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Thunderbirds hosting SKWIM & Water Polo — Special event on Saturday, July 15, at South Side’s PPS Cupples Stadium

Save the date. Saturday evening. Our athletes are getting to take the field at 5:30 pm with the professional team, the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds. Show up after 5 pm and before 5:30 to visit with the coach and volunteers.

Handout to Campers:

Our swimmers, water polo players, SKWIM athletes, staff and lifeguards — plus family and friends — are invited to join together for a special event this Saturday evening, tomorrow, July 15, 2017, at South Side’s PPS Cupples Stadium for interactions on the field with Pittsburgh Thunderbirds, a city’s professional ULTIMATE team.

Arrive after 5 pm to check in with Coach Mark, and be ready to hit the field from 5:30 to 6 pm with the players. Then we’ll stay to watch and cheer for the team at its 7 pm game.

Meet up at the gates of the stadium AFTER 5pm and before 5:30 pm. Youngsters should be accompanied by an adult. This is an optional event. Everyone has to get there on their own.

Tickets (generally $10 each) to the game between the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds vs. Detroit have be obtained by Coach Mark for our group. Everyone who can attend the game needs to reserve their family’s tickets by doing ONE of the following:

  • EMAIL Mark@Rauterkus.com with the names of the people who are attending.
  • TEXT Coach Mark at (412) 298-3432 with the names of the people attending. OR,
  • Go to the site, http://Play.CLOH.org/ (you are here) and do “web join” and then leave a comment with the names and number of tickets of those who are attending.

At the game, Coach Mark hopes to visit with guardians and players and share some other insights into additional activities to come in our normal sessions slated for this summer — plus some other optional activities too.

Thank you Pittsburgh Thunderbirds. The game of ULTIMATE is a disk-game much like our aquatic game of SKWIM. Seeing these players and their teamwork, passing, defense, hustle and sportsmanship can inspire our play and help us become better athletes.

In other news:

We’re going to be playing SKWIM and water polo from 6 to 7:45 pm every TUESDAY and THURSDAY evenings for the weeks to come at the outdoor Citiparks AMMON Swim Pool, Bedford Ave & Memory Lane, Hill District. — Weather permitting.

Mark Rauterkus     Mark@Rauterkus.com
 PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim & Water Polo Camp Executive Coach
 Swimming Coach with The Pittsburgh Project
 Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
 Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
 http://CLOH.org
 (412) 298-3432 = cell

 

Quiz Pre-flight for SKWIM Level 1 to Level 4

Test your knowledge, and the delivery of these questions and answers concerning aquatic’s safety and surf knowledge by taking these four multiple choice quizzes for a whirl. They are new and may need to be edited. Your suggestions and feedback is desired.

Every question has an opportunity to comment. You do need to register with a username and password. You need to take the tests in order.

Level 1 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:


Level 2 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:


Level 3 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:

Level 4 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:

Recap: Special SKWIM event at the Oliver Bath House and post-game open house was a blast

Our event and visit to the historic, Citiparks’ Oliver Bath House on South Side was a big success.

Citiparks Lifeguards and VIPs from The Pittsburgh Project and Mel from PPS / State Rep Gainey’s office, along with hosts, Coach Mark of Pittsburgh Obama and Kevin, SKWIM’s inventor from Washington.

Extended Game Video

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OPTIONAL Swim & Water Polo Activities: Downtown Parade

These events are optional and extra and are NOT a part of the normal Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers events. Families are invited to participate in the following community events on your own. No transportation is provided by PPS. Questions should be sent to Coach Mark Rauterkus, 412-298-3432, (cell) or Mark@Rauterkus.com.

Downtown Parade for Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial down Liberty Avenue, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Arrive after 10 am. Parade begins at 11 am. After the parade, play aquatic games at Northside, Citiparks’ Sue Murray Swim Pool, Cedar Avenue, across from the Giant Eagle / Sunoco gas station.

Tip: Our parade position and meet-up is going to be at Liberty Ave and 11th Street. We will meet behind a school bus that is to be decorated for PPS and the Pittsburgh Promise.

Tip 2: Park your car, if you drive, near CAPA or else on the Northside by the swim pool. then walk to Liberty Avenue and 11th, near the Strip District.

Swim pool
Northside’s Sue Murray Swim Pool has plenty of space for various aquatic games in deep, middle and shallow water.

Swimmers from Summer Dreamers with Athletes United for Clean Air are going to march with Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Promise to celebrate the city’s history. 

Update: Due to parade protocol, the message for the parade is about Pittsburgh Public Schools and Summer Dreamers — and not about, “Go USA! Go Leah!”

