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July 15, 2020
Vol 81, Page 1

#GetSmarter Together

#GetSmarter Together

What They Say?

"Excellence is not a skill, it's an attitude."
— Ralph Marston

"It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome."
— William James


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This Day for You - July 15


The United Nations General Assembly, declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day.

You Share Your Birthday With:

Poet Clement Clarke Moore, author in 1779

Roman Catholic nun Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first U.S. citizen to be made a saint, in 1850

Actor Patrick Wayne in 1939

Singer Linda Ronstadt in 1946

Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, prime minister of United Arab Emirates, in 1949 Former pro wrestler Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in 1951

Actor Terry O'Quinn in 1952

Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in 1956

Supermodel Kim Alexis in 1960

Actor and director Forest Whitaker in 1961

TV show host Adam Savage in 1967

On this day:

1410 - Battle of Grunwald, one of Medieval Europe's largest battles during Poland-Lithuanian Teutonic War.

1898 - Camillo Golgi discovered the Golgi Apparatus

1916 - Boeing Company, the world's largest aerospace company, formed by William Boeing in Seattle, Washington

1955 – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Is Honoured with the Bharat Ratna

1994 - Hundreds of thousands of Hutus flee to Zaire in the Congo near the end of the Rwandan Genocide

2009 - "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the 6th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released worldwide

YOUNG CHANGE-MAKER: In Focus - Ayush Chopra

DAY 5 - The Balancing Act

Read Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 here!

Juggling school work and campaigns could be quite hectic, we asked Ayush about his balancing act and how he manages his priorities.
But before we get to the BALANCING part of it I would like to recount Ayush’s engagements.

Inspired by an exhibition’s message to spread the word about SDGs, Ayush began creating short YouTube videos on each of the 17 goals of sustainable development and addressing various social issues like Girl Child Education, Bullying, Climate change etc.

Apart from YouTube, he also hosted various talk shows, conducted surveys and campaigns, hosted Skype sessions with students in different countries and motivated them to take action at local and global levels.

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Simultaneously, he also founded a Twitter community @SDGsForChildren in 2017 to give the unique platform to children across the globe to CONNECT, CREATE and COLLABORATE for a better and sustainable world.

SDGs For Children is now incorporated under the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporation Act to support Agenda 2030 globally.

He is also the only Student Ambassador among the first group of over 100 distinguished global educators. He is also an active member of the TeachSDGs UN Communication Committee.

He has been selected as Student Ambassador for various other global projects like SOS4LoveProject, Climate Action, Goals Project, and Looking 2020, Socio Story, Kindness Project etc.

He is appointed as the AFI (Ariel Foundation International) Youth Ambassador and their Youth Representative at the United Nations.

Phew! I got tired just by listing all the work he does, imagine his hustle when he is at it!
When Ayush is not busy organising campaigns and giving speeches to stimulate social change he is winning the Princess Diana Award, yup you read that right, Ayush is a recipient of the prestigious The Diana Award, which is the longest running award given to outstanding young people for selflessly creating and sustaining positive social change in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, UK.

So, when asked about managing his school along with managing his social work this is what he had to say.
While working passionately on his campaigns, he does miss other timelines. But this is where the role of his very supportive teachers comes into play, his Mentors at school are always there to give him extra time and their extended support.
Their confidence in him to manage school and his Projects at ‘SDGs For Children’, always gives him strength and energy to contribute more in Shaping A Fairer World.

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Why Do We Dream?

Dreams are common at any stage of one’s sleep. But it most likely occurs during the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. REM in humans were discovered in 1953.
Read more to learn more interesting facts about dreaming…
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What are dreams?

Dreams are stories or images that we experience in our sleep. According to the 19th - 20th century psychoanalysts, dreams are a way our unconscious mind acts out its deepest desires. It means, if you like to have pani puri but you can’t due to this lockdown, it is most likely that you will dream of having pani puri at night. This way, in your dream, your brain will fulfill your desire.

How many types of dreams are there?

Usually there are two types of dreams:
1) Lucid dreams - Where you are aware that you are dreaming. These dreams can range from being simple and short to long, complicated and bizarre.

2) Nightmares - These dreams are common in both adults and children. These are basically bad dreams, that triggers our fear and anxieties.

Do animals dream?

Since 1953, when the scientists discovered the REM sleep in humans, they have tried to figure out if animals dream or not. During REM sleep, our brain shows patterns of electrical activity, our body becomes calm and our eyes dart back and forth. A similar reaction was also seen in animals. So, we can assume that animals, like us, dream while they sleep.

