You've heard of Engineers, I'm sure. But, what are Engineers? Well, it turns out that they're all kinds of people doing all kinds of neat work! Want to be one? Well, join Sabrina in this episode of Crash Course Kids where she talks about what they do and why they do it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owHF9iLyxic
Rueters.com by ANDREA SHALAL WASHINGTON Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:26pm EDT Why Programs like Urban Youth's Engine Program are Important: Boeing exec says NASA crash underscores need for new U.S. engine The crash of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a "wake-up call" to the U.S. space community about the need to develop a new U.S. rocket engine, the head of Boeing Co's defense division said on Thursday. Chris Chadwick, chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, said the failure of the rocket on Tuesday was a "sad and tragic" reminder that the space business was complex and difficult, but he did not expect a lasting setback to the overall industry. The incident underscored growing concerns about U.S. reliance on Soviet-era and Russian engines that power rockets used for U.S. civilian space, military and intelligence purposes, Chadwick told Reuters in an interview. The Antares rocket was powered by a pair of Soviet-era NK-33 engines that were rebuilt by Aerojet Rocketdyne, a unit of GenCorp, and resold as AJ-26 engines. Even before the crash, Orbital had planned to switch to another engine given the age of the motors and uncertainty about future supplies. U.S. lawmakers and defense officials have also raised concerns about newer Russian-built engines used for the Atlas V rockets built by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp, given concerns that Russia could cut off those supplies. "It's a wake-up call that we need to move forward, we need to move smartly, we need to move together to protect this industry," he said. "We need to move beyond today’s technology ... and look for that next generation of engine that’s even more reliable, even more capable." U.S. authorities are investigating the explosion, which destroyed cargo and equipment [...]
INNOVATE PHILLY TOWNHALL: THE ASSET DRIVEN COMMUNITY BMe Community and Qeyno Labs are partnering to make Philadelphia a more caring and prosperous city. BMe Community partners with President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and Qeyno Labs to gather industry leaders and youth for the Innovate Philly Town Hall. Community leaders and youth will brainstorm on transformative means to impact Philadelphia communities and offer asset based solutions to help drive the city’s future in tech innovation. The event will take place at the Philadelphia’s new Innovation Lab YOU MUST RSVP AND BRING PHOTO I.D TO ENTER THE CITY BUILDING. RSVP HERE --> http://www.bmecommunity.org/philadelphiacommunity/townhall WHEN November 03, 2014 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm WHERE Philadelphia Innovation Lab 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd 16th Floor Room C Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States Google map and directions CONTACT Anthony Miller · firstname.lastname@example.org
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is quickly approaching Mars on a mission to study its upper atmosphere. When it arrives on September 21, 2014, MAVEN's winding journey from Earth will culminate with a dramatic engine burn, pulling the spacecraft into an elliptical orbit. For more information, visit nasa.gov/maven Follow on Twitter: #journeytomars #maven @maven2mars @nasasocial
Nico SLate a former QuestBridge Scholar who went to Stanford, is now a professor at Carnegie Mellon. He talked about "the combination of seeing what can be done and having someone you respect telling you you can do it."Photo Credit: Jeff Swenson for the NY Times Published In The NY Times. Author David Leonhardt @Dleonhardt Arianna Trickey was opening a piece of mail in her bedroom during junior year of high school when a pamphlet fell out of the envelope. The pamphlet seemed to offer the impossible: the prospect of a full scholarship to several of her dream colleges. She went running out to her father, a house painter, who was sitting on the family’s porch in Grass Valley, a California city in the Sierra Nevada foothills. “You have to see this,” she told him. “This is the scholarship that will get me to the best schools in the country.” The pamphlet was from a nonprofit organization called QuestBridge, which has quietly become one of the biggest players in elite-college admissions. Almost 300 undergraduates at Stanford this year, or 4 percent of the student body, came through QuestBridge. The share at Amherst is 11 percent, and it’s 9 percent at Pomona. At Yale, the admissions office has changed its application to make it more like QuestBridge’s. Founded by a married couple in Northern California — she an entrepreneur, he a doctor-turned-medical-investor — QuestBridge has figured out how to convince thousands of high-achieving, low-income students that they really can attend a top college. “It’s like a national admissions office,” said Catharine Bond Hill, the president of Vassar. The growth of QuestBridge has broader lessons for higher education — and for closing the yawning achievement gap between [...]
