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Code A Wish Corp Hosts “AI 101” Summer Virtual Series for Teens amid Pandemic

Rockville, MD, 2020-Jul-30 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — “Code A Wish Corp” is a Maryland 501(c)3 non-profit that is run by teens and for teens. The club was started by six high schoolers that come from Montgomery, Howard, and Fairfax County in the Greater Washington DC area in the summer of 2019. They shared the same vision that public schools nationwide have an educational gap on teaching the latest technology such as AI, especially to those that are under privileged. The founder of the non-profit Faith Cheung, a senior from Richard Montgomery High School first started a school chapter of “Girls who Code” and realized the need for technology education is unmet by the public school curriculum. After teaching coding at local libraries and even foster homes in Taiwan, she founded the non-profit at the end of the summer of 2019. A team of six like-minded high school students swiftly was formed and the idea of running a tech conference called “the Future Summit” began. With months of extensive planning and coordination, the tech conference went live on November 16th, 2019 at the Hilton in Gaithersburg, MD. The “Future Summit” proved to be a huge success. More than 200 teens from the East Coast were in attendance to hear prominent entrepreneurs and computer scientists give cutting edge speeches on machine learning, voice technology AI and the fourth industrial revolution.

To continue the outreach to even more teens amid the pandemic in 2020, the group has kicked off a new virtual summer series called “AI 101”. The learning gap in the tech field is evident when we asked such basic questions regarding AI in our AI Virtual interactive webinars. Unfortunately, not many could actually answer. The organization aims to fill a huge gap to the school system in hope to provide much needed education to teens so that they can be better equipped with foundational knowledge in AI and other emerging technology.

On July 3rd, 2020, “Code A Wish” hosted their first summer 2020 AI 101 webinar where over a hundred students enthusiastically participated. The first webinar was also published on youtube for those that could not join the live session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcLELI2aroo&t=1s

Since then, a weekly live session has been running and hundreds of students have signed up to join the interactive webinars. Topics so far generated interest from nearly 300 elementary and middle schoolers. The topics have also been carefully chosen to reflect the latest affairs. For example, the second episode was dedicated to the use of AI in Covid-19 research. The team is striving for reaching even more students this summer and providing an easy to follow virtual platform to engage teens. The next virtual webinar will be hosted on Friday July 31st, 2020 at 5 pm Eastern Standard Time. To register, please use the following link: cutt.ly/AI101

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Dr Jason D Heap—International Education Consultant Continues to Offer Free Consultations During Covid-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC USA, 2020-May-06 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — On June 22, 2014, Dr Jason D Heap—a graduate of The University of Oxford, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Payne University, and Walden University—established an international-reaching education consultancy service. As the consultancy has offered two years of pro-bono consultations and global assistance, Dr Heap is proud to announce a continuation of these free consultations.

“Though I am a globalised thinker, I am deeply concerned with ‘grass roots’ contexts, especially the areas that feed into a school. I see education and school as serving to regenerate, stabilise, and progress the local area,” said Dr Heap, education consultant. “This then brings about both the enhancement of the quality of life of local people whilst simultaneously enhancing their employment prospects, education and skills of people, and the promotion of the equality of opportunity. In these times of the global Covid-19 pandemic, I am pleased to have been able to work alongside many caring and compassionate educators and administrators, and will continue to offer the services of my networks for free, throughout the summer of 2020.”

Dr Heap added further description to the services he provides. “I have provided solutions to schools for continual improvement of local education initiatives, rigorous program evaluation and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, HR processes and internal school systems. With my assistance, we have established effective timelines and allocate resources to achieve strategic goals many organisations’ Boards. My networks have engaged and motivated various stakeholders: volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organisations and even investors. I continue to help develop, coordinate and implement curriculum plans and internal monitoring procedures for schools. I have also helped expand local revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing and extracurricular operations. Furthermore, our skills with reviewing and analysing performance data have provided many organisations with guidance on improvement methods for staff CPD.”

