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ZEPTO Virus removal

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Many Education instituions around the world, are being affected by the ZEPTO virus.

What is the ZEPTO Virus?

The Zepto virus term is used to identify Locky ransomware which encrypts files on the computers it infects and adds a .zepto extension to each file name. The Zepto virus will also leave a .html ransom note named something similar to _6_HELP_instructions in every folder that it encrypts files in. The .html note contains information about what happened and instructions that explain how to decrpyt your files by obtaining a private key and decryption program. In order to retrieve this you must follow several steps and pay a ransomusing Bitcoin exchnage for an amount of roughly $300 Dollars.

Our team is currently working on finding a solution to this virus by decrypting the affected files. Once we have it. we’ll post it here, to help anyone restore their affected information.

If you are in the State of Florida, we may be able to help you remotely.

 

 

 

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July 22, 2016 |

A few reasons why STEM is becoming essential for education

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The world keeps growing in all aspects of its inhabitants – technology, culture, awareness of different issues, scientific discoveries, etc. As this happens, so do the very people and the way we all affect each other. This unstoppable progress in our wake will not wait for us, so moving along beside it seems to be the only option we have as human beings.

That’s why the efforts made with STEM should be taken in mind. To be more specific, STEM is what we need because of the doors it can open for us. Some examples on this are as follow:

Students who receive one of the Innovations Labs in their campuses are able to get hands-on training as one of the options in learning directly from practice. Tools in these labs include mobile furniture, a robotics court, netbooks, and SPARK handheld science learning devices. These will allow students to make data analyses of the environment and learn exactly how the scientific process works.

A great reason for incorporating STEM into our schools is how much time can be saved by using the newer, more efficient technology that is offered.  The probeware available reduces the time it takes to set-up and clean-up, as well as the time it takes for students to gather their data. In hindsight, this also implies that labs in classes, such as biology, can be used in a much shorter time span than traditional ones.

Another reason this is increasingly important is how parents can also be informed and included in the STEM programs. Many schools have STEM events on different nights that usually occur two to three times a year. These are specifically held so that parents can be engaged with their children as they guide their mother or father (or both) through a lab activity they have completed. Everyone ends up learning in the participation of STEM.

 

The path to a brighter future.

The path to a brighter future.

The best part of STEM is how all students, and parents who want to help, can all cooperate together in learning more and really moving forward in today’s world of science. If STEM keeps going and improving the educational experience in the nation’s schools, then it is only a matter of time before we enter a shift where the future will incline us in making faster and better.

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January 6, 2016 |

New resolutions could mean a better educational system for Florida

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For those who want to reclaim the educational system to Floridians, the time to act is now. Very soon in the coming week, the State Legislature will have its annual session. For the past years, most people have been complaining about immoderate testing, controversial teacher bonuses, an unpleasant graduation rate, and ongoing taxpayer bills for failing charter schools. Fortunately, there is now the opportunity to change all of that.

The idea is to improve how the influence on education affects the community by returning to electing commissioners of education rather than having the state governer appoint them. The current governor has already appointed a new commissioner 4 times and will probably continue to do this until something is done about it. The answer is already obvious – take out the current methods and let Floridians elect a trusted, responisble, and well-known candidate that will surely carry and push future education in the right direction.

Resolutions for the current situation have already been submitted to multiple committees, although these are not exactly like normal legislature bills. Albeit the similarity, these will require a 60 percent vote in each chamber and not a majority vote.

Of course, there is still the ballot once the new amendment passes the Legislature. For those who really want to see some changes made, this will also require 60 percent of the vote, so it is imperative that this is not ignored. Our education defines the future for our country.

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January 5, 2016 |

Florida Lottery money helps only a fraction for most counties’ schools

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As of today, it has been reported by The Florida Lottery that it has given around $29 billion to schools since the late 1980s.

Although that is an extremely handsome amount of money, it is not exactly handled as one might think it would be. Even though the lottery is handing out about $100 million to education every month, there is apparently more to it than just giving money to the community

The lottery makes up very little of the district’s $1 billion budget despite how the campaign is portrayed, according to Lee County School District Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins. “In terms of how many days we can operate the school district on it, it’s less than I can count on one hand,” said Dr. Adkins.

