Programming – Fun With Justin http://funwithjustin.com/ Sat, 21 May 2022 15:51:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://funwithjustin.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/fun-with-justin-icon-150x150.png Programming – Fun With Justin http://funwithjustin.com/ 32 32 South Tahoe Environmental Education Conducts Spring Programming | South of Lake Tahoe https://funwithjustin.com/south-tahoe-environmental-education-conducts-spring-programming-south-of-lake-tahoe/ Sat, 21 May 2022 14:49:21 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/south-tahoe-environmental-education-conducts-spring-programming-south-of-lake-tahoe/

This week, volunteer educators from the South Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (STEEC) engaged third and fourth graders from four different elementary schools in place-based environmental education. Students were brought to the historic Tallac site and guided around various stations across the site, participating in lessons on local history, watersheds, fire resistance and trees while interacting with their surroundings at each station.

Kelsey Carapia of the US Forest Service greeted groups of cheering students as they disembarked from their buses each morning at the Tallac Historic Site. At the start of the season, the students were lucky enough to have the site mostly to themselves and were eager to explore and learn as they moved through several resorts in small groups.

Sitting on a sunny lawn overlooking the lake, Lauren Benefield of the South Tahoe Public Service District (STPUD) spoke to students about her station’s watersheds and pollutants. Next, students participated in an activity where they designed a hypothetical property by the lake. Students were given objects to represent potential pollutants on their property and passed them along the line and into a bucket representing the lake. The students reflected on how pollution in the watershed and lake accumulates because of everyone’s actions and reflected on how they can do their part to conserve their environment.

When the students traveled to the Washoe Tending and Gathering Garden station, they had the opportunity to learn about Washoe’s history, while learning to identify a number of native plants. After discussing the importance of plant identification, the students scattered around the garden to practice observing, identifying and creating botanical drawings of native plants.

“I want to learn to identify more plants!” thought a third grader, clutching in his hand a detailed drawing of the Sierra Currant, where he had correctly labeled the type of leaf margins and noted the ways in which the Washoe used this plant.

Other stations included classes on fire resistance, tree biology and systems, historic and modern public transit, and the aquatic food web. At each station, representatives from local conservation organizations engaged students and brought unique perspectives from their own work. Volunteers for this week’s events came from STPUD, the city, Sierra Nevada Alliance, TRPA, TERC, SU, Tahoe RCD and UC Master Gardeners.

The South Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition is a collaborative network of more than 25 local agencies working together on the mission of bringing environmental education resources to the Lake Tahoe Basin. STEEC has partnered with the Lake Tahoe Unified School District since 2008 to provide location-based and experiential learning in a variety of outdoor settings.

“This week’s STEEC event was a great way for the youth of Tahoe to not only learn about the history of the land, but also learn how they will impact its history as well,” said Jocelyn Valencia, CivicSpark Fellow of STPUD.

The Coalition runs educational programs for students of different ages throughout all seasons. Lessons taught to use the environment in which they are taught give students tangible experiences to connect with what they are learning. In the winter, students have the opportunity to venture to the top of Heavenly Mountain Resort. Throughout the month of June, STEEC will continue to bring students around the lake to allow them to discover their natural environment while immersing themselves in it.


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Expanded tax credit would help more children access after-school programs | Local News https://funwithjustin.com/expanded-tax-credit-would-help-more-children-access-after-school-programs-local-news/ Thu, 19 May 2022 21:25:00 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/expanded-tax-credit-would-help-more-children-access-after-school-programs-local-news/

MANKATO — A proposed extension to a state tax credit would help more children in the Mankato area access after-school programs.

The Minnesota K-12 tax credit is designed to cover 75% of educational program costs outside of tuition. The maximum family amount is $1,000 per child, which could be used to purchase books, tutors, musical instruments, and other extracurricular activities.

The credit is phasing out for taxpayers earning more than $33,500, however, a threshold unchanged since lawmakers enacted the credit in 1997. Raising it, as proposed by the Minnesota House and Senate to varying degrees, would steer helping more families who otherwise struggle to afford program costs.

