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Growing Engineers Through Classroom Activities

Teachers are introducing STEM into their classrooms through various activities. Often this activity is based on robotics. Students are formed into design groups and tasked to design and build a technology. One critical question often overlooked is why is the machine needed. Engineering is a practical, applied science. Projects are undertaken to solve a pressing problem. This aspect may not be addressed in presenting a classroom project. A goal for building the gizmo may or may not be stated at the start of this activity. Often the goal is a competition to see which robot performs the best.Before the materials are distributed, the teacher should discuss what needs could a robot could fulfill. Look at the Rumba, the disk that can vacuum a roo...


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Speech Language Pathologist: Starting a Rewarding Career in Medical Speech and Language Therapy

Speech language pathologist plays an important role in diagnosing and broadly treating cognition; communication, voice and swallowing disorders of patients of all ages. A highly rewarding career with great purpose and handsome salary for students post a graduate degree. What does a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) do?Speech and language pathology lies at the heart of diagnosis and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders for adults with a variety of diagnoses. There is a perception that SLPs only deal with patients with stutter or lisp. While it’s partially true, the scope of practice goes way beyond. SLPs after successful completion of master degree (M.A, M.S or M. Ed in in Communicative Disorders/Speech-Language Patho...


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Micro-Enterprise for Cosmetologist

In the Cosmetology Industry today, Micro-Enterprise is a needed curriculum in Cosmetology schools. Micro-Enterprise is a business operating on a very small scale, one with a sole proprietor and less than six employees. Micro-Enterprise is started with a small amount of capital, specialize in providing goods, retail products, and/or services in their local areas.I’ve work in the hair industry on and off over 20 years, consistently since 2007.I’ve worked in every type of salon, providing Cosmetology and Barbering services in residential, nursing homes, and mobile services.I’ve work on all type of hair textures with clients from all continents.Cosmetologist are license under the same Bureau as Lawyers, Doctors, and Nurses.Our...


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11 Ways Students Can Optimize LinkedIn Profile for Maximum Exposure

Getting to grips with LinkedIn while one is still at high school is a great way in gaining access to the industry. We reveal here a step-by-step guide to create a winning profile with Linkedin - to help students fulfill personal and professional ambitions.A few questions that confound every high school student: how to break into the world of employment? And, how to stand out amidst sea of students gearing up to pursuit of job opportunities? Also, how to open up to the freshest thoughts of inspiring leaders and latest trends of aspiring industries? Then, how to seek and share knowledge with an eye towards the ambition of gainful employment?Dylan Karaker, a digital marketing manager, has presented a step-by-step guide to high school students ...


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Digital Volunteering during Lunch Break!

Recently, I had one of the most energizing and inspiring lunch-breaks I can remember. It had nothing to do with the cuisine or, say, a mid-day quadruple-shot espresso. No, from my office in Billings, Montana, I met with and advised a group of budding entrepreneurs-high school students, actually in San Antonio, Texas.As we all remember or have witnessed with our own children, high school is a challenging and stressful time for kids. They experience incredible emotional and intellectual growth, all while trying to plan and prepare for the looming post-high school world. Sadly, however, America suffers from a monumental disconnect between businesses and educational institutions. Seventeen-year-old kids are expected to make significant decision...


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Students Innovate with OtterBox Industry Chats, uniVERSE Challenge

OtterBox recently offered a 4-part Industry Chat Series on the development of a new product: Innovation, Engineering, Marketing, and Sales. This series, OtterBox's first engagement with Nepris, impacted over 800 students in 34 classrooms across the U.S.One of those classrooms was Kara Noah's, who registered her class for all four sessions. "Participating in all four sessions provided my students with better insight into career options and variety within a company, and helped them gain a sense of connection with OtterBox," Noah says. "One student said, 'So I could have a job trying my best to destroy a phone and I would get paid for that?'"And that's the goal of Industry Chats: get the wheels turning in students' minds around the careers ava...


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Fantastic Bats!

