Red Vector Exclusive Grand Prix Sponsor

Red Vector, the leading provider online education and training for a wide range of industries, was the exclusive sponsor for TechStarts Yacht club. This permitted employees, clients and the executive team the prestigious opportunity to watch the St. Pete Grand Prix from a yacht; fully stocked with food and beverages.

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More importantly their donation allowed 50 kids from Pierce Middle School to get a backstage tour of the St. Pete Grand Prix. The kids were able to talk with mechanics, engineers, drivers and sponsors to best understand the inner workings and the necessity of STEM to make the race come to life.

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For these kids, it opened their eyes into a new world of tech and engineering. They were able to understand how the classes and programs they are involved with today, can severely impact their career of the future. Plus they got the bonus of having a day off of school and sat in an actual race car.  It was a glimpse into the incredible fun they will eventually partake in. A glimpse they never would have realized if not for Red Vector.

 

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Gifting Tech for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you have not had time to think about what to get your loved ones. Well, that is where I can help! Here are some great gifts with amazing technological features that either inspire or educate (keeping with our foundation’s mission).

Tech gadgets for your man:

Although it is a bit oxymoronic, does your techie hunk like to explore how the cavemen once lived out in nature? The BioLite Camp Stove can roast marshmallows for s’mores and charge his techie devices, while still being eco-friendly. This product is safer than an open fire, and it gets great reviews by its users!

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Is your man trying to drop a few pounds or shape up for spring break in Key West (wait or that is my goal…) ? Well regardless, the Nike+ FuelBand is an excellent gift to help motivate and encourage him. It tracks his movements and calories burned throughout the day, allows him to set fitness goals and easily visualize his progress. I may just have to buy this one for myself!

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Want to help your beau climb the professional ladder? A Livescribe smartpen can help with that. The smartpen will capture audio from important meetings, transfer his notes to his laptop, and organize them accordingly. The pen allows the convenience of reviewing meeting conversations and search ability of his notes. With this gift, he will be CEO in no time!

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Tech accessories and apps for your lady:

Next Issue is an app that gives your duchess unlimited access to 75+ magazines on her iPad or tablet. Cosmopolitan, Lucky, Glamour, Elle, InStyle, Redbook, and Marie Claire are just a few of the magazines included in the subscription.  Not sure if it will be worth your money? The first 30 days are free! After the trial, the subscription is only $10/month. (This is my favorite app on my iPad!)

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These Crust Be Dreaming USB Hand Warmers would be a great Valentine’s gift, especially if your special someone is up north dealing with the freezing temperatures. A day at the office is never fun or productive with chilly hands. This gift will help her fingers type out all the important emails and proposals for the week.

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Want to help your love stick to her new year’s fitness resolutions? An iPod shuffle might be helpful! With the low price point of $49, you will be sure to surprise her while keeping to the budget. The colorful shuffle showcases great technology, including VoiceOver which communicates the battery status, song title and artist name, and playlist options. Cute, affordable and smart!

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Tech toys and apps for the kids (This is where it gets really fun!):

Want to spark your child’s interest in technology? Little Bits would be just the right thing to inspire on Valentine’s Day!

Does your little one love music and animals? GoGroove Pals are portable, adorable animal speakers that he or she will adore. They come in two different sizes and five different animals: penguin, panda, owl, polar bear, and koala bear. Not so cuddly, but they have great singing voices!

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crayon stylus would make your colorer at home so happy on this fun holiday. Add a few apps to your iPad, like Doodle Buddyand he or she will have a whole new platform to draw pictures, create stories, and share his or her imagination.

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Recent technology has really transformed how kids can learn and we love it! Endless ABC is a great app for your younger kiddos to learn letters, sounds, and new words while giggling and having fun – even better it is FREE! Download the app and try it out. You might even learn a new word or two.

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Enjoy Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!