Jenny Stratton, coordinator of the Connecting Kids program in Mankato, will be watching the end of the legislative session closely in the hope that lawmakers expand the tax credit.

“I feel great about it,” she said. “We have a lot of outreach, and really with COVID, there’s been a lot of thinking about the value of after-school activities for kids and families.”

Connecting Kids, a United Way program in the Greater Mankato area, offers its own scholarships for families, with eligibility tied to federal guidelines on free and reduced school meals. Since the guidelines are more closely tied to family size, eligibility is much more accessible to households earning more than $33,500.

As it stands, only about half of the 300 young people who qualified for Connecting Kids scholarships last year were also eligible for the tax credit, Stratton said. If the proposed changes are adopted, everyone would be eligible for the additional assistance.

“Mirroring (the tax credit) free and reduced meals is more reflective of the child and their living conditions,” she said. “It will open the door to many more families.”

Connecting Kids works with Minnesota Afterschool Advance, or MAA, to help families access tax credits. MAA works with families throughout the process, covering funds for programming in advance.

Otherwise, families would have to prepay for the programs before recovering 75% of the costs on their tax returns. When disposable income is tight, the upfront cost would be too high a barrier for many low-income families.

Rising prices mean it’s time to expand tax credit eligibility, MAA policy director Matt Norris said in a statement.

“With skyrocketing gas and grocery prices, families don’t have the resources to help their students catch up or progress in school,” he said. “That’s why it’s important for lawmakers to modernize the income cap for this tax credit.”

Stratton predicts that more extracurricular offerings will be available to students if the tax credit increases. Currently, the Dance Conservatory of Southern Minnesota, Mankato School of Music, and Mathnasium are among the academic enrichment programs families can access with the tax credit.

Now is a good time for families to learn about scholarships and tax credits for summer and fall programs, Stratton said. Connecting Kids provides links to MAA on its website at www.mankatounitedway.org/connecting-kids.

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Ohio State announces schedules and lineup updates for three games https://funwithjustin.com/ohio-state-announces-schedules-and-lineup-updates-for-three-games/ Tue, 17 May 2022 19:29:56 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/ohio-state-announces-schedules-and-lineup-updates-for-three-games/

Ohio Stadium lights red for scarlet before the Ohio State-Penn State game on October 30, 2021. Ohio State won 33-24. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Archive photo of the lantern

The Buckeyes will play at 7:30 p.m. against Notre Dame in their season opener Sept. 3, the Ohio State Athletic Department announced Tuesday.

Ohio State also announced that the game will air on ABC, according to the Release. ESPN’s College GameDay will be on hand for a record 21st visit, bringing the Buckeyes’ total appearances to 53, which is the most among any program.

The Sept. 24 game between Ohio State and Wisconsin will also air on ABC, according to the release.

According to the statement, the ‘Shoe will host the rivalry game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at noon on FOX – the first time in four years the game will be hosted at Ohio Stadium after the 2020 game was canceled due to of COVID-19 issues within the Michigan program.

Ohio State will begin a five-game homestand streak at home, marking the first five-game homestand to open a season since 2003-04.

The Buckeyes have hit the road four times this season against Michigan State on Oct. 8, Penn State on Oct. 29, Northwestern on Nov. 5 and Maryland on Nov. 19.

Further information on game times and TV networks will be released later in May, according to the statement.

