Category Archives: Kids

Alpine Marmot

There are 15 species of marmot that can be found all over the world, but each species is unique. The alpine marmot is native to the Alps in Europe. They can be found in France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. marmots are small mammals related to squirrels. They have been living in the mountains […]

Letter From Truman

Hi, Kids!
I don’t know about you, but I love to color and make things. Did you know that people have been drawing and coloring for thousands of years – thousands?! “Connections” talks about some of the oldest known drawings and some pretty cool new ways to make art, too.

One of the most […]

3D Printing

Humans have been creating art for thousands of years, and technology has had a huge influence over the way that we create. To create cave paintings, early humans crushed up stones and colored clay. Egyptians and Greeks created paints from bee’s wax. One of the newest ways technology has changed art is the invention of […]

SPACE PLACE | JULY 2018

There are millions of pieces of rocky material left over from the formation of our solar system. These rocky chunks are called asteroids, and they can be found orbiting our sun. Most asteroids are found between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They orbit the sun in a doughnut-shaped region of space called the asteroid […]

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS | JULY 2018

History of Embroidery Samplers

A sampler is a piece of embroidery that is created to show or test needle-

working skill. They were especially popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.

For many years, in England and America, needlework was an important

part of a woman’s education. […]

COME OUT AND PLAY | JULY 2018

Hopscotch is a fun playground game that people have been playing for centuries. There are many different variations of the game, but the basic idea is to hop on one foot and avoid stepping on the lines drawn on the ground.

Some of the first people to use hopscotch were Roman […]

WILDVILLE | JULY 2018

Oysters are a bivalve mollusk common all over the world. As adults, they live their entire lives in a shell rooted to one place underwater. They are filter feeders, meaning they suck in water over their gills. The gills have tiny hairs called cilia and are covered in mucus that catches plankton and other particles. […]

WHERE IN THE WORLD | JULY 2018

Jamestown, Virginia, was the first permanent English settlement in North America. One hundred people from England got on large wooden boats. They endured the long journey across the Atlantic Ocean and started a new home in a place they had never seen before.
It was a difficult process from the very beginning. The boat […]

AROUND THE WORLD | JULY 2018

When the colonists in America started fighting the British in April of 1775, they weren’t looking to break free from Britain. They were fighting for their rights as British citizens. By October, King George was furious at what he saw as their rebellion. He ordered more troops and more ships to head to America to […]

WEATHER | JULY 2018

Over the last 10 years, more than 5,000 people have died in the U.S. because of tornadoes, tropical storms, hurricanes, floods, lightning strikes and extremes of heat or cold. During the same period, hazardous weather events caused over $150 billion in property damage.

Severe weather can be a dangerous and costly enemy. The more […]