This is the time of year we've come to think of bats as scary creatures. Because of popular culture, bats are one of the most misunderstood groups of mammals and are at a huge disadvantage. Bat Conservation International (BCI) is working hard to change that image with conservation through education, reaching a vast range of people to have the largest impact. They do this through a variety of mediums but having real-time connection with students is key to their mission, which is why Dianne Odegard, BCI's Education and Public Outreach Manager, first got involved with Nepris."Since there are only two of us at BCI that regularly go out to do educational programs for schools, it was very exciting to learn about Nepris! We can increase our educat...


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SMT Clinic - School-based project made our Girls to excell in academic performance.

In 2004,I was appointedbyMoES as a graduate teacher - to teach mathematics and physics in secondary schools after teaching about five years on volunteer-basis after university graduation. On 4th of April, 2005,I joined agirls' school in the rural settingwhose headteacher welcomedme nicely.She mentored meand immediately assigneda duty to coordinate the Science Mathematics and Technology school-based project, which was coded as " SMT clinic". I remember , with enthusiasm, I proposed that we make targets, which we agreed with her.One of the targets was to produce at least astudent with distinction grades in scienceand/or mathematics subjects. For many years , none of students in this schoolhad scored excellent gradesineither physics, chemistry...


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Halloween Fun! Free Bat Squad! webcasts to launch across North American schools during Bat Week!

Kids from across North America will spread the message of bat conservation in a free four-part webcast series for schools!Eight kids from across America are proving that you don't need to be an adult to help our bats. These kids are members of the "Bat Squad!", a group of young people who will be introduced to schools across North America in a four-part live webcast series to be launched online at BatWeek.org during the third annual Bat Week, held this year from October 24-31."There's a Shark Week. Bats deserve a week, too, that's just all about them!" says 14 year-old Rachael Block, a member of the Bat Squad from Virginia.Watch the video!Bat Week is a growing initiative that seeks to raise greater awareness of the importance of bats and wh...


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Experiential Learning

After teaching as Adjunct Faculty for 25+ years, and full-time faculty for graduate students for eight years, I have found that the best way to reach students of all ages and levels of experience is to give them hands-on assignments that safely allow them to work in the real world. In my full-time teaching role, I had two such classes. Here is how the first class worked. I taught it over 10 times.The first class was a master's level consulting course. We brought in a not-for-profit client who faced operational issues not related to their type of practice, which was primarily psychological services. These organizations were typically small, operating on a limited budget, and with little knowledge of how to run an organization effectively. Th...


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Putting the Genius in Genius Hour

Why are students so excited about learning? It’s genius hour! Genius hour is based on Google’s 20% percent initiative. Google allows its engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on their own projects. In turn, it increases productivity, so much that reportedly 50% of Google's most innovative products such as Gmail have been made during that time. This 20% time has transferred into the education world and is referred to as genius hour.From corporations to classrooms, genius hour is revolutionizing the way kids learn. This new method of learning has been implemented in classrooms all across the world. Students are able to choose a passion project and dig deeper into what interests them. The beauty of it is that students get to...


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A Raspbian Recipe (for teachers using Raspberry Pi)

For those of you using Raspberry Pi for STEM or STEAM, I've just been in communication with the author of Antiprism, free and open source software for generating a wealth of beautiful geometric shapes, which you may integrate into a geometry curriculum (such as my Martian Math, field tested at Reed College). See antiprism.com I give the recipe, along with tips and potential dips, in this post from this morning on edu-sig, another useful resource in the Python.org domain, geared for educators specifically. Feel free to join us. I'm one of the moderators.https://mail.python.org/pipermail/edu-sig/2016-August/011530.htmlI realize the prospect of compiling source code is daunting for many math teachers as most such hands-on activities get shunte...


