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January 19th, 2016

Like I'm sure so many Americans have done by now, this weekend witnessed the final usage of one of the Christmas gift cards I received. Ok actually it was an Amazon gift card I received as a thank-you from FNC for being the kickoff speaker for their Forge hackathon event in December. So with purchases complete, we had $1.05 remaining on the card. I wondered what...

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January 13th, 2016

We’re very proud of all Kids Code Mississippi Contest Participants

We power the Fast Forward Mississippi initiative and are a sponsor of it's Kids Code Mississippi special project. With the support and patronage of C Spire, the Mississippi State Extension Service Tech Outreach/Intelligent Communities Institute, Visit Mississippi/MS Creative Economy Bureau, and several private citizens, we helped produce the first statewide student-based coding contest as part of Mississippi Innovation Month in November, 2015. Winners of this contest...

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October 8th, 2015

#ReThinkHighSchool can start here in JXN!

Ok folks, this is a big deal. If you're not familiar with the XQ Super School Project, please check it out. October 15-16, the XQ Roadshow WE THINK Booth will be in JXN at the Mississippi Children's Museum. The project is looking for "audacious" ideas for improving public high schools across America. Specifically: XQ is a nationwide project that calls on students, teachers, administrators, community leaders,...

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August 24th, 2015

MWB CreativeFire Podcast featuring HOPE Policy Institute

Host Tim Mask talks with Dr. Corey Wiggins about the work of the HOPE Policy Institute (formerly Mississippi Economic Policy Center). Discussion ranges from education to public health to workforce development. Tim also talks about the newest Kids Code Mississippi project with the Springboard to Opportunities organization.

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August 24th, 2015


After taking a hiatus in July, MWBeer30 is back on Friday, August  28th with a very special gathering. Terrell Knight, VP Government Sales & Economic Development with C Spire, will give a stirring presentation of how C Spire (then Cellular South), ultimately overcame the telecommunications challenges posed by the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. And as a special treat, MWB's own Jana Bell (the Landmass...

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August 17th, 2015

The digital boom heard ’round the classroom

Did you hear? There’s been a huge explosion in digital technology, and students today are right in the very center of it. 93 percent of 12-17 year-olds have computer access at home, 78 percent have their own cell phone; and 74 percent state that they go online occasionally via a cell phone, tablet, or other digital gadget.—Teens and Technology, 2013 Which is why digital literacy—the ability...

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August 12th, 2015

Mississippi in Space

A big part of #MWBSpaceWeek is recognizing Mississippi's historic and ongoing contributions to the American and International aerospace industry. As of today, virtually every major commercial airliner in service has a major component that was either manufacturered and/or tested in Mississippi. All of the Saturn V rocket engines that carried Astronauts to the moon were tested at Stennis Space Center, as were the shuttle engines. The...

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August 11th, 2015

#MWBSpaceWeek Podcast

The moon landing, NASA SLS test, a future trip to Mars, plus conjecture on the first Twerk in Space. Listen as host Tim Mask is joined by film maker and space enthusiast Philip Scarborough, raconteur Chef Tom Ramsey, and MWB Creative Director Marc Leffler as the special #MWBSpaceWeek edition of the MWB CreativeFire podcast talks all things space, and Mississippi's place in the burgeoning space industry....

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August 4th, 2015

For the LOVE of Star Wars: Why good stories matter

Star Wars blasted onto the screen when I was eight years old. Sci-fi instantly went mainstream. In epic proportions. We had a modern Hero’s Journey which we could all embrace. To find we felt empathy for the chief villain, Darth Vader, humanized us. Star Wars impacted science as well. Imaginations soared with “what could be possible?” Technology’s bounds exploded. The digital age leapt forward. That is...

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August 3rd, 2015

Are Students ‘Digitally Divided’ In Jackson?

There’s no doubt kids today are immersed in digital technology like never before. Look around, and it seems almost every child has a tablet, smartphone, laptop or other techno gizmo they’re glued to. And that can be disconcerting for parents and educators. Because while these “digital natives” are admittedly tech-savvy users who Snapchat on a dime and play Minecraft in a mesmerized state for hours on...

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