I need your attention for a moment. I only have a few days to get the word out about an important cause - giving underserved kids in Los Angeles the opportunity to learn to code using Minecraft! We want to win a grant from LA2050 so we can buy laptops, the Minecraft accounts, develop the curriculum and pay instructors (we hire college students). I need your vote and your friends' vote and your friends of friends vote to make this happen. You don't need to be in LA! Everyone can vote!
Did you know that by 2020 the demand for software developers in the US is going to increase by 32%? At the rate we're going by NOT teaching kids how to code in school, there is no way we can reach that demand.
The and Connected Camps want to address the gap and teach 1000 kids in Los Angeles how to code in Minecraft.
The Minecraft coding workshops enable students to learn and apply programming concepts through the ComputerCraft mod in Minecraft. They write real code in Lua that controls computers and robots to complete tasks and challenges. Through these challenges, they learn basic programming concepts, such as loops and functions. These camps move students beyond coding syntax and get them learning how code robust, unique programs to solve complex problems.
Even if you aren't in LA you can vote because if we win the grant, we will open source all of the curriculum and make it available online.
Take a few minutes and click on the link to vote and share. Thank you!
#LA2050 #Minecraft #STEM #Coding #kids #LosAngeles #edtech
We believe that saving our planet starts with education and what better way to do that then becoming an adventurous citizen scientist. We're also supporters of using technology to solve some of our planet's most pressing problems.
This kit is a hydrophone (underwater mic) that can be used to listen to and record sounds in your local lake, river or ocean. It can also be use to record sounds on land - listen to burrowing animals, trees, etc.
Experience with electronics is not required and it doesn't need any soldering. We tried to make it easy enough for kids to put together, people that are new to DIY and affordable enough for folks that can't pay the $$$ that many hydrophones cost.
We'd love for you to sign up to learn more about the kit and please pass on to organizations and people that would enjoy hearing the sounds beneath the surface.
* California is projected to grow by 8 million people
* Southern California is expected to grow by 4 million more people.
* Los Angeles County currently has about 10 million people and will add another 1 million over the next quarter century.
DROUGHT / TEMPERATURE
Even if California gets heavy El Niño rains this winter, the current drought has delivered a wake-up call to state leaders. The message? Our current water habits are unsustainable.
For example, downtown Los Angeles currently experiences about a week of extremely hot weather a year, Hall said.
"By mid-century that increases to about three weeks of extremely hot weather," he said.
Some areas, like the Pasadena, Sylmar and Riverside will see more than a month of additional extreme heat a year.
The bad news is that warmer winters will cause more of it to fall as rain instead of snow. That means the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains will shrink, possibly by 30 percent.
The snow pack supplies about third of the water for the entire state, state climate scientist Elissa Lynn said. It typically gives California a steady flow of water in drier months as the snow gradually melts.
"As we lose that snowpack we lose a good portion of our water supply for the spring and summer," Lynn said.
To cope, the state will need to rethink how it stores and distributes moisture from winter storms.
About a year ago I was introduced by Bronwyn Lewis to Shah Selbe because I wanted to meet people who were pairing conservation and technology. Shah and I became fast friends and are in constant contact riffing on ideas and thinking about how to encourage more people to turn their attention towards solving some of the world's most pressing problems - like protecting the animals that live in our oceans, rivers and lakes.
I approached Shah about designing a kit that would be both fun and bring awareness to this important issue. Shah proposed a device called a hydrophone or underwater mic that allows us to listen to what's going on beneath the surface. For the past few months I've been prototyping different designs that kids or the non techie types would feel comfortable putting together. I have settled on a design that I like and even had Rips help me put it together.
With that, I'm excited to share with you the Big Audio Adventure Kit. Kids and adults can use the hydrophone to listen to things around the house (on land or in the water), listen for pool leaks, add some cool sounds to your guitar playing, and so much more. Of course we would love for you to plunk it into your local lake, river, and ocean, record the sounds and share on Sound Cloud.
Checkout the page to learn more and sign up if you'd like to know when the kits go on sale.
Please share with all your conservation, citizen science and adventurous friends!
#conservation #intotheokavango15 #hydrophone #oceanconservation #DIY #STEM
Brown’s areas of expertise include:
• Starting a community-focused space for learning new skills like coding, 3D printing and electronics
• Collaborating with local libraries
• Interest-driven youth education
Find her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/tara
And on Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/tara
- British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
- Post University
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This is general list of things I tend to post:
- MAKE / DIY
- Women in Tech
- Los Angeles,
- Digital Media Learning,
- Mentoring & Coaching,
- Kid Stuff,
- Animal Advocacy
- and things that make me laugh.
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- Connected CampsCo-founder, 2015 - present
- KitHubCo-founder, 2014 - present
- Los Angeles MakerspaceCo-founder/Exec Director, 2012 - present
- UC Irvine Digital Media Learning Research HubTechnology Director, 2012 - present
- The Connected Learning AllianceTechnical Director, 2014 - 2015
- Born This Way FoundationTech Advisor / Wrangler, 2012 - 2013
- Tiger ProductionsOwner/ Technical Product Manager, 2011 - 2012
- NootCo-founder/VP of Product, 2010 - 2010
- Topspin MediaSr. Program Manager / Account Manager, 2008 - 2010
- MicrosoftSr. Lead Program Manager, 2000 - 2008
- BCAADeveloper / Project Manager, 1997 - 2000
- Yaletown TechnologyDeveloper / Project Manager, 1995 - 1997
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