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.

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.

Let's help more girls do science

From Microsoft - 

7 out of 10 girls are interested in science. Only 2 out of 10 will pursue it as a career. Let’s change that. Through the voices of these girls, we celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History month. We support the bright young women who participated in this project and all girls who share our belief in the empowering nature of science and technology.