Innovation Trail

Innovation Trail
1:15 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Computer coding for kids: This week from New York NOW

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 1:21 pm

Story begins at 19:25

STEM education is becoming an increasingly important part of children’s lives. In some countries concepts like programming and coding are being taught alongside traditional subjects like reading, writing and mathematics. Here in America, a startup company called Wonder Workshop is hoping to jump start American children’s interest in the complex concept of coding, with their toy robots, DOT and DASH.

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4:46 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Environmental Transit Issues

In this hour we talk with Ben Ross. He consults on environmental issues and for 15 years was the president of Maryland’s Action Committee for Transit. He’s also served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and the science Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Kara Miller, Host and Executive Producer of Innovation Hub at WGBH in Boston.

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4:41 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Fuel Cells and Batteries

In this hour of Innovation Friday, we're talking alternative energies, mainly fuel cells and batteries. Our guests are:

  • Matt Fronk, consultant to the Fuel Cell, Battery and Alternative Energy Industries and a co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Council’s energy Innovation sub-group.
  • Courtney Reich, the 2013 Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year and director of engineering at NOHMs
  • Technologies which does R&D on producing cheaper, sustainable and more efficient lithium ion batteries.
  • Denise Sheehan, a senior advisor to New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium
  • James Greenberger with the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries
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3:46 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Young Entrepreneurs; Smart Energy Grids

In this hour, we join some school-age local business entrepreneurs who’ve been part of the RochesterWorks! Summer Youth Employment Program, a partnership between the City of Rochester/Summer of Opportunity program and Action for a Better Community.  They took part in a business competition, similar to the TV show "Shark Tank". We talk with judges from the competition, Viet Ngyuen and Lattrell Liptrott of Phu Concepts, and young entrepreneur Malquam Duyton.

Then we round out the program,  with a look at how the internet and access to data about energy could help consumer and businesses save money and support renewable energy strategies. We chat with Ingrid Akerlind, a fellow at the Clean Energy Program of Third Way about this topic.

3:34 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - ROC Maker Faire; What is Tech Good For?

In the first part of the show, we call out for all 'makers' to take part in the Rochester Mini Maker Faire in November. Co-chair Dan Schneiderman joins us to tell us about the event, and who can take part (spoiler: anyone!). Then, Xanthe Matychak from the Ithaca Generator joins us to tell us what happens at the generator (spoiler: they make stuff!). 

In the latter part of the show, we're joined by Kara Miller of WGBH's Innovation Hub. We talk with Kara bout technology in education, our offices, and in the casino. 

Innovation Trail
11:15 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Crestwood, Opponents Up The Ante in LPG Storage Facility Battle

Credit H. Michael Miley/via Flickr


Both sides in the long-running battle over a proposed gas storage facility next to Seneca Lake are looking to moving on to the next stage.

Houston-based Crestwood Midstream has submitted a construction plan to federal regulators. The company says they are waiting on approval of the construction plan from federal regulators before beginning work.

The Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it will hold an issues conference this fall to hear concerns from both sides before signing off on the project.

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3:37 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Economic Benefit of the Erie Canalway Trail; Nuclear Secrets

Are you a user of that length of waterway, the Erie Canal? Maybe you’re a cyclist, a dog walker or a boat owner, or maybe you’re business depends on it? Someone’s finally got around to measuring the economic benefit of the historic waterway which now has a today-dollar value, and it might surprise you. Fran Gotcsik, director of programs and policy for Parks and Trails New York chats with us about the stats.

Then we head into the Nuclear Vault…a repository of formerly classified national security documents curated by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. This week, newly released documents provide surprising insights into what nuclear conflict would have meant to the U.S. half a century ago. We chat with the Archive's senior analyst, Dr. William Burr.

3:36 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Connections - Innovation Friday: Preserving Upstate's Heritage; Health Insurance

We start by looking at measures designed to provide incentives for preserving and repurposing upstate’s industrial heritage, and leveraging the region’s changing demographics. We discuss this with the President of the Preservation League of New York State Jay DiLorenzo. 

Then, It’s been a big week in the nation’s courts of appeal with conflicting rulings on the legality of Federal health insurance subsidies. What does it all mean? We’ll talk to Researcher Kev Coleman from the website about the developments that have the potential to unpick the Affordable Care Act. 

2:28 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Air Guard's Drone Crash in Lake Ontario Caused by Multiple Malfunctions

MQ-9 Reaper Drone
Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Multiple communication and navigation failures on 174th Air National Guard Attack Wing's MQ-9 Reaper unmanned drone flying over central New York last November caused it to crash in Lake Ontario.

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Home Rule
4:09 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Court of Appeals Rules Towns Can Ban Fracking Within Their Borders

The two cases involved a natural gas producer, originally Anschutz Exploration before Norse Energy took over, and a Cooperstown-area landowner named Jennifer Huntington, challenging drilling bans passed by the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield.

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