Hotelest Limited (HTLS.mu) Q12011 Interim Report

first_imgHotelest Limited (HTLS.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Hotelest Limited (HTLS.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Hotelest Limited (HTLS.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Hotelest Limited (HTLS.mu)  2011 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileHotelest Limited is based in Port Louis, Mauritius and is engaged in the tourism and hospitality industry where, through the company’s subsidiary, Constance Hotels Services Limited, owns and operates hotels. Hotelest Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img

East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgEast African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz)  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileEast African Breweries Limited produces and distributes a range of beer and spirit brands and non-alcoholic beverages. Popular brands include Tusker Malt Lager, Tusker Lite, Guinness, Pilsner, White Cap Lager, Allsopps Lager, Balozi Lager, Senator Lager, Bell Lager, Serengeti Premium Lager, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Kenya Cane, Chrome Vodka and Ciroc. East African Breweries has operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan; and exports alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to Rwanda, Burundi and the Great Lakes region. Subsidiary companies include Kenya Breweries Limited, Uganda Breweries Limited, East African Breweries (Mauritius) Limited, International Distillers Uganda Limited and East African Maltings (Kenya) Limited. Established in 1922, the group has its headquarters in Ruaraka, near the capital of Nairobi. East African Breweries Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Engen Botswana Limited (ENGEN.bw) HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgEngen Botswana Limited (ENGEN.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Engen Botswana Limited (ENGEN.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Engen Botswana Limited (ENGEN.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Engen Botswana Limited (ENGEN.bw)  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileEngen Botswana Limited, listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, is a petroleum company which markets and distributes fuel and lubricants through a network of retail outlets in Botswana. The company has a national footprint with approximately 1 500 service and filling stations located in the major towns and cities of Botswana, including 600 filling stations which have an onsite convenience shop. The company also has interests in property management and letting. Engen Botswana Limited is a subsidiary of Petroleum Investment Holdings Limited.last_img read more

MC House / Henrique Soares Pinheiro

first_imgArchDaily CopyHouses•Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal Save this picture!© Nelson Garrido+ 26Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Portugal MC House / Henrique Soares Pinheiro Henrique Soares Pinheiro CopyAbout this officeHenrique Soares PinheiroOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesVila Nova de GaiaPortugalPublished on October 15, 2019Cite: “MC House / Henrique Soares Pinheiro” [Casa MC / Henrique Soares Pinheiro] 15 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/926426/mc-house-henrique-soares-pinheiro Clipboard “COPY” 2018 Year:  Architects: Henrique Soares Pinheiro Year Completion year of this architecture project MC House / Henrique Soares PinheiroSave this projectSaveMC House / Henrique Soares Pinheiro Photographs:  Nelson Garrido Houses City:Vila Nova de GaiaCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Nelson GarridoRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsText description provided by the architects. The MC House has little expression for those who observe it from the outside, from the street. It is located in the interior of the lot. There was little or almost no interference with the natural land quotas, the building, practically a single deck, rests on it. The lower floor arises due to the need to adapt to the terrain morphology.Save this picture!© Nelson GarridoIt forms an elegant and extended volumetry which protects itself from the bad weather from the north and opens to the southern part of the terrain. The house is comprised of a kitchen as the center of its organization, from where it is possible to have a complete vision of all the social zones as well as that of the exterior area, this being a premise/challenge issued by the client. This situation promotes interior/exterior links between rooms, kitchen and the partially covered patio extending to the water. The three-track frame, without vertical props, allows this passage without obstacles.Save this picture!© Nelson GarridoSave this picture!PlansSave this picture!© Nelson GarridoWith a completely antagonistic assumption of the original, the office is located within an inside walled patio, used only by this compartment, enabling an ideal environment for introspection. The housing distribution is a combination between the proposed plan, the client’s intentions and his way of life.Save this picture!© Nelson GarridoSave this picture!South ElevationSave this picture!Section AASave this picture!© Nelson GarridoProject gallerySee allShow lessPedregal House / R79Selected ProjectsTransit Futures: New Innovations Moving Transport ForwardArchitecture News Share Lead Architect: “COPY” Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/926426/mc-house-henrique-soares-pinheiro Clipboardlast_img read more

Architectural Historian Robert Winter, Ph.D. Donates Personal Collection of Batchelder Tiles to Pasadena Museum of History

