It’s that time of year again – time to get ready for the Albuquerque Area Homeschool Science & Engineering Fair. This year our fair will be held Friday, January 21st, 2011, at Heights First Church of the Nazarene on Paseo del Norte (between Wyoming and Ventura on the north side of the road – same place that we’ve always held it).
We hope you will consider participating with us. Our fair is open to all homeschoolers from kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as children in family schools, charter schools, or other schools who want to participate in a science fair, but do not have one available to them. Our policy is that we will never turn a child away from our science fair who wants to participate. We will have independent judges (no homeschool parents), and awards will go to the top three projects in the junior division (grades 6 – , and the top three projects in the senior division (grades 9 – 12). Children participating at the elementary level (grades K – 5) will be judged and will receive awards. Also, an overall, best-in-show award will be presented. We’d really like to have anyone, grades kindergarten through 12th, participate and will help in any way we can. If your child has any question(s) concerning their ideas, project, methodology, analysis, etc., please don’t hesitate to have them email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (821-3612). In a few minutes we might save the them hours of time, especially if they’re stuck. Also, if you’re participating in another groups’ science fair, you’re welcome to ask questions of us, share any information we provide with others, and we’d love to have you come see our fair.
There is a Scientific Review Committee (SRC) set up for the purpose of reviewing protocols. If you, or anyone you know, is conducting a study requiring an SRC review, let me know and I’ll direct you to the right place for that review to happen.
Last year we sent 7 students on to the Central New Mexico Science and Engineering Research Challenge. This year we hope to increase that number
I hope this information helps you as you get started. We have opted to err on the side of sending this to you concerning the science fair. If you are not interested in receiving this information, please let me know and I’ll take you off the list. If you find that these attachments, or any information that I distribute concerning the science fair might be of use to others, please don’t hesitate to forward it on to them for their use. Or, better yet, invite them to join with us this year.
I will send out entry forms for our Albuquerque Area Homeschool Science & Engineering Fair in a future email.
We hope to see you at this years’ Albuquerque Area Homeschool Science & Engineering Fair. Please spread the word to anyone else that you know of who might be interested in participated. The more participating, the better the competition and the more fun for everyone.
Gov.-elect Susana Martinez is promising to dance the electric slide, the cha-cha slide and the two-step with kids who attend the first-ever Children's Ball on Inauguration Day.
Each child will also receive an illustrated children's story about the life of the new governor.
The ball will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Santa Fe Children's Museum. It is open to children ages 5 to 11, with one adult chaperone per child.
The swearing-in ceremony will be held earlier in the day at the Santa Fe Plaza beginning at 10 a.m.
A Coronado Elementary School student, also named Susanna Martinez (but with two N's) will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. The governor-elect visited the 6-year-old's Albuquerque Spanish-language immersion magnet school after her election and brought the youngster a T-shirt reading "SusaNNa Martinez for Governor — 20Something."
The Children’s Ball is the Governor-elect’s idea, an official with the inaugural activities told me. Children between the ages of 5 and 11 — along with one adult chaparone — are invited to come to the Children’s Museum for the two-hour event. A disc jockey will be on hand to play music and the kids will get a chance to “dance with the governor,” the official said.
There will also be face-painting, photo opportunities and each child will receive a gift. The museum has room for about 600 and “we’ll go in shifts if it gets too full,” the official said.
There is no formal dress code but “we encourge the kids to come in dressy or fine attire,” the official said.
As for the public reception at noon at the Museum of Fine Arts, a reception line will be formed so that people can shake hands with the new governor as well as Rep. Steve Pearce, former US Senator Pete Domenici, Secretary of State Dianna Duran and Lt. Governor John Sanchez. No photo opportunities will be allowed.
For a price of $30.00 per day, children 6 to 12 years old may contact any one of our eight alpine resorts and one Nordic resort to make a reservation for the program. The program has limited space available and is by reservation only.
Are your high school age students interested in an environmentally-focused leadership workshop? The New Mexico Envirothon is hosting a workshop on January 21st at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/smnhc) that will include hands-on activities and learning in the following areas:
-Aquatics -Soils -Wildlife -Forestry -Estuaries
Transportation/carpooling may be available, so please let me know if you have interested students. This workshop can be used to help prepare for the NM Envirothon competition (May 6-7, 2011), but this fun event is open to anyone. For more information on the NM Envirothon, please visit their website at http://www.nmenvirothon.org. Lunch will be provided. Hope to see you there!
