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March 28, 2013

NanoDays 2013

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NanoNanoDays 2013 are coming!

The festival of nanoscience programs created by Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network takes place March 30-April 7, 2013 in over 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the country.

OK, but . . . uhh. . . what is nanoscience? Nanoscience explores the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and teeny, tiny forces that can affect them. Here’s an example. You know how when it rains, your clothes get soaked, but water just rolls off the leaves? Scientists looked at the tiniest particles of leaves and discovered how they repel water. Then, they used this information to invent a coating with similar properties to keep the water out, and now we have amazing coated fabric that can do what leaves do naturally.
Magicsand

This coating actually has lots of uses. It is used to make graffiti-resistant paint, a clear coating that makes it impossible for paint to stick to a wall, so no grafitti. It is used to make a protective coating for eyeglasses, cell phones, and electronic tablets so they don’t get scratched or dirty. It is even used in “Magic Sand,” that crazy sand you can buy that doesn’t get wet when you put it in water.

So that’s just one aspect of nanoscience. If you want to find out more cool ways scientists and inventors are using nanoscience, check out your local Science Museum during NanoDays March 30-April 7!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

March 21, 2013

Earth Hour

Posted by at 11:15 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make_a_differenceEarth Hour 2013

On March 23, 2013, at 8:30 pm, hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour to celebrate Earth Hour. Turning off the lights for an hour will save energy, keep some harmful greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere, and help slow down climate change. It is also a time to think about what everyone on this planet all has in common: Earth!

Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). It first took place in 2007, when millions of Sydney, Australia residents turned off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney's lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008, and now it's a worldwide thing!

WWF says, 
EarthHour"It is easy to forget how much we depend on the planet for so many things like food, fuel, water and fresh air and that the actions we take—from the energy we use to the food we buy—have an effect on the world. Earth Hour is our chance to make and show our commitment to protect our planet not just for one hour a year, but every day."

Earth Hour 2013 will be held on March 23, 2013 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at your local time. If you want to do something to protect the earth, then make a pledge to join now!

Leave a Comment with this pledge: I, [state your first name], pledge to turn off the lights on March 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm for 1 hour.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

February 21, 2013

Pajama Program Last Week!

Posted by at 1:09 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Pajamagirl3Pajama Program Last Week

It is your last week to donate pajamas and get your invite to the STACKS virtual party. Only STACKS members who send pajamas to the Pajama Program by February 28 will get an exclusive invitation to the first-ever STACKS virtual party, so please send pajamas today! It’s a totally worthy cause that gives books and warm pajamas to kids living in shelters, and we want to show them that STACKers care!
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Scholastic has already donated 200,000 books to Pajama Program. I am challenging you to donate one set or a bunch of sets of pajamas. Every STACKS member who sends in pajamas will be invited as a special guest to the biggest virtual party the STACKS has ever had!* If everyone who reads this contributes (that means YOU!), we can at least make it to 2,000 sets of pajamas!

  • WHAT: New set of pajamas, top and bottom for any age 0-17. Print this form and include it with your donation.
  • WHERE: Send pajamas to:
    Pajama Program
    171 Madison, Suite 1409
    New York, NY 10016
  • WHEN: By February 28, 2013. Hurry up! Do it now!

Thanks for your support of the Pajama Program, but don’t stop there. Send an e-card to everyone you know, encouraging them to send pjs too.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

*Obviously you don’t have to be a STACKS member to donate, but only members will be invited to the virtual party. It’s super-easy to become a member. Join now.

Photos courtesy of Pajama Program

February 14, 2013

Pajama Program Valentine

Posted by at 1:42 am in Kid Power | Permalink

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Pajama Program Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! As you’re reading your Valentines and eating heart-shaped candy, please remember to think of the less fortunate children living in shelters all across the United States. YOU can help make them smile. “How?” you ask. Send new pjs to the Pajama Program!

  • WHAT: New set of pajamas, top and bottom for any age 0-17. Print this form and include it with your donation.
  • WHERE: Send pajamas to:
    Pajama Program
    171 Madison, Suite 1409
    New York, NY 10016
  • WHEN: By February 28, 2013. Hurry up! Do it now!

