Every once in a while, the tech-connected youth will throw a surprise curveball and embrace the slow, outmoded technology of yesteryear.
Eh? received an interesting request recently. It seems that a fourth-grader in Evansville, Ind., is doing a report about Minnesota and is asking for help from the subject of her report: Minnesotans.
Sabina Alcock is asking Minnesotans to send her brochures, postcards or anything else that might help a fourth-grader write a report on what life is like in the state.
Those interested in helping a faraway kid with her homework should send Minnesota-related materials to Evansville Day School, c/o Sabina Alcock, 3400 N. Green River Road, Evansville, IN 47715.
With a boost from NASA, educators from the College of St. Scholastica and the Duluth Children’s Museum, fifth-graders from Stowe Elementary are going to take up a “heavy lifting” challenge on Friday.
Education students from St. Scholastica will work with small groups of students to design a means to carry a “payload” of paper clips to a height of 3 meters. The exercise is meant to simulate NASA’s efforts to deliver cargo to space.
The Duluth Children’s Museum and St. Scholastica received a mini-grant from the space agency to engage students and youth organizations with high quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) content and impress upon students the themes and resources of NASA.
The event is scheduled for launch at 10 a.m. on Friday and land at 1 p.m. at the Duluth Children’s Museum, 15 S. 29th Ave W.
Former Harlem Globetrotter Seth Franco will perform at the Moose Lake High School gym on Tuesday.
Franco will share a message of inspiration and bouncing back from hardship at the free, all-ages event. In 2003, Franco became the first Caucasian Globetrotter since World War II.
During Franco’s college basketball career, he injured his leg, which scuttled his dream of playing basketball professionally. After surgery and rehab, Franco worked hard to master the basketball skills that don’t require running: he practiced with his hands. The tricks he learned garnered the attention of coaches that ultimately led to his inclusion in the venerable Harlem Globetrotters.
University of Wisconsin-Superior students will be opening their residence halls to Halloween trick-or-treaters from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
Students in Crownhart, Curran-McNeill-Ostrander, Ross and Hawkes halls along Catlin Avenue will have their halls decorated and ready to hand out treats to children up to sixth grade.
The new Link at Hawkes Hall, 2231 Catlin Ave., will have “child friendly” decorations to avoid scaring small children.
All children visiting the UWS campus for trick-or-treating must be accompanied by an adult. A residence hall staff member will guide the children through the halls during their visit.
The Lake Superior Marine Museum is kicking off its 26th Gales of November Maritime Conference and Fundraiser beginning Nov. 1 with a joint luncheon with the Duluth-Superior Propeller Club at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Canal park. The keynote speaker for the luncheon will be Lee Radzack, historic site manager at Split Rock lighthouse.
Also slated for Friday are tours of the Lake Superior Maritime Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior Public Museum’s Fairlawn Mansion and the Great Lakes Aquarium.
Saturday’s festivities commence at 8:30 a.m. at the DECC-Lake Superior Ballroom. The day will be filled with maritime-related educational presentations, a trade show and a silent auction. Saturday’s keynote luncheon presentation features Steve Elliot, Minnesota Historical Society executive director.
Money raised supports the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center in its mission to preserve Lake Superior maritime heritage.
Tickets to Gales of November are required.
For more information, visit www.LSMMA.com or call (218) 727-2497.
Four students from the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School can add a new line to their credentials: They’ve been certified as open-water scuba divers.
The divers were profiled in a story in Sunday’s News Tribune after spending part of a chilly Saturday afternoon completing their first two dives in Pike Lake north of Duluth.
But they still had two dives to go. They did that, instructor Julius Salinas said, on an even chillier Sunday. The air temperature was 37 degrees, the water temperature was 50, and they dove as snow fell around them.
But they did it. Cody Bauer, 18, is now certified as an open-water scuba diver. James Friedman, 12; Jacob Ammesmaki, 12; and Justin Belanger, 11; are certified as junior open-water scuba divers.
One of Campus Magazine’s 2011 Hot Speaker picks is returning to his hometown to present a part-show-part-lecture, “Around the World in 90 Minutes.”
Marty Essen, Duluth East and University of Minnesota Duluth grad, shares facts, stories and photographs taken while writing his book “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.” He’ll present his show at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Rafters at UMD. It’s free and open to the public.
Topics include: animal facts and animal myths, swimming with piranhas, rafting with humpback whales and a hippo attack in Zimbabwe.
Essen claims to have the second-most-popular slide show behind Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”
A grass-roots group supporting the Duluth school district’s operating levy proposal is set to hold an event Thursday at Beaner’s Central in West Duluth.
Stand up for Kids supporters, including Charlie Bell and Rep. Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth, will meet from 5-6:30 p.m. to talk about the operating levy, its impact on schools and ways to help ensure its passage on Nov. 5. There will be live music. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Four Duluth elementary students earned rides to their schools in a fire truck after winning the Duluth Fire Department’s fire-prevention safety contest.
Today a Laura MacArthur first-grader and a Piedmont kindergartener will get rides to their schools. A Raleigh Edison fourth-grader and a Congdon third-grader got rides Wednesday.
And on Saturday there will be an open house at Fire Station 7, 1419 W. Maple Grove Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’ll be free BBQ, tours of the station, a chance for kids to spray a fire hose and demonstrations with the new fire-safety trailer.
The events are part of fire-prevention week. The week’s theme this year is preventing cooking fires. According to fire researchers, cooking is the leading cause of home fires — with 40 percent of all home fires starting in the kitchen.
If the forecasts were right, today would be a beautiful day to walk or bike to school — and it happens to be the day when schools around the world are participating in International Walk to School Day.
Eh? counted 10 participating schools in the Northland (among more than 4,000 worldwide), including Lincoln Park Middle School and Congdon Park Elementary School in Duluth. Participating schools have special events, but that doesn’t exclude families with children at other schools from getting involved.
The event is a chance for families with kids who typically ride a school bus (or the parent shuttle), and who live in areas with bike-friendly paths to school to walk and/or bike to school, says a news release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
More information is available at walkbiketoschool.org.