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Come and See How Children Will Change the World

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Get inspired by children who say “I CAN” change the world

Be The Change Exposition showcases ideas from schoolchildren all over Singapore

SINGAPORE, Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The Design for Change School Challenge 2011, organised by SoCh in Action, will be showcasing student projects at the “Be The Change” Exposition 2011 at the*SCAPE Sky Terrace on 12th November 2011 from 9.30am to 1pm. Students aged 9-14 years, from 80 teams across 30 schools in Singapore, will be presenting their initiatives to change the world.

Design for Change (DFC) is a design-based school challenge, which gives young people opportunities to express their own ideas for a better future.  The challenge started in India and is now the world’s largest movement of social change by children. It reaches to more than 30,000 schools across 35 countries and recently won the Danish INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award 2011, the world’s biggest design prize.

The exposition, which is open to the public, aims to promote children’s awareness & involvement in various social & environmental issues. This year’s theme of “If Your Food Could Talk” hopes to shed some light on issues such as food preparation, procurement, security, and nutrition. There will be workshops, games, and exhibits displayed alongside the student projects to facilitate this learning.

Be The Change Exposition 2011 is sponsored by Microsoft Singapore and supported by the Central Singapore Community Development Council’s Mayor’s Imagine Fund.

“Central Singapore CDC is happy to support initiatives like the ‘Be The Change Exposition’ through our Mayor’s Imagine Fund,” said Mr Mark Tan, General Manager of Central Singapore CDC. “Through the Mayor’s Imagine Fund, we hope to promote a greater sense of active citizenry among younger Singaporeans, so as to encourage them to take more ownership of our community.”

“We look forward to supporting the Design for Change programme in its sophomore year,” says Verdayne Nunis, Microsoft Central Marketing & Public Relations Group Manager.  “The program is in line with Microsoft’s global effort to encourage our employees, customers, partners and the community at large, to think ahead, and be what’s next.  Students are the future leaders of society and business, and we are pleased to partner with inspirational organisations such as SoCh in Action to inspire the next generation to think out of the box.”

Microsoft Singapore will also be presenting a special award to the team with the most creative presentation using Microsoft software applications, aptly titled the ‘Tools for Change Award’. This as well as the winners of the DFC Singapore Challenge will be announced at the end of the Be The Change Exposition 2011.

Winners are selected by a local panel of judges from Singapore Children’s Society, IDEO, Ashoka Singapore, National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, United Nations Association of Singapore, Microsoft and the Ministry of Education.

About SoCh in Action

SoCh in Action designs and implements various programs and events for the community to be involved in the social change process. Its belief is that anyone can be a change-maker — through new thoughts, simple beliefs and small actions. For partnership opportunities write to Madhu Verma at  For more details visit

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Central Singapore Community Development Council’s Mayor Imagine Fund

Central Singapore CDC’s Mayor’s Imagine Fund was launched in 2002 to promote active citizenry among residents and enable community partners to undertake community-related initiatives and projects benefiting residents of Central Singapore District.

Funding for projects is available up to 80 per cent of the total project cost or maximum of S$5,000 for projects that benefit residents of Central Singapore District.

Press Contacts:

Donna Garcia / John Tan
Rice Communications for Design For Change Singapore
Tel.: +65-6221-8045 / +65-6221-8729
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SOURCE Design For Change Singapore

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November 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

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RS Components Upgrades DesignSpark PCB, the Free Professional Standard PCB Design Software

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New user-requested functionality in Version 3 includes an interface to design simulators, enhanced circuit-element grouping capability and design calculators

SINGAPORE, Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ –RS Components( ) (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc( ) (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, today unveiled Version 3 of DesignSpark PCB, the company’s free professional standard PCB design software, used by professional designers, hobbyists and students. The latest version is available for download at

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Developed by RS, in conjunction with Number One Systems, the latest version of DesignSpark PCB provides extra functionality and enables the PCB design software to be used with Spice simulation tools from several major manufacturers. In addition to the tool’s new simulation interface, Version 3 includes enhancements such as component and circuit element grouping, and design calculators, which model circuit performance characteristics.

“The success of DesignSpark PCB, the world’s most powerful free PCB design tool, is unparalleled in our industry,” said Mark Cundle, Technical Marketing Manager at RS Components. “The release of the third version of this award-winning software clearly demonstrates the commitment from RS to continually improve this highly successful product. We promise to carry on supporting DesignSpark PCB and continue to make it available free-of-charge to users.”

“We’ve gathered feedback from engineers through our fast-growing DesignSpark community to integrate the new features they’ve requested in Version 3,” added Cundle. “Additionally, the tool is fully functional — with no limitations or locked features — and is well suited to commercial use, which is not always the case with some free tools.”

More than 100,000 users have downloaded DesignSpark PCB since its launch in July 2010, with the tool proving to be one of the most popular free PCB design software packages available. Since then, thousands of users have contributed suggestions for development, which has resulted in DesignSpark PCB Version 3 being strengthened in three key areas: simulation interface, groups and design calculators:

— The simulation interface means that DesignSpark PCB can be
linked to industry-standard Spice simulators that help verify
the circuit is operating correctly, before moving to board
layout or the next stage of the design. DesignSpark PCB Version
3 currently supports four simulators: LTSpice, LSSpice, TopSpice
and TINA.

— The ‘groups’ feature allows multiple items in the design to be
associated, so they act as one unit. Once defined, ‘groups’ can
also assist in the selection of related portions of a circuit. On
translation of the schematic circuit into the Autoroute tool, the
‘group’ information is also transferred along with the components,
allowing easy placement.

— The design calculators allow the selection of a track or via and
perform basic electrical calculations, including: track width
required for a given current; track impedance; optimum copper
density; approximate temperature rise on a track; and the
resistance of a via, given its physical characteristics.

DesignSpark PCB remains unique in the industry as a free and fully featured PCB development environment. The upgraded Version 3 is free to download for new users at . Existing users will be alerted to the upgrade via release alerts in their existing version of the tool. Feedback and user support forums are also available at .

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. Through operations in 32 countries and 17 warehouses, the Group serves 1.6 million customers worldwide and distributes 550,000 products ranging from semiconductors and optoelectronics to power tools and protective clothing. The product and service portfolio supports the entire product lifecycle from R&D through pre-production to maintenance and repair. The Group ships more than 46,000 parcels on the same day the orders are received.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year to 31 March 2011 had revenues of GBP1.18bn.

For more information, please visit the website at

Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
Tweet: RS Components
Hashtags: #ecommerce #electronics
RS Components on Linkedin

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Editorial Contact:

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Tel: +65 6391 5745

SOURCE: RS Components

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November 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm

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