker Studio web-based design and fabrication platform, which was developed by another Mass.-based non-profit, the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity. Students will use FabMaker Studio, as well as Dassault Systèmes’ SolidWorks Apps for Kids – an ecosystem of apps that breaks down the design and engineering process into bite-sized pieces for creating, styling, designing, and expressing creativity in a fun-filled and easy-to-understand way. Both programs help students learn the engineering design process as they imagine, design, print, test and iterate a wide array of projects. This first-of-its-kind offering features web-based tools that are optimized for use when on-site student attendance is not possible.

As part of the program, Boston students will also learn about engineering professions and career pathways – connecting with a diverse group of real-world engineers provided through the support of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Specifically, the FabMakerGC project will be enhanced with a collaboration with NAE’s EngineerGirl program, which grew out of the work of the NAE Committee on the Diversity of the Engineering Workforce. Simil Raghavan, NAE senior program officer, and manager of the EngineerGirl program – who also happens to live in Massachusetts – is out to address the gender imbalance among engineering students and professionals. As she notes, young girls aren’t really introduced properly to the engineering field — if they’re told anything at all, “I think a lot of girls grow up wanting to change the world, they want to make a difference. And that’s what engineering is at its core — but it hasn’t traditionally been marketed that way. That needs to change.”

Al Bunshaft, President, the Dassault Systèmes US Foundation shares, “With the increasing challenges the world is facing – often impacting marginalized and disadvantaged populations the most, there is an urgent need to catalyze meaningful STEM learning opportunities, including broader access to virtual worlds and 3D education content for all young learners, especially among economically-challenged, underrepresented populations whose diverse perspective is critically needed . That’s why the Dassault Systèmes U.S. Foundation is so appreciative of Mass STEM’s focus on encouraging and supporting a more inclusive participation in the STEM fields – including women, people of color, first-generation students, low-income individuals, English language learners, and people with disabilities.” Bunshaft is also a member of Governor Baker’s STEM Advisory Council, serving continuously since his appointment by the Patrick administration.

The Reynolds Center is working with Boston Public Schools’ Executive Director of STEM Programming, Beth Milewski to develop a roll-out plan in concert with Boston’s participating elementary schools’ principals and teachers. Milewski shares, “The FabMaker Grand Challenges program will not only support the 21st century skills required in STEM, but also advance students’ interest and engagement in the engineering design process because of its purpose-driven focus on solving some of the world’s biggest challenges.” Three BPS pilot sites have already been named, including the Warren/Prescott School K-8 School, Thomas J. Kenny Elementary School, and the Eliot K-8 Innovation School.

Now deployed in 45 states, the FabMaker program, part of the Make To Learn initiative based out of the University of Virginia, has attracted considerable funding from a wide variety of foundation, philanthropic and government sources – including National Science Foundation’s I-TEST, U.S. Department of Education’s IES-SBIR and i3, MacArthur Foundation, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Cisco Foundation, Noyce Foundation, Motorola Foundation, and Morgridge Family Foundation. The FabMaker program was just highlighted by the U.S. Department of Education in its new publication called READY NOW, which features research-based, edtech resources that are optimized for remote, distance and hybrid learning situations.

Massachusetts STEM Week 2020, which takes place from October 19 – 23, and is organized by the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the state’s 9 Regional STEM Networks. It is a statewide effort to boost the interest, awareness and ability for all learners to envision themselves in STEM education and employment opportunities, and compliment the formal instruction happening in the Commonwealth beyond STEM week.

“We’re hugely appreciative for Dassault Systèmes U.S. Foundation’s support – and thrilled to work with NAE as we support Boston Public Schools with the FabMakerGC program.” notes FableVision/Reynolds Center’s Executive Director Paul Reynolds, adding, “We’re especially proud to announce the news during Massachusetts STEM Week, which has been so critical in expanding the network of STEM learning innovations across the Commonwealth”. Along with announcing the FabMakerGC grant award, the Reynolds Center plans to celebrate Massachusetts STEM Week with several special STEM-focused events, details which are detailed here. Further details about the FabMakerGC program deployment in Boston Public Schools will be announced in the coming weeks.