Olympic schedule insights:

Cheer for Leah Smith and Katie Ledecki as they race together in Rio on:

  • Sunday, August 7th – women’s 400m freestyle prelims/final
  • Wednesday, August 10th – women’s 800m freestyle relay prelims/final
  • Thursday, August 11th – women’s 800m freestyle prelims
  • Friday, August 12th – women’s 800m freestyle finals
  • Prelims begin at 10 am EASTERN time while Semis & Finals begin at 7 pm EASTERN.

More Swimming, Water Polo and SKWIM opportunities in Pittsburgh this summer:

  • Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, Citiparks Ammon Rec Pool, Bedford & Memory Lane, Hill District
  • Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, Citiparks Ammon Rec Pool, Bedford & Memory Lane, Hill District
  • Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, Citiparks Sue Murray Pool, Cedar Ave. Northside

* Additional events always published at the open google calendar at CLOH.org.

Seeking test content: Got quiz?

We are seeking helpers and partners who have written tests, exams, quizzes and other clever-input, review, guessing-games that are freely able to be shared — especially in the subject area of sports, fitness, health, wellness, active-lifestyle and games. Youth technology and young career content welcomed too.

No promises, but we’d love to host your test or quiz on these pages and then share the process and results with you too.

Call Coach Mark Rauterkus, 412-298-3432.

Email is Mark -at- Bloomfield-Garfield dot org.

Thanks.

LiveCode students did well in big exams in Norway

Tore Nilsen, a teacher in Norway, reported news of student performances in coding to the LiveCode.com list.

The results from national and local exams in the subject Information Technology in Norwegian Upper Secondary schools are now in. I am happy to say that my students scored well in their exams, with an average of 4.4 out of 6 for all students who had to either sit through the national written exam or the local oral/practical exam assessed by external teacher.

60% of the students scored 5 or better, which puts them at the top of the scale. Compared to last years national results, the overall average would put our school at a fine top 6 spot nationally. With a top 5 spot for the national written exam and a top 6 spot for the oral/practical exam.

These results are unprecedented at our school, and in my opinion, very much a result of our choice to use LiveCode as our programming environment. Due to the nature of LiveCode we have been able to focus on the principles behind good coding, and use both time and resources to become better at problem solving rather than to learn the intricacies of a specialised programming language. As far as I know, we are the only school in Norway to use LiveCode as the preferred tool in this subject.

On behalf of my students, I am very happy with the results, and I very much look forward to teach programming with LiveCode to yet another group of students next year.

Tore also posted, “Luckily we enjoy a fair degree of freedom, as long as we can reach the competence aims in the national curriculum.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Miller, CEO of LiveCode, posted from his iPhone, edited slightly:

This is great news Tore. We have seen similarly good results here in Scotland… LiveCode has become something of a standard in Scotland. It is in the main textbook and exams.

Housekeeping with Digital Badge Creation with LRNG.org

The artwork for the banners with the various XP has shown some weirdness, and I did a bit of question asking and now some tinkering.

The banner box, if set to 7.5 inches across and 2.7 inches tall will fit as designed.

The transparent background to the banners is grey, not white.

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Screen shot of the creation process.

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I do not recommend making a hard border, as above. But, it is nice to have a clue as to where to put the art so it displays well.

Now, back to the grindstone!

NEW ROBINSON LOCATION IS GETTING READY TO LAUNCH for Pro Bikes + Run

Update: The reopening in Robinson is tomorrow! See the posting at this blog.

Originally published on May 25, 2016:

The construction team is hard at work getting the new 9,000 square-foot flagship store in Robinson Township ready to open. New lighting, floors, display walls and a brand new sales space will be like nothing the Pittsburgh running market has ever seen. Add in more than 5,000 square feet of bikes, and this will be one incredible location for all your families fitness needs. Stay tuned for more updates. Expect that the present shops will be closed for a short time in late May or early June to facilitate the move. In the meantime, their Facebook and Instagram pages show videos and pictures of the pending updates.

Track Tuesdays events are now held at West Allegheny High School.

Lifeguard gear and name of badge

Nice prices from our friends at eLifeguard.

Making the decision to use Jedi-Like Lifeguards, or else, Well-Rounded Lifeguards as the name for the digital badges at Play.CLOH.org.

Hearing that Disney is protective of the Jedi name. Hence, this image below is going to be retired. Perhaps the Jedi-Like Lifeguards name can be used in the future after a dozen lifeguards from Pittsburgh go to work at Disney Water Parks.

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