Archives for September 18, 2013

SweetWorks Niagara Chocolates for the Fall! Fall Giveaway!

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Fall is almost here! School time is here! What a great time for delicious SweetWorks chocolate!  We received some delicious chocolate Baseballs, Basketballs and Earth Balls and they truly are delicious! SweetWorks Niagara chocolates brand– individually wrapped, all natural, premium milk chocolate shapes wrapped in beautifully colored, high quality foils, dressing America’s favorite candy-chocolate, for any occasion. These would be great for parties, team sports and so much more this Fall! 100% all natural and 100% delicious! To find these and many more products, check out the SweetWorks website.

 

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Now for the Fall Giveaway! One winner will win a  bag of the basketballs and a bag of the baseballs. Leave us a comment below telling us your or your child’s favorite sport! Don’t forget that you need to be a subscriber to enter! Next, “like” the SweetWorks Facebook Page! That’s it! Well, it would be “sweet” if you told them we sent you!  Deadline to enter is September 26th, 2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received delicious chocolate products to facilitate this review/giveaway.

 

“The Watsons Go To Birmingham” A Film With a Message KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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In the summer of 1963, Daniel and Wilona Watson and their three kids, 15-year-old Byron, 11-year-old Kenny and 8-year-old Joetta, leave their home in Flint, Michigan for a family road trip to Birmingham, Alabama. Daniel and Wilona are fed up with Byron’s juvenile delinquent antics, and have decided what he needs is a dose of his Grandma Sands’ no-nonsense approach. They head south, with plenty of laughs en route. When they make it to Birmingham, they soon discover that life is very different there than in Flint. During that historic summer, the Watsons find themselves caught up in events that will change their lives – and the nation – forever. “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” is an original movie presented by Walmart and P&G for Walden Family Theater premiering September 20 on Hallmark Channel. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer B loves the acting in this film and the moral: “You can’t live your life in fear and live a good life.” His full review is below.

 

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by Keefer B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Video review available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TGyj_krbTg

 

This powerful, historical fiction takes place in 1963. The plot follows our protagonist Kenny (Bryce Clyde Jenkins) and his African American family from their house in Flint, Michigan to their family home in Birmingham, Alabama. While in Alabama, Kenny and his siblings are introduced to segregation and all its inhumanity.  In Michigan they lived free from sequestration except for what they experienced on TV. This film is seeded with real life situations and old black and white clips that are sewn together quite skillfully.

 

What I love about the film is the outstanding acting. The kids couldn’t be better. The characters go through so much they’re able to express a lot of emotion and does it show! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there have been a lot of films about segregation this year; 42, Lee Daniels The Butler and more to come. What makes this film stand out is that the story is from 10-year-old Kenny’s perspective. When we view the world through a black adult’s eyes, we know they’ve probably experienced segregation. From a child’s level, we see they can’t comprehend why they’re treated poorly because of their skin color. That’s what makes it more powerful.

My favorite character is Kenny. I relate to him because he’s sort of a nerd, kindhearted and in this film, confused. I like to see how he deals with the different situations he’s placed in. Jenkins does a tremendous job portraying this character.

 

My favorite scene is when Kenny almost drowns. Kenny is swimming in the lake and gets sucked down into a whirlpool. Luckily, his brother Byron (Harrison Knight) saves him. This scene is intense and I got a little teary-eyed when Byron embraces Kenny and won’t let go.

 

The moral is, “You can’t live your life in fear and live a good life.” After the drowning incident Kenny thinks the whirlpool (Whir Poo) is out to get him so he magnifies emotional situations to the point of over-whelming dread.

 

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this for 9-year-olds and up. I think this film is very educational. It’s a perfect film to show younger audiences and it has that family element to it that makes it entertaining.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

NEW NASA EXHIBIT DEBUTS AT AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC IN CALIFORNIA, OMSI IN OREGON, AND NASA GODDARD VISITOR CENTER IN MARYLAND

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Long Beach, California—NASA, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA Goddard) have partnered to create a new program for the public. Our Instrumented Earth is a new exhibit-based show that will debut at the Aquarium, OMSI, and NASA Goddard this year, serving communities in California, Oregon, and Maryland, The program will officially debut at the Aquarium of the Pacific on September 18, 2013. “The program focuses on how satellites and other observing systems contribute to our understanding of how humans are changing the Earth and what those changes may mean to us,” said Dr. Jerry R. Schubel, Aquarium president.

 

Our Instrumented Earth celebrates NASA’s advances in technology and illuminates how information can be harnessed to increase understanding of Earth’s systems to enhance human lives and protect our planet. NASA awarded the Aquarium of the Pacific with a $331,000 grant to oversee the creation of the new program in conjunction with the Earth Sciences Division at NASA Goddard and OMSI. Others involved in the development of the program include the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), an operating division of the California Institute of Technology, and University of California, Irvine. The three public institutions will reach millions of individuals in diverse communities with Earth science that relates to their everyday lives and can help with adapting to changes in the environment. Presentations will be available in English and Spanish. “Informal education providers are an important part of NASA’s education family,” said Leland Melvin, associate administrator for NASA’s Office of Education in Washington. “By using compelling NASA content, they help us stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM,” Melvin said.

 

The multimedia show Our Instrumented Earth will be displayed on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Science on a Sphere®. Using the six-foot-diameter sphere and combining projected video, sound, and multiple flatscreens, this new show gives viewers a global perspective of complex Earth systems and tell stories about our planet and the environment. The wide variety of high-tech instruments monitoring our planet from space, on Earth’s surface, and under the ocean, are providing large amounts of data in real time, allowing scientists to understand the planet better than ever before. Using this data, scientists and other experts are able to understand human impact on the environment. Viewers will learn how scientists are using instruments to predict weather, monitor environmental changes, and even save lives.

 

This collaborative project also targets underserved youth to promote STEM learning and increase careers in these fields. STEM workshops will be available for teachers at underserved schools, and the Aquarium will host NASA Night to connect scientists with the students and their teachers. Our Instrumented Earth will be adapted for use on a small transportable globe called Magic Planet. The NASA grant will also allow OMSI to develop and provide outreach education and teacher training at its area libraries and schools. The program debuted at OMSI and began touring rural Oregon libraries with Magic Planet in mid-September.

 

For more information about the three partner organizations, visit: www.aquariumofpacific.org or call 562-590-3100www.omsi.edu or 800.955.6674800.955.6674800-955-6674, www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard or 301-286-3978.

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Photo Credit:  ”©RMA Photography Inc. “Our Instrumented Earth” program  and the Ocean Science Center.