Insight: STEM Symposium / News Network / ADHD Grows Up / Run to Feed the Hungry
Educators convene in Sacramento for science, tech, engineering and math teach-in. Reporters Ky Plakson and Tim Daly update us on stories from Tahoe and Stockton. Plus, new research into adult ADHD and a charitable Thanksgiving tradition turns 20.
STEM Symposium As California prepares to implement Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, the first ever teach-in to learn the best practices and latest teaching innovations in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education is taking place in Sacramento. For two days – Nov. 18 and 19 – 2,000 kindergarten through 12 grade educators will share strategies, ideas and tools to educate and inspire students. We'll talk with California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson about the First California STEM Symposium.
Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create iphone apps, and is now helping other kids learn to program. (Filmed at TEDxManhattanBeach.)
News Network As state and federal funding for conservation efforts in the Lake Tahoe Basin dry up, the organizations committed to protecting the lake’s pristine beauty are turning to the private sector for funding. Capital Public Radio’s Sierra Reporter Ky Plakson joins us to discuss this issue and more. Plus, the City of Stockton still has no city manager nearly two weeks after David Garcia was set to accept the position from predecessor Bob Deis. Joining us to explain what happens next is News 10 Reporter Tim Daly.
ADHD Grows Up How is ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) different in adults than in children? That's the focus of a presentation this Wednesday at the UC Davis MIND Institute. In childhood, the symptoms of ADHD are inattention, a lack of focus, difficulties with completing homework, being easily distracted and forgetting to complete chores and other day-to-day activities. In adults, the symptoms include fidgetiness, talking a lot, having difficulty waiting ones turn, restlessness and impulsive decision making. Drs. Julie Schweitzer and Faye Dixon join us in studio to talk about the differences and new research that may help people understand better that ADHD is a real, neurobiological condition, and not a character flaw.
Run to Feed the Hungry Can you imagine Thanksgiving without food? How about Thanksgiving without a 10K run through East Sac and parts of Midtown? Since the inception of Run to Feed the Hungry, 20 years ago, many in Sacramento haven’t had to worry about missing either of those things on Thanksgiving. Organizers of the event, which is the largest Thanksgiving Day run in America, are expecting more than 30,000 people to sign up this year. Much of the of the proceeds will go to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, which will then feed hungry people throughout the Sacramento region. The food bank is also collecting turkeys for hungry families this Friday. President of the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Blake Young and Director of The Run to Feed the Hungry Rich Hanna join us to talk more about the event and who it serves most.