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Bee the Change

Summertime is arguably the best time of the year. The beach is the place to be; sand sticking to your toes, waves crashing on the shore, and watermelon dripping down onto your shirt. While summer is the best time for favorite fruits like watermelon, strawberries, and peaches, we might not always have those delicious fruits if the honey bees go extinct.Bees have been buzzing under the radar for years; however, what many people don’t know is that honey bees are responsible for a huge portion of food we eat and an estimated 15 billion dollars of U.S. agricultural revenue. Without their quiet contributions, we would have a lower nutritional value and a limited food spectrum. Since the turn of the 21st century, the honey bee population has...


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Choosing the Right Path: What Type of College is Best for Me?

Is college for me? Should I attend in state or out of state? Private, public, online or community college? Would I enjoy eating Ramen Noodles for four years straight? All of these are valid questions to ask when considering where to attend. Therefore, it is important to carefully decide the next step in your life beyond high school.Things to Think AboutHigh school performanceCostLocationYour MajorClass sizeThere are multiple factors to take into account when choosing where to attend post-secondary school such as the cost and location. College can cost upwards of 100,000 dollars for four years. These costs can be reduced by scholarships. They can be only a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand to a full-ride, which pays for all of your...


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Win From Within

On June 11, 1997 the Chicago Bulls were tied with the Utah Jazz 2-2 going into Game 5 of a best of 7 series in the NBA finals. This was a critical game for both teams as NBA playoff stats tell us that teams leading 3-2 win the series 85.9% of the time.A few hours before tip-off, news spread that Michael Jordan was experiencing "flu-like symptoms". Would Jordan play? How effective would he be?Utah quicklycapitalized on the moment and launched into a 16 point lead bythe 2nd quarter. For a moment, it looked like Utah was on their way to a game 5 win and possibly their first championship.BUT...despite the score, the Bulls were hardly done. Despite the "flu", Jordan was hardly done becauseheis the type of person that has learned to "Win From Wit...


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Real LIFE: Love

I've recently been pondering life and what it really means for a lot of us. We all have this understanding that life is tough, no one's perfect, blah, blah, blah. But what doesreal lifelook like? Personally, I don't think I have been living life. I have been going through the motions of what I think life is supposed to be, based on what I've seen and experienced. My individual interpretation of living has caused me to place some unrealistic expectations on myself and others; it has caused me to "pretend to be" versus face humility and "actually be". My epiphany forced me to take off my rose-colored "Jesus shades" and remove my angel wings starter kit and come back down to earth. I want to share my thoughts and my experiences in a few blogs ...


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Zoo - human fun or inhuman act!!

As I woke up I found myself in a 6x6 small room lying next to my husband. I was startled and ran outside to see which is this new place that I am in. I was even more surprised to see that it’s a park outside my room separated from the main road through a big moat. I further explored and saw that a few Africans are playing djembe. But even they don’t look happy playing there favorite musical instrument. I see a few dancers on the other side practicing Tap dancing. I am totally confused and suddenly I realize that I haven’t seen my daughter around. I run inside but she’s nowhere. I wake up my husband and ask him but he has no idea either.Suddenly a heavy roar comes and tells that she’s happy and is in the other c...


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Focus on STEM education neglects a critical component - it should be STEAM

This article was originally published on LinkedIn Pulse and in the LinkedIn Nepris group on May 2, 2016.I am an Industrial Designer by schooling and a Mechanical Engineer by trade. I have also known a lot of engineers that have gone on to get graduate degrees in Design. I dare say that we are one incarnation of a STEAM professional. I also dare say that we are better at solving problems creatively than others who are strictly in STEM fields.By now, almost everyone has heard the acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and the argument about how the American education system needs to focus on it. The U.S. Department of Education even has a website dedicated to STEM. However, with the focus on STEM, the arts are being neglecte...


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Nepris group now on LinkedIn

I have created a group for Nepris users on LinkedIn. This is a direct link: Nepris group. If it does not work, you can contact me directly or search for Nepris when you are in LinkedIn. You'll see the Nepris company page and the Nepris Group.There are three key reasons I created this group; 1) To have a place for industry experts to discuss Nepris and their experiences and to have a place to get advice and more information for their own sessions; 2) To have another place for current and potential users of Nepris (teachers, etc.) to learn about the program and to learn more about the industry experts and 3) To have another place for potential industry experts to learn more about Nepris.If you are already on LinkedIn, I encourage you to join ...