2022 Ohio State Calendar:

Sept. 3 vs. Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. on ABC

September 10 vs. Arkansas State

September 17 vs. Toledo

September 24 vs. Wisconsin on ABC

October 1 vs. Rutgers

October 8 in the State of Michigan

October 15 GOODBYE

October 22 vs. Iowa

October 29 at Penn State

November 5 at Northwestern

Nov. 12 vs. Indiana

November 19 in Maryland

Nov. 26 vs. Michigan at Noon on FOX

December 3 Big Ten Championship

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What’s the hardest part of transitioning into a career in computer programming? https://funwithjustin.com/whats-the-hardest-part-of-transitioning-into-a-career-in-computer-programming/ Sun, 15 May 2022 16:55:33 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/whats-the-hardest-part-of-transitioning-into-a-career-in-computer-programming/

The answer depends on a variety of personal factors, the most important of which is your current occupation. If you’re wondering if it’s too late to learn to code at 30, 40, or 50, the answer is no. People learned to code in their 60s and beyond, and many career movers found new jobs as software engineers. Still, there are a few things you should think about if you want to be successful.

I researched this topic myself when I was studying computer science, and I think I’m equipped to give professional insights to people wanting to make the transition, as well as some insights I have after years in software engineering. and which I have seen many others share.

Other responsibilities can delay learning

Whether you’re a parent or already have a stressful job in another field, you’ll have to work harder to find the time and space to learn to code. Coding requires focus and consistency. You’ll need uninterrupted time trying to wrap your brain around complex topics, and you’ll need to stick with it to see results.

You may be prone to ageism

People of various ages can and do work in the technology industry. However, ageism still exists and it is not guaranteed that you will not encounter it during your job search.

Some companies may not be suitable

Long or irregular hours, as well as a lack of confidence in work safety (will the company still exist in a year?) can sometimes irritate you. Due to the nature of the work and the degree of risk involved, these start-up businesses may be unattractive to seniors who have responsibilities such as family and mortgages. Larger organizations can offer more stability, regular schedules, and stronger family and retirement plans.

It’s still entirely possible to learn to code and have a successful career in software development after the age of 30, and there are several benefits of learning to code later in life that can offer you a boost. advantage over your younger counterparts.

Here’s what you can do to maximize your chances of success and some tips for learning to code after 30:

  • Create time to learn. Whether it’s during your lunch break or a few hours after the kids have gone to bed, set aside uninterrupted coding time when everyone understands that you’re off limits and need some peace and quiet.
  • Share your journey with other programmers your age. Learn with a friend or discover people online to share your experience with. Coding can be learned by people of all ages, and having friends who understand your specific issues will make the process more enjoyable.
  • Do not compare with others. Learning to code is not a race, and approaching it as such will only lead to disappointment. Focus on your individual journey, your strengths and your aspirations, rather than the distance you might feel with someone else.

Good luck on your trip!

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Portrait of a graduate: A tech-savvy senior became an acclaimed coder while in high school https://funwithjustin.com/portrait-of-a-graduate-a-tech-savvy-senior-became-an-acclaimed-coder-while-in-high-school/ Fri, 13 May 2022 18:11:14 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/portrait-of-a-graduate-a-tech-savvy-senior-became-an-acclaimed-coder-while-in-high-school/

Learning to code and honing his programming skills outside of the classroom led Sam Hooper to serve his community as a leader, role model, tutor, and developer of educational software, all through high school.

The 18-year-old senior from the School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG) teaches programming to classmates, developed an app that helps students in grades three to eight review math concepts and became a coder acclaim, securing first place in the UIL State Championship for two consecutive years.

“I learned a lot of things that I wanted to learn and also taught a lot of the class,” Sam said. “I think if I wasn’t in this program, I wouldn’t have never knew computer science and never would have known it’s something I really want to do.”

Last year, the TAG Computer Science (CS) club, which Sam leads as president, had the highest score in the programming session (the team portion of the contest) – and Sam got the score highest in the written test (the individual part) – at the 2021 UIL CS State Meet. The team qualified for the state competition, once again this year, and sent four representatives to compete in the University of Texas at Austin on May 7. Once again, the TAG CS club took gold by winning 1st place in the programming session and Sam took 1st place in the written test. This year, TAG students Dat Tran and Vedant Tapiavala tied for third place on the written test portion.

