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Seattle In The Spotlight June 7

Seattle in the Spotlight: June 1 – 7

Seattle, Orlando and Atlanta Among Best Cities for Gamers

CNET | Erin Carson | June 7

“Personal finance site WalletHub looked at the 100 largest cities in the US and ranked the best ones for gamers in a report out Thursday. It’s good news for folks in Seattle, Washington, Orlando, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia. Those three cities filled the top spots on the list…The list is based on several factors, such as the number of video-game stores per capita, download speeds, the price of internet and percent of young adults.”

UW to Expand Admission of Computer Science Majors as Freshmen

Seattle Times | Katherine Long | June 6

“Computer science is such a fast-growing, popular major at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus that two-thirds of the freshmen and sophomores who apply don’t get in. But next spring, students who get a letter of acceptance to the UW will also find out immediately if they’ve been chosen for a coveted spot in one of the university’s hottest majors. By telling incoming students that they’ve already secured a spot in the major, the UW hopes to relieve the frustration and stress of getting in. It could also help students trying make a decision about whether to go to the UW, or choose a different college.”

Seattle Public Library and UW Awarded $353K Federal Grant to Help Kids Co-Design Digital Activities

GeekWire | Frank Catalano | June 4

“The Seattle Public Library and University of Washington Information School will work together to teach other libraries how to create kid-friendly digital learning projects — in which the kids are part of the activity design process. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which provides federal support for libraries and museums, has awarded a $353,071 grant that will allow SPL and the UW iSchool to pursue inter-generational “participatory design.” It’s the kind of design, SPL says, that earlier led kids to help its staff develop a program in which BB-8 robots compete in a sumo wrestling-style tournament. Over the next three years, the grant will support creating digital learning activities with children ages 7-11 in three SPL locations, growing to rural libraries in Washington, and finally increasing to a national scope by partnering with libraries in the San Diego area.”

State of Bike Share: 10K Bikes in Seattle – Out of 44K Nationwide – and 486K Rides, Study Finds

GeekWire | Nat Levy | June 4

“There were 10,000 dockless bike share bikes scattered across Seattle at the end of 2017, nearly a quarter of all units nationwide. That was one of the findings in a new study of Seattle’s bike sharing program released Monday by the Seattle Department of Transportation. It comes as the city is determining long-term regulations for dockless bike sharing companies. The study found that the 10,000 bikes from Spin, LimeBike, and Ofo were ridden 468,000 times from July 2017 to the end of the year.”


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