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Courtesy of the Pasadena Museum of History.Pasadena Museum of History is pleased to announce the recent gift by architectural historian, Robert Winter, Ph.D., of his personal collection of Batchelder tiles and accompanying archives.The donation includes over 200 Batchelder tiles made between the years 1910 and the early 1930s, including tiles in the Arts and Crafts style (from landscape reliefs to figural corbels) as well as colorfully glazed tiles of later years in the Mayan, Spanish Revival, and Art Deco styles. Additionally, there are half a dozen objects from Batchelder’s rare later line, Kinneloa Ceramics.“Dr. Winter’s extraordinary donation gives PMH a major Arts and Crafts collection that is particularly meaningful to the cultural history of this region,” says the Museum’s Director of Collections, Laura Verlaque. “Ernest Batchelder designed and produced these tiles first in Pasadena in 1910, and in later decades in a large factory in Los Angeles.”Dr. Winter noted that, while these tiles were not inexpensive, they were affordable to people of more modest means, and thus “hundreds of homes in Southern California and, indeed, the rest of the United States and even Canada are endowed with beautiful Batchelder fireplaces and fountains.”Today Batchelder tiles are prized collectibles, much sought-after by tile aficionados, preservationists, and historians enamored of such exemplary works of California design, as well as by many others who simply admire their beauty.Batchelder: Tilemaker – The ExhibitionThe public will have the opportunity to view items from the tile collection during the exhibition Batchelder: Tilemaker, which will be on view at Pasadena Museum of History from September 21, 2016 through February 12, 2017. This will be the first local exhibit dedicated solely to the life and work of this extraordinary artist and educator. Ernest Batchelder established his first tile factory in the backyard of his home on the banks of Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco. His hand-crafted art tiles epitomized the ideals of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Exhibit curator, Dr. Robert Winter, lives in the Batchelder house and wrote the definitive Batchelder history, Batchelder: Tilemaker (Balcony Press, 1999).This exhibit will celebrate the donation of Dr. Robert Winter’s personal collection of Batchelder tiles and accompanying archives to the Pasadena Museum of History. The exhibit will feature tiles, as well as ceramic architectural elements and hollowware made by Batchelder, from Dr. Winter’s collection and other private lenders, interspersed with photographs and artifacts from Batchelder’s life.Ernest Allan Batchelder (1875-1957)Ernest Allan Batchelder was born in New Hampshire in 1875. After an arts education, Batchelder became an instructor of manual arts (metalwork, pottery, tile-making) at Throop Polytechnic Institute in Pasadena (now CalTech), where he served as the director of art from 1902 to 1909.In comments about the tilemaker, Dr. Winter has noted that Batchelder wrote two books on design and illustrated them with his own drawings. He was an expert in design and probably used his ideas in the tiles he first produced starting about 1910, after obtaining a permit to build a shed and kiln behind his house. Here, he set up a shop and school, where he fired his own tiles, including some for local architects, including Charles and Henry Greene.As his business expanded he employed other designers, usually his students who worked under his close supervision. “As a result,” says Dr. Winter, “there is a harmony of style throughout the history of his company. All his tiles reflect Batchelder’s interest in a broad range of subjects – nature, music, architecture, and folklore.“Batchelder tiles also have a unity of texture. Apparently he hated the high glosses that many of his contemporaries used in their work. He preferred a soft finish (called engobe), which makes his products harmonize with the muted beauty of Arts and Crafts interiors. His earliest tiles – those made in the ‘teens – are in earth tones touched with traces of blue-green. In the twenties, when American taste turned to various architectural revivals, Batchelder’s palette broadened to colorful production and even Mayan imagery – but the finish remained muted, soft.”For additional information, please visit www.pasadenahistory.org or contact Jeannette Bovard at Pasadena Museum of History ([email protected]). Top of the News Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community Newscenter_img History Architectural Historian Robert Winter, Ph.D. Donates Personal Collection of Batchelder Tiles to Pasadena Museum of History Items From Collection To Be On Public Display in Fall 2016 Exhibition From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | 1:12 pm Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Uber’s Netherland Arbitration Clause Unconscionable: Canada SC Allows Uber Driver To Proceed With His Class Action Suit Against Uber [Read Judgment]

