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Category: Resilience

Celebrating STEM in a K-6 school

Our company, Grow a Generation, has had the distinct pleasure to contract with a wonderful public charter school in Western Pennsylvania for the last seven years. We provide research fellowships to teams of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders as they develop meaningful projects using science, technology, engineering and math. This week we celebrate our …

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“This is Why They Invented Swear Words!”

Searching for mentors is a great way to meet truly generous people around the globe. Gavin, an eleven year old research fellow at Baden Academy, got lucky this year with a whole team from Australia that is helping him write his book on the Little Blue Penguins of North Sydney Harbour.  The team included scientists, …

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Distracted: How Mindfulness and Meditation Transformed a College Classroom

“I was able to feel relaxation, tranquility, focus.” – Dan Suriano “It helps get my thoughts and feelings in order,” – K.J. Miller “The mandalas brought us together and cleared our minds” – anonymous “I enjoyed it so much, I couldn’t stop [when the assignment was over.]” – Ventura Simmons “helped me calm down at …

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Space Robots, Sequestration, and the Still Contemplation of the Night Sky

I was so excited yesterday to get an email from Astrobotic confirming a student tour during the week of the August 5th Space Robots Camp.  Astrobotic is a CMU spin off company that has been in the news recently. NASA choose the company to develop autonomous robots to search for ice on the moon in …

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Models for Coaching FIRST Lego League

FIRST Lego League is a robotics competition for elementary and middle school students using the Lego Mindstorm robot kit. This is by far one of my favorite robotics programs as it emphasizes not just how to build and program a robot, but adds a judged element of gracious professionalism, a research component that has kids …

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Conversations with kids in the wake of violent tragedies

  The below comments are written for parents and grandparents of children over ten. The funerals at Newtown have come to an end, the days of mourning have (for those of us not directly affected by the tragedy) given way to Christmas celebrations. Group prayers have turned to other concerns.  And yet the shadow of …

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Childhood Dreams

Children can and do change the world.  They recognize injustice, they experience fear and anger.  The father of the Buddha tried to protect him from all suffering, injustice, and anguish. He created a beautiful bubble for him, a bubble of plenty of sweet food, no harsh words, no sickness, no poverty, and no loss. The …

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Lifting a Teen from the Mud of Self-Absorbed Pity

Judge Gilliam – I disagree.  The latest “viral” Faceook is a reprint of a 1959 published letter from Judge Philip B. Gilliam of Denver,Colorado.  Parents (and grandparents) of teens and tweens are lauding it as sage advice that “Every teenager should have this framed and hung on their wall in their room.” A part of …

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Musically Gifted: Tools to Help Parent

Do you believe your child is musically gifted? They may –       think in terms of chords or harmony, –       look at numerous lines of music on a page and hear it in their head, –       quickly learn to read and play music, –       show creative improvisational talent, –       enjoy composition, –       live as though they …

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Summer Goals and Portfolio Building

Do you actually sit down and set goals with your kids?  Share your experiences! I’m big on goal setting.  I have my own mission and goals I visit often, and so do my kids.  I read and listen to leaders in education and 21st century businesses announce that our kids need to not merely have …

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