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Wisconsin Students Crowned America’s Top Rocketeers

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 maggio 2019

Madison West High School of Madison, Wisconsin today took home the top prize at the world’s largest student rocketry competition – The Team America Rocketry Challenge.
The students from Madison West will now represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge at the Paris International Air Show in June, facing off against teams from France, the UK, and Japan.“This feels amazing – I didn’t expect us to win today,” said team captain Jacob Mello. “We really didn’t know each other well at the beginning of the year, but we became friends and pulled together as a team. We encouraged each other, which really helped us today. There’s a lot of pressure to keep up America’s winning streak in the international competition, but we’re looking forward to it.”Teams from Madison West now have won the Team America Rocketry Challenge three times. This year’s team, consisting of Mazelie Passmore (14), Ella Paulin (15), Ethan Lan (15), Rohan Yethiraj (15), Jacob Mello (15), Lukas Weinhold (14), Alex Goff (14), and Nathan Wagner (15), posted a combined score of 10 across their two launches. Persistence played a big role in the team’s win, as they were still practice launching the week of the contest.
The team’s victory follows months of preparation designing, building, and testing a rocket capable of meeting rigorous mission parameters set by the contest’s sponsors – the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), National Association of Rocketry, and more than 20 industry sponsors. This year’s rules celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 by requiring each rocket to carry three eggs in a separate capsule to symbolize the three astronauts that made the journey to the Moon and back.The Top 101 teams, hailing from 25 states from Hawaii to New York, competed for a total of $100,000 in prize money and scholarships at the national finals – an all-day event held at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., outside of Washington, D.C. The $100,000 prize pool will be split among the Top 10 teams, with Madison West taking home the top prize of $20,000 as U.S. champions. In addition, the top twenty-five finishers receive an invitation to participate in NASA’s Student Launch initiative to continue their exploration of rocketry with high-powered rockets and challenging mission parameters.

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17th Annual Solar Cup

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 maggio 2019

As students from 40 high schools gear up for the 17th annual Solar Cup™, preliminary scores heading into this weekend’s contest show Costa Mesa High leading the pack, with La Puente’s Nogales High and Oxford Academy in Cypress trailing closely behind.Hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition officially launches Friday (May 17) with boat inspections and qualifying for Saturday’s 90-minute endurance heats and Sunday’s 200-meter sprints at Lake Skinner in the Temecula Valley.While the head-to-head competition officially kicks off Friday, the contest started long before the students even set their boats on the lake. Over the past seven months, teams have been earning points for writing technical reports detailing how they built their boats’ electrical systems and drivetrains, producing a public service announcement promoting water conservation, and passing a technical inspection of their boats. These projects and other requirements represent roughly a third of the total possible points for the Solar Cup competition.In addition to earning high marks for both their technical reports, Costa Mesa High students garnered the most points for their public service announcement. The team’s creative video, developed in partnership with their co-sponsoring agency Mesa Water District, focused on the district’s water conservation efforts and shared effective tips for local residents to reduce their water use.Both Nogales and Oxford high schools also showed strong performances in all preliminary categories, earning second and third place for their PSAs, respectively. Using an effective and energetic narrator, Nogales High shared the benefits of planting California native landscapes, using their own high school campus as a backdrop. Oxford Academy presented information about Orange County’s water sources and California’s recent historic drought conditions to push the public to conserve more water. Metropolitan posted the top five student-produced conservation PSAs on the district’s Twitter account throughout this week.Prior to making qualifying runs Friday, the boats will be inspected and tested by Metropolitan and a technical advisory team from Occidental College to ensure they meet the program’s requirements and are safe and seaworthy. Saturday features two 90-minute endurance heats around a 1.6-kilometer course. The contest continues Sunday with the sprint races, closing with an awards ceremony in the afternoon. The single-seat boats, 16-feet-long, are built from kits of marine-grade plywood provided by Metropolitan. Teams equip them with steering, solar panels, batteries and motors producing up to 320 watts. The maximum weight, including the skipper, is 450 pounds.

