Tech Tips to help kids avoid the ‘Summer Slide’

As summer approaches and classes come to an end, many students are excited to take a break from learning. However, there is a risk of students experiencing the “summer slide,” which is a loss of academic learning and skills that can occur during the summer months. According to Sociological Science, students could lose up to three months of their learning during the summer.“Summer break can be a time for students to relax and recharge, but it’s also important to mix in educational opportunities to avoid the summer slide,” said Sarah Pearson, area vice president at UScellular. “Whether it’s creating a summer reading list, exploring nature, or volunteering at a local organization, children can still take part in fun and educational activities to be prepared for the upcoming school year.”

University of Florida regains concrete canoe top spot

Joey Garrison The University of Florida concrete canoe team was back in the winner’s circle for 2024.
The University of Florida concrete canoe team focused on exploration this year – its canoe was called Springseeker, both related to a “Fountain of Youth” theme and the innate searching all engineers do.
Their seeking ended in success.
The Gators won the 37th annual finals of the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition this weekend as part of the 2024 ASCE Civil Engineering Student Championships this weekend at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
It marked Florida’s first concrete canoe championship since 2021, after back-to-back titles by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2022 and 2023.
The two schools have gone back and forth for nearly a decade now, each winning four championships in the last 10 years (Florida: 2015, 2019, 2021, 2024; SLO: 2017, 2018; 2022; 2023).
In addition to concrete canoe, the ASCE Student Championships also featured the finals of the Society-wide Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute Surveying Competition, and the Sustainable Solutions Competition: Waterfront Revitalization.
Georgia Tech won the Sustainable Solutions competition, followed by Virginia Tech in second and Boise State University in third.
Purdue University Northwest took first place in the Surveying Competition, followed by Clemson University in seocnd and Penn State, University Park in third.9
Rounding out the top five in the overall standings following Florida were Universite Laval in second place; Cal Poly SLO in third; Virginia Tech in fourth; and Western Kentucky University in fifth.
Laval dominated the races, placing first in all five finals – the women’s slalom, men’s slalom, women’s sprint, co-ed spring (earning the R. John Craig Memorial Award. Laval also earned the award for Best Technical Proposal.
Cal Poly SLO finished first for Best Technical Presentation.
Western Kentucky is building a dynasty of excellence in its own right with four Top-5 finishes in the last five concrete canoe finals competitions. The Hilltoppers won the award for Best Final Product.
The United States Military Academy at West Point team earned the Spirit of the Competition Award. The University of Alabama, Huntsville won the Innovation Award.
The ASCE Civil Engineering Student Championships was made possible with funding from the ASCE Foundation.
Read more about the University of Florida also winning the 2024 Student Steel Bridge Competition championship.

India to buy 150 Stryker tanks from the USA !

The USA agreed to share technology; production will be done in Bharat in stages
(Stryker tanks are 8-wheeled battle tanks)
Stryker tank
New Delhi – India and the USA are set to sign a major defence deal. Under this, the USA will supply 50 Stryker tanks. The negotiation of this agreement is in the final stage. If the deal is finalised, Bharat will gain greater leverage to support it on China’s border. The USA has also proposed to Bharat to demonstrate the speed and firepower of the Stryker tank. If the agreement is finalised, Bharat will not only co-produce but also transfer US technology to home under the ‘Make in India’ (‘Make In Bharat’) campaign. After that, technology that suits the Bharatiya region will have to be brought into it, so that these tanks can be easily used even in the high terrains like Ladakh and Sikkim. The technology of these tanks has been jointly developed by Canada and the USA.
Features of Stryker tanks –
1. Technically speaking, a Stryker tank is an armored vehicle in the army.
2. It has a 30 mm cannon and a 105 mm mobile gun.
3. It has a seating capacity of 9 soldiers.
4. The ‘range’ is 483 km.
5. The speed of the ‘striker’ is 100 km/h.

SPY PHOTOS: What Is THIS SUV That Is NOT Sold Here In The USA Doing In Laguna Beach?

Agent 00K was up to his old tricks and SPIED this in Laguna Beach today.Anyone venture to guess why it’s here???The Aiways U6 is a new electric SUV-Coupé from Chinese automaker Aiways that aims to compete with models like the Tesla Model Y. It has a sharp, sporty design with a sloping roofline and full-width taillight. The interior is inspired by gaming, with a Star Wars-style gear selector and seats that are a mix of gaming chair and pilot’s cockpit seat. The U6 is based on Aiways’ More Adaptable Structure platform, housing a 63.3kWh CATL battery pack. The 218 hp electric motor enables a 0-62mph time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 99mph. The car has an aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.248Cd. Inside, the U6 features a 14.6-inch frameless central touchscreen and a small 8.2-inch instrument cluster. The seats have memory function and the quality of materials used is high. The car offers a range of 400 km and supports fast charging from 20-80% in just 35 minutes.The U6 is positioned as a stylish, sporty and tech-forward electric SUV-Coupé aimed at a younger audience. However, some reviewers have noted issues with the convoluted infotainment system and lack of smooth software integration. Overall, the U6 brings a fresh, eye-catching design and decent electric performance to the segment.

