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Lightweight Boxing Champion Mikey Garcia and Indy Racing Series Driver Conor Daly At UYRS Celebrity Grand Prix

For Immediate Release Urban Youth in Partnership with Chevy Racing and GM Foundation present the UYRS CELEBRITY GRAND PRIX FUNDRAISER What: The Urban Youth Racing School (UYRS) is set to host Celebrity Grand Prix Fundraiser to help introduce inner-city children to the world of STEM. The event kicks off with a surprise performance of the national anthem, just before the racers rev up their engines.  Entertainers, students and professional drivers will then pair off into teams, where the ultimate go-kart challenge will begin. Who: Mikey Garcia, current Lightweight Boxing Champion and Indy Racing Series , AJ Foyt Racing Driver Conor Daly will race at the UYRS Celebrity Grand Prix along with FOX 29 Good Day Anchor Alex Holley and Robb Holland, AmPro Series Driver. Past Honorary Drivers, Master of Ceremony & Grand Marshall and special guest have included, 5 Time NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., DJ Jazzy Jeff, Tina Gordon (NASCAR Driver), Reggie Showers (NHRA Driver), Styles (The LOX), Rocwiller (Hip Hop Producer), NAAM Brigade (Philly Group), Carvin Haggins (R&B Producer) and many more. When: Wednesday, August 16, 2017  6 PM to 10 PM Where: Speed Raceway, 1103 Route 130,  Cinnaminson, NJ. 08077  Please consider donating to the UYRS here -> DONATE Other event partners include (Click logo to go to their sites): / Twitter @UYRS / Facebook: Urban Youth Foundation/ Instagram: @Urbanyouth1Urban Youth Mission: URBAN YOUTH was born out of the highly successful Urban Youth Racing School, established in Philadelphia in 1998 by Anthony Martin. With a 19-year track record of success behind us, as well as national recognition, we look forward to reversing the plight of urban youth in this country by creating opportunities, igniting careers and transforming lives. The mission [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|Design, Photography, STEM Blog, Uncategorized, Videos, Wordpress|0 Comments

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Has “Teen Driving” Features

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will debut a system, called Teen Driver, that provides parents with a tool to help encourage safe driving habits for their kids, even when they are not in the car with them. Tutorial video below

By | July 28th, 2016|STEM Blog|0 Comments


360° OF EDUCATION: MATTEL VIEW MASTER Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR were not recommended for young children. However, Mattel has launched the first Virtual Reality headset specialized for kids: the ViewMaster. In collaboration with Google, the toy company offers a “cardboard” version in solid red plastic. Instead of fantasy worlds and fairy dust, however, Mattel takes kids to real places: Outer space, distant countries or the animal kingdom. ViewMaster started with Experience Packs – a combination of AR and VR – created in collaboration with National Geographic. True to the motto “Learn by experience”, children get 360 degrees of playful education. But do children really like to learn in VR? As often, there is no black or white: my 5-year old son likes experiencing virtual zoos or underwater worlds with VR. On the other hand, he spends the same time discovering jurassic worlds in traditional books. It seems that for kids VR is the same as books, apps and tv were for us as we grew up: In astudy by Dubit (a game development and research company), the participating children appreciated the potential for VR education. They wanted to use it at school, for example, to explore a jungle or travel through the human body. BUILDING AND EXPLORING VIRTUAL WORLDS With twelve participants, Dubit’s study is, of course, far from representative. However, it still offers a glimpse into the potential kids see in VR. Most excitement was – unsurprisingly – not stirred by virtual education but by the possibilities for games and entertainment. While the younger children were fine with being a passive observer on roller coaster rides or flight simulations, older kids wanted to actively shape virtual worlds – “like building a school or a castle”. [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|STEM Blog|0 Comments

How STEM Education Can Help Our Kids And Our World

Via NY Metro Parents Science, technology, engineering, and math are the four subjects that may be most important for our kids to be learning now. STEM education is finally getting the attention it deserves and there are many programs, classes, camps, and museum activities that will let your child learn STEM subjects. We need more scientists and innovators and STEM education holds the key. Building rockets, robots, and other cool contraptions helps kids become creative thinkers and problem solvers and may help them and our world in the future. Science, technology, engineering, and math: The four core subjects that make up STEM education are now getting more attention than ever, with more programs, classes, camps, and even museums turning their focus to where STEM can lead our world in the future. The Problem America consistently ranks poorly against its global classmates in STEM subjects, placing 25th in math and 17th in science out of 31 countries ranked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Only about 18 percent of high school seniors perform at or above proficiency in science subjects, according to the National Math and Science Initiative. These alarming numbers are forcing America to go back to the chalkboard and evaluate where we stand in an evolving STEM world. Beyond the classroom, census data reported by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in 2010 found that only 4.9 percent of American jobs were in science and engineering, falling from a recorded 5.3 percent in 2000—the first such decline since 1950. The result: We’re falling behind the rest of the world in terms of innovation, and the U.S. is losing jobs as companies are being forced to hire overseas workers for STEM projects. What’s [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|STEM Blog|0 Comments

Apple Is Closer To Building An Icar!