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Virtual Reality for Educational Purposes

If students are wanting to get hands-on time with wearable VR technology, I recommend using the Samsung GearVR. With this affordable piece of hardware, you can easily portray the benefits of virtual reality in an educational environment. Better yet, if you are able to get two of these devices I recommend breaking the students into two groups and having each group placed in two different rooms, each with a single Samsung GearVR.Once you're all setuphave each group interact with one other via the following applications: Oculus Social (alpha), vTime, or another one of my favorites AltspaceVR (beta). All of these applications allow multi-user interact between people in virtual reality, no matter their location. Just the other day I had a virtua...


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Who Should You Write Your Resume For?

I originally posted this article on my blog WeAreAlwaysLearning.comA few months ago I spoke to a class of high school students on resume writing throughNepris. I wanted to take this opportunity to share my perspective on what a resume is, or more accurately what should a resume mean to a high school student. A resume to me had meant a piece of document that I would present to a prospective employer in order to get hired for a position. That was what I was told and that was what I told others. I even helped craft resumes for other students. And it worked well to get them to college. But as someone who has worked on her resume for years, had others look at her resume multiple times, taken suggestions from multiple books and websites, and has ...


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DNA as a Service, the next frontier...

I recently celebrated my 50th birthday, a lifetime for most. As I reflected on the “Achievement” including the amazing opportunities and experiences that I have had the blessing to witness, I realized that the past 50 years would pale in comparison of the next 5 years due to the world frenetic advance in terms of technological innovation."Life in the 21 century, especially in America gravitates around an inextricable culture of convenience"Life in the 21 century, especially in America gravitates around an inextricable culture of convenience, such convenience draws from an ever insatiable appetite for “instant satisfaction” from which an endless list of services, devices and new technologies arises each day to help im...


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Project Management Principles in the Classroom

Ok, sure you took Psych and Abnormal Psych, and likely Sociology. But how much of those do you remember and how much do you practice the principles you may have learned? Maybe by now you have reached the stage where controlling and facilitating a classroom is easy--it is common sense and it comes naturally to you. Is it easiest when you lecture and they listen? How about when you break the classroom down into teams? Does it feel like you are dictating too much and the students are bored? Otherwise, does chaos ensue or will the threat of discipline be enough to not only maintain control? Do your tactics produce the sought-after affect of a light going on above their heads as they accomplish their tasks? In other words, are the students being...


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Using an Explorer's Sketchbook to Enhance Field Trips

Add some fun to any outing by creating and distributing “Explorer’s Sketchbooks” to everyone in the group. The key to this activity is to keep it free and easy–don’t spend a lot of time making these–a few pieces of folded paper is all you really need. If you fuss over fancy papers, covers, bindings, etc., the books will be too pretty to use, and the explorers will worry about having to make their sketches live up to your expectations. Better to just slap a few pages together, and if you can, add some kind of binding. For our recent outing, I used rubber bands, but you can use paper clips, string, staples, dental floss–whatever you have on hand. It took me 5 minutes to make these.I decided to get my ...


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A Balancing Act

Writers Note:As we come into the sacred holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas-thanksgiving for freedom from oppression and the celebration of eternal life, I think about food. To me, the success of any community or group begins with having the most basic of needs met. Food, shelter, and protection from harm being the most basic of these. Being one who has always been involved in helping provide the first of the three, I write this with an eye on the past, one on the present and thinking about the future. If you have read my prior posts[1]you will know that I do not write for reasons of malice. Rather, I write to simply show what is happening and in the process hope to make people stop and think, even if for a few seconds, about the topic a...


