BOBBY LOPEZ — Greatest gifts are plenty of love and attention

first_img As an adult, my wife and I have built our own family rituals that we believe our children will remember and pass on to their own children. As they have grown up and left home to follow their own paths in life, these rituals also remind us of the bonds and love we have for each other and reunite us during the Christmas season.Some of the rituals our family enjoys are attending the Christmas Carol play every year at the Alley Theater, preparing three stockings for all my children regardless of age, listening to Christmas songs on the radio as we travel to various cities for our Christmas trip, driving around and looking at Christmas lights, feeding the homeless at shelters, and giving gifts to those in need.But even with these rituals, the one that I feel still echoes through my mind, is giving thanks for just being here and together another year.As you celebrate this holiday season, please ensure while presents are important, that you as a parent provide your children with the most important gift: your love and support. Educators see students every day and, believe it or not, we can see when a child is not receiving support from his or her parents.I tell parents over and over to provide plenty of love and attention, especially if your child is between the ages of 4 and 12. Kids need it, even more now in this pandemic.Please assure that you and your family are wearing a mask during this challenging pandemic. Limit the amount of time your children spend with others, especially those who are not immediate relatives.Let’s keep our focus on making tamales, listening to Christmas music and placing Christmas lights outside your house for future holiday seasons. In the end, please remember the message my mother would repeat year end and year out: give thanks that you have been given this great year!Dr. Bobby Lopez, CEO, has served as superintendent of the Bob Hope School since 2010. Contact him at [email protected] or 409-983-3244. The December holidays bring time for relaxation and some well-deserved time off. They also give us time to reflect on the values that are important to each of us.What does the holiday season mean for me? What I remember the most are beliefs my mother had and passed on to each of her children.As I reflect on my personal holiday season as a child, I remember always expecting a gift from Santa. My family lived paycheck-to-paycheck. Many times, there was not a paycheck. Yet, somehow, there were always presents on Christmas morning. I felt so proud. I was taking a Christmas tree to a home that had never had one in the number of years that I could remember. We quickly decorated it with popcorn strings and a few Christmas ornaments.But what really resonates is the aroma of tamales in the house. Every Christmas season, my mother and relatives would come in and make tamales or we would go to a relative’s house and make them there.Church played a very important role also in my upbringing. Attending mass was a family ritual, whether it was Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve or the nine o’clock mass on Christmas day. My mother would always remind us as we were going into church to give thanks that we were a family and that we were all well without any illnesses, pain or hunger.That is the message I remember most.center_img My mother always managed to save for us at Christmas. While my brothers and sisters thought our presents were new toys or something else we wanted at the time, the gifts my mother was really giving us were the timeless gifts of love of family and self-sacrifice.We were a family of seven, my father, my mother and five kids. One year when I was a second grade student, my teacher decided to raffle out the classroom Christmas tree and asked those without a tree to write their names down and place them in a box.I remember praying and praying that I would be the fortunate student able to bring home the class tree. When the teacher pulled out the name of the student who won the tree, it was my name.last_img read more

Meet Bradley Nelson, the doctor guiding U athletics through COVID-19

first_imgMeet Bradley Nelson, the doctor guiding U athletics through COVID-19Dr. Nelson has assembled a team of doctors, public health experts and epidemiologists to advise the athletics department through the pandemic.Parker JohnsonA cloth mask and bouquet of flowers are seen on the Goldy statue outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, April 1. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily) Julianna LandisJuly 18, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIn his position within the University of Minnesota’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Bradley Nelson mainly focuses on the intricacies of knee and shoulder injuries. Torn rotator cuffs, knee injuries, shoulder instability problems and the surgical procedures associated with them make up a large majority of Nelson’s day-to-day work, even during a pandemic. But in addition to his position in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Nelson also serves as the medical director for the University’s athletics department, where he works hands on with student-athletes dealing with injuries. As the medical director, Nelson also works in an administrative role with the department’s athletic trainers and team physicians. When sports were canceled in March, he began assembling a team of doctors and experts in public health, infectious disease and epidemiologists to advise the athletics department as it plans for the future and the inevitable return of sports. Nelson said his work in sports medicine has given him the perspective to think big picture.“I’m a long-time team physician, and being a team physician, your role is more than just taking care of a knee or shoulder — you have to make broader decisions,” he said. “In my role as medical director, I look at myself as an administrator … and you want to put together subject matter experts who can provide you with the best advice.”  Even with Nelson’s team of experts providing the best advice, the future is still uncertain for college sports. The Ivy League announced last week that it would be postponing all athletics until January, citing the complications of following each university’s different COVID-19 guidelines. A joint statement issued by the Ivy League Council of Presidents elaborated that they “simply do not believe we can create and maintain an environment for intercollegiate athletic competition that meets our requirements for safety and acceptable levels of risk.”  The Ivy League was the first in college athletics to announce cancellations earlier this year, and it remains to be seen if their announcement canceling fall athletics will create the same domino effect seen this past March. Some smaller conferences like the Patriot League have canceled its fall sports, but the Power Five conferences, like the Big Ten, ACC and SEC, are still moving towards having a fall football season. The Power Five conferences are expected to announce a uniform COVID-19 procedure and testing policy, according to Sports Illustrated. Nelson said the decision for the Big Ten concerning fall sports and beyond will depend on where the country is in terms of controlling the virus. He is confident that if the risk became too great to continue with athletics in the coming months, the conference would act in the best interest of its student-athletes, even if that means mid-season cancellations.last_img read more

