Wednesday: Learning

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 ...

Kids love learning summer symmetry

Insects and other bugs are all around us in summertime. Most children are fascinated with bugs and what they look like. This is an opportunity to make some funny looking bugs while talking about symmetry which means both sides are built exactly the same. You’ll need several eyedroppers, or ...

KID’S UNIVERSITY

Dressed in a princess gown, 7-year-old Alayna Mattern holds up a princess cupcake she made while participating in Kid’s University held at the Hazleton Area Career Center in Hazleton, Pa., June 28. (AP photo)

How learning a new language improves tolerance

There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults who speak more than one language have less likelihood of developing dementia. Additionally, the bilingual brain becomes better at filtering out distractions, and learning multiple ...

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 ...