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Archive for October 2013

Rocketeers in Orbit: Amanda Chappell Promotes STEM to Young Minds

At Bottle Rocket, Rocketeers are encouraged to reach out to our community and contribute by donating time and expertise to help promote STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) and the importance of it. Rocketeer Amanda Chappell has done just that! Amanda’s mom is a teacher here in Dallas at a local elementary school that has been searching for after school opportunities for their top achieving 4th and 5th graders to be introduced to engineering and programming concepts.

In an effort to provide this type of program and to get these young, brilliant minds excited about STEM at a young age, Amanda introduced The Bottle Rocket Coding Club that began yesterday with an Intro to Teaching class! The class kicked off the kids’ chapter on technology and gave them real world examples of how schools encourage the use of technology in their teaching.

Throughout the 14-week curriculum, the kids will be taught coding such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The goal of the program is to demonstrate how engineering is based on problem solving, how technology skills create a multitude of opportunities and to show the kids what career possibilities exist in the field of engineering. The classes will be guided step by step as a group, but will also provide individual attention to students so that they can learn at their own pace. We’re proud of Amanda for contributing her time to help foster and mentor future engineers and quite possibly, future Rocketeers! 

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Rocketeer Charity: The Water Project

It seems remarkable that something we take for granted could have such a marked impact on the lives of people but think about it; have you ever gone a day with the water turned off? You quickly discover just how critical it is to daily life in addition to being a basic need all of us must have to survive. Consider what you give up if your whole day is dedicated to getting water, a career, education, clean clothes, not to mention self-esteem!

The Water Project invests in partners who drill fresh water wells, provide sanitation and hygiene training, and construct other sustainable water projects. Each donor is provided with photos, short stories and GPS map coordinates of project locations so they can see just how impactful their generosity is and the effects they have on so many people in need. The organization also follows up, monitors and evaluates the projects supported to help ensure the shared work has long-term impact.

The story excerpt below is what got me interested in The Water Project. Becky Straw was a Water Project Manager with Charity: Water who shared an inspiring story about her experience visiting Northern Uganda to celebrate a new well that was recently dug in a small village in the region. A female villager named Helen Apio jumped toward Becky and here’s her story:

“While most women hung back politely, Helen jumped toward me and screamed two inches from my face. Technically, it was singing. But the high-pitched shrieking was so loud and reverberated with such energy and emotion; I knew I had to talk with her. 

She told me about the new freshwater well in her village. “I am happy now,” Helen beamed. “I have time to eat, my children can go to school. And I can even work in my garden, take a shower and then come back for more water if I want! I am bathing so well.”

A few of the men chuckled to hear a woman talk about bathing. But all I noticed was Helen's glowing face, the fresh flowers in her hair, and the lovely green dress she wore for special occasions. Touching her forearm, I replied, “Well, you look great.”

“Yes,” she paused. Placing both hands on my shoulders and smiling, she said, “Now, I am beautiful.” That really hit me.

For more information on The Water Project and how you can get involved, click here!

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App Launch: Watch Cooking Channel

You can now watch the latest Cooking Channel shows and web originals wherever and whenever you want. The Watch Cooking Channel app gives you on-the-go access to full episodes and clips from original and exclusive programming, like Kelsey’s Essentials, Unique Eats, Classy Ladies and more.

The newly released app allows users to watch full episodes, create a customized watchlist, sync viewing across multiple devices and access the latest TV schedule.

The Watch Cooking Channel app is available on both iOS and Android – download the app today!

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