Solar plans for Lang Lang

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie The renewable energy developers behind a proposed 150-acre hybrid solar and battery farm in Lang Lang say…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Home cooking can’t power Wildcats past Immaculata at KVC

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyThe weekend saw the Mount Sentinel Wildcats move up the competitive ladder, just not enough to capture the overall title at the Kootenay Volleyball Classic Saturday in South Slocan.Immaculata defeated the host Cats 2-1 (25-16, 23-25, 15-8) to claim the overall High School Girl’s Volleyball tournament at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium.“(This) was a good weekend for us,” said Sentinel coach Joe Moreira. “We had important contributions from a number of players who are beginning to play with more confidence.” “In particular Laura Soukeroff and Chelsie Van Brynen (both Grade 12s) who had limited roles last year but are now feeling more comfortable on the floor and are recognizing that as Grade 12s this is their time to take charge,” Moreira added.Immaculata finished on top of the table following round robin play and easily disposed of J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail 2-0 in one semi final.Meanwhile Mount Sentinel took second after pool play. The Cats defeated Kootenay rival Selkirk Storm of Kimberley during the round robin, then knocked off the Bavarian City squad in the other semi final, this time 15-13 in the third game of the match.“We had three important victories,” Moreira explained. “We beat Selkirk twice, both very close and in three sets, and also beat Fernie. Both teams are solid and athletic and we need to beat them both to advance to provincials.”Fernie finished fifth in the tournament followed by A.L. Fortune of Enderby and Osoyoos.Mount Sentinel has little time to relax as the team travels to Kelowna to compete in the UBC/O High School Volleyball tournament.“We sill have lots of work ahead of us to compete with the really good teams in the province,” Moreira explained. “At the moment “slow and steady” is a good pace for us (because) without Grade 11’s on the team we must rely on our Grade 10’s to play beyond their level of maturity.”RALLY POINT: Immaculata, currently second in the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball rankings, may jump into the number one slot. Selkirk will most likely drop down the table from seventh to ninth while the Wildcats of Mount Sentinel could move into eighth [email protected]last_img read more

Bad News weekend for Nelson Leafs

first_imgSam Swanson, Nolan Percival and Peace sandwiched goals around a marker by Leafs Keenan Crossman to give the defending KIJHL Champs the one-goal advantage.Nelson sniper Ryan Cooper tied the game with six minutes remaining before Peace pieced the hearts of the Leafs with the late-game tally.Nelson outshot the Hawks 36-30 in the contest with Liam Coulter in the Beaver Valley nets registering a second win over the Leafs.Williams, who had registered shutouts in four previous games, took the loss in goal for Nelson.Despite the setback, Nelson remains tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division with Castlegar Rebels, each team with 57 points.Beaver Valley, which has won six straight games, closes the gap on the leaders and now trails top spot by eight points.Nelson will have a week to lick their wounds before taking to the road for a pair of Murdoch Division games.Friday, the Leafs travel to Spokane to meet the Braves before venturing west on Highway 3 to play the Border Bruins on Grand Forks.ICE CHIPS: Nelson bounced back after Friday’s loss to Beaver Valley by edging Grand Forks 4-1 Saturday at the NDCC Arena. Game Star Ryan Cooper scored twice while Ryan Piva and Logun Wullum added singles. Reese Tambellini scored the lone goal for Grand Forks, which trailed 1-0 after 40 minutes. Caiden Kreitz was in goal to pick up the win for Nelson. . . . After winning five consecutive games before the Prospects Games weekend in Kelowna, Nelson has dropped two of three. The good news, if there is any when a team drops two of three games during a three-game weekend, is the Nelson Leafs won’t see the Beaver Valley Nitehawks until the final game of the season.The bad news is the Hawks stole the Leafs thunder for the second time in three days, scoring the winning goal in the final minute of the game to edge Nelson 4-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon in Fruitvale.The game was rescheduled from December 29th when a power outage postponed the contest in the first period with Nelson leading 1-0.Morgan Peace provided the heroics for the home side, scoring an unassisted tally past Josh Williams in the Leaf nets.Friday, Beaver Valley ended Nelson’s five-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory in the Heritage City.Trailing 1-0 after one period on a goal by Leafs Sawyer Hunt, Beaver Valley outscored the Leafs 3-1 to grab a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.last_img read more

