Virtual reality has long opened up windows for corporate training and consumer entertainment. But what about education? What about opportunities to create experiences for rural students in science, technology, engineering and math? Those were the questions that Mike Cuales, owner of LEVR Studios and creative director of North Carolina State University’s distance learning program, looked to answer in a three-part pilot program that brought VR STEM experiences into middle school classrooms.

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It has been nearly 50 years since former President Richard Nixon vetoed universal childcare, now two presidential candidates are proposing we bring the idea back.

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a $991,800 grant to the American Camp Association (ACA) to explore and develop systems that support camp professionals in promoting positive youth development through camp experiences. Specifically, this project is focused on building systems that support program quality assessment and continuous improvement.

EFTW can be led by facilitators from any background or field. No technical experience is required. Projects can be completed in 10-15 hour experiences over an 8-week period. Facilitators run project sprints at their sites with support from the Facebook team, from webinars to weekly project support. Facilitators will receive a $500 compensation.

Schools need to prepare for a nationwide surge in cases of the coronavirus that is currently wreaking global havoc and could disrupt daily life in some communities, federal officials warned Tuesday. “You should ask your children’s schools about their plans for school dismissals or school closures,” Nancy Messonnier, a director at the Centers for Disease Control, said during a press briefing on Tuesday. “Ask about plans for teleschool.”

When we say that afterschool programs keep children and young people safe, we are not only talking about risky behaviors and crime. The welcoming environments, supportive networks, and caring adults that afterschool programs offer are themselves protective factors for a range of issues that affect kids everywhere. Mental health issues, substance use, and eating disorders are just a few of the potential traumas for which afterschool is a key protective factor. February 26 through March 4 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week – Come as You Are: Hindsight is 20/20.

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