Urban Youth has been voted as one of the best youth mentoring organizations in the country by Esquire Magazine in this months issue! Pick it up in stores now to find out more about their amazing mentoring initiative.
Via www.handbags4peace.com There has been a recent spate of murders and attacks targeting women with in the city of Philadelphia. In response, a group of women have come together to promote a number of initiatives to make the city a safer and better place to live, particularly for women and children. The first stage of our awareness program was providing FREE self-defense classes to women/young girls in Philadelphia. In the last six months we have taught over 300 women/young girls life saving techniques. The second stage of our awareness program is creating the Handbags 4 Peace Reward Fund. A reward is one of the most powerful motivators for anyone with pertinent information to come forward and assist an investigation. A reward may help in recovering a criminal of a crime against a woman. Someone with knowledge about the situation may be reluctant to come forward. Reasons for this reluctance are varied, but a reward may provide the incentive they need to overcome their reluctance. REGISTER HERE --> http://www.active.com/philadelphia-pa/running/races/handbags-4-peace-women-s-violence-awareness-5k-run-walk-2014?int= The race will start in front of the Urban Youth Racing School at 907 N. Front Street. Handbags 4 Peace Reward Fund will be distributed to tips that lead to the arrest and prosecution of crime committed against a woman (murder, rape, serial robber). Handbags 4 Peace powered by Black Girls Run will host our 1st Annual Women’s Violence Awareness Run/Walk to help generate funds for the reward fund.
Google is offering vouchers to any women and minorities interested in learning how to code, CNET's Seth Rosenblatt reports. In a blog post from Gregg Pollack, CEO of the Code School, Google is paying for three free months for any women and minorities interested in tech to expand their skills. The offer is part of Google’s $50 million “Made With Code” initiative, which aims to help close the gender gap in tech. While Google is also offering the same vouchers to the women in attendance at its annual I/O developers conference this week, the search giant has released an online application that’s available to women everywhere. Google says its available vouchers for women number in the “thousands.” This new initiative comes just days after Google published a diversity report that revealed only 30% of its employees are women, while African-Americans and Hispanics only comprised 1 and 2% of Google’s tech employees, respectively. Google said the current state of its company diversity is “miles from where we want to be.” Google did say at its I/O keynote Wednesday, however, that there were twice as many women in attendance compared to last year. Beyond Google, the Labor Department says only 20% of software developers in the U.S. are women, while only 12% of computer science degrees today go to women. Megan Smith, vice president of Google’s X division, said the company’s initiative to encouraging women in tech is all about “debugging inclusion.” “We shouldn’t feel guilty about our biases,” Smith said. “We should wake up and do something about them.” Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-free-coding-lessons-to-women-2014-6#ixzz363Ich3Eq
Via The Huffington Post | By Caroline Bologna A new Verizon commercial cites a sad statistic by the National Science Foundation: 66 percent of 4th grade girls say they like science and math, but only 18 percent of all college engineering majors are female. People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years. The video depicts one girl's development from toddler to teenager. She wanders curiously through nature, examines the plants and animals around her, creates an astronomy project, and builds a rocket with her older brother. But all along the way, she hears many all-too-common refrains from her parents: "Who's my pretty girl?" "Don't get your dress dirty," "You don't want to mess with that," and "Be careful with that. Why don't you hand that to your brother?" These statements are subtle, but the ad suggests that they can ultimately discourage girls from pursuing traditionally male-dominated STEM subjects in school. According to AdWeek, the powerful commercial is the result of a partnership between Verizon and Makers and is narrated by Girls Who Code founder, Reshma Saujani. The video ends with a thought-provoking question: Isn't it time we told her she's pretty brilliant, too? It sure is.
Via Google Official Blog Ever since we started the Google self-driving car project, we’ve been working toward the goal of vehicles that can shoulder the entire burden of driving. Just imagine: You can take a trip downtown at lunchtime without a 20-minute buffer to find parking. Seniors can keep their freedom even if they can’t keep their car keys. And drunk and distracted driving? History. We’re now exploring what fully self-driving vehicles would look like by building some prototypes; they’ll be designed to operate safely and autonomously without requiring human intervention. They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal… because they don’t need them. Our software and sensors do all the work. The vehicles will be very basic—we want to learn from them and adapt them as quickly as possible—but they will take you where you want to go at the push of a button. And that's an important step toward improving road safety and transforming mobility for millions of people. Read More http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/just-press-go-designing-self-driving.html