A Guy at the Libertarian Convention Did a Striptease on Live TV

first_imgProbably NSFW: The Libertarian Party chose former New Mexico Governor GARY JOHNSON to be their presidential nominee over the weekend.  He was also their candidate in 2012.But a chunky dude with a big red beard named James Weeks stole the show.  He was running to be the party chairman as a joke.  And instead of giving a speech when he bowed out on Sunday, he did a STRIPTEASE on live TV.(Profanity Warning!  Search for “James Weeks Strips at Libertarian Party National Convention.”  He starts dancing at :30 . . . stripping at 1:20 . . . and says he’s dropping out at 2:48.  WARNING!!!  There’s some uncensored profanity.)last_img read more

Sasol: 100% synthetic jet fuel

first_imgA Fischer-Tropsch slurry phase reactor at Sasol. (Image: Emerson Process Management) Janine ErasmusSouth African fuel producer Sasol has become the first company in the world to gain approval from international aviation authorities for use of its fully synthetic jet fuel in commercial airliners. Sasol produces its fuels from coal and natural gas and is the world’s only commercial user of the proprietary coal to liquids (CTL) process used to make the jet fuel.Sasol CTL, as it is known, underwent a testing process that spanned several years before getting the green light from aviation fuel specification authorities. Among these are the British Ministry of Defence, which is responsible for Def Stan (Defence Standard) 91-91 – this governs the requirements for kerosene jet fuel. Other stakeholders – including engine and airframe manufacturers, airlines, relevant oil companies, and bodies such as the International Air Transport Association – were also part of the approval processSasol CE Pat Davies says, “Approval by the international aviation fuel authorities recognises the absolute need to develop aviation fuel from feedstocks other than crude oil in order to meet the world’s growing needs.”For almost a decade Sasol has provided jet fuel that consists partly of a CTL component and partly of kerosene derived from crude oil.Sasol CTL has now been officially classed as Jet A-1 fuel, which is fuel for jet and turbo-prop-engined aircraft. Jet A is the standard aviation fuel in the United States and is only available there, while Jet A-1, which is similar but has a lower freezing point, is sanctioned for use elsewhere in the world.In the US, ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, publishes the ASTM D1655 specification for aviation turbine fuels. It is expected that the latest version of the standard will include the Sasol CTL synthetic jet fuel. ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organisations in the world.Helping the environmentTests have shown that emissions from Sasol’s jet fuels are lower than those of similar fuel derived from coal, because of the lower sulphur content. This has positive implications for the environment.The technology also signifies a move away from the use of crude oil as a fuel source. Alternative fuels are the subject of intensive research because of the high cost of crude, and Sasol’s technology can be applied not only to coal but also to gas and biomass. In the context of energy sources biomass refers most often to plant material, but can equally apply to material of animal origin. Either way, it is carbon-based.Countries with high reserves of coal and natural gas will be able to turn these reserves into valuable income using Sasol’s environmentally benign technology. According to Sasol the world has proven coal reserves of an estimated 985-billion tons, with the largest known reserves being in the US, Russia, China, India, Australia, Germany and South Africa. Sasol plans to make its unique technology available internationally.While current approval only applies to jet fuel produced at Sasol’s Secunda, Mpumalanga, plant, the company intends submitting applications for approval for its Oryx GTL (gas to liquid) plant in Qatar and its GTL plant in Nigeria. The latter is a joint venture with Chevron, parent company of Caltex.In addition, Sasol is considering potential CTL ventures in the US, China and India which will also fall under the approval process. Its partner in India will be the Tata Group.Converting coal to liquid energyThe coal to liquids process involves three stages. In the gasification stage the coal is turned into raw gas, which is then purified into a synthesis gas for the next stage. The second stage involves a process known as Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. The conversion takes place in a unique low-temperature Fischer-Tropsch Slurry Phase Reactor developed by Sasol, which can produce between 2 500 and 17 000 barrels per day. Here the synthesis gas is converted into heavy hydrocarbons in the presence of a catalyst, typically based on iron and cobalt.Finally, the products of stage two are upgraded depending on the final product required – these range from automotive and aviation fuels and waxes to high-grade lubricants. Upgrades include various chemical processes, as well as refining through a conventional petroleum refinery.Sasol has stated that it has the strategic intent to be a world leader in Fischer-Tropsch chemistry.Reducing South Africa’s dependence on crudeSasol was established in 1950 to protect South Africa, which does not have its own crude oil reserves, from incurring heavy costs due to increasing crude oil imports. Major milestones in the company’s history include the production of its first automotive fuel in 1955, and the establishment in 1990 of its first international marketing company, Sasol Chemicals Europe. This paved the way for Sasol’s extensive globalisation programme.Today Sasol has operations in more than 20 countries and exports its products to more than 100. In addition to its CTL evaluations in China, India and the US, the company is currently working with the South African government on exploring the feasibility of an 80 000 barrels-per-day facility in South Africa.Related articlesSasol’s massive BEE deal Sasol: making liquid fuel from coal Useful linksSasolAviation fuelsASTM InternationalOryx GTLSasol ChevronInternational Air Transport Associationlast_img read more