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Pagely Announces 2nd Annual Scholarship for Underrepresented Students in Tech

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 aprile 2019

Pagely, the original managed hosting service for business-critical WordPress projects, today announced it is accepting applications for its second annual Pagely Scholarship.
The scholarship awards $1500.00 USD equally to three students to assist in paying for their college education. Pagely began this initiative with the intention of empowering students to be able to focus on academics versus financial constraints.
“Our focus acknowledges the underrepresented and often overlooked bright student,” said Sally Strebel, COO and Co-Founder, Pagely. “We value commitment to lifelong learning from our future tech leaders and are pleased to support students dedicated to being an integral part of building a more positive future for generations to come.”The Pagely Scholarship specifically targets students who are driven to partake in innovative technologies and optimally maintain an aspiration to engage within the technology sector throughout their lifetime. Applicants must be currently enrolled as undergraduate students or previously accepted into a university that exists in the official registry of the U.S. Department of Education.Applications for submission require each student to provide an 800-1500 word essay on how the applicant aspires to contribute to technological advances by including the discussion of life aspects that drive their hopes, what advances the individual hopes to achieve and how their work will impact the future of tech. Applicants are also required to provide a five-minute video to be shared via YouTube link that summarizes and explains their submission essay.

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Minnesota Virtual Academy Welcomes Back Students for the 2018-2019 School Year

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 settembre 2018

Students and teachers at Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA) will start the 2018-2019 school year on September 4, simply by turning on their computers. A full-time, online public school program of Houston Public Schools, MNVA provides a tuition-free public education for students in grades K-12 across the state.“At MNVA, we are committed to discovering, developing and achieving the potential within each of our students,” said Krin Abraham, MNVA’s head of school. “As the new school year gets underway, our online learning platform and inspired teachers are ready to support each student, and help them achieve their goals this year and for years to come.”Combining innovative technology with a rigorous curriculum led by Minnesota-licensed teachers, MNVA provides each student with a personalized learning experience. Students take a full course load in the core subjects of math, science, language arts, history, music and art, as well as electives, honors and Advanced Placement® courses in high school. High school students in grades 10-12 have the opportunity to earn college credits through the state’s Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program, by dually enrolling at MNVA and eligible participating postsecondary institutions.MNVA’s dedicated staff facilitate lessons during live, interactive online classes, allowing students to enjoy a safe learning environment anywhere with an internet connection. In addition to scheduled classes, teachers offer one-on-one instruction and support, online chat sessions and phone calls to build close partnerships with parents and students in support of their academic success.Students enroll in online school for a variety of reasons, including advanced learning, a bullying-free environment, and the ability to balance their education with extracurricular pursuits or medical needs.Throughout the year, MNVA builds a sense of community through field trips, community service opportunities and social outings, and celebrates graduating seniors with an in-person commencement ceremony in the spring. Virtual clubs and organizations also allow students to further explore shared interests together in the online setting.MNVA is still accepting enrollment applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Families are encouraged to attend an online or in-person information session hosted by the school. To learn more about enrollment and for a schedule of upcoming events visit or download the K12 enrollment app for iOS and Android devices.

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Maine Virtual Academy Welcomes Back Students for the 2018-2019 School Year

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 agosto 2018

Students will begin the 2018-2019 school year at Maine Virtual Academy (MEVA) on August 27, simply by turning on their computers. A full-time, online public charter school authorized by the Maine Charter School Commission, MEVA provides a tuition-free public education option for students in grades 7-12 across the state.Combining innovative technology with a rigorous curriculum led by Maine-certified teachers, MEVA provides each student with a personalized learning experience. Students take a full course load in the core subjects of math, science, language arts, history, art and music, as well as world languages. Electives, honors and Advanced Placement® courses are available in high school grades.MEVA’s dedicated teachers facilitate lessons during live, interactive online classes, allowing students to enjoy a safe learning environment anywhere with an internet connection. In addition to scheduled classes, teachers offer one-on-one instruction and support, online chat sessions and family phone calls to build close partnerships in support of academic success.
Students enroll in online school for a variety of reasons, including advanced learning, a bullying-free environment, and the ability to balance academic goals with extracurricular pursuits or medical needs. For many students, MEVA offers an education they wouldn’t otherwise have access to, with unique course offerings to prepare them for college and career opportunities. Graduates have gone on to attend top higher education institutions across New England and beyond.Throughout the year, MEVA fosters a sense of community through in-person field trips and social outings, and celebrates graduating seniors at a commencement ceremony in the spring. Virtual clubs and organizations also allow students to further explore shared interests together in an online setting.
MEVA is accepting enrollment applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Families are encouraged to attend an online or in-person information session hosted by the school. To learn more about enrollment and for a schedule of upcoming events, visit or download the K12 enrollment app for iOS and Android devices.