first_imgForeign/InternationalUber’s Netherland Arbitration Clause Unconscionable: Canada SC Allows Uber Driver To Proceed With His Class Action Suit Against Uber [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 Jun 2020 7:29 AMShare This – x”When arbitration is realistically unattainable, it amounts to no dispute resolution mechanism at all.”The Supreme Court of Canada has held that the arbitration clause contained in the agreement between Uber and its employees is unconscionable. In this case, an Uber driver filed a class proceeding against Uber in Ontario for violations of employment standards legislation. Uber defended the suit relying on the arbitration clause in its services agreement with the driver. Under the terms of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court of Canada has held that the arbitration clause contained in the agreement between Uber and its employees is unconscionable. In this case, an Uber driver filed a class proceeding against Uber in Ontario for violations of employment standards legislation. Uber defended the suit relying on the arbitration clause in its services agreement with the driver. Under the terms of the agreement, a driver was required to resolve any dispute with Uber through mediation and arbitration in the Netherlands. The motion judge stayed the proceeding. The Court of Appeal allowed the driver’s appeal and held that the arbitration clause is unconscionable, based on the inequality of bargaining power between the parties and the improvident cost of arbitration. Uber appealed before the Supreme Court. The majority observed that the doctrine of Unconscionability is widely accepted in Canadian contract law and the requirements are: 1) an inequality of bargaining power and 2) resulting improvident bargain. Examining the agreement, the court said that there was clearly inequality of bargaining power between Uber and the driver. The Court said that the arbitration clause makes the substantive rights given by the contract unenforceable by a driver against Uber. It observed thus: “The arbitration agreement was part of a standard form contract. Mr. Heller was powerless to negotiate any of its terms. His only contractual option was to accept or reject it. There was a significant gulf in sophistication between Mr. Heller, a food deliveryman in Toronto, and Uber, a large multinational corporation. The arbitration agreement, moreover, contains no information about the costs of mediation and arbitration in the Netherlands. A person in Mr. Heller’s position could not be expected to appreciate the financial and legal implications of agreeing to arbitrate under ICC Rules or under Dutch law. Even assuming that Mr. Heller was the rare fellow who would have read through the contract in its entirety before signing it, he would have had no reason to suspect that behind an innocuous reference to mandatory mediation “under the International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Rules” that could be followed by “arbitration under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce”, there lay a US$14,500 hurdle to relief. Exacerbating this situation is that these Rules were not attached to the contract, and so Mr. Heller would have had to search them out himself.” The Court also observed that the arbitration clause is improvident because the arbitration process requires US$14,500 in up-front administrative fees. It added:”This amount is close to Mr. Heller’s annual income and does not include the potential costs of travel, accommodation, legal representation or lost wages. The costs are disproportionate to the size of an arbitration award that could reasonably have been foreseen when the contract was entered into. The arbitration agreement also designates the law of the Netherlands as the governing law and Amsterdam as the “place” of the arbitration. This gives Mr. Heller and other Uber drivers in Ontario the clear impression that they have little choice but to travel at their own expense to the Netherlands to individually pursue claims against Uber through mandatory mediation and arbitration in Uber’s home jurisdiction. Any representations to the arbitrator, including about the location of the hearing, can only be made after the fees have been paid.” Dismissing Uber’s appeal, the Court also added that when arbitration is realistically unattainable, it amounts to no dispute resolution mechanism at all. It said: “The arbitration clause is the only way Mr. Heller can vindicate his rights under the contract, but arbitration is out of reach for him and other drivers in his position. His contractual rights are, as a result, illusory. Based on both the disadvantages faced by Mr. Heller in his ability to protect his bargaining interests and on the unfair terms that resulted, the arbitration clause is unconscionable and therefore invalid” Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead Judgment Next Storylast_img read more