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The People Components of Enterprise Architecture

Introduction to Enterprise Architecture, TOGAF and the ADMArchitecting any enterprise is not a simple undertaking. Establishing a solid and self-sustaining architecture practice in itself is a challenge; not even the challenge. The most difficult component of enterprise architecture today is the ability to bring about the people components of change. The beginning phases of the Architecture Development Method (ADM) begin to assess the capacity of any enterprise to change. The people components of enterprise architecture are often compounded in stakeholder and change management, Organization Development and business architecture. The Open Group Architectural Framework (TOGAF) is a framework that offers tools designed to assist in enterprise ...


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Why Hiring an Agency Doesn’t Mean You’ll Lose Your Job, Not Having One Might: Some Strong Words for “The Boss”

Why Hiring an Agency Doesn’t Mean You’ll Lose Your Job, Not Having One Might: Some Strong Words for “The Boss”There seems to be a big trend in the marketing industry today. The internal marketing team sans agency help has become omniscient. They have become perfect in every way, have unlimited amounts of time, know everything and are generally able to perform every single task with perfect ideas and strategy every time. Unlimited budgets have led to unlimited staff, and bosses everywhere are singing their praises that every single aspect of their marketing is perfect – simply couldn’t be better.No room for improvement. All the big ideas are covered.The tactics are the most effective and efficient that the...


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Ten Essential Steps to Growing a Successful Business

Launching or growing an existing business can be very exciting but there are a lot of minefields along the way. We want to be successful – get to the next level, whatever that means to each of us. But, there are common challenges to all new and expanding businesses, whether we’re taking our first step into the unknown or if we’ve made that leap a dozen times before. So, what does it take to minimize the risk and avoid the traps that can sink a new business? Create a good plan and follow these 10 steps: Sure there are a lot of us who have ventured forth without a plan and may even have stumbled into some success without one. But what happens more often when we jump into a business venture or expansion without a solid pla...


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Water Quality, Quantity and Corn Flakes

Harmful Algal Blooms are coming into the spotlight of national legislators here in the United States. Senator Charles Schumerof New York says that his constituents in the Upstate counties of New York are having their water sources threatened by this phenomenon and is requesting that further funding to be approved for eliminating this threat to community water sources.Water sure is getting a lot of attention these days.This is one more challenge that is being laid down to the American farmer. I do not like to see more thrown on the plate of such a small segment of our population to have to deal with. With less than 2 million farmers in the United States, they certainly have enough on their plate to take care of. However, the problem of Harmf...


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Insect and Weed Resistance Management and GE crop traits

Writer’s Note: In our quest to grow more food we are developing GMO’s with agronomic traits. That is, they are to aid in controlling those organisms that would otherwise limit yield. These are different then what is called End User Traits. End User Traits would be things like Golden Rice that has elevated levels of vitamin D or the Flavor Saver Tomato that is able to retain its flavor longer on the grocery shelf. I am not necessarily opposed to GMO technology. I would hope to provide a level of serious brevity to the issues we face today, for they are worthy of our consideration and action.This is a story about two weeds and a worm. These weeds and worm weren’t extra special. They didn’t grow any quicker; they didn&r...


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Going Back to School

I have been lucky enough to see classrooms in action all over the world in my career. After I left the classroom as a teacher myself, I was able to continue my career in education technology which allowed me to observe classrooms and talk to educators across the globe. When I joined Nepris a couple of years ago, I had no idea how the classroom would open up to me in an entirely new way. I have found myself going back to school.What an incredible honor to meet so many people and listen to so many stories. I have literally teared up during these live video interactions between classrooms and professionals because of the stories I have heard, learned things I have never known before, and observed the power and commitment of teachers bringing t...


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Creating moments of discovery for students

When I was in second grade, I just knew I had to get good grades because I didn’t want to make my dad upset. When I was in 5th grade getting good grades just became a habit, no questions asked. When I was in 7th grade I just knew I had to become an engineer or a doctor because that is how academic success was measured, that is what my parents, my friends, relatives and my teachers expected of me. I had no idea what an engineer did or the fact that many different types of engineering existed. I had no idea where else science could be applied other than in medicine. I grew up in a culture where I never questioned the teacher or my parents but just accepted the fact that academic success led to a bright future. Looking back I often quest...


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