Why do we dream?

There are many theories related to why we dream. But a solid reason has still not been founded. Some researchers relate dreams with one’s personal experience, emotions and reactions. While others connect it with our future and purpose of life.

How often do you dream? Let me know…

Credits: Lovely
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Curiosity, 4 Mins
Some awesome facts about quantum computing

Quantum computers are not exactly “computers”. They are more like specially designed engines that exploit the realm of quantum mechanics to perform complex computations that are beyond the purview of “normal” computers. However, we are not going to discuss the functioning of a quantum computer since that would be beyond the purview of your and frankly, my own knowledge. Instead, we’ll take a look at some interesting facts that are associated with quantum computing itself.

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1) Quantum computing, as mentioned earlier, makes use of quantum mechanics to get their job done. Now, the quantum world is...well, we don’t exactly know what it is although we have a certain level of understanding about it. Hence, quantum computing is an amalgamation of computer and electrical engineering, mathematics, and physics.

2) Classical computing makes use of bits which can either be set to 0 or 1. Quantum computers on the other hand make use of qubits. Qubits, unlike bits, can exist in both the states(0 and 1) simultaneously and even in the states in between. This is what makes quantum computing SO FAST. For every Qubit added to a quantum computer, its computing power increases exponentially.

3) Qubits, like other particles in the quantum world, exhibit the peculiar properties called quantum entanglement and quantum tunneling. Quantum entanglement basically means that a group of particles which exhibit this property cannot be described independently. Their states fundamentally depend on the states of the other entangled particles. This idea was initially opposed by Einstein since it could potentially allow faster than light communications. Quantum tunneling, on the other hand, allows particles to move through barriers that, according to classical physics, should have been impossible.

4) Quantum computing has to be performed at obscenely cold temperatures. Why? For the subatomic particles to remain close to their stationary state so that their properties can be measured. According to, the cores of D-Wave quantum computers necessitate an operating temperature of -273 degrees Celsius, a mere .02 degree Celsius away from absolute zero.

Credits - Arko De.
Source - Bernardmarr (Excerpts)

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I Felt ________ When ________

Understand your own emotions by sharing situations when you feel various emotions.


Learn more about emotions and the “logic” of why we feel what we do.

Do this first:

Make Feeling Cards like the ones in these images.


1) In a partner or small group, one person chooses a feeling card (without looking) and reads it.

2)The person thinks of a time they felt this feeling, and they explains:
I felt (the feeling on the card) when (the situation) because (why they had that feeling) .
For example: “I felt sad when I lost my teddy bear because I loved it so much & I didn’t know if I would ever find him again .
3) The other people in the group then say if they have had a situation like this or not, and then the next person draws a card.


● Sometimes feelings seem like that happen randomly, but in this exercise we could see there was a reason for feelings. In your daily life, how well do you notice the reasons for feelings?
● When you were listening, how easy was it to imagine the other person’s experience and feelings?
● What would happen if we could understand our own and others’ feelings more?




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Noun: an acrobat who performs on a tightrope or slack rope

Synonyms: tightrope walker

Usage: Nik Wallenda was the first funambulist to cross 550m of Niagra on a 6 cm thick wire.

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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Old Super Mario Bros. video game sells for $164,000
A 35-year-old Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for more than $164,000, but the very high price still doesn’t beat the recent sale of an expensive Star Wars Boba Fett action figure.

Meet ‘tiny bug slayer’, the ideal pet that would have fitted in the palm of your hand.
A pre-dinosaur-era creature that would have made a great pet and fitted in the palm of your hand has been discovered. Meet Kongonaphon kely, whose name means “tiny bug slayer”

THE Happy Pill

Nursing Home Residents Recreate Classic Album Covers While in Lockdown – LOOK

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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Student's Blog

I am Prisha. I am a 12-year-old girl who loves books, nature, and photography. I love to explore new things in the world and I live by a saying 'Live life as if you are going to die tomorrow'!

Love For Nature

I have always liked nature because of its pureness, simplicity, and calmness. It removes all the stress from my mind that usually, we have for tests and exams. Nature makes me feel safe and there is always something new to explore in nature. I want to spread the love for nature and that you should protect it through photography. Photography is my hobby and I could find no better way to express my feelings than through this.

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3) Arko De -
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