Gov. Wolf Tours State-Funded Aquaponics Lab That Teaches Students About Science and Leadership

By on October 16, 2020

first_img November 13, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Tours State-Funded Aquaponics Lab That Teaches Students About Science and Leadershipcenter_img Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Camp Hill, PA – West Shore School District students led Governor Tom Wolf on a tour of a new aquaponics lab at Cedar Cliff High School today. Funded with a $250,000 grant awarded by the Wolf administration, the new lab provides hands-on learning for students across the school district to develop skills in science, business and leadership.“This new lab goes beyond teaching students about aquaculture and hydroponics to creating opportunities to learn about leadership, technology, and marketing,” said Governor Wolf. “This is another example of the workforce development strategies my administration is supporting to prepare future generations with the knowledge and skills to succeed and make Pennsylvania an attractive place for growing and emerging industries to do business.”The indoor lab constructed at the high school last summer combines conventional aquaculture, such as raising fish and other aquatic animals in tanks, and hydroponics, the production of plants in water rather than soil, into a symbiotic system used to grow fish, fruits, vegetables, feedstock, and other plant products all year.Students from all 14 West Shore School District schools will use the lab to learn about plant propagation, food production, and hydroponic plant growth. High school students are also using the lab for research in plant lighting manipulation, propagation techniques, crop rotation studies, and fish breeding and rearing practices.The aquaponics lab was one of 16 projects that received a total of $3.5 million in Strategic Innovation grants from the Department of Labor & Industry. The grants are awarded through Local Workforce Development Boards.“The Aquaponics Lab at Cedar Cliff High School is a catalyst for district-wide STEAM experiences and hands-on learning opportunities,” said West Shore School District Superintendent Dr. Todd Stoltz. “The investment made by the Department of Labor & Industry in our students’ future extends beyond aquaponics. We now have a variety of opportunities available not only to those students interested in a career in science, but also communications, education, technology, marketing, and finance. The impact this program is having on students individually and collectively, and in our local community, perhaps even global community, is a great source of district pride.”Investing in science and technology education is a priority for Governor Wolf. In addition to Strategic Innovation Grants, the governor launched the PAsmart workforce development initiative and secured $70 million over two years. PAsmart is providing $40 million for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and computer science programs, and $30 million for apprenticeships and job training programs.Pennsylvania now ranks second in the nation for investments in computer science education and is third in the number of nationally recognized STEM ecosystems.last_img read more

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Relief for Nigerian Wrestlers as Training Partners Arrive Camp

By on September 9, 2020

first_img“They (sports authorities in Abuja) have met me half way by not approving all the training partners I requested for the team. As it is, we are still going to manage switching the partners for both male and female,” stress Igali who won Olympic gold for Canada his adopted country as a wrestler.He however said that he is now happy despite the delay in allowing the sparring partners to arrive Rio with the wrestlers earlier.“I am happy that they finally gave consent for them to join us. Initially, it was a blunt cancellation for them to come. Like they say, half bread is better than nothing. I am happy,’’ the wrestling boss who also doubles as technical director noted.One other grey area that the former Olympian frowned at was the transport arrangement at the Athletes Village in Rio.“It’s frustrating for me to be doing two hours from my hotel to join my athletes at the Athletes Village to train them. It takes a toll on me but I however see that as a sacrifice that we all make to serve our fatherland. But, it could have been better ensuring smooth transport arrangement for all those who have key roles to play in the Olympics,’’ he further observed.Igali assured Nigerians that his wrestler would give their best to ensure a good performance that everybody would be happy with.“The wrestlers are in good shape and doing well. I’m happy that the training partners are joining up. That will keep them in good shape for the battle ahead,’’ he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Daniel Igali, has expressed his joy that at last, sparring partners for Nigerian wrestlers have arrived Rio as the team prepares for Olympic glory at the Games.He however noted that the distraction of not allowing the training partners travel with the team was unhealthy for the common goal of Team Nigeria.last_img read more

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Lou Holtz again compares college football’s COVID risk to Normandy: ‘They knew there were gonna be casualties’

By on August 13, 2020

first_imgCollege football and World War II have more similarities than you’d think. At least, according to Lou Holtz.The former college football coach took to the tube on Tuesday to voice his displeasure with college football conferences and their seeming desire to cancel or postpone the 2020 fall sports calendar. Speaking on Fox News’ “Bill Hemmer Show,” Holtz urged college students to play on, and compared the coronavirus pandemic currently wreaking havoc on the country to soldiers risking their lives during D-Day.MORE: Why the Big Ten canceled its 2020 football seasonLou Holtz tells Fox News that college football needs to play amid coronavirus pandemic this fall: “Let’s move on with our life! When they stormed Normandy, they knew there were going to be casualties — there were going to be risks.”— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 11, 2020Clemson, many months ago, had a rash of COVID-19 positives. They’ve had one in the last month. 1,000-to-one, Bill, the Pac-12 will go along with the Big Ten. They’re tied waist-to-waist, they have been ever since ’46 when they made the Rose Bowl agreement with the Big Ten. So I think it just showed no leadership.I think they should play, but then again, that’s what I said. I think they oughta say to the players, ‘You want to play, If you have a problem, if you have an asthma problem, if you’re a diabetic or something, then you have a legitimate reason you don’t wanna play, absolutely, don’t play. The rest of you wanna play, let’s go play.’ I think that we shut everything down for six months, I’m going crazy about being quarantined. I think other people are tired of it. Let’s move on with our life.When they stormed Normandy, they knew that there were gonna be casualties, there was gonna be risk. Two percent of the people that go to the emergency room go for COVID-19, it’s going down. Young people, Bill, they think it’s like cancer, they think they’re gonna die.There’s a lot to unpack here, but comparing a pandemic (one whose long-term effects we still don’t truly understand yet) to storming the beaches at Normandy in WWII seems … misguided, at best. Also, generally speaking, the coronavirus is avoidable, while walking into the bullet in the front lines during a World War really wasn’t. With long-term effects surrounding the heart and lungs popping up in athletes across the U.S., it seems that playing college football, at least for now, isn’t the best idea. Moving on with life isn’t much of an option either, when most states are actively trying to drop the coronavirus curb to keep it from spreading. Cases were on the rise over the summer, with numbers only dropping in recent weeks.Still, this is not the first time Holtz has drawn the absurd parallel; he spewed similar lines on another Fox News program earlier this year.But Holtz was right about one thing at least: the Pac-12’s decision to postpone the college football season was tied to the Big Ten — the conference effectively postponed their schedule on Tuesday afternoon.last_img read more

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