Wednesday: Learning

Living independently while visually impaired

GWINN — A visually impaired person doesn’t have to be in the dark — literally and figuratively — when it comes to finding help to make daily life easier. Pat Duyck, an Escanaba-based rehabilitation teacher with Michigan’s Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, which is part of the ...

Personal skills help kids prepare for school

There are just a few weeks left before children begin school, some for the first time. Besides backpacks and supplies, teachers hope young children will bring along a few more things when they scamper off to school. First and foremost children will know how to put on their listening ears to ...

The new face of vo-tech

PHILADELPHIA — Matt Love was a puzzle no one knew how to solve. He had been traumatized by his father's drowning a week before his fourth birthday. By second grade, he was bored and acting out, so unruly that the private school he attended asked him to leave halfway through the year. Told ...

Infrastructure protection is a shared responsibility

MARQUETTE — How information about protecting critical infrastructure can be shared between public and private sectors was the subject of special presentations by members of the InfraGard Michigan Members Alliance Inc., at Northern Michigan University this week. NMU is a host site for the MI ...

Kids love tangling, safe eclipses, shadows

Summer isn’t over the school bells ring! There is still time to do a few summer things. String problems may take the rest of the summer to untangle, but remember summer is not over until it’s over. You will need two people, balls of yarn or thick string, and chairs. Tie string loosely ...

US in rare bull’s-eye for total solar eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It will be tough eclipsing this eclipse. The sun, moon and Earth will line up perfectly in the cosmos on Aug. 21, turning day into night for a few wondrous minutes, its path crossing the U.S. from sea to shining sea for the first time in nearly a century. Never will ...

Keweenaw Young Professionals to discuss digital burnout

HANCOCK — Keweenaw Young Professionals is hosting Part 3 of their Professional “Disconnecting with Technology: The Mystery of Digital Burnout Solved.” Presented by Jeremiah Baumann, this event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Jutila Center, room 323, in ...

Deo to share rare photos on deer, grand camps

MARQUETTE — On Aug. 10, the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will host “Deer Camps to Grand Camps,” an event featuring a slideshow by photo historian Jack Deo. Deo will share some of the greatest and funniest photos from his 40-year collection of regional classic deer camps. The latter ...

‘Unboring’ things to do with kids

There are no sunglasses around? No problem. Native Alaskans make fancy sunglasses from whale bone, but heavy cardboard works, too. You’ll need to cut cardboard pieces 15 cm by 6 inches by 2 inches and find string to tie around the head, markers or crayons. Hold the cardboard up to your ...

DIY high school computers

MARQUETTE — Marquette Senior High School students took on what could have sounded like an elaborate Do-It-Yourself project on Monday. It wasn’t. With the help of a few instructors, students enrolled in Advanced Placement Computer Science came to the high school during their summer break ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Children can catch fish in a bottle

Young children often want to net tiny fish for pets. Since minnows are very fast and don’t like to get caught, it is probably all right to give children a small net to puddle around and chase these terrified fish. They can put it in a container of lake water with sea weed for a short ...

A cultural connection

MARQUETTE — Students from Aba Teachers University in China will have more than a memory of visiting Black Rocks on Presque Isle. They also will have cherished pastel drawings of the famous local outdoor spot. The students were to spend about two weeks at Northern Michigan University for an ...

Respite training available locally for teens, adults

MARQUETTE — Respite Education and Support Tools is an originally designed educational course that provides respite training to adults and teens who want to offer care to those in need and provide assistance to their caregivers. As a REST companion (volunteer or paid), you give the gift of ...

Trees provide joy, fun and learning for kids

One of the greatest childhood joys is climbing a tree high enough so that when you call down to your parents they look all over and can’t find you. Pediatricians are urging parents to take their children outside away from screens to explore nature; better for back and neck health, vision, ...

A very ‘Rocky Road’

MARQUETTE — What kid hasn’t sifted through sand, made a sand castle or filled a bucket with it? If you were a youngster participating in Tuesday’s “Rocky Road” class at Northern Michigan University, you would have gotten to see what sand looks like up close: lots and lots of tiny ...

BookNotes Coffeehouse planned at Peter While Public Library

MARQUETTE — The Peter White Public Library invites the public to BookNotes Coffeehouse, an evening of conversation, poetry, music and refreshments. The event will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the library’s community room. That evening, John Smolens, author of numerous novels including ...

Children are going to love a snorkel bucket

Snorkeling opens up a whole new world of exploration for children. The gear is relatively inexpensive and takes a little practice. Younger children can feel left out, but there is a way for them to see what is happening underwater without even getting their face wet. They will feel included in ...

Saudis to allow girls to play sports in public schools

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that it will grant girls in public schools access to physical education, a decision that comes after years of calls by women across the kingdom demanding greater rights and access to sports. The Education Ministry said it will ...

CATAPULTING INTO SCIENCE

MARQUETTE — They didn’t set out to make great scientific discoveries or break new frontiers, but the youngsters in Thursday’s STEAM session at the Peter White Public Library used a little trial and error to learn some basic science. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art ...