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The Day-Glo Brothers

The Day-Glo Brothers

The Day-Glo Brothers

  • Bob and Joe Switzer were just two boys having fun; riding in airplanes, practicing magic tricks and inventing stuff. They liked to problem solve by thinking up interesting solutions to problems.

Joe liked magic tricks and read in the magazine Popular Science about how ultraviolet lamps, called black lights, made some substances glow in the dark. The brothers made some glow-in-the-dark paint and figured out ways to use them to jazz up Joe’s magic act. Then they figured out something really unique, how to get colors to glow in the daylight -  and a legend was born.

You see day-glo colors all the time now, on signs or in markers or even on clothes, but none of that was possible until Bob and Joe got curious and then got to work. I loved reading about these guys! Author: Chris Barton

  • Read an Interview with the Author, Chris Barton
  • The Day-Glo Brothers Activity and Discussion Guide
  • There are things in nature like flowers and minerals that are fluorescent – these things glow at night. The Switzer brothers figured out how to make things glow in daylight. See How Day-Glo Works.

     

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    The Kids Guide to Paper Airplanes

    The Kids Guide to Paper Airplanes

    The Kids' Guide to Paper AirplanesIf you love airplanes, ask a grownup to take you to the Indianapolis Air Show at the Mt. Comfort Airport this weekend, June 5-7, 2009. On the website you can see all the different kinds of planes and activities that will be going on there. You can see the Blue Angels, historic airplanes and a lot more.

    If you can’t go to the airshow and just love airplanes, try out some of the paper creations in this book. The directions are really clear with color photographs to help you make the folds correctly. The planes start out easy and get harder and harder as you move through the book. The last plane requires 18 folds! The author even includes some tips for getting these planes to fly far.

    Another book you might like: Super Simple Paper Airplanes

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    Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths

    Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths

    Butterflies and Moths

    Nic Bishop, who also wrote Nic Bishop Spiders and Nic Bishop Frogs, has now turned his camera lens toward butterflies and moths. He continues to capture really amazing pictures of animals. You really have to see the rain forest caterpillar on page 16. When it’s scared, it flips its upper body over and puffs up its head so that it looks exactly like a poisonous snake – really. If you didn’t know it was a caterpillar you’d never guess.

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    Komodo Dragons NEW at the Indy Zoo

    Komodo Dragons NEW at the Indy Zoo

    The Komodo Dragon is the largest living species of lizard. These lizards can grow to be 6-10 feet long! The Komodo Dragon lives on islands in Indonesia. People in Indonesia call them “land crocodiles.”  Nothing on the islands preys on Komodo Dragons, so they can grow BIG and LONG. And if that isn’t impressive enough, they have teeth like sharks and poisonous spit! You can get an up close look at them all summer at the Indianapolis Zoo. (Keep your fingers out of the cage, though, OK?!)  The exhibit, called Dragons of Komodo, opens today, May 23, 2009 and will stay until September 7, 2009.

    National Geographic/Denver Zoo Video:

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    Indy 500

    Indy 500

    Indy Racing It’s almost race day. Try some of these websites to find out what’s going on during race weekend and to test your racing skills online.

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