“The All-Around tests are professionally written and approved, and Sam found an error on this year’s test,” said Travis Burton, TAG CS teacher and club coach. “While checking out, Sam found a question where he was convinced he was right. He went to plead his case, pulled out a multi-page Java spec document, and found two sentences about the whole thing that proved he The contest directors made the correction and said they were impressed, not so much because he was able to point out the error, but because he handled the situation with politeness and respect.

A passion for sharing knowledge

Since March, Sam has worked at the tutoring agency Gideon Math and Reading in Garland, where he helps high school students with algebra, geometry and pre-calculus. When he’s not working or studying, he prepares computer lessons to share with his fellow TAG CS club members. About 12 students meet every Tuesday in the Burton classroom, where Sam regularly leads a class to teach his peers new concepts and practice programming skills that can benefit them in UIL competitions.

“Usually I would instruct the team, but sometimes I get pulled out for different things. And when that happens, I ask the students to review certain topics and have them teach each other,” Burton said. “What Sam wanted to do was teach everything. And because he was a state champion, I gave him a chance. He came up with really great lesson plans and great presentations, offered to very good hacker problems for students to solve, kept them engaged and taught them useful things.

Portrait of a graduate: A tech-savvy senior became an acclaimed coder while in high school

Some of the CS classes offered by TAG include Pre-AP and AP CS, Data Structures, Independent Study, Game Programming, and Data Electronics. The Pre-AP CS course, required for all ninth grade TAG students, sparked a passion in Sam that took him beyond learning to write complex code.

Shortly after taking the introductory course, Sam began to learn programming at his own pace. As a junior, he coded his first two personal programs: his own version of a Minesweeper application and a customizable chess program. As a senior, he and classmate Ayuj Verma developed a math practice app, which won first place for Texas Congressional District 30 in 2021. Congressional Applications Challenge.

Ayuj and Sam’s app, called Relearn, generates random math problems from 30 different topics ranging in difficulty from third to eighth grade, such as basic addition, adding fractions, unit conversions, mixed numbers, decimals, order of operations, etc. The app, designed to help students practice math easily, provides customization for the topics a student wants to work on, and provides statistics on student performance.

“I would like to be a software developer in the future and I would love to do some programming for a big tech company,” Sam said. “Working on Relearn I realized the possibilities are endless and that one day I might create software that can help people learn new things or help people study and practice.”

In the fall of 2022, Sam will attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been accepted into the Turing Scholars program for outstanding computer science undergraduates.

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Sage Steele Controversy – Why did ESPN remove Sage Steele from the lineup for a week? https://funwithjustin.com/sage-steele-controversy-why-did-espn-remove-sage-steele-from-the-lineup-for-a-week/ Wed, 11 May 2022 11:42:23 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/sage-steele-controversy-why-did-espn-remove-sage-steele-from-the-lineup-for-a-week/

Half of ESPN’s 12 p.m. (ET) SportsCenter team, Sage Marie Steele, is an American journalist and television personality. In addition to hosting SportsCenter for major sporting events like the Super Bowl and the Masters, it also serves as the host for SportsCenter on the Road. Previously, Steele presented NBA Countdown for four seasons on ESPN and ABC, which ended in 2017.

With SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship program, and Mike & Mike in the Morning before that, Steele had worked for the network for five years before taking the NBA job. SportsCenter’s daytime coverage of the NBA Finals in 2012 and 2013 was hosted by Steele, who also covered every Finals from 2012 to 2020.

Why was Sage Steele fired so abruptly?

An appearance on an ESPN podcast by Sage Steele has sparked controversy, with the host calling the company’s coronavirus vaccine mandate “sick” and saying former President Obama’s self-identification as black was “fascinating” because “her black father was nowhere to be found”. Steele has since been removed from ESPN programming for a week.

It was reported by Front Office Sports and the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday that Steele will miss a week of her normal “SportsCenter” noon slot and will no longer be leading the “espnW: Women + Sports Summit” in 2021, which will take place from October 18 to 20, respectively.