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Symantec Hosts Hackathon to Promote Lawfulness, Crime Prevention and Cyber Security Skills for Students

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 giugno 2018

Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world’s leading cyber security company, today announced it is collaborating with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Africa Teen Geeks organization to host a three-day hackathon from July 9-11, 2018 at Symantec’s Mountain View campus. UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs, international crime and terrorism, and Africa Teen Geeks is a South African non-profit organization that provides computer science training in schools and underserved communities.The hackathon will focus on criminal justice and crime prevention, allowing students to develop educational games that teach values around criminal justice to their peers.The Symantec-sponsored hackathon is the final round of competition for the winners of three regional hackathons that took place in South Africa, Indonesia and Bolivia earlier in the year. Following these contests, 25 secondary school students were selected from amongst the three countries as winners and invited to travel to Silicon Valley for the final hackathon. In addition to the students, members of UNODC, South Africa government representatives, chaperones and mentors will all be in attendance. Symantec Chief Human Resources Officer Amy Cappellanti-Wolf will speak at the event.“We’re thrilled to host these bright young minds on Symantec’s campus,” said Cappellanti-Wolf. “As a world-leading cyber security organization, it’s exciting to watch the next generation of computer science professionals improve their coding skills and develop products for the purpose of crime prevention.”The hackathon is part of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, which came out of the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held in Qatar in 2015. Under the Doha Declaration, UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) initiative was developed to create and disseminate education materials in UNODC-mandated areas of crime prevention and criminal justice across the primary, secondary and tertiary education levels.
The E4J initiative helps educators teach the next generation to better understand and address problems that can undermine the rule of law and encourage students to actively engage in their communities and future professions. The hackathon encourages this engagement by allowing students to play a hands-on role in developing educational games that focus on justice and law issues.

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Students Challenged to Consider the Forest and the Trees

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 maggio 2018

The theme “Wood, Trees and the Forest” inspired students at the Maine College of Art to design uncommon chairs for the 14th Annual Wilsonart Challenges Student Chair Design Competition. Each entry was inspired by the powerful, often personal connection the forest provokes and informed by complex forestry issues surrounding the use of wood. Students used patterns from the Wilsonart® Laminate Collection. The winning chair and five runners up will make their first public appearance in booth #2211 at the 2018 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York. Wilsonart, a world-leading provider of engineered surfacing solutions, created the year-long program, which is both a sponsored class and a competition. Students learn how to design and build a one-of-a-kind chair, as well as how to prepare for a major trade show. Wilsonart introduced the program more than a decade ago, making it the longest-running sponsored student design class in the U.S.Joseph Goodwin won the 2018 competition with his design “Tool for Translation.” His chair renders the complex pop icon of the chainsaw into a chair. The power tool itself is representative of competing ideologies, disparate politics and contentious debates. By using it, Goodwin translates these complex issues into a refined and beautiful chair form while asking us to consider the threshold where a tree’s life ends and when the chair’s life begins.A different design school hosts Wilsonart Challenges each year. Every chair is one-of-a-kind, handmade by the individual student and not intended for mass production. Goodwin will receive a scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to New York to premiere his chair at ICFF.“The students magnificently captured many sides of a complex debate, all using laminate, a beautiful material that is an alternative to threatened or endangered woods,” noted Tammy Weadock, Communications Manager at Wilsonart. “This year’s theme was a perfect complement to Understanding Wood: Sourcing Against the Grain, a program Wilsonart launched in 2017 to educate architects and designers about wood options that are from renewable, non-endangered trees.”

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Students from Across Southern California to Compete in Nation’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Competition

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 maggio 2018

May 18-20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lake Skinner, Temecula Valley. Take Interstate 15 to Rancho California Road at Temecula, go 10 miles northeast to main gate, following signs to site.
More than 600 students from 38 Southern California high schools will race over three days solar-powered boats they built themselves this school year. The action-packed weekend is the culmination of a seven-month education program sponsored by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Through the program, students applied the math, science and engineering lessons they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world challenge of building the fastest solar-powered boat possible.After completing qualifying races on Friday, May 18, the single-man boats compete in two 90-minute endurance heats around a 1.6 kilometer course on Saturday, May 19 and two 200-meter sprint races on Sunday, May 20.
Solar Cup began in 2002 with eight teams and about 100 students. In the 16 years since, it has grown into the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition. Along the way, more than 10,000 young men and women have participated in Solar Cup competitions, where they’ve learned about water resource management, alternative energy development and sustainability and been inspired to pursue careers in math, physics, engineering and environmental science.The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving nearly 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

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Students Prepare for Future Lions 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 febbraio 2018

