U.S. Cellular donating $1 million to teachers
MAINE – U.S. Cellular is donating $1 million to fund teacher classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers program. Last year, the company contributed $500,000 towards educational materials for improved classroom experiences. One hundred and ten Maine teachers had their classroom projects funded by U.S. Cellular in 2013, totaling more than $62,000 and benefiting more than 5,300 students.
U.S. Cellular is working with DonorsChoose.org for a fourth time and encourages teachers to post their projects on the site for potential funding. DonorsChoose.org is a charity website that helps teachers identify funds from corporate and individual donations for classroom projects.
Game creators seek mature storytelling
SEATTLE — For many of the game designers showing off their latest creations at the recent Penny Arcade video game expo in Seattle, the push to feature more mature storytelling has been one of their most significant challenges.
“We are changing as a medium,” said Richard Dansky, a writer who has worked on several “Tom Clancy” games, in a talk called “You’re So Mature! Is Storytelling in Games Coming of Age?”
Time Waster - Quickies
Sometimes you don’t want to get sucked into something that will take you hours or days to complete. Sometimes you have only a few minutes before the kids get up or before you have to make some phone calls or hit a meeting. The following games are great for those times.
New website and mobile app puts the city of Bangor at your fingertips
BANGOR — The City of Bangor has launched its first ever mobile application (app) called “Go Bangor,” and a newly designed website at http://www.bangormaine.gov. Recognizing the drastic increase in the use of smart phones, the app and website will better connect residents and visitors with City Hall. The app provides easy access to information including city news, a public meeting calendar and social media.
Of particular note, the mobile app simplifies the process of submitting a service request to the City. See a pothole? Concerned about graffiti? “Go Bangor” app users can quickly report issues to the City, and requests are automatically routed to the appropriate department or individual. App users can also review the status of their open requests. Upon submission, requests are logged in a citizen request management system so issues are never lost or forgotten and will be escalated if not resolved. The citizen request management system also integrates with the City’s GIS data, providing key information to City staff as to the location of issues that can eventually guide future projects. The service request data will also be used to ensure the efficient delivery of City services.
Challenger Learning Center of Maine holds fall e-waste event on Sept. 20
BANGOR - Challenger Learning Center of Maine has scheduled its next electronic waste recycling event at 30 Venture Way, Bangor on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Our semi-annual e-waste events create nothing but a win-win-win," stated Susan Jonason, Challenger executive director. "Residents from any community are able to get rid of all of the electronic junk that they've collected, the waste doesn't end up in a landfill, and in exchange for providing this free service, attendees make charitable cash donations to help Challenger in its mission to inspire Maine's students in STEM education. We don't benefit from the recycled materials ... but the cash donations received make this event an important fundraiser for us."
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