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The BDPA Insider - March 27, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Saturday, March 26, 2011


The BDPA Insider - March 27, 2011


What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!


In this issue:

BDPA Columbus Students Go Virtual in Their Computer Camp Training

Earl Wilkerson Named 'Outstanding Volunteer of the Year' by Media General

Sid the Science Kid

Navy to Build a Fleet of Robots with 3D Printers

IT Boot Camps Teach New Ideas and Technologies

2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

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BDPA Columbus Students Go Virtual in Their Computer Camp Training

by Wayne Hicks

BDPA Columbus chapter member Philena Rushis using her knowledge of virtual reality to create a new venue for computer science training for middle school and high school students in Ohio. We decided that it made sense to create avirtual reality landing place for BDPA inside of Second Life -- the major virtual reality platform on the Internet.

I asked Philena to share some insights on how BDPA supporters who have never been in a virtual reality platform could go to their computer and see what is taking place withinBDPA Columbus chapter.

This is what she had to say:

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/03/bdpa-columbus-students-go-virtual-in.html


Earl Wilkerson Named 'Outstanding Volunteer of the Year' by Media General

BDPA memberEarl Wilkersonhas been named2010 Outstanding Volunteerfor Media General’s Richmond headquarters.The award was established to reward the employee who contributed the most time to company-sponsored events in 2010. Earl is shown in this photo accepting his award from Media General's CEOMarshall Morton.

Earl consistently and enthusiastically participated in the volunteer projects conducted last year and his dedication to volunteering led him to be nominated for the Richmond headquarters Employee Involvement Team.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/03/earl-wilkerson-named-outstanding.html


Sid the Science Kid

by Kai Dupe

The other day I became aware of a wonderful piece of children's television programming, a show calledSid the Science Kid.The show also has a wonderful web site. My children are 5 and 3 respectively. We do not allow them to watch too much television but when we do we try focus on educational programming. They spend a lot of time watching shows such as Blue's Clues and Dora the Explorer on NickJr.

My friend who mentioned the show to me is a principal at an urban elementary school in San Antonio. He was so excited about using this show as part of the curriculum he immediately ran out on his lunch hour to purchase a DVD of the show. To his surprise, when he arrived at the local Best Buy store in his neighborhood he learned that they did not carry the DVD.

Click here for more:

http://whereareblacksintechnology.blogspot.com/2011/03/sid-science-kid.html


Navy to Build a Fleet of Robots with 3D Printers

fromBDPA Detroit TACbyCliff Samuels Jr


The Navy has proposed a project to build a swarm of micro-robots with 3D printing capabilities and other high-tech features. The robots could create programmable materials, large structures and even replicas of themselves.

The Navy has proposed a project to build a swarm of micro-robots with 3D printing capabilities and other high-tech features. The robots could create programmable materials, large structures and even replicas of themselves. We've been buzzing about robots a lot in the past year: robotsperforming emergency triage ,cleaning up oil spills and eventaking over the universe . Now, the U.S. Navy is planning on building a huge fleet of semi-autonomous robots that, among other capabilities, will be able to 3D print.

In aproposal released earlier this month, the Department of Defense (DoD) described the development of a "swarm of micro-robotic fabrication machines" that will be able to manufacture "new materials and components."

Click here for more:

http://bdpadet-tac.blogspot.com/2011/03/navy-to-build-fleet-of-robots-with-3d.html


IT Boot Camps Teach New Ideas and Technologies

fromBDPA Detroit TACbyCliff Samuels Jr

by Rebecca Kutzer-Rice

An IBM initiative provides no-charge boot camps to businesses, universities and other organizations for training IT staff on Big Data and other new technologies.


IBM's supercomputer Watson has been making many headlines lately by competing on "Jeopardy! " and helping to makecomplicated medical decisions . Now the underlying technologies of the Watson computing system are being used to createboot camps for IT and management training.

Click here for more:

http://bdpadet-tac.blogspot.com/2011/03/it-boot-camps-teach-new-ideas-and.html


2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

Please accept our invitation to join us in the City of the Big Shoulders by registering for the 33rd Annual National BDPA Conference, August 3-6, 2011 at the Hilton Chicago.

Early bird registration for $350 now open!

Click here to register for the 2011 National BDPA Conference today!

http://bdpa.site-ym.com/?page=Conference2011



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