Dr Heap concluded, “As a school leader, manager, consultant and scholar, I foster an ethos within schools that is conducive for working in partnerships. Lifelong learning itself is about progression and partnership. I use my experiences to ensure that a common message is sent out to all members of the community that surround schools: that learning is life long, enjoyable and fun, a personal investment, and a worthwhile social activity. I want to help create a shift in demand for and a new confidence in education.”

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Dr Jason D Heap—International Education Consultant Continues to Offer Free Consultations During Covid-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC, USA, 2020-Apr-27 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — Dr Jason D Heap—International Education Consultant Continues to Offer Free Consultations During Covid-19 Pandemic

On June 22, 2014, Dr Jason D Heap—a graduate of The University of Oxford, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Payne University, and Walden University—established an international-reaching education consultancy service. As the consultancy has offered two years of pro-bono consultations and global assistance, Dr Heap is proud to announce a continuation of these free consultations.

“Though I am a globalised thinker, I am deeply concerned with ‘grass roots’ contexts, especially the areas that feed into a school. I see education and school as serving to regenerate, stabilise, and progress the local area,” said Dr Heap, education consultant. “This then brings about both the enhancement of the quality of life of local people whilst simultaneously enhancing their employment prospects, education and skills of people, and the promotion of the equality of opportunity. In these times of the global Covid-19 pandemic, I am pleased to have been able to work alongside many caring and compassionate educators and administrators, and will continue to offer the services of my networks for free, throughout the summer of 2020.”

Dr Heap added further description to the services he provides. “I have provided solutions to schools for continual improvement of local education initiatives, rigorous program evaluation and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, HR processes and internal school systems. With my assistance, we have established effective timelines and allocate resources to achieve strategic goals many organisations’ Boards. My networks have engaged and motivated various stakeholders: volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organisations and even investors. I continue to help develop, coordinate and implement curriculum plans and internal monitoring procedures for schools. I have also helped expand local revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing and extracurricular operations. Furthermore, our skills with reviewing and analysing performance data have provided many organisations with guidance on improvement methods for staff CPD.”

Dr Heap concluded, “As a school leader, manager, consultant and scholar, I foster an ethos within schools that is conducive for working in partnerships. Lifelong learning itself is about progression and partnership. I use my experiences to ensure that a common message is sent out to all members of the community that surround schools: that learning is life long, enjoyable and fun, a personal investment, and a worthwhile social activity. I want to help create a shift in demand for and a new confidence in education.”

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Polar Bears International Launches Free Online Programming For Elementary and Secondary Students – Available to People of All Ages

Hunkering Down at Home During COVID-19? Learn About the Arctic, Northern Lights and the Lives of Polar Bears Through Live Webcasts with Scientists, Lesson Plans Utilizing Real World Research, and More.

CHURCHILL, CANADA, 2020-Apr-2 — /EPR Education News/ — Polar Bears International, the only nonprofit organization
dedicated solely to wild polar bears and their sea ice home, is offering free teaching and learning materials, live chats with scientists, webcasts showcasing  the Arctic, and other resources for people to learn from home during the month of April and beyond. PBI hopes the chance to explore the top of the world and learn from polar bear experts adds value to people’s days and serves as an ongoing source of inspiration.

PBI is launching a curriculum, created by teachers and scientists, on a range of topics that support national literacy standards and learning outcomes for elementary and secondary students. The program includes access to scientists through live chats and webcasts as well as suggested videos, projects, reading materials and even a polar bear tracker for each week in April. Additionally, people can participate in the ongoing Beluga Bits Citizen Science Project, classifying screenshots from the Beluga Whale Live Cam,
which broadcasts the Hudson Bay’s beluga whales live every summer via a partnership between PBI and explore.org. And every night, PBI invites people to watch the Northern Lights Live Cam, presented by PBI, explore.org, and the Churchill Northern Studies Centre — while best Aurora Borealis viewing hours run through March, viewers can still catch glimpses of the dancing lights and increasingly may see beautiful sunsets and migratory birds such as the Gyrfalcon paying a visit to the camera.