One of the best things about working at ESPN is how open the company is to new ideas and points of view. However, we ask that all views be presented in a civil and polite manner consistent with our company values ​​and internal policies.

While hosting ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” Sage Steele made controversial remarks regarding vaccination requirements, female sportswriters and former President Barack Obama’s racial identity.

Following remarks he made on the “Uncut With Jay Cutler” podcast on September 29, Steele was taken off the air.

Steele said the following in a statement to CNN: “I’m sorry if my recent remarks have offended your company, and I take full responsibility for that. In the face of extremely difficult times, it is more important than ever that we speak to each other constructively and cautiously, and this is especially true now.”

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Steele made a number of inexplicable claims while recording a podcast hosted by the former NFL quarterback.

Steele noted that while she respects an individual’s option to get the Covid-19 vaccine, “demanding it is sick, and it’s concerning to me” while discussing the corporate mandate of ESPN on vaccines.

As a mixed-race woman, she spoke to Cutler about her thoughts on President Obama’s choice to identify as black in the census.

Sage Steele controversy

“My first reaction is congratulations on our new leader. That’s what he’s good for. The fact that he was raised by his white mother and grandmother, despite the fact that his black father was never located, intrigues me. Here’s what I’m going to do: “Steele made the statement.

When it comes to sexual harassment in the media, Steele says women must “be responsible” and that it “isn’t just up to players, athletes and coaches to behave in a particular way.” ”

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“During conversations with young women, they asked me if I would listen to their CD or if I would do something for them. I always answered yes. To be clear: your appearance is not something I like to identify with, although “Cutler nodded confirming this to him.

When you put on an outfit like that, “I don’t mean you deserve the disgusting remarks, but you also know what you’re doing when you put it on.”

Former ESPN anchor Cari Champion claimed many young brunettes in the sports world, including her daughter, looked up to Steele in an interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar on New Day Wednesday. She said it was heartbreaking to hear him bashing African Americans and bashing women.

Sage Steele controversy

There were so many cruel things indicated by (Steele’s statements),” said Champion, a former colleague who had worked with Steele. “And it also demonstrates a lack of understanding on his part,” adds the professor.

In response to a question regarding his remarks about female sports reporters, Champion said such a mindset simply pushes women “down” in a male-dominated industry like sports broadcasting.

She believes she’s grasped high morals when in reality all she’s done is isolate herself from other women in an industry that already divides us, Champion said. “We can’t get along because we always compare ourselves to each other. And it’s a real disappointment. »

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According to an ESPN rep, the network is in a private conversation with Steele.

“At ESPN, we encourage a wide range of points of view because we believe that an open conversation is the best way to learn and grow. But we want these opinions to be conveyed with courtesy, in accordance with our values ​​and in accordance with our house rules; “They said so, according to them. ‘We speak directly with Sage, and these discussions will remain confidential,’ the spokesperson said.

It’s been just over a month since The New York Times reported on Rachel Nichols’ statements about fellow NBA analyst Maria Taylor during a private chat in 2020, which resulted in her departure from the network’s coverage of the NBA.

Taylor, who is African American, was chosen to anchor NBA Finals coverage due to the network’s diversity initiatives, according to a Times report.

The following day, Nichols apologized on air.

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Chicago police plan a range of summer programs https://funwithjustin.com/chicago-police-plan-a-range-of-summer-programs/ Mon, 09 May 2022 19:26:20 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/chicago-police-plan-a-range-of-summer-programs/

This summer, teens and young adults in Austin will enjoy multiple events and activities hosted by the 15th Police District and community partners.

The events of Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30), a date that traditionally marks the start of summer and an increase in violent crime, were announced at the 15th District’s monthly meeting of religious leaders.

On Memorial Day weekend, youth who participated in the 15th District Police Spring Explorer Program will be able to participate in a camping trip to Woodhaven Lakes in western Illinois. Teenagers will enjoy activities such as fishing, swimming and painting, said William Martinez, police officer and youth liaison officer.