 

Dr. Greg Adkins

Dr. Greg Adkins

The funds are divided, then granted, to many different places and causes. Of the $640 million Lee County has received since 1987, all of it has been to the Lee County School District, colleges, scholarships, and school construction. Adkins says that a very small portion of that goes to the classroom. He stresses how the exchanging process actually is in terms of the truth.

“People don’t see the other side of that, it’s expense to administer, it’s expensive to pay the prizes and what actually comes back to the district is a small amount.”

 

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January 5, 2016 |

Polk County confirms positive, educational quality in Florida

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If you’re living in Polk County and deciding to go to college, these statistics may prove valuable for making that decision. Education seems to be thriving throughout Florida and will continue to do so in this new year.

In Florida Gulf Coast University:

Austin Jeffries from Lakeland received his bachelor’s degree when he graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University. This award was the bachelor of science degree from the Lutgert College of Business.

In Florida Coastal School of Law:

An exceptional student from Haines City, Marissa Constant graduated with a juris doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law on Dec. 12. While she was attending Coastal Law, Constant was a member of the Moot Court team and the Honor Board was chaired the Corporate and Business Law Society.

In Chadron State College:

Kevin Coy was named to the Chadron State College dean’s list for the Fall Term in 2015. He is from Lake Wales.

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January 5, 2016 |

Hannah Herbst and her simple-but-effective invention

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There has been a big victory for the world in electronics – a new invention called an “ocean energy probe” that generates power from falling and rising tides. 15-year-old Florida prodigy Hannah Herbst has created this new device that can convert the energy of an ocean current to electricity that will be able to power a generator, medical devices, and other contraptions. The idea is based from the motion of tide flux and how it can be used in a beneficial way.

 

Hannah Herbst

Hannah Herbst

Herbst plans to mass produce her invention and give it away to less-developed countries around the world. To be more specific, she wants help out people who don’t have access to electricity, as it has been confirmed that about 70% of the world’s population lacks an abundant supply of such. Herbst believes that helping those in poverty is more important than commercializing and selling her invention for a profit.

She couldn’t have done all of this without the support of her father, who was a dean in the college of education at Florida Atlantic University. When she was in middle school, he signed her up for a summer engineering and technology camp. Although Hannah was more interested in theater and the performing arts, she went and developed new ideas on using renewable energy to produce electricity. She was inspired to use the changing tide as a renewable resource when she went fishing with her father one day.

After that day, her eighth-grade mechatronics teacher urged her to develop her first, functioning prototype. Provided with the materials from her teacher, Herbst began her trial-and-error process that woud eventually result in success with the new probe made.

She then heard about the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, submitted a video of her exceptional project, and won the contest and the $25,000 prize. Herbst proved her motives by donating a good portion of that to charity and continues to work towards her dream of helping the rest of the world.

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January 4, 2016 |

Liberal arts education attacked by Marco Rubio

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio has recently taken controversial action towards college education – he wants to emphasize work experience more than anything else so that students don’t have to take classes for the careers that they might pursue. Of course, there is a more profound reason as to why Rubio would dare attempt a stand like this on the entire community.

Rubio believes that liberal arts colleges have nothing to do with education and that they continue existing because leftists are protecting their “friends” there. More disturbing is the fact that he is promoting exactly what he did in college that got him to where he is now. Instead of attending most of his high school and college classes, Rubio skipped school to drink with his friends and took up work experience for most of his educational years while remaining mostly as a “C” student as reported by ABC News.

 

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Marco Rubio

On top of all this questionable information, Rubio was still able to become a politician with the help of Norman Braman, a billionaire Florida car dealer, who has generously pledged a whopping $10 million to the Rubio Presidential campaign and has hired him to work as a lawyer in his company, Braman Management. This all started when Rubio released a book, An American Son, and was able to earn about $150,000, even though he only sold 42,800 copies in total.

