Living out of a suitcase this summer, I’ve been out and about traveling across the Middle East. Nonetheless, some things stay the same. My daily news-fix continues to allow me, to share with you, the latest updates and blog posts unearthing around the globe!
During Google’s first annual international science fair, teens from over 91 different countries were engaged on matters such as engineering, space exploration and medical technology. With all leading finalists being female and hailing from the United States of America, the top projects included Lauren Hodge’s examination on decreasing carcinogenic compounds in grilled chicken and Naomi Shah’s focus on the effect of environmental pollutants on the lungs. The grand prize went to Shree Bose who researched how to improve the effectiveness of cisplatin treatment, the most common drug used to treat ovarian cancer.
TechWomen, an organization that links up women from Muslim-majority countries with female mentors from U.S. tech companies, has recently graduated its first class of women. In an effort to strengthen collaboration between the United States and the Middle East, women from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories and Algeria analyzed entrepreneurism in leading US tech firms and will use the skills learned in their own projects back home.
Teching it for the Team
The “SMS for Better Schooling in Sindh” is an initiative adopted by the World Bank to improve the links between government, schools and local communities in Pakistan. As of now, 400 schools are participating in the pilot project, which involves using text messages to keep schools up to date on matters such as textbook delivery dates and the quality of the drinking water in the schools. Recently, USAID amongst other donors, have focused on erecting Mobiles for Education Development (m4Ed4Dev), in hopes of exploring the solutions at the junction of mobile tech and education development.
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