Microsoft bring their DreamSpace Experience to Donegal school

first_imgMicrosoft, for the first time, brought their DreamSpace experience outside of their €134m campus at One Microsoft Place, Dublin and the destination for this unique pop-up event was Saint Eunan’s College, Letterkenny.Working along with the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) department in the school, four lucky primary schools were invited into the newly refurbished Computer Science suite in the Saint Eunans which was transformed into Microsoft’s DreamSpace for the day – complete with beanbags, Surface laptops, Micro:bits and of course the Microsoft tutors.Students from Killian National School (Inver), Cloughfin National School (Lifford), Scoil Mhuire gan Smál and Educate Together (Letterkenny) were chosen to participate and were assisted by Computer Science students from Saint Eunans throughout the day. The workshops focus on teamwork, engineering, coding and the skills of ‘making’.Students got an insight into what life was like in Microsoft’s new Irish headquarters in Dublin and how the building was constructed. The kids then got an opportunity to design and construct their own building using only paper and lollipops.These marvels of engineering were then tested against simulated earthquakes (shaking of tables!) before students got to design and code their own shake sensors using the Micro:bit computers. These skills of teamwork, engineering, design and debugging are high on the wishlist of many of today’s employers.The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr.Joe McHugh, dropped in to meet the students and was very generous with his time, chatting to each group about their project and their thinking behind the designs. This was a huge honour for Saint Eunan’s College and a great endorsement of their STEAM Academy which is nearing two years old. This initiative has taken several STEAM subjects under its umbrella including the new flagship Transition Year course which includes Computer Applications, HTML, Python Programming, CAD and 3D printing. Saint Eunan’s is also one of only 40 pilot schools in the country that offers Leaving Certificate Computer Science under the Academy banner.Microsoft are intending to roll out more of these pop-up events nationwide following the success of the event in Saint Eunan’s. We look forward to continuing the relationship between the College and the company into the future.Microsoft bring their DreamSpace Experience to Donegal school was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMicrosoftSt Eunanslast_img read more

Spiral Galaxy Upset

first_imgIn 1964, C. C. Lin and Frank Shu looked at the galaxy’s curvaceous arms and said, “You are my density.”  The density-wave theory of spiral arm formation was married to galactic astronomy for nearly a half century.  Now, however, we are back to the future, where theories do not always fulfill their destiny.  An upstart postgrad told the Royal Astronomical Society has debunked the old theory and proposed a new one.    The press release from the Royal Astronomical Society says, “A study of spiral patterns found in galaxies like our Milky Way could overturn the theory of how the spiral arm features form and evolve.”  Robert Grand found it “impossible to reproduce” spiral arms in simulations using the density-wave model of Lin and Shu. Since 1960s, the most widely accepted explanation has been that the spiral arm features move like a Mexican wave in a crowd, passing through a population of stars that then return to their original position.  Instead, computer simulations run by Grand and his colleagues at University College London’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) suggest that the stars actually rotate with the arms.  In addition, rather than being permanent features the arms are transient, breaking up and new arms forming over a period of about 80-100 million years.A statement about this new idea has already found its way into the Wikipedia entry on spiral galaxies.  Grand said of his model, “As well as helping us understand the evolution of our own galaxy, it may have applications for regions of star formation.”    Whether or not Grand’s new theory will survive a half century, the take-home lesson from the story is that a theory can be “widely accepted” by experts for decades, only to be found “impossible” later.The density-wave model was favored partly because it answered the galaxy wind-up problem – the conundrum that after billions of years, spiral arms would be wound up so tightly as to be undiscernible (see Jason Lisle’s explanation at Answers in Genesis under “Spiral Galaxies”).    Grand was careful to tweak his model to make sure spiral arms are transient and can re-evolve as often as necessary.  Whether or not his computer simulations have anything to do with external reality is the question.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Govt taking AG report seriously: Sisulu

