Wednesday: Learning

Birch bark, not beakers

MARQUETTE — Making something 8 feet long and 12 inches high out of natural materials could be as simple as making a makeshift fort out of twigs in a backyard, or crafting a birch bark canoe. Guess which project took place at the STEM Summer Youth Academy? STEM, which stands for Science, ...

Try giving children a sense of geography

“Where do I live? Can you show me?” Map activities give young children a glimpse into the big picture of the world and where they live. It introduces maps and how to use them to find areas we find interesting or want to visit. You’ll need Google Maps Apps or paper maps from the local ...

Local farm tours sponsored by Marquette Food Co-Op

MARQUETTE — The annual local farm tours sponsored by the Marquette Food Co-op will continue Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. The Aug. 20 tours include GrandBee’s Apiary in Pelkie, the MSU North Farm in Chatham, Reh-Morr Farm in Eben Junction and Treasa’s Treasures in Munising. The September ...

‘Capitol’ Experience

NEGAUNEE — Where better to learn how state government works than in the state capital of Lansing? A group of high school students from the Upper Peninsula traveled to Lansing to take part in the 4-H Capitol Experience on March 19-22, an annual four-day conference that focuses on civic ...

Marquette Co-Op-sponsored farm tours to continue in August, September

MARQUETTE — The annual local farm tours sponsored by the Marquette Food Co-op will continue Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. The Aug. 20 tours include GrandBee’s Apiary in Pelkie, the MSU North Farm in Chatham, Reh-Morr Farm in Eben Junction and Treasa’s Treasures in Munising. The September ...

Fun with paper fireworks all summer

Young children are often afraid of loud startling fireworks, but there are alternative ways children can have fun with fireworks on paper. This quiet activity often helps families during hectic family gatherings when children need a calming activity. You’ll need paper, watercolor or ...

Accomplished student

MARQUETTE — The name “Fulbright” carries a lot of academic prestige, and it’s an honor that has been bestowed on a new Northern Michigan University graduate. Gwendolyn Hoenke has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Peru from the U.S. Department of State and the J. ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Tips to keep children safe in summer

Summer has arrived! Now there are many new opportunities for kids to enjoy outdoor play. In your backyard, at the playground, or on walks in the woods, there are things to explore and challenges to meet. Although families can’t wrap children in giant protective cotton balls, there are some ...

Ag education program set

CHATHAM — “On-Farm Experiential Learning for Teachers” at the MARESA Institute will be June 21-22 at Northern Michigan University and the Michigan State University North Farm in Chatham. The on-farm experience is designed to empower educators to carry out project-based agriculture, food ...

RTL summer offerings noted

PALMER — Let’s Build Together is the Summer Reading Program at the Richmond Township Library, funded in part by the Community Foundation of Marquette County. The first Summer Activity is from 11 a.m. to noon Monday. The Family Activity schedule is from 11 a.m.-noon Monday: Let’s Start ...

Dorm work continues apace

Work continues on the new complex of dormitories on the campus of Northern Michigan University. The three-phase project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018. According to Neumann/Smith Architecture, a downstate firm involved in the project, the student housing will include study ...

Imagination: Play restaurant at home

Role playing is fun and helps children be more comfortable during real life experiences. You and the children will need a few things from around the house: An apron, chef’s hat made out of paper, real or pretend food, pretend stove, refrigerator, plates, napkins, silverware, table, ...

NMU alum named head of federal agency

MARQUETTE — Timothy Kangas, PhD, an alumnus of Northern Michigan University, was recently appointed Chief Operating Officer at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, which has been providing care to our nation’s veterans since 1831. In his new role, Kangas sets the agency’s strategic goals ...

Space station welcomes 1st returning vehicle since shuttle

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The International Space Station welcomed its first returning vehicle in years Monday — a SpaceX Dragon capsule making its second delivery. Space shuttle Atlantis was the last repeat visitor six years ago. It’s now a museum relic at NASA’s Kennedy Space ...

National Spelling Bee is easier to predict

WASHINGTON (AP) — To the fans watching on ESPN, Nihar Janga’s win last year in the Scripps National Spelling Bee was a shock. He was only 11 years old, a fifth-grader appearing in the bee for the first time, competing against 8th-graders with deep voices and facial hair. To the ...

Car trips can be relaxing and a good time

Family car trips can be enjoyable with young children. Even though the car seat time can be frustrating for both child and driver, there are a few games that can help the time pass more quickly on a long road trip. Plenty of snacks, drinks, a favorite blanket, toys, and books also help pass the ...

DECISION DAY

GLADSTONE — Gladstone High School seniors had an eventful last full day of school Monday. Various events were held in their honor throughout the day, including a ceremony to announce their future plans, a Native American Send Off Ceremony and a senior cookout. Kicking off the festivities ...

Special gardening helps teach youth responsibility

If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. - Abigail Van Buren One way to teach age appropriate responsibility is to grow some tolerant plants that require little care for little children. Outdoor Garden If you are planting a summer ...

Superior Central students raise and release salmon

MARQUETTE — From eggs with visible eyeballs to fish with fins and mouths, students at Superior Central School in Eben Junction got to see this transformation first-hand. Friday at the Dead River in Marquette, students released fish they raised at school for a Salmon in the Classroom ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Try helping kids expend energy, frustration

Little children have moments of crisis and frustration. A toy doesn’t work, older siblings bully, or a drawing is not going well. There is a problem that at the time seems unsurmountable! Waaaaa! However, children can learn techniques to take a break, stay calm, and think straight, according ...