“We want to thank everyone for practicing social distancing and staying home right now,” says Krista Wright, executive director at Polar Bears International, “We believe it’s important to unite from afar, and we want to do what we can to support our community during this time. We’re excited to debut resources that are educational and engaging and to continue building a community invested in polar bears and the Arctic.”

The curriculum for April outlines enrichment and educational activities, including special events that will be announced for Earth Day. The schedule is below and will continue to be updated here:
https://polarbearsinternational.org/news/article-polar-bears-international/spring-tundra-connections/

The April program is designed for students, their families and teachers to take a virtual trip to the Arctic to learn more about polar bears and the icy wilderness they call home through weekly programs, but can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and interests. Programs for April include:

Week of March 30th – April 3rd: Emerging from the Den! A Special Time of Year for Moms and Cubs 

– Recommended Curriculum: Polar Bear Tracker

Events:
–    On-demand Webcast (elementary): Back to Polar Bear Basics
–    On-demand Webcast (secondary): Researching Moms & Cubs

Week of April 6th – 10th: Arctic Food Web Top to Bottom

–    Recommended Curriculum: Arctic Biodiversity

Events:
–    On-Demand Webcast (elementary): At the Top of the World with Polar Bears
–    On-Demand Webcast (secondary): Life in the Arctic Top to Bottom
–    Live Webcast – Tuesday, April 7 – 12:00 CT: Arctic Food Web Top to Bottom

The Arctic ecosystem is oh-so-cool. Find out about how things are connected from the top predator, the polar bear, all the way down to the life-supporting sea ice. Learn why keeping this region healthy matters to polar bears and people, too.

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–    Live Chat: Thursday, April 9th – 12:00 CT: Why Sea Ice is “Cool”

Why is sea ice important to the Arctic ecosystem? It’s much more than just salty frozen water! Learn more about why the frozen ocean is “cool.”

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Week of April 13th – 17th: Virtual Field Trip

–   Curriculum: Street View and Polar Bears

Events:
–   On-Demand Webcast Archive (elementary): Field Trip to the Churchill Northern Studies Center
–   On-Demand Webcast Archive (secondary): STEM on the Tundra – Cool Jobs!
–   Live Webcast – Tuesday, April 14th – 12:00 CT:: Virtual Field Trip to Churchill! The Polar Bear Capital of the World

Join us on an adventure to Churchill! How different is it from your
hometown? What is it like to live with polar bears and why there are so many polar bears in Churchill? What other animals call Churchill home?

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–   Live Chat – Thursday, April 16th – 12:00 CT: Our favorite nature moments on the Subarctic Tundra

The Subarctic tundra near Churchill is a special place. Join our team to view the vast expanse and hear about our favorite moments in this amazing ecosystem and the animals that call it home.

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Week of April 20th – 24th: All About Polar Bears

–   Curriculum: Top of the World

Events:
–   On-Demand Webcast Archive (elementary): Answering Your Questions from Around the World
–   On-Demand Webcast Archive (secondary): Connecting Climate Change in Your Backyard
–   Live Webcast – Tuesday, April 21st, 1200 CT: All About Polar Bears

Fur, teeth, claws, and fat- that’s what polar bears are made of. Join Polar Bears International to learn more about our favorite big white bear, its cubs, and the sea ice they call home.

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–   Wednesday, April 22nd, TBD: Special Earth Day Celebration
–   Live Chat – Thursday, April 24th, 12:00 CT: Live Chat: What do polar bears smell like? …and more fun facts!

What does a polar bear smell like? How far away can a polar bear smell a seal? Who has better hearing: a polar bear or your family dog? Can a polar bear see the Northern Lights? Learn about how a polar bear’s amazing senses help them find food and survive the arctic winters!

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About Polar Bears International

Polar Bears International’s mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. Through media, science, and advocacy, we work to inspire people to care about the Arctic, the threats to its future, and the connection between this remote region and our global climate. PBI is the only nonprofit organization dedicated solely to wild polar bears and Arctic sea ice, and our staff includes scientists who study wild polar bears. The organization is a recognized leader in polar bear conservation. For more
information, visit www.polarbearsinternational.org.

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