ABOUT FABMAKER: The FabMaker Studio STEM Program is designed to bring meaningful, constructionist STEM education to learners (K-8) through 3D design and fabrication. FabMaker Studio features low-cost paper and cardstock, inexpensive digital cutters, and a range of easy-to-do activities that support STEM learning standards, and allows students to iterate multiple designs, and walk away with a finished project at the end of a session. This program was created in partnership with researchers at the University of Virginia’s Make to Learn Initiative, and is driven by a pursuit for equity and access around studies and careers in the STEM fields.

Paul Reynolds
Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity
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Short overview of FabMaker Studio STEM program

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Chabot College PAC introduces Purplepass as their new venue ticketing software

Chabot College uses Purplepass to reopen their performing arts venue by offering contactless ticketing, also using the platform to monitor event safety.

This year has forced us to review and restructure the way we approach running events. It is a time of change to the industry, and Purplepass has been responding to those changes.”

— Caroline Morrison-Pegg, Audience Services Technician

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Located in Hayward, California, Chabot College is an accredited community college that prepares their students for success in the real world upon degree completion. The Chabot College Performing Arts Center, founded in 1967, hosts full functions, theater and other showcases in its 1,432-seat auditorium.

Operating primarily as a rental facility, the venue is available for corporate meetings, conferences, public performances and fundraiser events. Prior to partnering with Purplepass, they allowed clients to run and manage their own ticketing. However, due to the pandemic and changes in circumstances, the venue needed a better solution to monitoring who was entering and exiting their facility.

With Purplepass, they have full control of the guest list(s) and the ability to track the capacity of any event. Having an event management software allows the venue to continue hosting future events, while making sure all safety regulations in response to COVID are being followed. The venue also hosts internal events run by the college's Arts, Media & Communication department.

The Chabot Performing Arts Center’s goal is to make live streaming an option for their clients using the venue, while having in-person events is currently not an option due to the pandemic. The venue plans to run hybrid events with both live streaming options and a socially distanced audience when the county restrictions allow it. Purplepass’ live streaming ticket options and widget makes it easy to sell and manage virtual events on their platform. The live stream widget gives promoters the ability to directly embed their virtual event on any event page or website. Now, all future event promoters can plan an event using these live streaming features.

Chabot College Performing Arts Center is open to bookings from clients who wish to livestream their events. Anyone interested can send an inquiry to pacinfo@chabotcollege.edu for more info.

There are three facilities that can be rented:

• Auditorium (PAC)
• Stage One (S1)
• Recital Hall

Savannah McIntosh
Purplepass Ticketing
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Announcing the Publication of PIECES OF MY HEART


An International Guide to Healing through Service

… Mary Gerardy shows us through her stories that the resolution of grief and the renewal of one’s spirit are not found in focusing on oneself but in serving

— Samuel T. Gladding, Professor of Counseling, Wake Forest University

WINSTON SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, October 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — ABOUT THE BOOK: Library Partners Press publishes Mary Gerardy's dynamic memoir PIECES OF MY HEART: A JOURNEY FROM GRIEF TO RENEWAL IN SERVICE OF INDIA'S POOR, which describes the journey of her healing transformation through volunteering long-term in India at Kalighat, the Home of the Pure Heart (Nirmal Hriday). After losing the love of her life and ending a long career, Mary Gerardy returned to service in India. She details her daily work caring for the women at Nirmal Hriday and shares how her heart was broken and pieced back together many times through love and opening herself up to difficult yet rewarding change.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Gerardy worked in higher education for over 40 years, including 31 years at Wake Forest University, before her retirement in 2016. Since her return from India she has accepted the position of CEO and Presi-dent of the International Human Rights Consortium. In addition, she blogs, reads, paints, and still travels


William Kane
Library Partners Press
+1 336-758-6181

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EasyRapidNOW™ Nasal Swab Antigen Rapid COVID Test Kits Now Available to Businesses & Brands Through DERMACARE PACKAGING

Easy Rapid NOW™ Nasal Swab Antigen Test Kit

Easy Rapid NOW™ Easy Rapid Covid Test Kits

Video Passport® Mobile App and Video Tutorial Demonstration

Easy Rapid (Nasal Swab) Covid Test Kits Now Available to Businesses & Brands Through
DermaCare Packaging & Private Label (DermaCare Line)

“Rapid antigen NASAL SWAB tests can be used to quickly identify persons with a SARS-CoV-2 infection. With vaccines stalled, coronavirus rapid tests are an alternative way to return to normal".”

