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A full day of special robotics events for kids 6-14.
MORNING: (in the Learning Curve)
- First Lego League (FLL) teams, for young ones ages 9 – 14, will rotate through three rounds of judging on the theme, “World Class – Learning Unleashed.”
- FLL teams, for those ages 6 – 8, will exhibit on the topic, “Think Tank – Redefining Learning,” and have review sessions to prepare them for FLL judging sessions.
AFTERNOON: (Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium)
- FLL teams will participate in a “robot games” competition, followed by an awards ceremony.
The presenting sponsor is the Society for Information Management – Indianapolis. Additional sponsorship comes from 3M and the Broad Ripple Kiwanis. For information on joining or forming a tournament team, go to the “newcomer” section of the Indiana Championship site at www.etcs.ipfw.edu/fll.
There are some things you can just never have enough of…M&Ms…and Legos! Here are some websites & books to keep ideas coming little brick by little brick.
- Lego Official Website
- Lego Club Building Steps: Lots of Directions of Lego Models!
- Jacob’s Lego Building Instructions
- LucasArts Lego Star Wars
- Printable Lego Bingo Game
- Printable: Minifig Stickers
- Printable: Minifig Masks
- Brickset.com Lego Set Guide Since the 1970s!
- Lego Brickipedia
- Pinterest: Lego Printables
- Pinterest: Lego Coloring Pages
|Here are some selected Lego Library books to keep you building. See all the Library’s Lego Books.|
- The Library of Congress: Elections…the American Way
- PBS Kids: The Democracy Project
- Ben’s Guide Election of the President
- ZOOM: Elections 101
- Scholastic Election
- US Electoral College
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Election Artifacts
- Indiana Election Division
- Who Are Your Elected Officials App
- Indianapolis Star: Election 2012
- Marion County Election Board
- Project VoteSmart: Indiana Political Parties
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
See More Elections Artifacts from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Collection
Books about Elections
Stories about Elections
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Animals are amazing navigators. Caribou, salmon, sea turtles, whales, monarch butterflies and many other species travel across continents and oceans to find food or have their babies. This is called migration. These animals have some kind of in-born knowledge about where to go as well as WHEN to go. This natural instinct helps them survive.
But there are some individual animals who have done the same thing…but AGAINST their natural instincts. Sometimes an animal returns to its home after being lost for YEARS. Sometimes an animal becomes uncommonly attached to a human. Sometimes two very different species of animals become close friends.
One of these unigue animals is Elizabeth, an elephant seal from Christchurch, New Zealand who lived in the Avon River in a city park. Humans tried to return her to her natural habitat in an elephant seal colony, but each time they tried…she showed up in Christchurch again! Sometimes it even took her several months to swim all the way back to her home in Christchurch. Try this story of one determined animal who insisted on living HER way. Finally, they just let her stay.
“Regional fisheries officer with the ministry, RV Reid, told The Press that Elizabeth was free to roam the streets. “Under the Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978, we can’t disturb her at all.” She could go into Cathedral Square and bask in the sunshine for a week and we couldn’t do anything about it.” From Memories of Avon River’s Sea Elephant
So you see, this isn’t just a made up story, Elizabeth the elephant seal…was real. If you look here: Memories of Avon River’s Sea Elephant you can even see pictures of her. The author of this book is Lynne Cox, an American long-distance open-water swimmer. An open-water swimmer swims great distances not in a pool – mostly, Lynne swims in the ocean. Lynne has crossed the English Channel, the cook Strait in New Zealand, the Straits of Magellan in Chile, the Bering Strait in Alaska and many more…she even swam in Antarctica! Lynne heard Elizabeth’s story while she was in New Zealand. Lynne knew a good story when she heard it – animals sometimes have amazing relationships with humans, and with other animals. Take a look at the books below to learn about some other real animals and their amazing friendships.
- Amazon Look Inside: Elizabeth Queen of the Seas
- KidsReads: Elizabeth Queen of the Seas
- GoodReads: Elizabeth Queen of the Seas
- Memories of Avon River’s Sea Elephant
- Official Website: Lynn Coxe
Unique Animal Relationships:
Nature is an amazing recycler. Imagine the heaps of trash that would be around if nothing ever rotted. One of nature’s more comical recyclers is the dung beetle. The dung beetle’s job is to turn dung into…its own food! Talk about the world’s worst job! Lucky for us, though, they don’t mind, they’re good at it, and they don’t procrastinate! Dung beetles are quick to act when their antennae detect dung…”The first may arrive fifteen seconds after the dropping plops to the ground.” Fifteen. Seconds. I would love it if someone cleaned up after my dog that fast! If you have a dog or cat too, you know how often scooping is required – now times that by every animal on the planet…be thankful for the beautiful dung beetle! This book will show you everything you need to know about how dung beetles detect, roll, tunnel and battle to keep the earth from turning into one giant litter box.
- Amazon Look Inside: Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle
- GoodReads: Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle
- National Geographic Kids: Dung Beetle
- San Diego Zoo: Dung Beetle
- BBC Nature: Dung Beetles
- Texas Agrilife Extension Services: Composting for Kids
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Artifact Collection: Dung Beetles The male dung beetle flies about looking for large herds of mammals to find fresh dung. Once located, he begins rolling the dung into a ball. The female in turn looks for the male with the largest pile of dung, and lands on the dung to mate, eat, and lay her eggs. She then buries the ball and the young then hatch from the ball.
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Artifact Collection: Ancient Scarab Bead Amulets were objects thought to have magical powers worn by Ancient Egyptians for luck or protection. Scarabs, or dung beetles, were the most common amulet design of Ancient Egypt. The species of beetle represented in ancient Egyptian amulets and works of art was commonly the large sacred scarab (Scarabaeus sacer). Scarab amulets were buried with the dead to ensure the deceased’s safe transport to the Afterworld. Among the living, scarabs were worn as protective amulets and used as seals. Amulets were worn by both wealthy and poor in the form of necklaces, bracelets and rings.