School program in India nips gender-based violence in the bud

What can a game of Snakes and Ladders teach a child about violence? It turns out a lot. A recent study shows that a new gender equity program in Indian schools can transform not only how students respond to gender discrimination and violence, but how their teachers, parents and communities do as well. A government … Lire la suite School program in India nips gender-based violence in the bud

Schoolboy designs robotic trolley to help elderly and disabled people at the supermarket

A Scottish schoolboy is the brains behind a robotic shopping trolley, which could help thousands of elderly and disabled customers with their weekly supermarket trip. Aidan McCann dreamed up the mechanized cart with height adjustment features after seeing his grandmother Lydia, 75, struggle to carry groceries. McCann explained why it was so important for him to make the height adjustable at … Lire la suite Schoolboy designs robotic trolley to help elderly and disabled people at the supermarket

Ten clever student inventions that could reduce our waste

TRASHCAM When a group of Bay Area middle school students looked through their school’s trash, recycling, and compost bins, they found that only about half of the waste ended up in the right bin. They tested a sorting contest to motivate students to do better, but accuracy only improved to 58%. Next, they designed a … Lire la suite Ten clever student inventions that could reduce our waste

Smartphone device can diagnose ear infections

A new smartphone attachment developed by researchers from Umea University in Sweden and the University of Pretoria in South Africa can be used to diagnose ear infections, a condition that affects five out of 6 children by the time they are 3-years-old. This device, a custom-made digital otoscope, connects to a smartphone and uses a … Lire la suite Smartphone device can diagnose ear infections

Young African women design Africa’s first private satellite

Young women drawn from about 6 African countries met in Capetown, South Africa and they are the next generation of space researchers. With precision, they worked on programming and building rovers as part of an initiative to get school girls across Africa, to help send the continent’s first privately owned satellite into space. The programme, … Lire la suite Young African women design Africa’s first private satellite

Texas school triples recess time and sees immediate positive results in kids

    A Texas school started giving children four recess breaks a day, and teachers and parents say the results have been wonderful. According to Today, the Eagle Mountain Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, has been giving kindergarten and first-grade students two 15-minute recess breaks every morning and two 15-minute breaks every afternoon to go … Lire la suite Texas school triples recess time and sees immediate positive results in kids

In L.A., kids at risk of diabetes are getting prescriptions for free fruits

    When a 10-year-old at risk of diabetes goes to the Eisner Pediatric and Family Center in Los Angeles, the doctor might hand them a « prescription » for fruit and vegetables, known as an FVRx. The prescription can be redeemed at local farmers markets and the area’s 20 Target stores for free produce. It’s one … Lire la suite In L.A., kids at risk of diabetes are getting prescriptions for free fruits

JPMorgan Chase announces $75 million to fight youth unemployment

Morgan Chase plans to spend $75 million to fight youth unemployment in part through grants to states that train young people for high-paying jobs that employers struggle to fill. The five-year global New Skills for Youth Initiative, encourages states to invest in demand-driven career education programs to address alarmingly high unemployment rates among 16- to … Lire la suite JPMorgan Chase announces $75 million to fight youth unemployment

This innovative $1 cup could save millions of babies

Inventors from PATH, the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s designed a feeding cup that could help prevent starvation in premature and high-risk babies in developing countries who have trouble breastfeeding. It will soon be widely distributed in Africa. When babies in poor countries can’t breastfeed, the results can be deadly, but a trio of … Lire la suite This innovative $1 cup could save millions of babies

Reach for Change Africa has launched an innovation contest to solve a problem affecting children

In preparation for the Day of the African Child, Reach for Change Africa has launched an innovation contest that will empower one young African to solve a problem affecting children. The innovation contest will award $500 to a young person with an idea to improve the lives of children in his or her community. Using … Lire la suite Reach for Change Africa has launched an innovation contest to solve a problem affecting children