— Rich Butler, Managing Director

DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA, USA, October 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Private Label Industry Veteran Supplier DERMACARE PACKAGING & PRIVATE LABEL dba DERMACARE LINE is the first industry supplier to offer Easy Rapid Covid Test Kits for business and brands through their network of private label & PPE distributors.

“We are now offering virtually the same nasal swab type rapid Covid tests that are being touted by the U.S. Government”, said Managing Director, Rich Butler. "These antigen tests are already CE certified for Europe and approved by the World Health Organization, and should be FDA EUA approved shortly."

“These tests do not have to be routed through labs. Similar tests have been proposed by the U.S. Government as an appealing alternative to fill that gap, especially if given frequently enough to catch infections early. Specialized equipment is not required, and results are ready within 15 minutes, based on a quick and relatively painless swab that collects samples from the nostrils.”

“Rapid antigen tests can be used for screening in high-risk settings in which repeat testing could quickly identify persons with a SARS-CoV-2 infection to inform infection prevention and control measures, thus preventing transmission,” said Butler, “we felt these important diagnostic test kits would be a logical extension of our PPE and hand sanitizers product lines which we have offered distributors since the onset of the pandemic”.

“The detection results of our kits are for clinical reference only and should not be used as the sole criteria for clinical diagnosis”, said Butler. “It is recommended to conduct a comprehensive analysis on the condition in combination with the clinical manifestations and other laboratory tests.”

Once the kit is opened and and the testing materials are prepared, the actual testing procedure and results can be obtained in less than 15 minutes.
Actual specimen testing time is approximately 10 minutes to get a result.

Swab tests are designed to be quick, easy, accurate and safe. The proper use of the swab in entry part of the nose is a very low risk procedure.

"Additional instructional support using our exclusive VIDEO PASSPORT® Mobile App to Rapid Covid Testing, makes it even easier to understand the ease with which these rapid tests can be administered", said Butler. "VIDEO PASSPORT® Mobile App provides a video tutorial on how to administer the EasyRapidNOW™ Nasal Swab test, and will soon work like a secure digital "boarding pass" that can be scanned prior to entering gathering places.'

Most medical facilities have some form of COVID-19 Testing available, but very limited access to the public. “Our nasal swab tests are available to anyone through our website for small quantities and we will quote pricing for larger volumes for business and industry”, said Butler. None are currently or commercially available in retail stores."

In certain types of emergencies, the FDA can issue an emergency use authorization, or EUA, to provide more timely access to critical medical products that may help during the emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternative options. Easy Rapid NOW™ is expected to have
EUA-authorization shortly for SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic testing for individuals suspected of COVID-19.


A 30 year veteran supplier, DERMACARE LINE was the first to introduce private label hand sanitizers to the promotional products industry in 1995.

They remain a leading producer of private label, Made in USA hand sanitizers, including a brand new exclusive line of patented
Child Safety Sanitizers™ with child resistant safety caps

The company, through their AmerIKYP / IKYP HEALTH Division has also evolved into a healthcare & pharmaceutical educational marketing solutions provider through the development of their multi-sensory audio & video with print products.

DERMACARE LINE is the first Private Label Industry supplier to offer businesses and brands Easy Rapid Covid Antigen Test Kits.

Orders for EXPORT to European, Latin America & Caribbean international markets gladly accepted.

For more information, contact an Authorized Franchise PPE or Private Label Distributor,
or: info@dermacarepkg.com, or info@easyrapidcovidtestkits.com

NOTE: EasyRapidNOW™ is not affiliated with ABBOTT BinaxNOW™ Covid-19 AG Card.

Rich Butler, Managing Director, 561-818-9105; Kelly Stone, Chief Sales Officer, 954-465-6408, or Rick Jordan, Sales Manager, 864-377-9469

SAGE #69655 PPAI #537995 VIDEO PASSPORT® is a Registered Trademark. All Rights Reserved.

Richard Butler
+1 833-337-6872
email us here

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