Students are preparing for Future Lions 2018, AKQA’s global undergraduate competition that aims to discover a new generation of talent helping to positively change the way we view the world. Providing a platform to discover and inspire young artists, coders and writers, Future Lions entrants often solve a variety of problems with purpose-led thinking.Sweden’s Berghs School of Communication, Future Lions School of the Year for the fourth consecutive year, visited AKQA’s Berlin studio last week to learn about a continuously transforming commercial landscape and the evolving set of skills and methods required to create breakthrough work. As part of their prize, Future Lions School of the Year winners are invited to participate in career workshops with AKQA’s international teams.Twenty-two students pitched their final semester’s projects to the AKQA Creative team, independent of this year’s jury who evaluated each presentation, providing feedback and encouragement. An idea-mapping workshop also provided participants with a methodology to help organise their creativity in a practical and systematic way.Christopher Waldekrantz, Head of Marketing at Berghs School of Communication, said: “The opportunity to collaborate with the team at AKQA is one we value highly. At Berghs, we strive to educate the next generation of creatives who understand the challenges of today, but more importantly, the challenges of tomorrow. This preparatory session was incredibly useful for our students as it tested their existing thinking, and helped them prepare for life in the industry.”Now in its 13th year, and in collaboration with the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, AKQA’s Future Lions competition challenges students to connect people to an idea in a way not possible three years ago. There are no rules as to media or technology, and no specifics around product, service or target audience. The five student teams entering the best ideas will win registration to the Festival, taking place between 18 and 22 June 2018. Their winning ideas will be showcased in front of a large global audience on stage, and recognised across additional media channels.Over the past decade, the competition has launched the careers of over 70 of the world’s most celebrated creatives. Of all Future Lions trophy winners, 99% are now employed by many of the most influential and respected creative agencies and organisations.The Future Lions 2018 call for entries will go live in March.

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Students with Visual Disabilities Learn to Code At TechLaunch at Florida Vocational Institute

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 gennaio 2018

Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaMiami. TechLaunch at Florida Vocational Institute is providing a free coding class to members of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind on Saturday, January 27th, 2018. The goal is to show these students that coding is fun and anyone who can use a computer can code. The visually impaired students are going to learn basic JavaScript and other key concepts and tools.Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is a foundation dedicated to helping people with visual disabilities achieve success in their lives. With the use of their positive motto, “It is possible to see without sight” the foundation seeks to provide the upmost care to all their students in assisting them in their future endeavors.“TechLaunch at FVI is committed to Web Development education, and we believe that coding is the future and everyone should learn the language of code,” said Denyse Antunes, the college’s President. “It’s important to remember that education goals for students with visual impairments are essentially the same as those for all students. TechLaunch is committed to closing the gap for access to coding bootcamps for minorities, economically disadvantaged students and anyone that wants to learn to code.”Miami Lighthouse for the Blind ranked among the top non-profits in the nation, and their mission statement is “To provide vision rehabilitation and eye health services that promote independence, to collaborate with and educate professionals, and to conduct research in related fields.” According to Reinaldo Sanchez, the Education Services Coordinator at Miami Lighthouse, “this partnership with TechLaunch at FVI will expose even more opportunity to the people we serve in an area that is tied to the future of business and technology.”The session will be held on Jan 27th at 10am at FVI’s West Miami location.

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Students from the United States take top honor at prestigious Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 settembre 2017

stoccolma1Stockholm. Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL), a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, congratulates Rachel Chang and Ryan Thorpe of the United States, the winners of the 2017 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), the most prestigious international student competition for water-related research. The award was presented during the 21st SJWP ceremony at the annual World Water Week celebration in Stockholm.Ms. Chang and Mr. Thorpe, both of Manhasset, N.Y., developed a project entitled, “A Novel Approach to Rapidly and Sensitively Detect and Purify Water Contaminated with Shigella, E. Coli, Salmonella and Cholera.” The system created by the students has applications in both developing and developed regions of the world.H. R. H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presented the winning students with the top prize of $15,000 and a prize sculpture, and their school will receive a $5,000 grant. Xylem has been the founding global sponsor of the SJWP international competition since its inception 21 years ago. Today, the competition draws entries from students in more than 30 countries around the world.“As we work to solve some of the world’s greatest water challenges, we are truly inspired by the impressive work of all the SJWP finalists and congratulate each of them,” said Patrick Decker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Xylem. “Year after year, participating students develop innovative approaches to treating and managing our finite water resources. We are proud to support the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and hope the students’ experiences here will inspire them to continue their water-related studies. In doing so, they will help to advance our global progress toward a more sustainable environment.”The Diploma of Excellence was awarded to Aniruddah Chowdhury, Arnab Chakraborty and Rituraj Das Gupta of Bangladesh for their innovative project entitled, “Reinvention of Photocatalysis using Doped TiO2 in Industrial Grey Water Treatment.” Their work centered on developing a less expensive but more effective method of treating colored water in textile effluent. This team will receive an award of $3,000.The international SJWP is presented each year to students between the ages of 15 and 20 for outstanding water-related projects that focus on topics of environmental, scientific, social or technological importance. Winners from 33 countries competed for the international honor in 2017, which was awarded by an international jury of water professionals and scientists.The prize is administered by the Stockholm International Water Institute.

