Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
Leadership
December 19th, 2014
5:08
 

If you didn’t hear about this event from one of your siblings – or a co-worker – or just by browsing around on the Internet – here’s what social is really all about!   Learning and growing and changing the world – one click at a time!  All it takes is an

HOUR OF CODE

 

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

When is the Hour of Code?

Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 8-14, 2014, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Is it one specific hour? No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week. (And if you can’t do it during that week, do it the week before or after).
The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.

In one week alone last year, 15 million students worldwide learned an Hour of Code.

Take an hour and do something valuable – host an hour of code in your neighborhood – maybe at the library? – for seniors, a scout troop – be creative!  Teaching is powerful and, if you’ve never had a chance to do it before, brings you rewards that you’ll not anticipate – and a sense of accomplishment that you’ve really contributed something amazing towards a Smarter Planet!

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December 15th, 2014
6:10
 

If you’re from the British Isles, you take ‘the lift’ when you want to ascend to an upper floor in a building.  There’s now tech that will make your travel in an elevator a bit more unusual -

 “So what exactly makes the design so special? First, it can travel sideways as well as up and down, making it ideal for building designs such as Google’s under-construction “groundscraper” in London, which, as its nickname sort of suggests, is longer than it is tall.”

 

New Magnetic

 

Sideways Elevator

 

Watch the video announcement from the system’s designer:  ThyssenKrupp

 

Otis Elevators, founded by Elisha Otis, is still the world’s largest producers of vertical transport systems. We’re still largely using cable systems to hoist elevator cabs up and down between floors, as we did in the early 1800s. And as urbanization stretches cities taller and wider, this will have to change.”

There’s a batch of articles on the subject – it’s being tested in Germany at present.

Read more:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/german-firm-developing-maglev-elevators-go-sideways/#ixzz3LK235W8y

http://www.cnet.com/news/this-crazy-elevator-concept-is-straight-out-of-willy-wonka/

If they install this on any campuses, wouldn’t this be a cool way to get to that class you’re always late for???

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December 13th, 2014
5:46
 

I ran across this site while doing some other research into technology and was impressed by the very clear and solid goal this group has stated.  Take a look at this particular organization’s website by clicking the logo below.  Let it drive you to recognizing and actualizing a plan to make an impact in whatever area of the world calls to you most…it could be your neighborhood, your campus, your state – or a much larger geographical area.  How will you lead the charge to provide for ‘all’??

Energy for all

Energy poverty is one of the most pressing issues of this century. It’s a problem of technology, of infrastructure, of economics, of culture, and of politics – and it impacts over a billion people in the Asia-Pacific region alone.

Our goal is clear: We aim to provide energy access to 100 million people in Asia and the Pacific Region by 2015.

 

 

For 12/13

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December 11th, 2014
5:39
 

One of the biggest challenges facing any entrepreneur is getting funding to turn their vision into actuality.  “Sugar daddies” and/or anonymous deep-pocketed benefactors don’t exactly grow on trees.  So it’s up to the visionary to get motivated and take their heads out of the clouds of big dreaming and think of the mundane, down-to-earth reality that they’re gonna need $$$ to get their project going.

Of course, Social Media has created new ways to reach out to would-be investors.  Names you may already be familiar with are Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  There’s a new site out there which might be the one for you!

BarnraiserBarnraiser

 

aims to help agriculture projects

get off the ground through crowdsourcing

 

Read the article in Modern Farmer for an interview with one of the principals, founder Eileen Gordon:  Barnraiser Aims to Be ‘Kickstarter’ for Sustainable Food

Maybe putting all your eggs in one basket could catapult you to be the next inventor helping us all achieve a Smarter Planet!

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November 29th, 2014
7:36
 

Cell phones are everywhere.  And pay phones have gone out of fashion.  You’re probably old enough to remember them, but children in grade school today will gaze wide-eyed at you if you mention them.  “Oh, that’s what those weird things are?”, is a likely reply.

Here’s a story about reuse/repurpose that is, to borrow a descriptive verbal phrase from the Brits, simply “brilliant”!  This is taking the old and giving it new life…London’s red phone boxes go green, converted into solar-powered phone chargers…

 

Charge me up in a solarbox

 

Solarbox And make sure you spend some time on their website – www.solarbox london.org – these inventors are worth taking notice of!

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