The sky is not the limit for African astronaut Mandla Maseko

first_imgAstronaut Mandla Maseko will feature in the next instalment of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, to be aired on Sunday 20 July at 9pm on SABC2. Maseko won the global Axe Apollo Space Academy competition for an hour long sub-orbital trip of 62 miles, or about 100 kilometres. Handpicked for the trip on the Lynx Mark II Spaceship, Maseko is one of only 23 civilians from around the world to win a seat on the space mission. He saw off a million other entrants to emerge victorious. (Image: Sthe Shabangu)• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 [email protected]• South Africa takes to space • Ubuntu coming to phones• Blast-off for space weather centre • Ubuntu beats Windows and Mac • From township to space, the world’s first black African astronautMelissa Jane CookIt is an extraordinary dream come true. Like music to Mandla Maseko’s ears, this part-time DJ will blast off into space, literally. No-one in Maseko’s family has ever stepped outside South Africa, but now the 25-year-old is preparing to rocket into space in 2015.Maseko won the global Axe Apollo Space Academy competition for an hour long sub-orbital trip of 62 miles, or about 100 kilometres. Handpicked for the trip on the Lynx Mark II Spaceship, Maseko is one of only 23 civilians from around the world to win a seat on the space mission. He saw off a million other entrants to emerge victorious.The son of a toolmaker and a cleaning supervisor, he hails from the dusty Mabopane Township near Pretoria. He will be the first black African, and the only other South African besides billionaire Mark Shuttleworth to have gone into space. Shuttleworth is a white entrepreneur and philanthropist who bought a seat on a Russian Soyuz capsule for £12-million and spent eight days on board the International Space Station in 2002.“Excitement does not begin to describe how I feel right now,” Maseko told the Pretoria News daily. “If there was a better word than ‘excitement’ I would use it.” He was forced to put his civil engineering studies on hold because he could not pay the fees; now will get to experience zero gravity and a journey that normally comes with a $100 000 price tag.He heard the news of his achievement on 5 December 2013, only a few hours after the death of Nelson Mandela. “I have run the race and completed the course, now here is the torch,” Maseko imagined Mandela would have said to him. “Continue running the race and here’s the title to go with it.”Watch Mandla Maseko discussing his once in a lifetime opportunity:Entering the competitionIn August 2013, Maseko was lying on the couch when he heard an advertisement for the competition on the radio and decided to enter, along with thousands of other South Africans. “I needed to send in a picture of myself jumping off something. I jumped off the wall in the backyard. I had to do it three times before I was happy with the picture.” His motivation for entering, he said was because he wanted “to defy the laws of gravity”.Hopefuls from more than 105 countries competed for a spot on the shuttle. Only 30 entrants from South Africa were selected from a field of 85 000 determined individuals for the first set of challenges in Free State; they were cut down to three, who went to the US for further gruelling preparations. Maseko was among them – one black, one white, one of Indian origin. “We wanted to show South Africa is way past the colour of our skin. We are the human race.”From December 1 to 8, Maseko and fellow South Africans Dean Roddan and Haroon Osman faced arduous challenges at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida. This would test their resolve, strength and courage.While at the Axe Apollo Space Academy, Maseko engaged in a series of missions that gave all recruits a taste of the thrills and trials faced by real astronauts. Among training missions, he learned to pilot an Air Combat USA aircraft and braced himself for the strength of blast off in a G-Force Simulator at the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex.Other challenges included skydiving, building and launching a rocket and conquering obstacle courses. “Unfortunately we could not get our rocket to launch, but we made up points because we were judged on bravery, enthusiasm and teamwork,” Maseko said. “We face things head on. I knew I had to learn, master and excel at the challenges, so I did.”Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was one of the competition’s judges, and Maseko got the opportunity to meet Aldrin when he was announced a winner. “I got to shake his hand three times. I was like, ‘Oh, is this you?’ He said, ‘Yes, it is me!’” For Maseko, the encounter was magical. “This is how it feels to be out in space,” he thought.Aldrin is among 12 people – all American, all men and all white – to have walked on the moon. But Africa has growing space ambitions: the majority of the Square Kilometre Array, the world’s biggest and most powerful radio telescope, will be spread across South Africa and eight other countries on the continent.Watch Mandla Maseko discussing Space Jump Suits:Destined for greatnessHe was a “typical ekasi township boy” who still lived at home with his parents and four siblings, said Maseko. His father, who grew up in such poverty that he got his first pair of shoes when he was 16, was determined that his children would never go hungry. “I don’t remember going to bed without having eaten,” he said. “My dad provided for us. He is my hero, and then Nelson Mandela comes after.“I’m not trying to make this a race thing but us blacks grew up dreaming to a certain stage. You dreamed of being a policeman or a lawyer, but you knew you wouldn’t get as far as pilot or astronaut. Then I went to space camp and I thought, ‘I can actually be an astronaut.’”But he had known since he was a boy that he was destined for greatness. “We were not brought up to believe we can be bigger than big, but I always knew I would be.” His mom, Ouma Maseko, agreed: “When I was pregnant with him in 1988, I knew I would give birth to a star,” she said.The young Maseko’s imagination was fired by the science fiction series Star Trek and films such as Armageddon and Apollo 13. “I thought, that looks fun. No matter what life throws at you, you can use it and come out on top. If you get lemons, you must make lemon juice… My life has taken a total turn and this is my big break. People will be telling their children and grandchildren that I was the first black South African youth in space.”Plans for the futureDuring the long wait before his trip, Maseko hopes to complete his civil engineering qualification. One day when he had money, he said, he wanted to pay for the education of a child from his area. This humble boy has been offered a gigantic launch pad and the ability to defy the laws of physical and political gravity. His long-term plans are to study aeronautical engineering and qualify as a space mission specialist with the ultimate dream of planting the South African flag on the moon.“South Africa has come a long way. We have reached a stage where we are equal and we are one. This year is the 20th anniversary of democracy and what better way to celebrate than sending the first black South African into space?”The idea of making history when South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, appeals to him. “The vision of all youths here in Mabopane is to drive a taxi, do drugs or work on houses. It’s good to be a solution to your township rather than a problem. I want to break that system and this is a nice way to go down in history. I believe that will motivate me. The sky is not the limit.”Derek Hanekom, the minister of science and technology at the time – he became tourism minister in May this year – saw Maseko as a role model for “the future generation of space professionals and enthusiasts”. His experience could not have come at a better time than “when Africa is gearing up its space ambitions” as host to the world’s biggest and most powerful radio astronomy telescope, said Hanekom.The director of that project, Bernie Fanaroff, also hailed Maseko as an ambassador for science. “Anything that raises the profile of science up there must be good because it brings to the attention of young people what they can achieve in science and engineering.”It is a big responsibility, but the last word must go to the spaceman himself: “I have had to learn so much about astronomy and space to teach others. It’s been a dream, a lifetime dream come true, and I don’t want to stop here. When I come back, I want to become an astronaut and I will work hard to get there,” he said.last_img read more

