Citizens Urged to Take Precaution as Tropical Storm Alice Heads towards the Virtual World The Consequences of Global Warming Demonstrated in the Virtual World to Encourage Kids to Learn More about This Important Issue

PASADENA, Calif. (PRWEB) June 26, 2007

    Tropical Storm Alice is intended to raise awareness of global climate issues and is associated with the opening of the new Whyville Climate Center, which is sponsored by Penguin Young Readers Group, the publisher of Al Gore’s young adult book, “An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming” (Viking Children’s Books/Rodale Books $ 16.00; 208 pages; Ages 11 up). The Climate Center will serve as the focal point for the discussion and further educational activities, while significant virtual rainfall continues for at least another 12-36 hours. This will result in widespread flooding and destruction throughout Whyville, with considerable rubbish and debris littering the virtual world. Whyville’s citizens will need to join together in a massive clean up effort to restore their environment over the next several days.

The arrival of the tropical storm coincides with a new effort to educate Whyville’s citizens about global climate issues. According to a survey conducted on the site in May 2007, 77 percent of responding citizens said that they were aware of the concept of global warming. However, only 50 percent felt they could be a part of the solution.

The Climate Center’s initial activities will focus on changes in the levels of greenhouse gases in the Whyville atmosphere, especially carbon dioxide. In the center’s CO2 Lab, citizens will be able to document increases in carbon dioxide in the virtual atmosphere from the site’s creation in 1999 to today. Traveling back in time, Whyvillians will sample CO2 levels from each year and look for correlations with specific human activity. Information on historical events in Whyville, including the rate of population growth and introduction of new industries, will be obtained from the Whyville Times (the newspaper of Whyville, with articles written by kids). Citizens will also be able to propose hypotheses and debate consequences in bulletin boards within the Climate Center.

“The objective of this activity is not to prove any particular association between greenhouse gases and the climate, in general, or our first tropical storm in particular,” said Dr. James Bower, CEO of Whyville. “Instead, we want to help kids understand the complexity involved in the growing international debate on these issues and get them involved in that discussion, since we already know that they care.”

Activities in the Whyville Climate Center will also support citizen involvement in solving the problem of greenhouse gas emission. Each citizen will be assigned their own carbon footprint calculator in order to assess their individual contribution to rising CO2 levels in the virtual world. The size of their footprint will increase, or decrease, depending on the personal choices they make, such as the number of virtual accessories they produce in Whyville’s avatar factory, the number of trips taken around the world in the warp wagon, the number of times they teleport to the moon or mars, or even which types of foods they choose to eat. Whyvillians who substantially reduce their impact will be recognized with a distinctive green badge for their avatar and will even be able to trade their carbon credits to other Whyvillians for “clams,” Whyville’s virtual currency.

“We know from our surveys that Whyvillians are concerned about environmental issues, but don’t believe that they can do very much to have an impact themselves,” said Dr. Jen Sun, president of Whyville. “This activity is intended to address both the complexities of this issue, as well as provide examples of ways that our kids can get involved – not only in our virtual world but also in the real world.”

Over the coming months, this new climate education activity will continue to unfold, impacting Whyville and its citizens in parallel to developments on this important issue in the real world.

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About Whyville is the only learning-based virtual world for today’s digital kids. Whyville offers a seriously fun extension of 8 to 15-year-old kids’ real lives, giving them ownership of and participation in creating their own experiences. Named for the founding principle that asking why is the true basis of learning, Whyville citizens safely chat, earn currency, design avatars, play games, create projects, eat, govern and much more. Parents and teachers approve of Whyville because of its multiple levels of safety protection including proprietary technology and staff monitoring. For sponsors, Whyville integrates popular brands and institutions by following its learning-based principles of encouraging Whyville citizens to engage in experiential interactions relevant to today’s digital kids.

Shenandoah Valley Kids Trail Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant for Tourism Marketing

Winchester, VA (PRWEB) September 30, 2013

Governor Bob McDonnell announced that the Shenandoah Valley Trail children received $ 25,000 from the Fund Grant Program Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Marketing Leverage. Governor McDonnell program funding had increased under his administration’s efforts to stimulate economic development through tourism. In total VTC awarded more than $ 980,000 for 54 projects tourism marketing across the state to help increase attendance and revenue for localities in Virginia through tourism.

Partner Lead Great Agritourism received a grant of $ 25,000 for his “Shenandoah Valley Agritourism Great Trail children in partnership with seven other partners to understand. Shenandoah Caverns, Bryce Resort, Massanutten Indoor Waterpark, The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema , Country Inn and Suites, Shenandoah Discovery Museum and Theatre In hard family to provide $ 115,000 in matching funds for the project. partners will be using the database and electronic infrastructure Go Blue Ridge Travel to implement the program.