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Oregon Virtual Academy Welcomes Students for 2017-18 School Year

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 settembre 2017

WaterfallsStudents at Oregon Virtual Academy (ORVA), an accredited, online public charter school, begin their 2017-18 school year on Sept. 5, simply by turning on their computers. Authorized by the North Bend School District, ORVA serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade across the state of Oregon.ORVA’s rigorous and engaging curriculum includes courses in English/language arts, math, science, history, world languages, art and music, as well as elective and Advanced Placement® courses for high school students. Dual enrollment opportunities to earn college credits are available for qualified high school students in select courses, and ORVA also offers credit recovery opportunities.At ORVA, state-certified teachers provide instruction, guidance and support, interacting with students and parents via email, web-based classrooms, online discussions, phone and face-to-face meetings. Teachers develop an individualized learning plan for each student that is mapped to their individual educational goals.“At ORVA, we are committed to helping students maximize their academic potential,” said Dr. Debbi Chrisop, interim head of school at Oregon Virtual Academy. “Our program allows teachers and parents to work together to help students reach their goals in the unique way that is right for them.”ORVA’s active school community organizes fun monthly activities where students can get together in person. The school also offers a wide range of clubs.

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Students from 18 Countries Announce Their Proposals for a Better Future at Panasonic KWN Global Summit 2017 in Tokyo

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 agosto 2017

KWN Global SummitPanasonic Corporation held the KWN Global Summit 2017, and the children participating from 18 countries and region presented their ideas under the title of “Our Proposal For A Better Future.” The children’s ideas included a society where people help each other and recognize diversity, a society where individuals can live the way they want to, a society without inequality, and a society that develops technologies that allow people to live in happiness. Amid a global environment that calls for the world to work more closely together, they created ideas for inclusive societies from their own perspective of the global issues facing society.
The KWN Global Summit 2017 was held as part of Kid Witness News (KWN), an educational program designed to support the video production of elementary, junior high, and high school students around the world. It runs from August 1 to 5 in Tokyo, bringing together around 100 representatives of 26 schools from 18 countries and region who won the KWN Global Contest 2017 in their respective countries. It is a next-generation development program that gives the children and youth, coming from different cultural backgrounds with different social issues, the chance to introduce their own country and find out more about the other countries, letting them experience what an inclusive society is and build ideas of future societies. This was the first time to hold Panasonic KWN Global summit as part of the KWN program.Under the theme of “A Better Life, A Better Future,” a vision of society Panasonic is pursuing, the 100 participants (including 52 kid journalists) from 18 countries and region around the world gathered news and experienced the town and society of Tokyo, while holding discussions beyond national borders. They made presentations on ideas to shape the future together with “Our Proposal For A Better Future” as a theme.Guests attending the presentation meeting on August 4 included Kaoru Nemoto, director of the United Nations Information Centre in Tokyo, Masaaki Komiya, Vice Director General of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Duane Kale, Governing Board member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and members of the various countries’ embassies. Executive Officer Satoshi Takeyasu gave a speech on behalf of Panasonic Corporation as the organizer of the summit. “The voices of the children, as members of the coming generation, will have our impact on society, inspiring innovation. It is my intention to listen and fully absorb their messages, to realize the hidden potential these children have.” The children’s presentations on their proposals for a better future measured up to this expectation. The attending guests gave feedback on the presentations and praised the children as future global leaders, encouraging them to build together a future from a global perspective. “Youth engagement is important for us. You are the change makers. Every one of you has the power to make a better future,” said Kaoru Nemoto.Panasonic hopes to help children develop the required qualities and skills to live in the future society and to foster global talent. From this perspective, Panasonic will give its full support to children and youth through this program, to enable them to show all of their skills and potential in striving toward their dreams and the future. (photo: KWN Global Summit)

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New rules to attract non-EU students, researchers and interns to the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 maggio 2016

scuola-digitale-casnati-como-800x500_cHarmonised EU entry and residence rules that will make it easier and more attractive for students and researchers from third countries to study or do research at EU universities are up for a final vote in Strasbourg on Wednesday. The new rules also have provisions to clarify and improve conditions for non-EU interns, volunteers, school pupils and au pairs, so as to facilitate cultural exchanges.
An informal agreement on the new rules was reached with Council in November last year.