Rubio’s way of undermining college education is to make students use work experience for class credit instead of actually learning anything they want. He also urges that students contract themselves to rich businessmen who will cover their college expenses. Basically, Rubio just thinks liberal arts colleges are pointless and students must take the easy way out by selling their souls to whoever invests in them. Clearly, Rubio has shown to be unfit for a lawmaking position, let alone being able to rule as the President of the United States.

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January 4, 2016 |

Florida’s Lafayette County named best school district in the state

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According to StartClass’s analysis, Lafayette County School District has been named the best school district in Florida after a thorough inspection of the county’s high school statistics. Based on educational services, StartClass gives students and their parents valuable information thereof so they can receive the information they need.

As for the educational review, StartClass’s data was from the 2011 – 2012 and 2012 – 2013 school years and was primarily focused on the change in percentile rank in proficiency rates on statewide math and reading tests and the change in percentile rank in high school graduation rates. Between those two factors, the average percentile rank improvement was calculated and the district with the highest increase was voted as the best in Florida.

In the proficiency percentile in the 2011 – 2012 school year, the Lafayette School District was 46th and increased to the 51st proficiency percentile in 2012 – 2013. It was 29th in 2011 – 2012 and increased to the 88th in 2012 – 2013 for the graduation rate percentile.

Astonishingly, the county reached a graduation rate of 93% in 2014 – 2015. Superintendent Robby Edwards is happy that the effort to increase the probability of success for students is finally paying off.

“We are pleased to see this number continuing to grow toward the 100 percent mark. We feel one of the main factors there is the increased number of college and career opportunities we are offering our students.”

Ranked at No. 11 out of all the 46 states that were analyzed, Lafayette County School District came out victorious in Florida with an average percentile change of 32.2%.

 

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January 4, 2016 |

Chase Cleveland receives Okaloosa County Sunshine State Scholar title

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Chase Cleveland and faculty

Chase Cleveland and faculty

How would it feel to be a Sunshine State Scholar? It would be a gratifying experience and a huge acomplishment for most. Especially so since all it requires to be one is an interest in one of the STEM subjects, a 3.9 GPA or higher, and enrollment in a Florida college. This is exactly what Fort Walton Beach High School student Chase Cleveland did to become an Okaloosa County Sunshine State Scholar.

Having the goal of becoming a chemical engineer in mind, Cleveland was able to maitain a 4.64 GPA while being a three-time varsity athlete in cheer, football and wrestling. He also scored a 31 out of 36 on his ACT. He credits his family and household for the progress he’s made thus far.

“My mom has always wanted me to be successful. She pushes me.”

Cleveland’s mother, Tavia Marez, was most persistent with him in his academics. She has a background in genetics and a doctorate in education.

“It’s always been a huge part. It’s everything. It’s the way to better your life. This is only the beginning.”

 

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December 30, 2015 |

Entrepreneurial initiative Pathways to Innovation reaches Florida

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Students pursuing engineering and living in Florida should check out the University-Florida State University College of Engineering since it has been deemed worthy to join the Pathways to Innovation entrepreneurial initiative recently. Implementing entrepreneurship is the factor that will be focused on as the program will place that and innovation into undergraduate education.

College of Engineering Interim Dean Bruce Locke believes this will transform the college so that its lab work can be launched into the corporate world.

“This activity will greatly help in our efforts to become an entrepreneurial college and to build upon the projects of our faculty. The faculty in the College of Engineering is very strongly interested in commercialization of the technology developed in their labs.”

The National Science Foundation-funded National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation are running the initiative and Stanford University and VentureWell direct it. Team Leader of Pathways Michael Devine describes it as a precise way to push entrepreneurship into the school’s curriculum so that the academics could improve for students who pursue this career.

 

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“We want to introduce entrepreneurial engineering concepts earlier and throughout the curriculum. Also, the program meshes perfectly with FSU’s entrepreneurial university initiative and similar efforts at FAMU. We plan to work with other partners at FSU and FAMU so that this is not just an engineering program.”

Essentially, teams of faculty and administrators will meet with leaders from Stanford and VentureWell to discuss what plans and ideas they have to work together and renovate the undergraduate engineering presence in the college.

 

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December 30, 2015 |
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