The a wide area. There are eight counties of Virginia, three counties in West Virginia and one county in Maryland. trip planning is difficult for visitors who are not familiar with the area. Build the connective “hub and spoke” route facilitate family travel while relying on the relationship of tourism partners. Families often do not have enough time to plan for the whole family travel to provide families with a range of electronic and printed information allows more immediate family on the road. In addition, the ‘Kids Trail “adds another dimension to the trip planning -. One that is easily recognized brand and

“The main VTC dollars received will be used to build a mobi website with search engine Google-based GPS. Visitors will be able to leave the station and easily find another activity in the area where they render. With the strength of our advertising partners, we can as a society network management affect both the visitor weekend DC metropolitan and position ourselves as a national showcase for family holidays, “said Kate Zurschmeide, co-owner of Great Agritourism.

“I am honored that Go Blue Ridge Travel has been selected by the partners as the media to use for the Trail Shenandoah Valley Children This is an extension of our already established Child Bucket List GoBRT. Our database for the region is enormous and will grow as we add more companies on board wishing to go to family tourism, “said Nancy Craun.

Patrick Kaler, President and CEO of Visit Loudoun in approving said:” This exciting collaboration between attractions and accommodations will be a great asset to enhance and increase traffic to the family of Northern Virginia. The partners have developed a broad and aggressive marketing campaign that is rich in content interesting and appealing. I am confident that this promotion will have a direct impact on the target market, and produce and probably exceed the expected return on investment. “

Brenda Black, Tourism and Services Manager Visit Harrisonburg said, “As Harrisonburg seeks to connect visitors to related activities of the child Valley Trail Shenandoah Kid offers the possibility of partnerships with other kid-friendly businesses in the Shenandoah Valley and Loudoun County. This family theme will develop and route packets over and advertising campaigns; creating a media buzz that reinforce the message that our area is a family friendly destination in Virginia. “

The VTC Marketing Leverage Program is designed to stimulate tourism marketing through partnerships leveraging limited marketing dollars, resulting in increased visitor spending. A minimum of three entities must partner financially to apply and may consist of Virginia towns, cities, counties, Convention and Visitors offices, chambers of commerce, other local or regional destination marketing organizations, private businesses, museums, attractions, cultural events, and other not-for-profit entities.

“Grants such as these allow our communities to market their products more effectively to potential visitors,” said Governor McDonnell. “When more visitors come to Virginia localities and the Commonwealth realize increased tax revenues, business prosperity and new jobs are created.”

“The local tourism efforts get a boost gigantic when parties work together in partnership,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “By leveraging our marketing funds tourism so much good can be accomplished with the results of dynamic tourism projects that might otherwise be unaffordable. “

Virginia Tourism generates $ 20 billion in revenue, supporting more than 207,000 jobs and provides $ 1.3 billion to state and local taxes.

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Founded in 2011, (GoBRT), a division of Encore Event Partners is the only regional site with activities, events and accommodation in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley North. With a decade of relationship marketing in the region with the wives of their wedding destinations, GoBRT now reached families branding of the “Bucket List GoBRT Kids’ mark with toddlers to teenagers should have experience before turning eighteen in the valley. Covering Virginia and West Virginia, the goal of Go Blue Ridge Travel is the hallmark of this 100 mile radius as a travel destination and wedding at both national and international.

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Bulletin Board Trimmers: Encourage Kids for More Activity

Teaching a child with the means of different fun activity reflects the creativity of the teacher. If teacher is dedicated to take out innovative ideas for their students, then each classroom becomes the fun place for the student. In order to make classroom a place for enjoyment, all teachers encourage students to make some paper crafts or origami works. And these items, in turn, can be used for the classroom decoration. This way, one of the most appealing items for classroom decoration is the bulletin board. These bulletin boards are one of the teacher’s best choices to make student engaged in classroom activity. If teachers are motivated to engage the child in craft activity, then they should teach their student to explore the idea of bulletin board trimmers. And these trimmers are nothing but the edges of the bulletin boards. These bulletin board trimmers are decorated in order to enhance the visual appeal of the board. This kind of trimmer is set in one surface of the bulletin board. If suitable color and texture is chosen for this trimmer, then the entire appeal of the bill board changes. This kind of bulletin board has huge contribution in simple letters, solid colors and numbers. These trimmers are meant for enhancing the aesthetic aspect of the board.

You can find different classroom supplies, where trimmers are found in sets. And these kinds of items are found at reasonable rate, if they are bought in bulk. Many online stores are there to proffer better quality of classroom supplies and that too within our price range. In case of trimmers for bulletin board, we can see variety in color and design. Many trimmers are also found in simple design. This particular education supply attracts child a lot. Thus, making it more appealing gives better result in imparting knowledge to the student.

So, we really need to be conscious about choosing any kind of tool to impart knowledge to the child. If we choose wrong item for any activity, then that might minimize the enthusiasm of the kid. So, it is very important to understand the utility of any education supply and then implement it wisely for any kind of school activity. This kind of engagement develops psychomotor skill of the kid. And thus, choosing supply for your kid should direct the activity of the class. One more thing that one should consider before buying any item for the kid is the safety of the product. If any item used in classroom activity is toxic in nature, then this item should immediately be discarded.

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