posts tagged with Children

Here's to the Tinkerers - FedEx and FIRST Robotics

GR9A4623_ag3.jpg Do you know a tinkerer? There are a few definitions of this term and some are not so positive. My definition of a tinkerer is a future innovator – someone who is passionate, creative and committed to solving problems and helping others.

When inventor Dean Kamen was a kid, he tinkered with things in his garage. He would spend hours taking things apart, putting them back together, taking them part again and reconfiguring them. Over the years, this intensive tinkering led Dean to explore and invent devices such as the first drug infusion pump, a robotic arm for disabled veterans and an all-terrain electric wheelchair known as the iBot.

Perhaps the tinkerer or innovator you know is the kid who lives in your neighborhood or your own child?...

Working Together for Healthier Babies

twins.png Every year, over half of a million babies are born prematurely in the United States. March of Dimes estimates that preterm births cost employers more than $12 billion in excess health care costs. Premature birth can lead to serious life-long challenges – such as asthma, blindness, and developmental disabilities. These challenges often affect babies throughout their lives impacting their education and ability to work.

For Tricia Bratton, FedEx Services Marketing Advisor, the issue of prematurity prevention is highly important and extremely personal as she has first-hand experience on the roller coaster ride that having premature twins at 25 weeks creates. Today, Tricia’s twins are healthy, happy 13 year olds though they were born weighing only 1 lb. 13 oz. and 1lb. 12 oz. Due to their short gestational period, they faced a gamut of health conditions including retinopathy, feeding intolerance, demineralization of their bones, and underdevelopment of their central nervous system...

Safe Kids Vietnam: Helping Students Walk Safely To School

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A second grade student on her way back home from Binh Quoi Tay Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam was walking along the edge of the road – the small and uneven sidewalk was occupied by vendors and motorbike parking – when a large truck quickly approached from behind. Turning the corner, more trucks blocked her way. She wormed through a tiny gap between an idling motorcycle and a utility pole then ran home as quickly as she could.

This scene was recorded in front of the gate of Binh Quoi Tay Primary School at the end of a school day on November 28, 2013 by a well-known online newspaper in Vietnam, Dan tri Online. Sadly, this scenario is the norm for many students throughout Vietnam who must walk to school on dangerous and crowded roads. Here at AIP Foundation/Safe Kids Vietnam, we’ve teamed up with FedEx to change this.

Safe Kids India: Our Best Prevention Idea

FedEx volunteers.jpg.jpeg Pedestrian safety issues were always a major concern for the people belonging to metropolitan cities like Mumbai, where the number of road traffic crashes reached an alarming rate. There had been very little action taken on the issue – until Safe Kids India and FedEx teamed up for the Walk this Way program in 2007...

Innovation for Change: Safe Kids Brazil

CSegura816_RJ_FedExBlog-sq.jpg When I think of the Walk This Way pedestrian safety program, I always remember a principal I met when we conducted a pilot project in Curitiba, a city in the south of the country. This principal told me that before we implemented our Walk This Way project, at least four children every year were struck by a car. Remember, that’s in just one school. We checked back a year later and not a single child in that school had been injured since the Walk This Way program had been implemented. What a difference...