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In April the North Carolina Science Festival takes place at events all around the Triangle and throughout the state, including the UNC Science Expo on Saturday, April 11th. North Carolina Science Festival events include lots of fun hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits, and performances. Visit www.ncsciencefestival.org to learn more. Spring also is a great time to get out and run together as a family! The Girls on the Run 5K on Saturday, April 11th is lots of fun for the whole family (open to all ages, genders, and abilities). Plan a tour of the Conservators Center (near Burlington, NC) and meet the servals; learn all about the servals on page 11. This year Easter is on April 5th. We celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd; on April 19th your family can celebrate Earth Day with fun activities throughout the day at the Durham Earth Day Festival (Sunday, April 19th; see page 8 for details). On page 3 learn more about Earth Day, and read about some of the ways we can all help take care of our planet. Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? April 30th is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Carry your favorite poem in your pocket to share with your friends, family and teachers. Have an AWESOME April!
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UNC SCIENCE EXPO PROMISES FAMILY FUN Where can you experiment with robotics, explore a virtual environment, observe marine creatures, watch live entertainment, take a behind-the-scenes tour of cutting-edge science labs and maybe even play a life-size game of Angry Birds -- all for free?
Throughout the day, the Solar Stage will present live entertainment, including some local favorites -- DSI Comedy, Footnotes Tap Ensemble and Noel Brandon, the "Spin Man" with world-class basketball handling skills. Need a snack? Buy a delicious treat from one of the food trucks on site.
You'll find these adventures and more at the fifth annual UNC Science Expo on Saturday, April 11 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), with science The UNC Science Expo is a signature event exhibits and demonstrations lining Cameron Avenue on the UNC of the North Carolina Science Festival. campus in Chapel Hill. The family-friendly event is co-presented by For more information, visit UNC's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and by the Town www.moreheadplanetarium.org. of Chapel Hill's Parks & Recreation. UNC's science departments are planning hands-on activities for all ages, with the goal of helping children imagine themselves in science careers. There's fun and education for adults, too, with tips for a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle at the Sustainability Center.
The UNC Science Expo is one of more than 300 public events that are part of the North Carolina Science Festival (NCSF). Visit www.ncsciencefestival.org to learn about NCSF and find more events across the state.
UNC SCIENCE EXPO Saturday, April 11 • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • Cameron Avenue
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A Two-for-one Space First
By Alex H. Kasprak National Aeronautics and Space Administration
A NASA spacecraft named Dawn is making space exploration history. It is the first spacecraft to orbit two different solar system targets. Plenty of spacecraft have flown by two or more planets or moons during their missions. But orbiting something is a lot harder. The spacecraft has to put itself into “reverse” using its thrusters and lots of fuel in order to be captured by the gravity of a planet and go into orbit. Otherwise, it would just fly right on by. And to leave orbit, it would have to pull itself out of the gravitational field using even more fuel, like hauling itself up out of a deep hole.
You can’t really put that much rocket fuel on a spacecraft. It would be too heavy and expensive to launch. But Dawn works very differently. Dawn uses electricity to propel itself. Its ion propulsion technology shoots charged atoms, called ions, out of a small engine at super high speed. The electrical energy comes from solar panels and the atoms are from a gas called xenon.
Diagram of the two Van Allen radiation belts. Credit: NASA/Goddard.
Artist’s concept of the Dawn spacecraft. Credit: NASA
This technology has allowed Dawn to make its historic journey to the asteroid belt, first orbiting and studying the asteroid Vesta, then leaving that orbit, traveling another 900 million miles and going into orbit around dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn is also the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet. The ion engine has enabled Dawn to spiral into the “gravity well” of one body, spiral back out, and have enough fuel left to go and do it all over again (although Dawn will not be leaving Ceres orbit).
Dawn Approaches: Two Faces of Ceres: These two views of Ceres were acquired by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 12, 2015, from a distance of about 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) as the dwarf planet rotated. The images were taken about 10 hours apart. The Dawn spacecraft entered Ceres orbit on March 6, 2015. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
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Ion propulsion uses much less fuel than other means of space travel humans have tried. Therefore, the spacecraft is light enough to launch, but still has the power to make big changes to its course. The only real drawback is that it can’t accelerate very fast. In fact, it would take four whole days for Dawn to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour! But once it gets going, it really gets going! By keeping these ion-powered engines thrusting for a long time, Dawn can do things no other craft has done!
