Wednesday: Learning

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 ...

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 ...