Julie Cervantes Central Inner Region Coordinator NM MESA, Inc. office (505)277-5066 cell (505)328-3074 fax (505)277-9676 email@example.com
First Fridays Fractals: In the LodeStar Planetarium
On the First Friday of each month come to the planetarium to behold the spectacular beauty and mystery of Fractals. Come and enjoy these fantastic creations and learn about the beauty of fractal patterns, fractal mathematics, Chaos Theory, and fractals in nature in this LIVE presentation in our 55 foot digital dome theatre. This presentation is entertaining for young and old alike and is guaranteed to educate and entertain all who watch! This presentation has been produced by the Fractal Foundation and is being presented in coordination with your local, friendly, world class planetarium: LodeStar!
Los Griegos Library, 761-4020 3rd Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m.
Main Library , 768-5136 2nd Saturday, 1-3 PM
South Broadway Library, 505-764-1742 Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. (9/2-9/30)
Tony Hillerman Library, 291-6264 (w/Delta Society Pet Program) 2nd Saturday, 11 a.m- 1 p.m.
Home Depot & Lowe's KID Workshops
On the first Saturday of each month, Home Depot offers the same sort of workshop between 9 a.m. and noon. (It only lasts that long if there's enough interest.)
These are free programs and great for both genders. Free aprons and eye protection are usually included and available for take-home. Certificates are personalized and offered at the end for successful completion of the project. Lowe's gives a patch and a sticker. Home Depot gives a pin for clothing. These are fun to collect and/or scrapbook. Take your camera . . . it's a hoot! Take advantage of it!
On the second Saturday of each month, Lowe's hosts a building workshop for children, free of charge. I believe it starts at 10 a.m. and lasts one-hour.
New members welcome; sign up at the Information Desk to receive e-mail updates and reminders of meetings
Want to learn, practice speaking, or simply enjoy speaking Spanish? Join our once-a-month total immersion Spanish Club, Vecinos, to chat (in Spanish) about topics of local, cultural, and world interest. All ages and fluency levels welcome!
Brown Bag Seminar at Zoo - January 6 & 8 BioVan Ranger Training - January 12 Aquarium Overnight - January 14/15 Winter Fire Colors Show - January 15 - February 28 BioPark Beginnings Preschool Program - begins January 18 & 19 Sea Turtle Awareness Day - January 29
Thursday, January 20th @ 4pm @ Hibben Center 105 Free & Open to the Public (Reception to Follow) For More Information: 277-4524
Origin Houses, Fire Shrines and Water Mountains: The Wite’ Naah structures of El Perú-Waka’, a ClassicMaya City in Petén, Guatemala
The Anthropology Colloquia Series presents: Origin Houses, Fire Shrines and Water Mountains:The Wite’ Naah structures of El Perú-Waka’, a ClassicMaya City in Petén, Guatemala Presented by: Dr. David Freidel Professor of Anthropology Washington University in St. Louis
In this talk Dr. Feidel discusses one of the most exciting events in Maya pre-history. In January 378 AD Lord Sihyaj K’ahk’ arrived at Waka’ and carried out a ritual in a Wite’ Place. Eight Days later he conquered Tikal and established a New Order in Classic Maya civilization. While the original Wite’ Naah structures are at Teotihuacan, there are two possible Wite’ Naah shrines at El Perú-Waka’.
Shirley Heying Department of Anthropology University of New Mexico MSC01 1040 Albuquerque, NM 87131 Office: 505-277-3600 Alternate Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
January 13: Instructor Gilda Lasky will cook her favorite pasta dishes in this fun learning session from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Cherry Hills Library. Samples and recipes provided. Seating is limited. Register in advance or call 505-857-8321.
January 14-15: Sleep next to the sharks at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium after an evening of learning about ocean species, playing games, making crafts and more. Preregistration is required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. $30 per person. Call 505-848-7180 to register.
January 15: Winter Fire Colors at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden: Enjoy cyclamens in shades of pinks and purples and vertical kangaroo paws in rich orangey-reds. These and other colorful species on display will help shake the winter chill. Included with admission. Through Feb. 28.
Learn the health benefits of adding more fermented foods and sprouts to your diet! Learn how to make the fermented beverage rejuvelac, saurerkraut, yogurt made w/o dairy, Nut cheeses and the basics of growing fresh sprouts and wheatgrass.