Visit NASA’s Space Place to learn more about ion thrusters at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ion-balloons. Learn more about the Dawn mission at http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/
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America's Top Young Scientists
KIDS IN THE NEWS
What's your Big Idea? Big Thinkers can win $25,000 in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
Young Scientist Invents Better Sand Bag Peyton Robertson named America's Top Young Scientist 2013 "Science solves problems," says
12-year-old Peyton. That's why I like it!" His parents taught him that he could use math and science to fix problems.
Young Scientist Invents Carbon Dioxide-Powered Battery Cell as a Low-Cost Electricity Alternative; Helps Clear Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Atmosphere Sahil Doshi name America's Top Young Scientist 2014
During Superstorm Sandy (in October 2012), Peyton observed problems with sand bags. "Superstorm Sandy really got me concerned about how people can prepare," Peyton told NBC News. A common form of flood protection is the sand bag. Sand bags help block rising waters. But the bulky 40-pound bags are hard to move around. Peyton invented a new kind of flood protection bag, stuffed with polymers and salt instead of sand. When dry, his bags are thin, easy to carry and weigh only about 4 pounds. But, when wet, the polymers swell up to hold back flood waters. "After the flood, you let the water evaporate and the polymer and salt return to their dry state and the bags are reusable." His Sandless Operational Sandbag (SOS) earned him the title of "America's 2013 Top Young Scientist" after winning the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. He received $25,000 and a trip to Costa Rica for winning the Scientist Challenge.
Sahil Doshi, an 8th grade student from Pittsburgh, PA, entered the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge because he loves science and he wanted to get to know others who shared similar interests. 14-year-old Sahil's battery cell invention will use carbon dioxide and other waste materials to help clear the atmosphere from greenhouse gas emissions and, additionally, as a low-cost alternative for electricity in developing countries. Sahil has big ambitions to match his big ideas. He aspires to be "a CEO of a company that develops life-changing products."
10 Reasons YOU Should Participate in This Year's Challenge: Young Scientists can share their innovative solution to solve a real-world problem for the chance to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist and win up to $25,000! Visit www.YoungScientistChallenge.com for more information. Complete your student profile and upload your video entry by April 21, 2015.
He earned the title "America's 2014 Top Young Scientist" and received $25,000 as the 2014 winner of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. 1. The grand prize is $25,000 and an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime trip!
7. No textbooks! This is original, outside-the-box dreaming, planning and innovating.
2. Finalists get to work one-on-one with renowned 3M scientists – a mentoring experience they’ll never forget.
8. Finalists travel to St. Paul, Minnesota, and tour exclusive labs of 3M headquarters.
3. Friendship! Lots of competitors and finalists share a passion for science activities.
9. Being part of the science community is fun. Plus, this video competition is one science activity that makes a big impact on college résumés and essays.
4. Learning goes way beyond classroom walls and into the real world of innovating. 5. Competitors’ ideas and innovations can make a real difference in the world! 6. Finalists present their video competition ideas to a distinguished panel of judges.
10. You could be (drum roll, please)… America’s next Top Young Scientist! Ask a parent to help you register today at www.YoungScientistChallenge.com/enter and let the brainstorm begin!
The 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is open for entries through April 21, 2015.
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APRIL 2015 Flick Picks DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom (In Theaters: April 17)
Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Maya’s family has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya's whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings.
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Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams ("The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure swings into theaters April 17, 2015. For more information about the film and the conservation program, visit www.disney.com/monkeykingdom. - DisneyNature. Rated G. 1 hr. 43 min. (DisneyNature.)
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Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” DisneyNature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia.
Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.
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Spotted: Servals At the Conservators Center!
- By Kasey Thornton, Communications Supervisor at the Conservators Center
Being able to jump so high allows them to grab birds out of the air for an in-flight meal.
Look! There in the grass! Faster than the strike of a cobra, a better hunter than a lion or tiger, able to leap twelve feet in a single bound… Is it a jaguar? Is it a cheetah? No! It’s a serval!
And just look at those ears! Their massive, prominent ears work like dish antennae to pinpoint the quietest noises of small prey, even scurrying underground. For a quick snack, servals sometimes hang out over rodent tunnels and wait for a small critter to run by… then they reach into the hole with one of their long front legs and snatch it up. Now that’s fast food.
The serval is a medium-sized wild cat found in the African savanna, usually in areas close to water with tall grass and scattered bushes. They are, of course, also found at the Conservators Center—a nonprofit animal conservancy in Burlington that has offered a permanent home to many servals in need (and other exotic species) since it was founded in 1999.
