Wilma Rudolph had polio when she was six years old. Polio is a virus that can cause paralysis. Now we have a vaccine for polio but that wasn’t invented yet when Wilma was little. The polio did not paralyze Wilma, but it did leave one leg crooked and Wilma had to wear a brace to help her walk.
When Wilma was nine she took the brace off and when she was eleven she started to play sports in school. Eventually, Wilma won gold medals at the Olympics as a runner. For the next two weeks you can watch the stories of Olympic athletes at the 2010 Vancourver Winter Olympic games. Lots of them will have inspirational stories too. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to compete at the Olympic Level.
Take a look at this great video of Wilma talking about her own life and her experiences at the Olympics.
The Perseid Meteor Shower will peak TONIGHT, August, 11th, 2016. This Meteor Shower happens every year in August when Earth passes through a trail of debris left by an ancient comet. The debris become meteors in Earth’s atmosophere, more commonly called “shooting stars” or “falling stars” because they create an arc of light in the sky before the heat of re-entry burns the debris completely up. The Perseid Meteor Shower is famous for having bright meteors. This year, it is expected to be even better. NASA predicts that there will be double the normal rate of shooting stars on the night of August 11th. Some say up to 200 an hour! Start asking now to stay up late!
The best way to see meteors is to go outside after dark, lie on your back and look straight up. You might have to wait. Bring a good snack – like popcorn!
This meteorite is an Artifact at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Meteorites are one of the few extraterrestrial, from outer space, materials scientists have to study. Most meteorites found on the ground are iron, which are very dense and appear quite different from ordinary rock. This is a Gibeon meteorite made up mostly of iron and nickel. These meteorites resulted in a huge meteor shower that occurred thousands of years ago. Upon hitting he earth’s atmosphere, a large iron mass (or masses) fragmented, showering down to Earth. These fragments were first reported in 1838, with more fragments showing p in following years as Europeans moved in.
The United States presidential election of 2016 will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. It will be the 58th U.S. presidential election. Becausee of the term limit established by the Twenty-second Amendment, the incumbent president, Barack Obama cannot be elected for a third term. The 2016 election will determine the 45th President President of the United States.
Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis:
Thousands of Marion County, Indiana residents voted at this machine between the 1930s and the 1980 election. During this time, many African Americans struggled to gain the civil rights Caucasian men and women enjoyed. Even though the 15th Amendment granted all American citizens the right to vote regardless of “race, color or previous condition of servitude,” African Americans still struggled for the right to vote particularly in the southern United States. In Indiana, African Americans continued to work for equal rights welcoming two significant federal laws, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voter Rights Act of 1965, helped to ensure African Americans the right to vote.Artifacts at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
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The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games of the XXXI Olympiad begin this Friday, August 5th and last until August – 21st. It will be fun to see who the new Olympic champions will be. We all have our favorites from previous years. Here is a list of websites and books to help you find out more about your favorite Olympic athletes.