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The Week in Social 7/27 - 7/31

Everywhere you look, Iowans are uniting like never before. While times may be tough right now, we’re seeing it won’t stop the great people in the state from supporting one another. Many have taken to social media to help those in their communities, share helpful resources or to simply highlight something positive to bring joy to others. The Week in Social will round up the best of #IowansUnite and share these uplifting stories.

In Iowa City, AmeriCorps volunteers and Iowa City Bike Library representatives have been meeting with kids to teach a series of workshops that combine bike mechanical work with mindfulness activities. But even more than that, the club has given kids a chance to get outside and be active with friends at a time when some youth programs have been cancelled.

“Students need to develop a certain amount of perseverance and grit and keep at something and to develop those skills of perseverance, and I don’t think there’s anything better at teaching grit than learning to ride a bike,” said Mike Haverkamp, vice president of the Iowa City Bike Library.

The bike club, which was created by the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County and Iowa City Bike Library three years ago, teaches children about biking throughout the summer. By summer’s end, each child receives a free bike in addition to the valuable lessons they’ve learned in the past few months.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) approved funding last week totaling $850,000 for seven startups located throughout the state. The largest sum awarded was a $400,000 fund loan that went to Higher Learning Technologies (HLT) in Coralville, which creates professional healthcare educational solutions. Under its core technology system, HLT creates video, audio and text materials through in-house efforts, contractors and external partnerships that work across all PCs and mobile devices. Their platform solves for outdated and ineffective healthcare educational technology. Other companies awarded include 3D Health Solutions, Stratafolio, Aeroseeder, Gross-Wen Technologies, Armorloy and Vemtowa.

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt using GPS-enabled devices to locate coordinates which are home to caches. There are several caches hidden across the state and Iowa PBS has created a way to make geocaching even more fun.

Ten winning tickets have been hidden in geocaches throughout Iowa. Winners can take a photo of themselves with it, then send it to Iowa PBS to claim a prize. Using a geocaching app, you can find the various locations of geocaches, which are often hidden in fun or unique places. The caches can come in many different shapes and sizes, making it all the more enjoyable when you find what you’ve been searching for.

In Forbes’ third annual ranking of the best employers for women, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ranked as the 17th best workplace in the Healthcare and Social category, reinforcing UI’s reputation as a top employer.

Forbes collaborated with market research firm Statista to survey 75,000 Americans, including 45,000 women, for the ranking. Respondents represented 31 different industries and were asked about their employer’s culture, career development opportunities, image, working conditions, salary, diversity and more.

Building your own campfire can be a daunting proposition. Getting the right amount of tinder and kindling to produce a roaring fire that’s perfect for toasting marshmallows and hot dogs is sometimes tricky for the novice outdoorsman. Luckily, Iowa DNR provided a list of eight steps to build a better campfire.

Their list breaks down all the elements needed to get a fire started, as well as ways to find the necessary supplies, set up the wood and finally, extinguish the fire. During a summer in which outdoor activities may be more appealing than ever, this list can help everybody looking for tips on how to build a great campfire.

Published August 03, 2020

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