Via Huffington Post Apple is once again beefing up the team leading its secret car project. The company has hired Bob Mansfield, a former top executive, to head up the development of a self-driving electric car, according to sources that spoke with the Wall Street Journal. Mansfield started with the company in 1999 and oversaw hardware engineering for products including the Macbook Air, the iMac and the iPad, the Journal reports. In recent years, he’s served as an adviser to Apple. While Apple has not openly expressed its intent to build a car, all signs have been pointing to yes. Last year, the company brought on board Doug Betts, an auto industry veteran who had worked at Toyota and Nissan, and Paul Furgale, an artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicle expert. In May, Reuters reported that Apple was looking into how to charge electric cars and hiring engineers who were knowledgeable about the battery technology. The move comes as companies including Google, Tesla and Uber are gearing up to compete for the self-driving, electric car market. Google’s prototype car is learning when to honk, and Uber is testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh. Tesla released its autopilot feature in some vehicles last year, though a driver was recently killed in a crash involving autopilot. A shift toward electric cars would be a major step in removing our reliance on oil. Bloomberg estimates that the growth of electric vehicles could eliminate a daily demand of 2 million barrels of oil by 2023. But electric cars in the United States currently get their energy from a grid powered by burning fossil fuels ― which means they’ve still got a significant carbon footprint. That’s one big thing that will need [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|STEM Blog|0 Comments

It’s Your Turn To Change The World: GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR 2014

Via National Geographic It’s your turn to change the world, and the 2014 Google Science Fair (GSF) is your next chance to get started. Once again, National Geographic is helping to make this worldwide search for the next generation of great scientists a thrilling and enlightening reality.  In year’s past these future explorers have tackled some of the world’s greatest challenges, like an anti-flu medicine, an exoskeletal glove, a battery-free flashlight, banana bioplastics and more efficient ways of farming. The Grand Prize includes an National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos. Brittany Wenger, winner of the 2012 Google Science Fair, documented her trip with National Geographic to the Galapagos last year. Other prizes come from GSF partner’s Scientific American, Lego, and Virgin Galactic. Finalists will be narrowed down to 90 regional finalists in June.  Then, in August,15 Global Finalists will join us at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA for the finalist event where all the finalists will exhibit their projects and the Grand Prize winner will be named. For more information go to their website below.

By | March 10th, 2014|STEM Blog|0 Comments

Facebook Has A New Drone Plan!

  Now Facebook Has a Drone Plan By VINDU GOELVia NY Times   With all his talk of better data compression and more efficient phone chips, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has had a bit of trouble getting people excited about, his ambitious plan to get everyone in the world onto the Internet. Not anymore. The web was abuzz on Tuesday after a report in TechCrunch that Facebook was in negotiations to buy a manufacturer of drones, Titan Aerospace, for about $60 million. If a deal is completed, it will give Mr. Zuckerberg an intriguing new technology to further the cause of Titan’s drones, which resemble solar-powered airplanes, are designed to fly as high as 65,000 feet and stay aloft for as long as five years — essentially functioning like cheap satellites. They could blanket large areas with wireless Internet signals, although the signals would be slower and unable to handle as much data as land-based Internet connections. For remote places like rural Africa, they would be enough to provide at least rudimentary access to the Internet through mobile phones. Facebook would have to overcome lots of technical and legal problems before a global Facenet would be a reality. But the idea would allow the social network to one-up its rival, Google, which has its own far-fetched plan to extend the Internet to far-flung places via a network of balloons. And it is a lot closer to reality than Amazon’s idea of drones that will deliver packages.

By | March 6th, 2014|STEM Blog|0 Comments

Girls in STEM: A New Generation of Women in Science

Via The White House Girls in STEM, featuring young women scientists and engineers who wowed the President and the nation at the White House Science Fair in February, shines a spotlight on these extraordinary young role models and their exciting projects -- ranging from a machine that detects buried landmines, to a prosthetic hand device, to a lunchbox that uses UV light to kill bacteria on food.

By | February 25th, 2014|STEM Blog|0 Comments

A STEM Education, Tools to Change the World

Via The White House Energy Secretary Steven Chu and business leaders discuss how, with an understanding of Science and Math, individuals are shaping the world we live in.    

By | February 25th, 2014|STEM Blog|0 Comments