Gujarat High Court Issues Notice To IIM-A In Plea Against Grant Of Unrecognized MMS(eLM) Degree Instead Of MBA Degree [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesGujarat High Court Issues Notice To IIM-A In Plea Against Grant Of Unrecognized MMS(eLM) Degree Instead Of MBA Degree [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK5 Nov 2020 6:05 AMShare This – xThe Gujarat High Court has issued notice on a petition seeking grant of MBA degree to the students pursuing two years long duration Post Graduate Programme in Management (ePGP) from IIM Ahmedabad. Notices were issued by a Bench comprising of Justice GR Udhwani in a petition filed by 53 students of IIM-Ahmedabad, alleging that the institution had represented to them in writing that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Gujarat High Court has issued notice on a petition seeking grant of MBA degree to the students pursuing two years long duration Post Graduate Programme in Management (ePGP) from IIM Ahmedabad. Notices were issued by a Bench comprising of Justice GR Udhwani in a petition filed by 53 students of IIM-Ahmedabad, alleging that the institution had represented to them in writing that ePGP course is equivalent to an MBA degree. However now, they are being awarded “Master of Management Studies (eLearning Mode)” (MMS(eLM)). It is mentioned that MMS(eLM) degree was not amongst the list of specified degrees that could be lawfully awarded by any Institution, as set out in the UGC Notification on Specification of Degrees under Section 22(3) of the UGC Act 1956. Further, it is not recognized by any institution, whether in India or abroad.”Under the law as it stands only such degrees can be awarded by the Institutes as those that figure in the list of Specified Degrees,” the plea states. The Petitioners have submitted that the announcement of MMS(eLM) degree by IIM-A was made in March 2020, much after the first Batch completed the course and was declared successful in the examination. It is pointed out that the institution had all along promoted the course as MBA on various social media sites, official IIMA Youtube admission webinars, student brochures, official Annual Report and even mentioned eMBA on the receipts of fees up till now. The students were assured that they would be awarded PGDM in line with other three PGP courses of IIM-A, as all these courses are of ‘same level’. However now, they are being “singled out arbitrarily”, merely because their mode of study is online.The plea states,”The use of the term ‘online teaching’ and ‘e-mode’ is a misnomer in the present instance because students went to IIM- Ahmedabad campus for classes and IIM-A designated study centres in every city. The classes of IIM Ahmedabad campus were like regular classes like other three long duration courses and the classes at IIM-A designated study centres were in real time with state of art technology for 3.5 hours 4 days week throughout 2 years and the instructor was present in the room.” Further, “Evaluation at the IIM-A study centre was done in the same manner as regular programmes… under the instructor and CCTV surveillance. The mid semester, end semester examinations, project work and its evaluation and capstone were held compulsorily at the IIM-A campus like other 3 long duration courses. Examinations and evaluations of the ePGP course were as rigorous as the other 3 long duration programmes…the faculty was as the same other 3 long duration programmes.” The petitioners have therefore pleaded parity and equity with other courses, as their present degree of MMS(eLM) has no value for the purpose of job and higher research in other Universities. It is submitted that the Director of IIMA repeatedly claimed equivalence of MBA degree with MMS degree and MMS degree with MBA degree by accreditation bodies, contrary to the facts and in terms of their own disclosure through RTI which says “no such record held”. It is stated that whereas the expected time to award degrees under the UGC guidelines is 180 days, the Petitioner-students have been languishing without a degree for over a year now. They have lost the opportunities for jobs/ further education and research in other Universities, even after qualifying exams in 2019. Thus, it is urged that the institution be directed to re-issue marksheets to the Petitioners for the MBA course. Senior Advocate Dr Colin Gonsalves represented the Petitioners. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Beresfords’ land and new homes expands

first_imgBeresfords has expanded its land and new homes team following record sales.In the past 12 months Beresfords has agreed sales on over £95 million worth of new homes. The growth in sales has been driven by increasing demand for property in the area, as well as a lack of housing stock. Beresfords has expanded the team to enhance its dedicated bespoke services to search out development opportunities and to market the sale of new homes.Overseeing the strategic direction of the team is Beresfords Director Terry Holmes with day-to-day responsibility under Land and New Homes Director Aaron Breakwell.Terry says, “Essex and Greater London is an area in great demand from all levels of the housing market, and it still offers best value for money and fast links for commuters heading into the City than any of the home counties.“We offer our builder clients a bespoke service to meet their needs, whether they’re developing hundreds of homes or looking to build just one or two units, backed up by land finding and an award-winning marketing approach to provide an unbeatable offer.”land and new homes Beresford Beresford expansion November 22, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Beresfords’ land and new homes expands previous nextAgencies & PeopleBeresfords’ land and new homes expandsThe Negotiator22nd November 20160603 Viewslast_img read more

Mayor’s Message: Aug. 30

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,I would like to thank everybody for making the summer of 2019 such a successful one. Summer is busy, fun and always too short. Please take the time to enjoy the holiday weekend with your family, friends and neighbors.Just a couple quick reminders. Once-a-week trash and recycling pickup begins on Sept. 9 (see detail). The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority wastewater force main replacement project begins on Tuesday (see update). Ocean City this week was named the “Safest City in New Jersey” (see story).The weekend weather forecast looks spectacular.Again, I hope you get out and enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer.Happy Labor Day.Warm regards,Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img

