Jeepers, It's Time to Check Those Peepers

Jeepers, It’s Time to Check Those Peepers

Lauren Cook General

It’s that time of year where many are preparing for the upcoming months ahead… school time! Clothes have been purchased, locker assignments made, and teachers announced… but have you had your peepers checked? Did you know August is National Eye Exam month? It was founded in 1889 by Sears Optical and since then, most ophthalmologists promote eye safety throughout the …

Red, White & Book: The Science Behind Fireworks

Red, White & Boom: The Science Behind Fireworks

Lauren Cook Fuddlebrook, General

As you enjoy a beautiful July 4th fireworks display, think how much science is behind that spectacle. People everywhere enjoy the fantastic explosions and the brilliant light displays of fireworks, but there’s a lot happening to make that celebration entertaining. Each firework launched into the sky is a precisely formed assembly of chemicals and fuel, carefully calibrated to produce a …

Splish, Splash…Let’s Have a Water Bash: Five Activities for Outside Water Fun!

Sherry Cook General

Summer is finally here! Whether the children are in summer school or staying home, it’s the perfect time to entertain with some H2O.  Kids won’t mind leaving the television or other electronic devices behind when water play becomes an option! Five Fun Activities for Water Fun: Homemade Water Slide Supplies: Heavy plastic or camping tarp Garden hose (the hose needs …

Try, Try, and Try Again: Developing Perseverance in our Students

Lauren Cook General

We have a standard for reading, math, and writing. What about a standard for perseverance? How do we measure that? Or is it even taught in most classrooms? With all the emphasis on standardized tests and teaching the standards, are we perhaps forgetting the most important quality students need to develop? Did you know… Walt Disney was fired from the …

Make Your Ding in the Universe!

Lauren Cook General

In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women. Granted there are many women who have done great, world changing things that deserve all the recognition they can get. But what about the many women doing great “small” things—teachers, mothers, workers, volunteers–who fly …

Celebrate these African American Inventors!

Celebrate these African American Inventors!

Lauren Cook General

February is Black History month. Here are but a few  inventions/accomplishments by noted African American scientists and inventors. Benjamin Banneker Like a lot of early inventors, Benjamin Banneker was primarily self-taught. The son of former slaves, most of his advanced knowledge came from reading and self-study. At 15 he took over the family tobacco farm and invented an irrigation system …

Let's Dance!

Let’s Dance!

Sherry Cook General

Did you know the tango was born in the back streets of Buenos Aires? Thousands of Europeans immigrated to South America to begin a new life. The dance was a combination of many different cultures. But guess what? The dance was banned for uniformed officers in Germany by Kaiser Wilhelm II on November 17, 1913. He declared the dance was …