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The project to return the Free Willy whale, Keiko, to his birth waters near Iceland emanated from thousands of letters sent by children demanding that the star of Free Willy be set free. Charles will share his experience of four years managing that project in Vestmannaeyjar Iceland and discuss how the knowledge gained from Keiko informs the work of the Whale Sanctuary Project. Donations are encouraged, $10 general, $5 students ABOUT CHARLES VINICK Executive Director, The Whale Sanctuary Project A member of the Whale Sanctuary Project Board of Directors since mid-2016, Charles brings a unique blend of leadership and experience to his role as Executive Director. With a solid background in business that includes extensive experience in ocean policy, environmental policy, project management and government relations, Charles is no stranger to ambitious, visionary, ocean-related projects. Mr. Vinick previously worked for the Cousteau family for over 25 years managing their ocean-related activities with positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ocean Futures Society, Vice President of the Cousteau Society, and Fonde de Pouvoir of Parc Oceanique Cousteau in Paris, France. His experience has afforded him the privilege of being in the wild with whales, including in his capacity as director of the program to return Keiko (the Free Willy whale) to the wild, as well as in his role as producer of Cousteau films. Before joining the Whale Sanctuary Project, Charles served as CEO of two environmental technology companies, Florida-based Ecosphere Technologies, Inc., and Aquantis, Inc. in Santa Barbara. Locally, in Santa Barbara California, Charles has also served as CEO of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation and is a founding Board member of Heal the Ocean. He has received commendations from the White House for his work with youth education and from the Los Angeles City Council for community environmentalism. Charles currently also serves on the Board of Directors of Heal the Ocean and Ocean Futures Society.

Location: Bay Model Visitor Center 2100 Bridgeway Sausalito, CA. | Start: 2/26/2019 7:00:00 PM End: 2/26/2019 9:00:00 PM
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NEW Class: Android Smartphones for Beginners Android operating system-based smartphones are the most common phones in the world. Are you using yours to its full potential? If not, come learn some new tips and tricks to help you start getting the most out of your smartphone. This class is designed for individuals who have a new smartphones, are new to smartphones, or have a desire to get to a more proficient level of usage. Attendees are encouraged to bring their Android smartphone to class. Because of the wide variety of different brands of Android smartphones, the class will cover universal settings and basic forms of usage. Topics include: Navigation techniques Downloading, installing, and working with apps Setting up an email on your phone Managing contacts and more! If you cannot make the class, you must cancel your regisistration prior to class by calling 970-962-2599 or canceling via Eventbrite.

Location: Loveland Public Library 300 North Adams Avenue Loveland, CO. | Start: 2/9/2019 11:00:00 AM End:
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National Academy of Inventors 2019 Annual Meeting April 10 - 11, 2019 - JW Marriott Houston Galleria - Houston, TX  The NAI Annual Meeting is the premier arena where academic innovation and entrepreneurship is recognized, honored and cultivated. The theme for the Eighth Annual Meeting is “Connecting the Innovation Community.” Join us as we bring together renowned innovators and thought leaders from organizations worldwide who are making a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. The meeting features stimulating presentations and networking, and culminates in the formal NAI Fellows Induction Ceremony.   For full meeting details, please visit the website: https://academyofinventors.org/annual-meeting/  Become A Sponsor  Hotel Reservations Preliminary Timeline (Subject to Change) Wednesday, April 10th Location: JW Marriott Houston Galleria 7:00 AM – Welcome Breakfast 8:00 AM-12:00 PM – Educational Session 12:00 PM – Networking Luncheon 1:00-5:00 PM – Educational Session Wednesday Evening – *NEW* Connection Think Space, also Featuring NAI Chapters and the T&I Journal  Thursday, April 11th Location: JW Marriott Houston Galleria 7:00 AM – Networking Breakfast Featuring Senior Members & Private NAI Fellow Inductee Breakfast 8:30 AM-12:30 PM – Educational Session 12:30 PM – Keynote Luncheon featuring Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D. Thursday Afternoon – Break & Buses Depart for Fellows Induction Ceremony Thursday Evening – Formal NAI Fellows Induction Ceremony and Gala Reception at the Space Center Houston  FAQs Which Registration type should I select? NAI encourages attendance at the Full Meeting which includes all meeting sessions, meals, and networking at the hotel on April 10 & 11 and the Fellows Induction Ceremony and Gala Reception at the Space Center Houston the evening of April 11. There are also registration options available for only the Fellows event, or only the sessions by day.  If you are being inducted as Fellow at the 2019 Annual Meeting, you may register as "2019 Inductee" to receive a discount on the full meeting or the Fellows event.  Active Fellows, Senior Members, Chapter Members or others affiliated with a NAI Member Institution, may register as "NAI Member" to receive a 15% discount. Guest or nonmembers are welcomed to attend and should register at the general price.   What is the proper attire for the event? During the Educational/Networking Sessions at the JW Marriott Houston Galleria, Business Attire is appropriate. Formal Attire (black-tie optional) is appropriate for the Fellows Induction Ceremony at the Space Center Houston. Will there be transportation to the Fellows Induction Ceremony?  There will be complimentary shuttle service to the Fellows Induction Ceremony Venue (Space Center Houston) from the Meeting Hotel (JW Marriott Houston Galleria) to the evening of April 11, 2019. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? For questions please contact: events@academyofinventors.org Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Printed tickets are not required to enter events. Upon check-in, you will receive a namebadge that will allow you to enter the events for which you are registered.   Can I update my registration information? Yes, you may login and update registration information up until 7 days before the Annual Meeting. At that time, please email us at events@academyofinventors.org for any adjustments.    What's the refund policy? There will be no penalty for cancellations received 30 days prior to the first day of the Annual Meeting. The full amount paid minus a $50 processing fee will be refunded. A cancellation fee of 50% of registration costs minus a $50 processing fee will be refunded for cancellations received between 29 to 10 days before the Annual Meeting. No refund will be issued for cancellations received less than 10 days before the first day of the Annual Meeting. Late requests for refunds due to an emergency only will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For questions please contact: events@academyofinventors.org