In pursuit of science

first_imgIn a Rindge Avenue Upper School science classroom, sixth-grader Nicholas Chiriboga was investigating a virtual ecosystem, developed by Harvard researchers, to understand the real world better.The ecoMUVE program, an online experiential learning platform, uses virtual characters to explore a decline in the number of people visiting one of two islands. Chiriboga and his classmates were asked to discover why the visitation decline occurred. The young man’s theory focused on lyme disease.“Ticks usually bite white-tailed deer,” Chiriboga explained. “So I can infer that the more white-tailed deer, the more deer ticks, thus the higher risk of lyme disease.” But through the interactive environment, students learned that the connections on the island were much more complicated than they originally thought. While more deer had an impact, the population of small animals on the island was also an important factor.The new program, operating at the crossroads of virtual worlds and real-life field experience, was a hit with science teacher David Suchy’s class, he said. Right off the bat, he said, “the kids loved it. … They saw things they’d never seen or thought of before.”“It’s really engaged the kids more than I thought it would,” Suchy said. “It really meets [them] where they’re at. It looks like a lot of electronic games they’ve played, so there’s an instantaneous connection. Sometimes, they’re learning things about ecology without even realizing it.”Chiriboga’s theory on infectious disease would later be put to the test with a field visit to the Fresh Pond Maynard Ecology Center, a local ecosystem that was the inspiration for ecoMUVE’s virtual world. There, he and his classmates tested their theories and applied their knowledge in the real world.Lisa Scolaro, who coordinates science K-12 for Cambridge Public Schools, managed the districtwide implementation of EcoMUVE at the sixth-grade level this spring after the success of its pilot program last fall. Scolaro said that the partnership with Harvard researchers allowed for a “cross-pollination” of ideas between local schools and the University.“Harvard is right there with us. They’re a real partner, and are always at the table,” Scolaro said. “For our students, it helps them to see what’s actually happening around them right here in Cambridge, and to see themselves at Harvard. We can inform what’s happening in the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and learn more about cutting-edge research into best practices. … I don’t think you can ask for a better collaboration.”This spring’s ecoMUVE program was nurtured through a deepening collaboration between Harvard and the Cambridge schools, with both partners putting special attention on middle schools.Every middle school child in Cambridge’s new upper school system participated in research-based teaching and learning this year through ecoMUVE and two other Harvard programs that support science learning. In addition to ecoMUVE serving the sixth-graders, Harvard’s long-standing Project TEACH gave all Cambridge seventh-graders the opportunity to learn about college and science on campus. Also, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ annual Science and Engineering Showcase offered science experiences by faculty and graduate students and a science project showcase for eighth-graders.“Harvard’s partnership with Cambridge Public Schools is exceptionally strong,” said Superintendent Jeffrey Young. “This year, Harvard has helped with our transition to the new upper school model with robust programs supporting high-quality teaching and learning and meaningful academic experiences for every middle-grades student in Cambridge. It’s a partnership that can help us capture children’s interest in learning in their critical, formative, middle school years.”In the case of ecoMUVE, Scolaro said, teachers reported that participating students “asked deeper and more thoughtful questions.”“It’s putting technology to use in the classroom in the right way,” she said. “Every student going on that field experience has something they can draw on through the ecoMUVE experience.”Tina Grotzer, associate professor of education at the HGSE and co-principal investigator on the EcoMUVE project with Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, said that the project helps local students to reason about the underlying causal structure of science, probing patterns that are often extremely complex.“It helps students to grasp and see things that they otherwise wouldn’t recognize,” Grotzer said. “We created a world that kids could come into and explore. But in the course of their exploration of that world, they are exposed to more expert thinking about that world” through interacting with simulated botanists, bird watchers, population specialists, and public health interns.That kind of in-depth exploration with multiple viewpoints, Grotzer said, teaches students not only “the patterns of reasoning; it also teaches them to be sensitive to patterns, to perceive patterns, and attend to them more the way an ecoscientist would. They get to make that novice-to-expert shift, with the tools in the program to help them.”The ecoMUVE middle school program was planned in the summer of 2012 and adopted in the schools shortly after the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were released this April. Reflecting a new vision for American science education, NGSS emphasizes the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the world, building concepts from kindergarten through high school, while focusing on a deeper understanding of content as well as applying it. Skills such as collecting and analyzing data to understand concepts and ideas, championed in the NGSS, are addressed through ecoMUVE.“Faculty, staff, and students across Harvard University are deeply engaged in Cambridge public schools, and this partnership is a perfect example of our shared commitment to education,” said Christine Heenan, vice president for Harvard Public Affairs and Communications. “Harvard and Cambridge share an enormous stake in the education of our schoolchildren, and we know creative partnerships can make a difference in strengthening schools, young people, and society as a whole. This is a long-standing partnership that will continue to grow over time.”last_img read more