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New rules to attract non-EU students, researchers and interns to the EU – last steps

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 aprile 2016

strasburgo-parlamento-europeoHarmonised EU entry and residence rules that will make it easier and more attractive for students and researchers from third countries to study or do research at EU universities were endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. The new rules also have provisions to clarify and improve conditions for non-EU interns, volunteers, school pupils and au pairs, so as to facilitate cultural exchanges. An informal agreement on the new rules to attract non-EU students, researchers and interns to the EU was reached with Council in November last year. Thursday’s vote on the Civil Liberties Committee’s recommendation for second reading brings the new directive one step closer to its final adoption which is scheduled for early May in Strasbourg. The new rules merge two existing directives (one on students and one on researchers) to ensure that:
• students and researchers will have the right to stay at least nine months after finishing their studies or research in order to look for a job or to set up a business, which should also ensure that Europe benefits from their skills. Today, it is individual EU member states which decide whether students and researchers from third countries may stay on after their studies or research have ended,
• it will be easier for students and researchers to move within the EU during their stay. Under the new rules, they will have to notify only the member state to which they are moving, for example to do a one-semester exchange, instead of having to submit a new visa application and wait for it to be processed, as is the case today. Researchers will also be able to move for longer periods than those currently allowed.
• researchers will have the right to bring their family members with them, also when they move within the EU, and these family members will also have the right to work during their stay in Europe, and
• students will have the right to work at least 15 hours a week
In addition to the rules on students and researchers, the new directive also has provisions for interns and volunteers under the European Volunteer Scheme, who will benefit from uniform conditions to enter Europe and increased protection once there, as well as optional provisions for other volunteers, school pupils and au pairs. This is the first time that third-country au pairs have been included in an EU law.
The final plenary vote is expected to take place in Strasbourg in May. The directive enters into force the day after its publication in the European Official Journal. After that, member states will have 2 years to transpose the new provisions into their national laws.

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US Business Students Gain Foreign Real Estate Perspective through FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 marzo 2016

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(New York, Paris, France) While on a study tour in Barcelona, several business administration students from Coastal Carolina University (located in South Carolina, USA), were provided an exciting opportunity to enhance their studies and meet with attorneys and real estate business professionals, gaining first-hand knowledge and experiences on the international marketplace that no text book could ever provide. The visit was facilitated by the FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation, which provides members access and opportunity for real estate professionals interested in gaining knowledge, sharing information and conducting international business with each other. Coastal Carolina University has recently become an Academic Member of FIABCI and is the first academic institution in the world to become a Supporting Partner of the International Ethics Coalition of which FIABCI is a founding member.It was a chance encounter at the FIABCI Winter Business Meetings in Brussels, Belgium earlier this year between partners from the AvaLaw firm from Barcelona and representatives of the University that inspired the meeting between seasoned international business professionals and American students who were already scheduled to be in Madrid, Spain on a previously planned school trip.Students visited the offices of AvaLaw a firm specializing in foreign investment in Spain and were treated to a series of presentations comparing the legal and business culture in Spain and the USA. Presentations focused on how foreign investors acquire real estate in Spain, including general requirements on location and type of building; appropriate legal structures, professional fees and other costs and finance availability. Raisa Venermo, Partner of AvaLaw, explained, “Based on my extensive experience in assisting foreign investors in Spain, the investments do not tend to fail for legal, technical or financial reasons, but due to cultural differences and lack of confidence in the system or in the players on the other side. The role of AvaLaw is not purely acting as lawyers on behalf of the investors but also providing the cultural intelligence to be able to close the operations successfully. This is what FIABCI is all about, and this visit in particular was another good opportunity to exchange information between two quite different business environments, the USA and Spain.”In addition, the students met with partners at La Casa por el Tejado, an architectural firm specializing in the development of new penthouses in the urban area of the Eixample in Barcelona. The firm implements a very innovative business model – to identify among the existing buildings in the city center, those which have not reached the maximum height allowed by urban planning. The firm then negotiates the right to build a pre-fabricated penthouse on top of these older buildings. The penthouse is transported from the factory and constructed in only one day.
FIABCI is very committed to educational initiatives of this type and will be facilitating a similar program for Coastal Carolina University students through the FIABCI-Italia Chapter when they visit Rome later this year. (Photo Caption)

