Refugees: A chance to learn

From the United Nations -

Samia and Tomasa are close in age, but their prospects in life are decidedly different.
Samia is a 10-year-old Afghan girl living in Karachi, Pakistan. After several years at a Koranic school there, she recently switched to a more formal school set up for Afghan refugees. While one of her sisters was married at an early age, Samia is intent on becoming a doctor. She sees that education will play an important role in her future, and family’s as well. “I want to become educated,” she says. “I have so many dreams.” 

Tomasa is an eight-year-old boy from Mali who is continuing the traditional Tuareg way of life passed down from his parents – even now that they are refugees in Niger. Like his siblings, Tomasa receives an informal religious education through his father. “I learn everything from him,” he says. “I don’t want to go to a modern school.” Yet Tomasa is missing out on a basic education in subjects that could improve his family’s health and livelihood. 

Worldwide, over 1 million refugee children are out of school. For children like Samia and Tomasa, overcoming these challenges could make a world of difference.

She++ The Documentary - Good Girl Gone Geek

From The Documentary Network - 

This short documentary collects research and inspirational pieces of Silicon Valley's unsung heroes to galvanize us to explore our potential as 'femgineers'. Written and directed by recent Stanford University good girls gone geek, Ayna Agarwal and Ellora Israni, she++: The Documentary encourages the future CEOs, the innovative engineers, the techies and the fuzzies, the sisters, cousins, and daughters, to break away from the stereotype into a revolutionary field. As technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous, all demographics must harness new ideas to transform and empower technology. Think of what more 'femgineers' could do.

Stories from high school girls, recently graduated female computer scientists now working in industry, female technology CEOs, Stanford academics, and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, build momentum as she++: The Documentary accumulates facts and statistics, and most promisingly, personal stories. This film will startle the world and inspire girls, young and old, to take the lack of a Y chromosome and make a girl's vision unique and useful in the world of code.

The benefits of a bilingual brain

Mia Nacamulli at TED-Ed

It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged. 

A delightful way to teach kids about computers | Linda Liukas

From TED -

Computer code is the next universal language, and its syntax will be limited only by the imaginations of the next generation of programmers. Linda Liukas is helping to educate problem-solving kids, encouraging them to see computers not as mechanical, boring and complicated but as colorful, expressive machines meant to be tinkered with. In this talk, she invites us to imagine a world where the Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow grow up to be optimistic and brave about technology and use it to create a new world that is wonderful, whimsical and a tiny bit weird.