Wednesday: Learning

Grandparents Teach, too: Sharing stories, goals for future care

Usually this space is reserved for grandchildren’s care. This time Kate LaBeau, the Advance Care Planning Program Manager from the Upper Peninsula Health Plan is a guest writer addressing grandparent’s needs and future care. Prepared grandparents who communicate their wishes while there ...

Michigan’s adult dropouts offered chance for diploma, job training

LANSING — Jobs continue to go unfilled in Michigan, yet the state also is home to nearly 750,000 adults without a high school diploma. A new program seeks to bridge that gap, offering an online high school diploma and free workforce credentials — as well as job placement — in ...

Children really love Project Egg Drop

There are scrambled eggs, fried eggs, and then eggs for the famous raw egg drop engineering activity. It provides an opportunity for some real life problem solving using physics principles, creative engineering fun, and materials found around the house. The beauty is all ages can do this ...

‘Creative Kitchen’

MARQUETTE — The lizards at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum probably didn’t care that their greens, carrots and other goodies were fed in the shape of a “funny face.” It most likely, however, enjoyable for the youngsters who were involved in that activity. Monday’s ...

Fliers for white supremacist group found on UM-Flint campus

FLINT, MI — Police at the University of Michigan-Flint are searching for a person of interest allegedly responsible for placing fliers around campus promoting what civil rights advocates call a hate group. Fliers supporting the group Patriot Front came to light after Blair Davis, a resident ...

Here’s how children learn from us

One of the best ways for children to learn is observing others and then trying to do the same thing. From birth through adulthood, we frequently pattern our learning on the behavior of others. Adults are all powerful influences who can foster learning every day. Young children naturally ...

Century after pandemic, science takes best shot at influenza

WASHINGTON (AP) — The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history’s most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are ...

Superior Central students visit Chicago to take in play

EBEN JUNCTION — There doesn’t need to be a cultural gap between rural Eben Junction and urban Chicago. A group of high school students from Superior Central Schools recently took in a showing of the musical “Hamilton” on Broadway in the Windy City. Brenton Fitzpatrick, a social ...

Fun and magical science for children

Science is magic for Kids! For decades scientists have been trying to get everyone excited and curious about experimenting and searching for solutions to problems. Now we have hundreds of STEAM activities families can easily do at home to reinforce what children do in science class. STEAM is ...

NMU grad awarded $1.7M from the NIH

MARQUETTE — A Northern Michigan University graduate who now is a Massachusetts-based biochemist is playing a vital role in looking for a new class of catalysts that could be useful in discovering new drugs for cancer and other diseases. Anita Mattson, formerly of Marquette, is a ...

Michigan Superintendent Brian Whiston fighting cancer

LANSING — Michigan schools Superintendent Brian Whiston has cancer and is undergoing radiation treatment following a recent diagnosis, officials said Tuesday. State Board of Education co-presidents Casandra Ulbrich and Richard Zeile disclosed the diagnosis at the start of a board meeting ...

Balloons make studying physics fun

For under two dollars the whole family can have some physics fun on cold winter days. Ten inch round red balloons are very dramatic as they fly around the house. A packet of a variety of balloons makes the time even crazier. Watch the very young children and pets so they don’t chew holes and ...

Efforts grow to help students evaluate what they see online

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction. Lawmakers in several states have introduced or passed bills calling on public school ...

Worldwide authority

MARQUETTE — You won’t find any freshwater crabs living in inland waters in the Marquette region. However, Northern Michigan University biology professor Neil Cumberlidge has seen plenty in his day. He had to travel to Africa, though, to see many of them. Cumberlidge was recently awarded ...

Planting, eating in winter focuses kids

Little chia seeds pack a nutritional punch. These little plants are full of antioxidants, omega three fatty acids, fiber, calcium, and many nutrients. “Chia” means strength in the Mayan language and Aztec warriors and runners ate them often before battles. They are a super food. The seeds ...

Hemp research a ‘work in progress’

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia is wrapping up its second year of a research program that allows farmers to grow hemp, a crop long banned because of its association with marijuana. The 78 acres (32 hectares) planted across the state in 2017 was more than double the 2016 total. But research ...

NMU professor, husband build energy-efficient home

MARQUETTE — Sarah Mittlefehldt is one of Northern Michigan University’s most prominent sustainability advocates. As an associate professor, she teaches students about environmental stewardship. As co-chair of the NMU Sustainability Advisory Council, she promotes initiatives and guiding ...

Children love planting and eating chia

Little chia seeds pack a nutritional punch. These little plants are full of antioxidants, omega three fatty acids, fiber, calcium, and many nutrients. “Chia” means strength in the Mayan language and Aztec warriors and runners ate them often before battles. They are a super food. The seeds ...

Policies that protect high school athletes under close scrutiny

LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association is fighting a national report that says it isn’t doing enough to protect student athletes. The claim was in a nationwide study that analyzed policies related to student athletes. The Korey Stringer Institute, a part of the University ...

Spreading Christmas cheer

K.I. SAWYER — Candy with a message led to toys for kids who might not be expecting an overabundance of them under their Christmas trees this year. Jessica Gustitis’ fifth-grade class at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School has been participating in a student-led project to help other kids during ...