The wetlands and grasslands in Africa have more villages than the desert, and where there are people, there are usually rodents … and where there are rodents in Africa, there are usually servals around to hunt them. In the wild, servals eat birds, lizards, snakes, mice, rats, rabbits, insects, and fish.
Servals have lots of cool adaptations that make them champion hunters. They have a 1:2 success rate in the wild, which means they bring home food about 50% of the time whenever they set out to hunt. Humans don’t really have this problem, since not many things can go terribly wrong on the way to the pantry, but servals have to work a little harder than we do for their meals. Luckily, their physical stature, coloring, and other unique features make them some of the best hunters in the animal kingdom.
Servals are a diurnal species, which means they are generally active during the day and sleep at night. Because of the heat in the African savanna, morning is usually the best time for servals to go out and hunt, but if the weather is cool or cloudy, they’ll stay active farther into the day. Afternoons are reserved for napping or grooming themselves in the shade.
First of all, servals are the tallest of Africa’s small cats, with the longest legs in proportion to their body of any feline in the world. The strength and length of their legs make them excellent jumpers, leapers, and runners. They can stand flat-footed and jump up to twelve feet in the air, without even a running start. The tallest, strongest basketball player can’t even do that!
Do you notice the white spots on the back of Lena’s ears? The white spots on the back of servals' ears can look like eyes from a distance. They are Lena Serval. Image: Dave Hattori. called eyespots or occelli. Many wild cats have them to confuse predators and to communicate with their babies.
Lena Serval at the Conservators Center. Image: Abbie Cookie.
Like most cats in the wild (besides lions), servals are solitary—meaning they typically do not live in groups— and territorial, which means that they will claim an area for their themselves that is off-limits to other servals. They do this by leaving their scent on or licking tall grass, bushes, and reeds. The scent lets other servals know that the area has already been claimed, and that they should find another place to hunt and sleep. Carson Serval enjoying the spring weather at the Conservators Center. Image: Taylor Hattori.
For a spot-on way to spend a spring weekend, go to www.conservatorscenter.org to schedule a tour, and awaken your wild side!
Servals have beautiful yellow coats with black spots and stripes, and surprisingly, this striking color combination actually helps them hide from predators in the grasslands. Unfortunately, poachers sometimes kill servals and try to make more money selling the fur by claiming it belonged to a cheetah. Another danger to servals in the wild is habitat loss.
The Conservators Center is home to around a dozen servals who are all unique individuals with special personalities and quirks… but all of them love hear the “oohs” and “ahhs” of the people who visit and see them.
William and Mojo Serval relaxing at the Conservators Center. Image: Abbie Cooke.
Serval brothers fishing at the Conservators Center. Image: Stephanie Butzer.
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While no one knows for sure how _________ were invented, many legends have been told about their beginnings. Here is one: Long ago, in ancient _______, the emperor asked his servant to bring him a piece of jade. While carrying the ________ piece of jade to the emperor, the servant tripped, and the jade _______ into seven pieces. “Doomed! Oh, I am doomed!” wailed the servant. He tried and tried to put the pieces of ________ back together in between his cries of dismay.
The emperor went to see what all of the noise was about and saw the broken square of jade.
he earliest known Chinese book featuring tangram puzzle diagrams is dated 1813, but the puzzle was very old by then. Many Chinese scholars believe that the tangram’s roots date back to the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127), the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), and the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The original tanagrams were sets of tables in different shapes, with diagrams showing many ways the tables could be arranged to seat guests at banquets.
“What a lovely jade puzzle!” said the emperor. He sat down and ________ on reassembling the jade. He had so much fun, he decided to see if he could make different __________. Soon the emperor was telling everyone else about it, and a new ________ had begun.
In the 19th century, when Europe and the United States started trading with China, sailors brought home this new-found game, consisting of 7 flat wooden or metal shapes fitting into a square: two large triangles, one medium triangle, two small triangles, one square and one parallelogram. “The Chinese Puzzle” inspired a flood of books and picture card sets.
Oops! This tangram rooster has taken some of the words out of the legend. Draw a line from each word to where it belongs in the legend. Standards Links: Vocabulary: Use context to find the meaning of words.
Books The Greedy Triangle
by Marilyn Burns, illustrated by Gordon Silveria The bored triangle wants more out of life and visits a shape shifter to add another angle and so change his shape. Then he just keeps adding angles until be is completely transformed. Geometric shapes are all around us, and this book helps students make the connections. Kids will enjoy this boldly colorful introduction to shapes and basic math concepts. A fun introduction for different age groups, including 4-5 years old, 6-9 years old, those learning polygons for the first time, and as an introduction to geometry.
