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And the Winner of the Maryland Regional Middle School Science Bowl Competition is ….

And the Winner of the Maryland Regional Middle School Science Bowl Competition is ….

Patriots Technology Training Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy was proud to host the 6th Annual Maryland Regional Middle School Science Bowl - a math and science competition for middle school students.  With the nation’s focus on energy independence and sustainability, it’s important to promote the benefits of science and math among middle school youth.

Spring Cleaning for Water Distribution Pipes to Start March 21

Spring Cleaning for Water Distribution Pipes to Start March 21

From DC Water:

From March 21 through May 2, 2011, the disinfectant in drinking water will temporarily switch from chloramine to chlorine.

This annual change is part of a routine maintenance program to keep the water distribution system in the District of Columbia, Arlington County and Falls Church clean and free of potentially harmful bacteria. A temporary switch to chlorine with system-wide flushing is done to maintain water quality throughout the year. This is standard practice for many water systems that use chloramine during the majority of the year.  

The Washington Aqueduct is the organization responsible for treating drinking water for the District of Columbia, Arlington County, and Falls Church, Virginia.

UMC Partners With Wizards' Josh Howard To Promote Nutrition and Physical Fitness

UMC Partners With Wizards' Josh Howard To Promote Nutrition and Physical Fitness

This story comes to us from Chennelle Harris:

 

The Patriots 4th Annual visit to the Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day

The Patriots 4th Annual visit to the Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day

Friday, February 25, 2011, was a fun-filled day for the Patriots members that joined Rodney Beverly and Danna Jennings at the 20th Annual Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day.  Mr. Beverly is also a Member of the Patriots Board of Directors.  

During a Mix and Mingle breakfast our members enjoyed the opportunity to network with Microsoft representatives who encouraged them to learn about the opportunities that the field of technology can bring.  Overall, the objective of Microsoft's Minority Student Day was to provide a mechanism for students to learn about emerging technologies that Microsoft is developing for the present and near future, plus their ability to one day possibly be the creator of that technology. 

Nurses Strike Continues At DC's Largest Hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nurses are continuing to picket outside Washington's largest hospital as part of a one-day strike over wages and patient care.

A spokesman for the nurses' union says hundreds of nurses have walked the picket line Friday at Washington Hospital Center.

But a hospital spokeswoman says participation in the strike is far from unanimous. Spokeswoman So Young Pak says about two-thirds of the 300 or so nurses scheduled to work the day shift Friday showed up for work.

The strike ends at 7 a.m. Saturday. The hospital plans to lock out the striking nurses for another four days, saying that's because replacement nurses are being paid for an entire week's work.

Pak says the hospital was actually overstaffed Friday and that more than 100 surgeries were performed. There were more than 700 patients at the hospital.

Statement from So Young Pak:

Nurses At DC's Largest Hospital Go On Strike

WASHINGTON (WUSA/AP) -- Nurses at the Washington Hospital Center went on strike Friday morning in an attempt to draw attention to what they say are conditions which threaten the health of patients.  The strike began at 7:00am and is scheduled to last one day.

Striking nurses with their signs walked onto the hospital's compound and started picketing and chanting , causing conflict between union members and D.C. Police.

Officers threatened they would start arresting the nurses.  But once more police reinforcement showed up, the two sides agreed that 20 picketers could stay on the property at a time and the rest would have to leave.

The union representing more than 1,600 registered nurses says it is at odds with hospital management over several issues as it negotiates a new contract, including wages, staffing and patient care.

Union members say there are not enough nurses to cover the sick.

Opportunity to meet Flag Officers from the NAVY at their Stars & Stripes Reception

Opportunity to meet Flag Officers from the NAVY at their Stars & Stripes Reception

The U.S. Department of the NAVY hosted and invited our members to attend the Stars & Strips reception held during the Black Engineers Awards Conference on February 18, 2011.  The NAVY (Flag Officers) had round-table discussions with the students based on their interest in a career in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).  

On Saturday, February 19th, the Patriots attended the conference where hundreds of organizations were available to help our youth focus on the importance of STEM related fields in an effort to develop the necessary leadership skills to be successful in their future career goals.