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The Smile of the Child

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 marzo 2015

The Smile of the ChildOn the occasion of 6th March, National Anti-bullying Day in Greece,“The Smile of the Child”, coordinator of the European Anti-bullying Network run a national Anti-bullying Week from 2 to 9 March and raised awareness on bullying among children, young people, parents, teachers and the general public.The main goals of the Anti-bullying Week Campaign were not only to inform on the serious phenomenon, but also to provide solutions in view of stepping up the level of prevention and addressing the problem.During the Anti-bullying Week “The Smile of the Child” organised a press conference in cooperation with the Municipality of Piraeus and presented its national and European actions and initiatives against bullying. At the same time, “Odysseas” the 1st Mobile Unit of Information, Education and Technology was stationed in the Municipal Theater of Piraeus from 5 to 12 March 2015 and provided interventions and awareness raising activities targeted to students, parents, teachers and the public.“We are welcoming The Smile of the Child and Odysseas in our city and we are aware that the Municipality has a duty to raise awareness among our co-citizens as well as to inform them on the fact that there are people and structures where they can turn to for assistance and counseling in case their child or their student is being bullied” the Mayor of Piraeus, Ioannis Moralis said.The President of the BoD of “The Smile of the Child” and the “European Anti-bullying Network” Costas Yannopoulos thanked the Mayor for the support and expressed his willingness for a continuous and fruitful cooperation with the Municipality on the protection, health and welfare of children.“The Smile of the Child” is implementing for one more year raising-awareness activities among children and adults on the phenomenon. Our goal is not only to inform, but also to propose solutions. There is an enormous effort on a national scale and in cooperation with school communities so as all teachers have the maximum awareness on the prevention, identification and tackling of the problem. In 2014 the National Helpline for Children SOS 1056 received 351 calls on bullying, while 246 interactive preventive interventions were implemented targeted to students, 23 training sessions for teachers and 106 awareness sessions for both parents and teachers” highlighted Costas Yannopoulos.“The Smile of the Child” supports and provides children on a daily basis and nationwide with the appropriate tools in an effort to approach them with their own communication means namely, via social media, technology and volunteering actions. (Photo: The smile of the child)

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MorpheusCup: official launch of Europe’s 1st inter-university digital championship!

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 gennaio 2015

MorpheusCupThe first MorpheusCup will take place on 19 May 2015. Over 750 European universities and grandes écoles have been invited and are registering a team. Each selected team will have to comprise 3 students. The universities will compete in 10 thematic events and will pitch a business project to the panel of judges. The prizes will be awarded in Luxembourg, on the evening of 19 May. Registration is free and there is a prize fund of € 50,000 for winning teams.Major figures from various sectors (technology, marketing, business, funding, media) have already confirmed their participation in the panel: in particular, Julie Demarigny (VP International, Warner Bros Digital), Didier Rappaport (CEO Happn, Co-founder Dailymotion), Ulrich Grabenwarter (Head of Strategic Development-Equity, European Investment Fund), Fabio Gallo (Digital Business Development Manager, FCBarcelona).Connecting students to the digital world of work.The MorpheusCup 2015 is a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate their talents, promote their school or university and foster relationships with several hundred companies that are recruiting, but also to pitch a project to a panel of experienced investors, if they wish to do so.This championship is aimed at students studying subjects or at a school related to the web, to the new information and communication technologies, to business, or to entrepreneurship.The MorpheusCup has been hailed for being in line with the various European initiatives working towards developing digital skills for the 21st century, in order to foster growth, competitiveness and jobs in Europe.It is also an opportunity to meet hundreds of European students and renowned figures in the digital world, to submit ideas to the European Commission, and to pitch a project to several hundred experienced investors and industrial partners. The competition is based on joint modules in the morning and course-related special events in the afternoon. It is rounded off by the oral presentation of a project to the panel of judges.In order to enhance their knowledge of the wider digital world, the team members must consult the specialist press and keep up-to-date with innovations coming out of the world of research, the major players in business and technology, the latest startups, etc. Yet, they must also prepare themselves mentally for a day that will intentionally be “disruptive”.
Participation is open to all students in Europe. Registration is free of charge, and must be validated no later than 27 February 2015.
Each school or university can enter one or several teams, up to a maximum of 5. The teams are made up of three students. If they want, they can be sponsored by a representative from the business world, rather than one from the world of associations and education. A team name must be chosen, along with a tagline in English.
Participants are also requested to propose a public-interest project, which will go before the judges, but will also be presented to the European Commission as well as a selection of 200 European partners. This project must be submitted in the format of a teaser slideshow, containing a maximum of 10 slides.It must be submitted by email, no later than 16 March 2015, and must relate to a simple solution to a complex problem, a disruptive digital approach to achieving a choice of one of the following 10 goals:
Educational: development of digital education in Europe towards even greater excellence
Social: fostering of cultural and language exchanges between Europeans
Sharing: improved support for the poorest and wealth distribution
Environment: defence of nature and resolution of major environmental problems
Business: re-industrialisation and development of a protected and competitive digital ecosystem
Research: approach encouraging competition, co-working labs and entrepreneurship
FinTech: anticipation of major challenges combining finance and technology
Mobility: solutions linked to motor vehicles, multimodality, traffic management
Energy: competition on energy efficiency and the related circular economy
Healthcare: pooling of knowledge, access to treatment and patient care
The MorpheusCup 2015 distinguishes between 3 categories of winner. The prize-giving ceremony will be held on the evening of 19 May 2015, followed by the Morpheus Party.The 3 award categories
MorpheusCup Winner 2015: one team out of the 10 finalists
Best European Students Project: one winning team per category
MorpheusCup performers: the winners of the thematic events
Funds and consequent grants are reserved for the winners: € 20,000 in cash, € 10,000 on training (business, languages, technology, entrepreneurship, etc.), € 10,000 on materials and support (materials, design, legal & finance) and € 10,000 € on leisure (travel, accommodation, culture, etc.).
Every year, ICT Spring welcomes to Luxembourg 4,000 digital leaders from 60 countries. It is a two-day technical summit tackling 3 key challenges: digital strategy, user experience and FinTech. Combining exhibitions, demos, workshops and large-scale talks, ICT Spring has, annually for the last 7 years, been offering the chance to understand the links between these core areas of the digital economy, and delivering the keys to achieving worldwide excellence. Very unusually in the world of digital events, access is completely free; however, the number of passes is limited. The event will be held in Luxembourg, on 19 and 20 May 2015.