Standards Link: Math/Geometry: Identify common geometric figures.
Legend and History of the Tangram
Match the shape by moving the seven pieces provided into place by clicking and dragging. Enjoy this geometric workout for your brain.
Here’s the ancient Chinese story of tangrams and how they originated in the long journey of the sage and a broken piece of glass.
A Sage’s Journey
Choose your tangram difficulty level and see if you can match the shapes to make these tangram animals.
The sage’s story told in detail on Youtube as an animation using tans.
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A tangram begins as a square. The square is cut into seven pieces. Each piece is called a tan. Tangrams are used to make pictures. All seven pieces must be used. They must touch, but none may overlap. Standards Link: Math/Geometry: Identify common geometric figures.
Can you make each of these tangram animals? Place a piece of plain white paper over the red shapes (at right) and trace the shapes (tans). Ask a grown-up for help cutting the shapes out. Then use the pieces to form the images shown below, like a puzzle. (The tans are too large to fit into these pictures. Try to copy the shape, not the size.)
Which of these tangram people does NOT have a match?
What kinds of objects can you create on your own with the tans? Can you design a tangram spaceship or a tangram sailboat? Can you make letters and numbers? Be creative! Standards Link: Math/Geometry: Identify common geometric figures.
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Carolina has a new crown. But when she looked in the mirror, she started to frown. How many differences can you find between Carolina and her reflection?
C is for Crown c is for crown Learning Buddies: Read the two phrases aloud. Have your child read with you. Trace the uppercase and lowercase letter C. Say the letter as you trace it.
How many words or pictures can you find on this page that start with the sound the letter C makes in the word crown?
How many clocks
“Little girl, little girl, where have you been?” “Gathering roses to give to the Queen.” “Little girl, little girl, what gave she you?” “She gave me a diamond as big as my shoe.”
How many cars
Learning Buddies: Trace and say the number. Read the questions. Touch and count to find the answers.
Learning Buddies: Read the first part of the sentence aloud. Ask your child to think of a way to finish the sentence. Write your child's words in the lines. Read the entire sentence to your child while pointing out that reading is done from left to right. Older children may want to trace all or some of the letters in the sentence.
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The Original Crossword Puzzle for Kids and Their Favorite Adults
The across clues are for kids and the down clues are for grown-ups!
1. Since a rabbit's teeth never stop growing, they'd get way too long if he didn't constantly ____ on hard things he happens to find 4. Please touch: If you want to get your hands on animals like rabbits, chicks and goats, you should go to the petting ____ 5. With just a few dips, this liquid can bring color to the 20D in an Easter basket 7. Did you know?: Rabbits have five toes on their ____ front paws (but only four on their hind ones) 9. A bunny's whiskers are sensitive, so they ___ when you touch them 13. Hey! What's going on?: A rabbit's ears sometimes perk __ when he is startled 14. Rabbit habit: He can gnaw on it as long as he likes and never get a splinter 15. A crunchy orange treat that a bunny finds yummy
5. Warner Bros.' bunny's insistent inquiry: "What's up, ___?" 6. Storybook place in which Alice followed a rabbit down a rabbit hole 8. Bunny's coop (or pantry's cabinet) 10. Underground community of bunny tunnels (or billionaire Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway) 11. With 28 ___, a rabbit can graze for days 12. Surprise finish: Tortoise's cocky foe 17. Bunny's body parts that leave proof that it hopped through a snowy field not long ago 19. Years ago, every television had two tall antennae on Parents Down top that people called 1. No matter how warm the ___" weather, a rabbit never 20. If"rabbit a waiter asks the Easter Bunny takes off its fur ___ how he likes his ___, he will 2. Cuddle time: Stuffed bunny's surely reply, "Hard boiled" nighttime resting place 22. I've been here before: Rabbits 3. Surname of Peter, who was often ___ their chins on obspotted hopping down the jects to mark their territory bunny trail
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CFL Charlie’s Spring Maze
Hi kids! CFL Charlie here. One of my favorite things about spring is playing outside! I make sure that the 25inside by 25 orthogonal lights are off the house maze before I go out. Can you help me check if the light switch is turned off? We have to go through the maze first. Let’s go!
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COIN CAPER ANSWER: DDNNP ADDITION SQUARE ANSWER 6, 14, 2, 4, 5, 8, 31 ROAD RIDDLE: +9
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