Location: J.W. Marriott Hotel 5150 Westheimer Houston, TX. | Start: 4/10/2019 7:00:00 AM End:
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Location: Hillside Community Center 653 NW Culpepper Terr Portland, OR. | Start: 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM End: 5/20/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Our signature summer camp is back again to teach you real-world coding and Robotics! Explore the power of software in bringing the LocoXtreme ground robot and LocoDrone to life with Python. Learn 3D design. Engage in action-packed challenges and performances all week long! It’s the perfect introduction to robotics that can spark your child’s curiosity about interactive technology at an early age, through mindful play, problem-solving exercises and meaningful engagement with new friends. Each day will be a highly-engaging combination modern technology exploration and team-based games and competitions. Created by an award-winning university professor, LocoSummer is a series of STEM and modern robotics summer camps designed to take curious kids for a deep dive into the world of modern technology through real-world coding, robotics, sensors, 3D design, physics and statistics. Brought to you by Philadelphia-based company LocoRobo Innovations Inc, LocoSummer Camps offer a world of technically rigorous, self-paced curriculum, high-quality robotics and sensor hardware, and cutting-edge mobile and web software apps. Our instructors -- passionate educators and industry experts -- engage children in hands-on, experiential learning and guide them to develop high proficiency technology skills to succeed in their future careers. For ages 10-13. Camp takes place from 9:30pm to 4:30pm each day. No prior experience is required, all you need to bring is a laptop and a positive attitude. iPad or other iOS devices are welcome and optional, in addition to the laptop requirement. Please plan to bring your own lunch.  The day will be filled with both educational and fun activities, so be ready to hit the ground running and kick start your adventure into modern technology with us!

Location: The Baldwin School 701 Montgomery Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA. | Start: 6/17/2019 9:30:00 AM End:
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educational exhibits of mineral, lapidary and fossil specimens, displays from regional and university museums, a roster of fine dealers of minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry and lapidary supplies, demonstrations of gem cutting and polishing and a children’s table, where youngsters may purchase inexpensive mineral and fossil specimens.

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton 19803 4727 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE. | Start: 3/2/2019 11:00:00 AM End: 3/2/2019 4:00:00 PM
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Location: Bloomingdale 4-H Camp Kidwell 39000 1st Ave, Bloomingdale, IL. | Start: 6/23/2019 12:00:00 AM End: 6/30/2019 12:00:00 AM
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educational exhibits of mineral, lapidary and fossil specimens, displays from regional and university museums, a roster of fine dealers of minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry and lapidary supplies, demonstrations of gem cutting and polishing and a children’s table, where youngsters may purchase inexpensive mineral and fossil specimens.

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton (Rt-202) 4727 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE. | Start: 3/2/2019 11:00:00 AM End: 3/2/2019 4:00:00 PM
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Location: Brooklyn Friends School 116 Lawrence Street Brooklyn, MD. | Start: 6/17/2019 12:00:00 AM End: 6/28/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Location: The Citizen Science Lab 1435 Bedford Ave, Suite 132 A, Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA. | Start: 5/11/2019 12:00:00 AM End: 5/11/2019 12:00:00 AM
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