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Find Your Passion & Change the World

You want to make a difference in the world by doing what you love but not sure how to channel your passion or how to find the confidence to pursue it?

Anousheh Ansari, CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, has a lot of experience with changing the world. According to Girls In Tech, she’s also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, the founder of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women and the first Muslim woman in space.

“When you have an idea, when there’s a new career path you want to go after, when you want to learn a new skill, do it, try it,” Ansari says. “it doesn’t mean you will succeed … but at least you never have to ask yourself, What if?”

Read more about following your passion at Girls In Tech.

Shriner’s Hospital gives boy a 3D printed bionic arm

Shriner’s Hospital got a 3D printed bionic arm custom made to look like Marvel superhero Iron Man for 8-year-old patient. It’s pretty cool what you can do with a 3D printer!

“The 3D printed bionic arm for the 8-year-old Lynnfield resident was the first for the health system, which has 22 facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The arm will help Sam, a bilateral amputee, during sports and with everyday tasks.” Read more about it at MassLive.

Guidelines for keeping you and your students healthy

Art Student In A Classroom At School

Educating Through Crisis has a lot of resources from trusted sources that can help keep you and your students healthy during these challenging Covid-19 times. Here are a few topics covered on their website:

HOW TO HELP CHILDREN AND TEENS MANAGE STRESS

SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH AND LEARNING DURING SCHOOL REOPENING

BURN OFF THOSE PANDEMIC POUNDS, NO GYM REQUIRED

NEA SCHOOL AND CAMPUS COVID-19 REPORTING SITE

UPDATES ON COVID-19 FINANCIAL RELIEF

It sounded like a roomful of ladies knitting

In 1943, the Mark I was a gigantic calculator/computer: 55 feet long and 8 feet high. It weighed five tons. It handled 23-decimal-place numbers and performed addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and trigonometry.

“Mathematician Grace Hopper of the U.S. Naval Reserve joined Aiken’s team at Harvard and was instrumental in keeping the Mark I running. She repaired it one day by removing a moth that had fouled the Mark I’s electromechanical innards, becoming the first person to literally debug a computer. (The term itself was already in use for other mechanical devices, and Hopper noted the irony.)”

Read more about it at Wired.

53% of Americans Say the Internet Has Been Essential During the COVID-19 Outbreak

“The new national survey of 4,917 U.S. adults conducted April 7 to 12 using the Center’s American Trends Panel explores public attitudes about the role of government in addressing these issues and finds that a majority of Americans (62%) do not think it is the federal government’s responsibility to ensure that all Americans have a high-speed internet connection at home during the COVID-19 outbreak. And a similar share (65%) do not think the federal government should be responsible for ensuring cellphone services to all.” Read more about it at Pew Research Center.