first_img13 March 2013 Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has praised Auditor-General Terence Nombembe following the release of a 2011-12 audit showing a regression in government financial reporting, saying he was helping to lead “a decisive shift towards accountability in the financial matters of the state”. According to Nombembe’s latest audit, released on Tuesday, only 117 (or 22%) out of a total 536 audited government entities received a clean audit, including only three out of 38 national departments, for 2011-12. This was down from 132 clean audits in 2010-11 and from 152 in 2009-10. At a packed media briefing in Pretoria, the AG said that his office took comfort in the positive response from the government in its willingness to improve the situation.‘Good response from ministers, MECs’ “To a large extent what makes us comfortable is the response that we’re receiving in relation to the action that has happened since this report was out. This for us is important. We support the issue of how do we sustain the perfection of basic internal controls.” Nombembe said the issues raised in the report had been considered during discussions with ministers, provincial premiers and MECs. In the past, he said, it had been difficult to engage “with that layer of government”, but this had changed. “We’ve learnt of stumbling blocks which have given rise to the regression we’re talking about. We’re at a stage where we know what it is that is keeping us slightly backwards [and] what it is that we need to do to recover from that situation.” The AG said there was still a need to focus on service delivery, supply chain management and human resource management. “We’re still seeing a need to focus on these areas that required our previous concentration. The issue of service delivery is something whose administration in government still needs to be strengthened.”Govt ‘taking these issues seriously’ Sisulu, who was also present at Tuesday’s media briefing, congratulated Nombembe on his leadership. “Through his time of stewardship, we’ve seen a decisive shift towards accountability in the financial matters of the state,” Sisulu said, adding that the issues raised in the AG’s report, including the issue of procurement, were being taken seriously. Recent moves to bolster the public sector’s clean administration drive include the announcement of measures to re-skill public servants on the basics of the Public Finance Management Act, and Sisulu’s announcement that her department would soon introduce legislation banning public servants from doing business with the state. Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane told Tuesday’s briefing that the AG’s report was consistent with an assessment of 103 departments carried out by his department last year. The assessment had identified a number of areas that needed improvement, including the use of monitoring and evaluation to inform improvements to policies, programmes and service delivery. Chabane said his department would carry out these assessments on an annual basis, extending them to all departments in order to provide them with early of their weaknesses and to give them a better understanding of their challenges. Ministers had been instructed to ensure that their directors-general came up with plans to address challenges identified both by these assessments and in the AG’s reports. This, Chabane said, would enable the Cabinet to track whether management practices were improving in departments. and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Autumn observations of 2016 crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are just compiling the Extension fall soybean weed surveys; it is bad again with marestail and giant ragweed leading. The big news this year is that resistant marestail is statewide — the whole state now looks like the southwest has for the past 10 years. OSU Weed Specialist Mark Loux says to better manage resistant marestail:Do spray a fall treatment for next years no-till soybeans.Keep it simple. Don’t bother with a residual in the fall, save those dollars for the spring application.Timing that generally works well is late October into early November. Although I like to wait until after we have had a rain to settle the corn stalks and spruce up the weeds a little.Fall soybean insectsThey are getting worse. Maybe it was the dry fall or the wet August, or just a shift in insects but as I was harvesting I saw more seed damage than I have ever seen before. I don’t think we scout much after about mid-July so we probably missed the increasing levels of these late season insects on soybean. Late season insects I saw were grasshoppers, bean leaf beetle and more widespread stinkbug. Think now about later scouting for next year, and how you will manage soybean insects. Disease?Variety and hybrid selection — it matters. Choose a variety with excellent protection from disease. Did you see frogeye in soybeans this year or Gray leaf spot in corn? Comb through your company seed trail yield data and look through the seed catalogs. And as quickly as it is posted, look through any unbiased yield data you can find — including OSU’s corn and soybean performance trials. Watch the C.O.R.N. newsletter at for when they get published.Did Soybean cyst nematode hurt yields this year? Probably, so from Anne Dorrance and Terry Niblack our OSU Plant pathologists we get these suggestions:This year’s early harvest provides the perfect opportunity to take a look at the SCN populations in your fields. We know that the state is now “polluted” with SCN, fortunately most of those fields are at very low levels — which is where they should be kept.So it is time to sample!  We recommend sampling in the fall — because in most cases this is what the population will be in the spring.last_img read more

Santa Fe National Historic Trail GeoTour (GT34)

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Santa Fe National Historic Trail GeoTourAugust 9, 2014In “Geocaching Info”Want a Reward for Finding Geocaches? Keep Reading…March 2, 2015In “Community”Wisconsin’s West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour (GT40)August 23, 2018In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Giddy-up geocachers, a new journey awaits!From 1821 to 1880, traders hauled manufactured goods from Missouri all the way to Santa Fe. There they traded these goods for silver coins, pelts, and mules. Known as the Santa Fe Trail, this trek spanned five states and nearly 900 miles (1,400 km) of challenging terrain—the early pioneers sure didn’t have it easy. You too can walk the Santa Fe Trail—luckily for you, there are now paved roads, National Park Service historical markers, over 1000 Favorite points, and 73 geocaches to discover, and on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail GeoTour!You’ll crow for joy when you find GC4YXVK, right in the middle of historical Santa Fe! Photo by LoveYour geocaching adventure along this National Historic Trail will show you rich history, a varied and stunning landscape, pristine natural and historical resources, and well preserved historic sites. This beautifully maintained GeoTour is hosted with the help and support of the Santa Fe Trail Association and the National Park Service and celebrates its sixth birthday this year!Live your wild west fantasies on the Santa Fe Trail GeoTour (GT34) Yee haw! Photo by LitJoe77The GeoTour takes you through five states (Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico) of stunning wilderness, as well as urban areas such as Kansas City and, you guessed it, Santa Fe. “It’s clean and green and pretty, and they went and built a city out of clay.” Photo by ancognitoYou can keep track of your smileys on an eye-catching and extensive passport or simply pick the caches that suit your fancy. When you log all of the caches, you earn a collectible souvenir to display proudly on your Geocaching profile.If you’re tired of “micros in the woods,” this is the GeoTour for you—leave those searches behind and trade them out for some “regulars on the plains,” instead—69 out of 73 of these caches are regular sized!Git along, little doggie! Photo by CordovaBucksBut don’t just take our word for it:. . . This has been a remarkable journey. We have seen things and learned things that are beyond fantastic! We have had more ohhhs and ahaas than the 4th of July. Thank you for this experience!” —Smokie StoverWithout this series I doubt many of us would know about the role some of these places played in our country’s history.” —mamajhkSo saddle up your palomino, and move ‘em on out for a GeoTour filled with adventure, discovery, history and, most importantly, some first-rate geocaching.last_img read more