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New Report Reveals Global Trends on Students Digital Usage

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 ottobre 2014

londonLondon. Indisputable today is the widespread use of digital resources in all aspects of life, which is only increasing for students. However, despite the investments made by universities in this area, there is still little evidence about how digital resources are utilised by prospective students as part of their search process; and whether they now outweigh traditional methods.The Students Online: Global Trends 2014 report, compiled by QS, the publisher of the World University Rankings, endeavours to partially fill the gap in research concerning specifically how prospective students will utilise technology as well as traditional sources in their decision making process. This report is essential to the future university outreach efforts for prospective students through new insights concerning preferences.2012 US-based study from Google and Compete found that nine in ten enrolled students had used the internet to research higher education institutions, with one in ten exclusively using online sources of information.
A year earlier, the 2011 E-Expectations Report1 from Noel-Levitz published the alarming finding that one in five surveyed prospective students said they’d removed a college from their list as a result of a bad experience on the institution’s website.
Laura Bridgestock, author of the report says: “While universities know the online sphere is essential when communicating with prospective students, there’s little information available about how students use the internet during their research. This report shows that it is important to use a wide range of tools and not to underestimate the importance of traditional communication methods even in the Web 3.0 era.”

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Transfer of students

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 novembre 2010

The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe CPCE aims to reach a comprehensive agreement on common principles for the training of ministers on the 105 member churches of the CPCE. Representatives of 23 Protestant churches from 16 European countries participated in a consultation in Vienna from 18-21 November 2010. The consultation elaborated a draft paper and agreed on the following final communiqué: It is important to work towards common standards in theological education which facilitate the transfer of students from one educational establishment to another within Europe, mutual recognition of educational achievements, compatibility of different educational paths, as well as the exchange and acceptance of ministers from other CPCE churches.  It needs to be said more strongly than before theological graduates should be able to integrate the various disciplines of theology. The perspectives of biblical studies, church history, systematic theology and practical theology should be more clearly related to each other. There should be a stronger interdisciplinary component in all areas of education. The draft emphasizes the relevance importance of continuing professional development of ministers. In a contemporary context, there needs to be a clear educational goal and church support. To achieve this, the CPCE has the potential to offer suitable opportunities: pan-European exchange programmes for continuing education, an international institute for continuing ministerial education, and the development of multilateral partnerships for programmes for continuing education. Furthermore, suitable instruments of coordination need to be established. Studies abroad as part of academic education are already a matter of course in many churches of the CPCE, but this opportunity should be more extensively promoted and taken up. Ministers in training should also be given the opportunity to complete part of their church based training in another member church of the CPCE. Another goal is the temporary exchange of ministers. Long term transfer of ministers from one member church to another will be facilitated, if there are programmes that help them to become familiar with their new context. It is intended that, by January 2011, the paper will have reached a state in which it can be sent to the member churches of the CPCE and their institutions of theological training for their responses. The paper will be given its final form on the basis of these responses to be presented to the General Assembly in Florence in 2012.

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