Dallas visits Washington after Engstler’s 23-point game

Dallas Wings (3-12, 2-6 Western Conference) at Washington Mystics (3-13, 2-9 Eastern Conference)
Washington; Sunday, 3 p.m. EDT
BETMGM SPORTSBOOK: LINE Wings -1; over/under is 161
BOTTOM LINE: Washington Mystics hosts the Dallas Wings after Emily Engstler scored 23 points in the Washington Mystics’ 97-69 win against the Dallas Wings.
The Mystics have gone 2-5 in home games. Washington is third in the WNBA with 21.3 assists per game led by Julie Vanloo averaging 5.6.
The Wings are 2-7 on the road. Dallas has a 1-1 record in games decided by 3 points or fewer.
Washington averages 9.4 made 3-pointers per game, 2.5 more made shots than the 6.9 per game Dallas gives up. Dallas averages 79.4 points per game, 2.4 fewer than the 81.8 Washington gives up.
The teams play for the second time this season. The Mystics won the last meeting 97-69 on June 22. Engstler scored 23 points to help lead the Mystics to the win.
TOP PERFORMERS: Ariel Atkins is averaging 14.9 points, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals for the Mystics. Aaliyah Edwards is averaging 9.3 points over the last 10 games.
Arike Ogunbowale is averaging 24 points, 4.9 assists and 2.8 steals for the Wings. Maddy Siegrist is averaging 12.5 points over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Mystics: 3-7, averaging 79.5 points, 33.8 rebounds, 22.1 assists, 6.5 steals and 2.9 blocks per game while shooting 43.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 80.2 points per game.
Wings: 0-10, averaging 76.1 points, 33.7 rebounds, 20.0 assists, 6.5 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 43.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 88.1 points.
INJURIES: Mystics: Shakira Austin: out (hip), Brittney Sykes: out (foot).
Wings: Awak Kuier: out for season (rest), Maddy Siegrist: out (finger), Satou Sabally: out (shoulder), Jaelyn Brown: out (illness).
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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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With its new pact with North Korea, Russia raises the stakes with the West over Ukraine