Alora aims to prove she deserves to be flag-bearer by winning SEAG gold

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “Of course I’m proud to be the flag-bearer and we’re more inspired to strive harder because as the flag-bearer everyone will be looking at me” said Alora during the athletes’ send off. “We’ve prepared hard for this and I’m pretty sure we can produce the medals.”The Philippines had the second-best medal tally in taekwondo in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games winning three golds, three silvers, and two bronzes. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOnly Vietnam had a better record with five golds and three silvers.Alora, who represented the Philippines in the 2016 Rio Olympics, said it’s either gold or bust for her and the team in the Kuala Lumpur Games and that she wants to prove that she deserved her role as the Philippines’ flag-bearer. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next “I’m the one carrying the flag because I know I deserve the role,” said Alora in Filipino. “And I also want to prove that I deserve to carry the flag by winning a gold medal in the SEA Games.”“When I heard that I would be carrying the flag, I told myself that I would I have to prove it in Malaysia by winning.” View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH women’s netball team begins SEA Games campaign vs Thais Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Kirstie Alora. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netFilipino jin Kirstie Alora is not the type who has a shortage of confidence.Alora will lead the Philippine contingent in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and the 27-year-old is going to Kuala Lumpur with a goal she and the country would be proud of.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan striker Cutrone: Higuain great influence for me

first_imgAC Milan striker Cutrone: Higuain great influence for meby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone says working with Gonzalo Higuain is crucial for his development.Higuain is on-loan at Milan from Juventus this season.“Definitely having, for example, Higuain with you helps a lot,” Cutrone told Tuttomercatoweb.“I always watch him in training, I try to learn some things and improve every day.“I thank [Gennaro] Gattuso and his staff, I’ll try to improve even more.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoFIGC president Gravina open to suspending Serie A after San Siro incidents

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say FIGC president Gravina open to suspending Serie A after San Siro incidentsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIGC president Gabriele Gravina admits Serie A could be suspended after shocking incidents around Inter Milan’s win over Napoli.Inter’s 1-0 win against Napoli was marred by four fans being stabbed outside San Siro, one dying from a collision with a van and Kalidou Koulibaly receiving racist abuse from Nerazzurri supporters.“It’s something we’ll consider,” Gravina told Il Messaggero.“Now we need to take a moment and coordinate ourselves: we have a problem of public order and as such it must be managed, as well as the fact of playing or not.“I’m worried about this surreal climate. I’m not a psychologist, but it’s clear that some of the players were very nervous at San Siro.“Right now I’m in a period of reflection because what happened was very serious. We’ll hear from the ministry and CONI and then we’ll decide.“We’re verifying whether there were three calls and no stop, but it seems only one was made. Today the prosecutor will intervene and say his piece, but what happened was very bad.“The players were too nervous on the field. The referee will write what he thought, but if he made some mistakes then he’ll also be looked at.” last_img read more

18 days agoMan City boss Guardiola explains Walker substitution

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola explains Walker substitutionby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Kyle Walker was forced off at half-time against Wolves due to injury.The defender was substituted for Aleks Zinchenko during the interval of the 2-0 defeat.”Kyle could not continue in the second half,” he said.”The first half all the dangerous situations we created were from Joao. On the left side he was the most brilliant player on the team.”Kyle had an infection in his stomach. He didn’t train so well, he lost a lot of weight and he made an incredible effort to play because we needed fast players with the problems we had backwards because we knew we needed to make the build up with three in the back and not four. But at half-time he said he didn’t feel good so we make the change.” last_img read more

Portmore Residents Encouraged to Capitalise on Economic Opportunities

first_imgResidents of Portmore are being urged to capitalize on the economic opportunities that are available to them, especially in light of the sheer population of the municipality.The call came from Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who was addressing a civic ceremony at the Power of Faith Ministries in the Portmore Mall on June 28, where she was presented with the Key to the Municipality.Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that there are tremendous opportunities for business development in the community.“You must seek to expand business friendliness and work to open up as many outlets as possible for the entrepreneurial spirit of our people here in this municipality,” the Prime Minister said.She cited the growth of the business community over the years, and the “remarkable transformation from a dormitory community to a thriving business district.”“In fact, if we recall where Portmore was ten years ago, and pause to truly take stock of the development that has taken place here, we will conclude that Portmore has indeed come a far way. This is not to say the journey is to stop here. The journey is to continue,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.The Prime Minister urged the Council and residents to prepare themselves to take advantage of their proximity to several big investment projects, such as the planned Caymanas Logistics Centre and the 750,000 square feet of factory space in Naggo Head, that will be developed into an ultra-modern technology park with the potential to employ some 12,000 persons.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more