Sherman County eNews #256

CONTENT

  1. Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Aug. 28

  2. Robotics Sign Ups Begin as School Starts, Training Sept 9

  3. Purpose = Energy

  4. U.S. Postal Service Total Solar Eclipse Thermochromic Ink Stamp

  5. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do


“It is a mistake to think that the past is dead. Nothing that has ever happened is quite without influence at this moment. The present is merely the past rolled up and concentrated in this second of time. You, too, are your past; often your face is your autobiography; you are what you are because of what you have been; because of your heredity stretching back into forgotten generations; because of every element of environment that has affected you, every man or woman that has met you, every book that you have read, every experience that you have had; all these are accumulated in your memory, your body, your character, your soul. So with a city, a country, and a race; it is its past, and cannot be understood without it.” ~Will Durant


1. Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Aug. 28

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Special Board Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. 

ShCoSchoolBd.Agenda.8.28.2017


2. Robotics Sign Ups Begin as School Starts, Training Sept 9

The new school year brings a new crop of students itching to get their hands on a robot! One of the easiest ways to help your student find their way to a robot is to get involved with FIRST robotics. FIRST is a national program with a sports-like model where students meet as teams over several months to prepare for a competition. There are FIRST programs in the Gorge for students ages 6 to 18.

Your first step? Contact your child’s school to ask if they have a team or check the list of past participating schools at gorgerobotics.org/get-involved. Most teams form soon after school starts to prepare for competitions in the winter. If your student’s school does not have a team, call Jessica Metta with the Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) at 541-296-2266 to talk about resources to support forming a team. The GTA has free robots and laptops for loan and can point you towards training resources and mentors to support you in forming a team.

One upcoming training is Sept 9, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Hood River Extension for coaches of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams for students ages 9 to 14. Teams begin meeting now to prepare for one of the Gorge Qualifying Tournaments held the first two weekends in December, sponsored by Insitu and Google. The free workshop covers an intro to FLL, coaching and mentoring techniques, basic robot programming and mechanical design techniques. Pre-registration is required. Find registration links and more information about robotics in the Gorge at GorgeRobotics.org, a service of the GTA.

The GTA’s equipment for loan and support of robotics events is made possible by our regional tech businesses including Google, Insitu and others. The GTA is a non-profit industry association that seeks to support, connect and develop the technology community of the Gorge. Learn more at crgta.org.


3. Purpose = Energy

How is your energy level? Do you sometimes wish you had more get-up-and-go? Today let’s look at how high-energy people get that way. 

Why is it that some people seem to have a never-ending supply of energy? They get up feeling eager to get started and they radiate good spirits and high energy all day long. Have you ever stopped by the vitamin counter at the drug store, wondering what you could take to get that kind of energy? 

Consider this: Assuming you are in good health, your strength and energy will come from having meaningful and clear lifetime goals. In other words, a purpose in life. You see, high-energy people know what they want and have an unshakable belief that what they want is possible. They have a purpose that they have chosen freely, and they set goals and develop action plans to help them achieve that purpose. 

We mentioned earlier some studies that showed the elderly, with a specific goal or purpose, lived longer than those who did not. You have probably proven to yourself how energetic you have felt when you had even a short-term goal, perhaps a yard work chore liking pruning a hedge or putting in a rockery. Even if you hadn’t slept the night before, with the goal at hand, you found yourself with the energy to get the job done. (Now, you may have started losing energy as you were nearing the end of the job, but that’s another story!)

What is your purpose? When it comes to energy, it doesn’t matter so much what you want, as long as you want something. You’d be surprised how energized you can become once you know the answer to this question. When you have chosen your purpose, and you have a clear idea fixed firmly in your mind of what it is you want to be and do, you will be surprised at how your energy level will grow to help you find ways to get there. 

You will become very resourceful and creative, and you will discover that having a purpose is the best vitamin in the world! So, what is your purpose in life? ~The Pacific Institute


4. U.S. Postal Service Total Solar Eclipse Thermochromic Ink Stamp

eclipse2On June 20, the United States Postal Service issued its Total Solar Eclipse commemorative forever stamp (Scott 5211) to heighten anticipation of the eclipse that passed over the continental United States Aug. 21.

When the black disc covering the moon is warmed, as from the touch of a finger, the moon is revealed. When the stamp cools, the black color returns and the moon is hidden once more.

This clever trick, the first of its kind for a U.S. stamp, is the result of heat-reactive thermochromic ink. [continue at http://www.linns.com/news/us-stamps-postal-history/2017/august/total-solar-eclipse-stamps-thermochromic-ink-test.html%5D


5. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do 

bird.owl.limb TEDEd Lessons Worth Sharing

 

Obey Traffic Signs, Ignore Grammar

 

True causes of the Uncivil War: Understanding the Morrill Tariff

Brilliant Maps. 1853 Japanese Map Of The World


 

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