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Wednesday: Learning

Gearing up for robotics season

MARQUETTE — How can you defend the world from incoming asteroids with power cells, a shield generator and a part that resembles a lazy Susan? When you’re part of the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — is a Manchester, New ...

Grandparents Teach, too

There are millions of boxes being delivered to front doors this winter. Sometimes what is in the box is not as fun as the container itself. Children can spend an amazing amount of entertainment time with these boxes. Some children will cozy right in or under them with their blankets. They ...

14-year-old prodigy pursues degrees at two Michigan schools

By MARTIN SLAGTER By MLive AP Exchange ANN ARBOR — Daniel Liu is used to being ahead of the curve. He learned the alphabet by age 1 and began reading by the time he was 2. At age 10, he became the youngest person to ever win the national You Be The Chemist challenge, allowing him to ...

Flannel and flapjacks

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer NEGAUNEE — What are the odds of every fourth-grader at Lakeview Elementary School wearing flannel on Tuesday? When it’s time to eat their lumberjack breakfast. The event appropriately included flapjacks and cackleberries — hen’s eggs used ...

Grandparents Teach, too

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the snow.” — Aristotle Dashing around for 20- minutes or holding hands and making your own path in a snowy yard is a welcome break for children and adults in winter. The fun makes the hassle of bundling ...

Virtual reality tour gives students look at Holocaust

By SUE LOUGHLIN Tribune-Star The Associated Press SULLIVAN, Ind. — The story of Eva Kor, her message of forgiveness and her lessons from Auschwitz live on through a virtual reality tour experienced by Sullivan High School freshmen. Kor died July 4 in Krakow, Poland, at age 85 while on ...

Congo lingo

MARQUETTE — A third-year French major at Northern Michigan University is furthering his language skills in an unusual way. Billy McCoy is in the Congo where he is continuing his French studies, studying the local lingala language and serving an internship as an English teacher. He also is ...

Grandparents Teach, too

“You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.” — Oprah When the days are short and darkness is long, the Swedish people make their own light. One of their proverbs is: “Those who wish to sing always find a song.” Those who want ...

Michigan Sea Grant gets new educator

By CINDY HUDSON Michigan Sea Grant and KELLEY CHRISTIANSEN Michigan Tech Science Writer HOUGHTON — Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Technological University have announced a new collaboration to enhance fisheries and aquaculture outreach and education in the Upper ...

Students in Iowa use video games to hone key skills

By NICK HYTREK Sioux City Journal AP Member Exchange CHEROKEE, Iowa — For many of us who are members of older generations, we might consider the hours younger people spend playing video games as nothing more than a diversion from doing something more productive, such as ...

Stories from grandparents to kids will link generations

Children who are successful readers have many stories read and told to them. They have family conversations about a wide variety of subjects including their culture and ancestors. Young children may not understand every nuance of the stories now, but they will later. Family gatherings ...

Grandparents Teach, too

Children and adults who know how to be nice tend to be healthier. Darnell Hunt and Daniel Fessler from UCLA have been studying kindness and what it does to the body. They say that receiving kindness from others and providing kindness are good for our health. Engaging in kindness, contemplating ...

Ohio high school senior wins school board seat

By EMILY MILLS Akron Beacon Journal AP Member Exchange BATH, Ohio — Mike Kahoe was eager to discuss his recent election to the Revere Board of Education and his plans for the position, from increasing transparency between the board and the community to improving school safety. But ...

The Gift of Reading

MARQUETTE — The thing about books is that, as gifts, they provide extrinsic and intrinsic value. The Marquette-Alger Reading Council, which promotes literacy and reading, announced the beginning of the annual Gift of Reading project in which the public is asked to donate new books that will ...

Grandparents Teach, too

While a meal is in the oven children and adults can do a little cooking together. On average, American families are spending about 29 minutes a day talking together. Most of the time is spent giving children directions to finish meals, prepare for school, lessons, and bedtime. Those minutes ...

Sorry, wrong number: Statistical benchmark under fire

By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer NEW YORK — Earlier this fall Dr. Scott Solomon presented the results of a huge heart drug study to an audience of fellow cardiologists in Paris. The results Solomon was describing looked promising: Patients who took the medication had a lower rate of ...

‘Good morning, Wildcats’

MARQUETTE — It’s a multi-media world. The North Wind, Northern Michigan University’s student newspaper, already was online and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Now it’s on the air. North Wind Editor Jackie Jahfetson hosts a radio show from 8 to 9 a.m. every Friday on ...

Grandparents Teach, too

Are parent and child conversations getting harder and more important than ever? Every stage of growth requires important conversations. Along the way your family has surrounded children with what Communities That Care call Protective Factors and conversations, researched proven ways to prevent ...

Residents make human chain for new library

By EMMA KEITH The Norman Transcript AP Member Exchange NORMAN, Okla. — The human chain stretched all the way across Andrews Park, snaking between picnic tables and pavilions, past a kickball game, over two roads and across a parking lot. The chain ended on both sides in libraries, one ...

Learning Spanish in the real world

MARQUETTE — Marquette, meet Costa Rica. Costa Rica, meet Marquette. The Upper Peninsula and a part of Central America should learn more about each other through a new Costa Rican exchange program for Spanish students at Marquette Senior High School. Eighteen Costa Rican students and four ...