Wednesday: Learning

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 ...

Athletic leadership

MARQUETTE — Adult mentors had a good reason for asking a special group of teens to attend Thursday’s Student-Athlete Leadership Workshop. “They see you as a leader or someone who can potentially be a strong leader in your school,” said Kelly Sager, regional school health coordinator ...

Cool weather games for preschoolers are fun

Young children need daily exercise, especially during long stretches of dreary days. Daily exercise helps develop the large muscles in their arms, legs, trunk, and sets the stage for a healthy lifestyle. Keep the following items handy: a beach ball, large pail, wrapping paper tubes, large ...

Annual Kaleidoscope gathering planned for May 20

MARQUETTE — Kaleidoscope 2017, the educational fun fair for children, will be from noon to 4 p.m. May 20 at the Northern Michigan University Superior Dome in Marquette. The fair features youth groups and organizations hosting crafts, games, fascinating displays, and many hands-on, fun ...

Bridging the skills gap

MARQUETTE — Learning technical skills in a classroom is one thing. Working in the real world is another. Bridging that gap, though, is the Upper Peninsula CTE Skills Challenge, which took place Friday at the Jacobetti Complex. The day-long competition in career and technical education, ...

Try building language with getting dressed

There are many times during the day families can teach preschool children important words and ideas in an easy natural way. Talking together, reading stories, encouraging curiosity and questions are excellent ways to build vocabulary and new understanding. Even everyday activities like getting ...

State announces $3.6 million in grant funding to target invasive species

MARQUETTE — Funding proposals for 2017 now are being accepted through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, with an anticipated $3.6 million available to applicants, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources press release states. The program — a joint effort of the Michigan ...

Product idea: NMU students help U.P. sheet metal worker develop concepts

MARQUETTE — Sheet metal worker Ron Aho walked into Invent@NMU on the Northern Michigan University campus with a product idea that would save time and effort on the job. He had spent years manually hammering in drive cleats for air ducts. The repetitive motion of pounding upward put a lot ...

Helping to prevent dog bites to children

There are about 78 million dogs in the United States. Chances are children either have dogs or will meet them often. The CDC records 4.5 million bites each year and 60 percent are to children under the age of 15 months. Each day about 1,000 people require ER care. Pet experts have ...

DeVos tours military school in Virginia

MANASSAS, Virginia (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday highlighted the need to help the children of military families transition into new schools as their parents are moving from one assignment to the next. DeVos visited Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia, to ...

Young archers aim high

MARQUETTE — At first glance, the errant flight of an arrow poorly aimed, falling to the grass, might not seem like much to see. That is, of course, unless that arrow is followed by a child. Then, as she reaches to pick it up, there’s a whole world to look at all at once — promise, ...

Try teaching children to be good observers

Weather observation helps children be alert for changes in their environment and to be prepared. Checking the weather forecast every day on media plus learning weather clues for their own forecast are good ways to nurture awareness. Weather affects their safety, activities, and clothing ...

Caring for soldiers

MARQUETTE — People walking through the doors at Walmart in Marquette Township on Saturday can help Michigan soldiers stationed abroad. The annual Care Packages for Soldiers Overseas is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day outside Walmart, located at 3225 U.S. 41. Leading ...