Oklahoma Simplified Remote Seller Registration Open

first_imgThe Oklahoma Tax Commission alerts remote sellers that simplified remote seller registration is now available. Retailers making a certain level of Oklahoma sales must now remit sales tax to the Commission, regardless of physical presence in the state. This change is the result of economic nexus thresholds that recently took effect. (TAXDAY, 2018/04/12, S.20; TAXDAY, 2018/04/13, S.18; TAXDAY, 2018/09/07, S.12)Simplified Remote Seller RegistrationRemote sellers seeking to register in order to comply with the state’s new economic nexus requirements can:– go to OkTAP at oktap.tax.ok.gov/OkTAP/Web,– click “Register,” and– click “NEW-Remote Seller Registration.”Remote sellers can register for Oklahoma and other Streamlined Sales and Use Tax (SST) Agreement states via the SST Registration System at sstregister.org.Press Release, Oklahoma Tax Commission, October 15, 2018; Twitter, October 15, 2018, 12:37 p.m., twitter.com/oktaxcommissionLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Beat the January blues at Bett 2017

first_imgWelcome back! For most people, January means grey weather, new exercise regimes, and fat-free, fun-free diets. To those of us in the world of education, however, January offers a spark of edtech excitement. Europe’s biggest education technology fair is back for its 21st appearance at London’s ExCel centre from 25 to 28 January. We’ll be there as always – this year on stand C210 – to meet over 44,000 like-minded teachers, students, leaders, techies, makers, coders and thinkers.Bett 2017 looks set to be fantastic, with superstar chef Heston Blumenthal and education guru Sir Ken Robinson already confirmed for keynote talks.This year we’re positioned right next to the main Bett arena, and we’ll be hosting events throughout the week to show off the latest and best technology that you can incorporate into your own classrooms.On Thursday 26 January, Intel will be leading a School Leaders Summit discussion, Taking a 360 Degree Look at Student Learning, with a panel of our five*  Intel® Education Visionaries to discuss how to build a meaningful 360-degree learning experience. The focus will be on how to unlock the power of personalizing the student experience, using technology and data to connect educators and students.We’ll also be co-hosting three sessions at the STEAM Village. On the Wednesday, Yorick Schetgen from our IOT Innovators and Makers division will be presenting the Makeblock, a learning platform that uses robots to teach engineering skills to young people aged 6-13. Look out for his talk at 12:00 called Creative physical programming at school with Makeblock Mbot.The following day, get hands-on at the circuit petting zoo. Derek Runberg from Sparkfun will introduce the Arduino 101 Inventor’s Kit and show you how you can take it into your classroom, all in under an hour, starting at 14:45. The kit is designed to help embed concepts of mathematics, motion, computational thinking, computer science, and engineering into your STEAM programme.And if you’re feeling lucky, there are also chances to win some great prizes. At Intel’s stand, take our 360 learning tour for a chance to win a 2 in 1 with Intel Inside – we’re giving away one each day. The drawings will be held at 16:00 on 25, 26 and 27 January so make sure you stick around. We’d also recommend stopping by the Making and Coding area of our stand to receive a free USB drive with over 20 UK Makers lesson plans and projects.Finally, on Friday 27th, spend your lunch break getting to know the CTCprogram. More formally known as Creative Technologies in the Classroom from Arduino, it includes learning materials and over 20 hands-on projects for students starting at age 13 and above that introduces basic concepts in programming, electronics, and mechanics in an approachable, playful way. Already a hit in Spain, Sweden and Ecuador, the program has now been opened up to teachers around the globe. Head down at 13:15 to find out more.So if you’re visiting Bett, these quick, informative, and fun sessions will give you something to take back into your classroom.As well as the one-off sessions, our stand C210 will be open for the duration of the event. Here you can meet some of our Intel Education Visionaries – educators who are leading the way in the creative use of classroom technology. You can also get to grips with Intel-powered devices from laptops, tablets and 2-in-1s to robots and Lego, as well as a range of hardware and software from our industry partners and four ed-tech startups from our Intel® Education Accelerator programme.But what if you can’t make it? As always, you can follow us on social media, where we’ll be bringing you live updates from all the key talks, demos, announcements, and performances, as well as nightly recaps of all the day’s action. Twitter is the most frequently updated, but you can also keep abreast of the action on Facebook.See you there.*Visionaries for School Leader Panel:Gareth Shaw, ICT Leader and Educator, UK, Northern Ireland Ballyclare High SchoolAmanda Hayward, ICT Coordinator, UK, England ICT in SchoolsSimon Wing, Educator, UK, England Montgomery Primary SchoolIan Phillips, IT Director, UK, The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ SchoolDonna Teuber, Innovation Program Designer, USA, Richland School District Two, South Carolinalast_img read more