Behind the smiles, the balloons and the red-carpet pageantry of President Vladimir Putin’s visit to North Korea last week, a strong signal came through: In the spiraling confrontation with the U.S. and its allies over Ukraine, the Russian leader is willing to challenge Western interests like never before.The pact that he signed with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un envisions mutual military assistance between Moscow and Pyongyang if either is attacked. Putin also announced for the first time that Russia could provide weapons to the isolated country, a move that could destabilize the Korean Peninsula and reverberate far beyond.Recommended VideosHe described the potential arms shipments as a response to NATO allies providing Ukraine with longer-range weapons to attack Russia. He bluntly declared that Moscow has nothing to lose and is prepared to go “to the end” to achieve its goals in Ukraine.Putin’s moves added to concerns in Washington and Seoul about what they see as an alliance in which North Korea provides Moscow with badly needed munitions for its war in Ukraine in exchange for economic assistance and technology transfers that would enhance the threat posed by Kim’s nuclear weapons and missile program.A landmark pactThe new agreement with Pyongyang marked the strongest link between Moscow and Pyongyang since the end of the Cold War.Kim said it raised bilateral relations to the level of an alliance, while Putin was more cautious, noting the pledge of mutual military assistance mirrored a 1961 treaty between the Soviet Union and North Korea. That agreement was discarded after the Soviet collapse and replaced with a weaker onel in 2000 when Putin first visited Pyongyang.Stephen Sestanovich, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations noted that when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev signed the deal with Pyongyang in 1961, he also tested the world’s biggest nuclear bomb, built the Berlin Wall and probably started thinking about moves that led to the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.“The question for Western policymakers now is whether Putin is becoming comparably reckless,” Sestanovich said in a commentary. “His language in North Korea — where he denounced the United States as a ‘worldwide neocolonialist dictatorship’ — might make you think so.”South Korea responded by declaring it would consider sending arms to Ukraine in a major policy change for Seoul, which so far only has sent humanitarian assistance to Kyiv under a longstanding policy of not supplying weapons to countries engaged in conflict.Putin insisted Seoul has nothing to worry about, since the new pact only envisions military assistance in case of aggression and should act as a deterrent to prevent a conflict. He strongly warned South Korea against providing lethal weapons to Ukraine, saying it would be a “very big mistake.”“If that happens, then we will also make corresponding decisions that will hardly please the current leadership of South Korea,” he said.Asked whether North Korean troops could fight alongside Russian forces in Ukraine under the pact, Putin said there was no need for that.Potential weapons for PyongyangLast month, Putin warned that Russia could provide long-range weapons to others to hit Western targets in response to NATO allies allowing Ukraine to use its allies’ arms to make limited attacks inside Russian territory.He followed up on that warning Thursday with an explicit threat to provide weapons to North Korea.“I wouldn’t exclude that in view of our agreements with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” Putin said, adding that Moscow could mirror the arguments by NATO allies that it’s up to Ukraine to decide how to use Western weapons.“We can similarly say that we supply something to somebody but have no control over what happens afterward,” Putin said. “Let them think about it.”Sue Mi Terry, senior fellow for Korea studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, warned that Moscow could share weapons technologies with Pyongyang to help improve its ballistic missile capabilities, noting there is evidence of this happening already, with Russia possibly providing help to North Korea with its successful satellite launch in November, two months after Kim last met Putin.“This is deeply concerning because of the substantial overlap between the technologies used for space launches and intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Terry said in a commentary. “Russia can also provide North Korea with critical help in areas where its capabilities are still nascent, such as submarine-launched ballistic missiles.”While raising the prospect of arms supplies to Pyongyang that would violate U.N. sanctions, Putin also said Russia would take efforts at the world body to ease the restrictions — an apparent signal that Moscow may try to keep arms supplies to Pyongyang under the radar and maintain a degree of deniability to avoid accusations of breaching the sanctions.Russia and North Korea have rejected assertions by the U.S. and its allies that Pyongyang has given Moscow ballistic missiles and millions of artillery shells for use in Ukraine.Going ‘to the end’ in a confrontation with the WestBy explicitly linking prospective arms shipments to Pyongyang to Western moves on Ukraine, Putin warned Kyiv’s allies to back off as he pushes his goals in the war — or face a new round of confrontation.“They are escalating the situation, apparently expecting that we will get scared at some point, and at the same time, they say that they want to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia on the battlefield,” Putin said. “For Russia, it will mean an end to its statehood, an end to the millennium-long history of the Russian state. And a question arises: Why should we be afraid? Isn’t it better, then, to go to the end?”Alexander Gabuev, director of the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center in Berlin, said Putin’s statement reflected an attempt to discourage the U.S. and its allies from ramping up support for Kyiv as Russia pushes new offensives in several sectors of the front line.“The situation is becoming increasingly dangerous, and Russia believes that it should quickly rap the West over its knuckles to show that its deeper engagement in the war will have a price,” he said in remarks carried by Dozhd, an independent Russian broadcaster.He noted that Putin’s statement that Moscow wouldn’t know where its arms end up if sent to Pyongyang could have been a hint at North Korea’s role as an arms exporter.Treading cautiously with ChinaPutin’s visits to North Korea handed a new challenge to Pyongyang’s top ally, China, potentially allowing Kim to hedge his bets and reduce his excessive reliance on Beijing.China so far has avoided comment on the new pact, but many experts argue that Beijing won’t like losing sway over its neighbor.Ever since Putin invaded Ukraine, Russia has come to increasingly depend on China as the main market for its energy exports and the source of high-tech technologies in the face of Western sanctions. While forging a revamped relationship with Pyongyang, the Kremlin will likely tread cautiously to avoid angering Beijing.“Whether this upgraded Russia–North Korea relationship will be without limits depends upon China,” which will watch events closely, said Edward Howell of Chatham House in a commentary. “Beijing will have taken stern note of Kim Jong Un’s claim that Russia is North Korea’s ‘most honest friend.’ Despite the likely increase in cooperation in advanced military technology between Moscow and Pyongyang, China remains North Korea’s largest economic partner.”

Washington rolls out new Artificial Intelligence Task Force

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Legislature called for the creation of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Taskforce in March. The members of that force were announced Friday and will tackle issues including AI’s impact on the economy, education and healthcare.A bipartisan coalition of policymakers, computer scientists and advocates are members of the taskforce, including State Senators Joe Nguyen (D) and Matt Boehnke (R), the director of public policy at Microsoft and the technology policy program director at Washington’s American Civil Liberties Union. Experts will meet biannually to discuss AI’s impact on the subjects below:Education and workforce development.Public safety and ethics.Health care and accessibility.Labor.Government and public sector efficiency.State security and cybersecurity.Consumer protection and privacy.Industry and innovation.A report suggesting new state regulations on AI technology will be delivered to the State Legislature and Governor’s Office by July 2026.Artificial intelligence has already influenced the national economy and has drawn concern from global leaders who worry that regulations are failing to keep up with technological innovation. FOX28 Spokane©