Please do it today and show your love to these children. If you make your donation by February 28, you will get an invite to a virtual party on the STACKS!*

Send an e-card to everyone you know to spread the word about the Pajama Program. 

Thank you!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

*Obviously you don’t have to be a STACKS member to donate, but only members will be invited to the virtual party. It’s super-easy to become a member. Join now.

Photos courtesy of Pajama Program

February 7, 2013

This Valentine’s Day, Send Pajamas!

Posted by at 1:53 am in Kid Power | Permalink

PajamagirlThis Valentine’s Day, Send Pajamas!

Here in New York, the temperatures are dropping, and it’s c-o-l-d. But there are children who don’t have warm pajamas to wear or books to snuggle down with at night. That’s why the STACKS is working with Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that delivers books and pajamas to children in need all over the United States.

Pajama4This year, there is an extremely long wait list for pajamas and books. Want to do YOUR part to help? Here’s how to send new pjs to the Pajama Program.

  • WHAT: New set of pajamas, top and bottom for any age 0-17. Print this form and include it with your donation.
  • WHERE: Send pajamas to:
    Pajama Program
    171 Madison, Suite 1409
    New York, NY 10016
  • WHEN: By February 28, 2013. Hurry up! Do it now!

While you are getting your cards and gifts ready for Valentine’s Day next week, don’t forget these children. Please send them pajamas and a smile, and you will get an invite to a virtual party on the STACKS!*

Send an e-card to everyone you know to spread the word about the Pajama Program. 

Thank you!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

*Obviously you don’t have to be a STACKS member to donate, but only members will be invited to the virtual party. It’s super-easy to become a member. Join now.

Photos courtesy of Pajama Program

January 30, 2013

Pajama Program

Posted by at 11:33 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make_a_differencePajama Program

You know that feeling of getting into bed at the end of a long day in your snuggly, warm pajamas and an awesome book? I looove that feeling! But there are lots of kids in the U.S. who don't ever get that snuggly, warm pajamas, good book feeling at night. These kids live in various situations including group homes, shelters, and temporary housing facilities where they are waiting and hoping to be adopted. Many have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. For these kids, owning their own books or new pajamas is a rare luxury.

Pajamagirl2We want to work together with you to help these kids. Scholastic’s got the books to donate, but we need pajamas. That’s where you come in. Let’s show these kids that STACKers care! Scholastic has already donated 200,000 books to Pajama Program. I am challenging you to donate one set or a bunch of sets of pajamas. Every STACKS member who sends in pajamas will be invited as a special guest to the biggest virtual party the STACKS has ever had!* If everyone who reads this contributes (that means YOU!), we can at least make it to 2,000 sets of pajamas!

  • WHAT: New set of pajamas, top and bottom for any age 0-17. Print this form and include it with your donation.
  • WHERE: Send pajamas to:
    Pajama Program

    171 Madison, Suite 1409

    New York, NY 10016
  • WHEN: By February 28, 2013. Hurry up! Do it now!

Pajamagirl3Thanks for your support of the Pajama Program, but don’t stop there. Send an e-card to everyone you know, encouraging them to send pjs too. Why not host a pajama party and ask all your friends to donate a pair of new pajamas to send? Or ask your principal if you can have a box to collect new pajamas from everyone in school. Depending on how cool your principal is, maybe you can even have a fun pajama day when you get to wear your pjs to school!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

*Obviously you don’t have to be a STACKS member to donate, but only members will be invited to the virtual party. It’s super-easy to become a member. Join now.

Photos courtesy of Pajama Program

January 24, 2013

No Name-Calling Week

Posted by at 1:26 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make_a_differenceNo Name-Calling Week

Jan. 21-25 is officially "No Name-Calling Week." No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a book The Misfits by James Howe. It is the story of four friends who run for student council on a "No Name-Calling" platform. Awesome, right?

In high school, people made fun of my name and I hated it. Having glasses and braces was hard enough, not to mention a weird name! I just tried to ignore the people who would make fun of me, and focus on my real friends. It only made me work harder at school, sports, and activities, and want to succeed even more. It's like that Taylor Swift lyric, "One day I’ll be living in a big ol' city, and all you’re ever gonna be is mean." I think that would have been one of my high school mottoes!

It’s important to remember if you’ve been called a name that it’s not your fault. It’s a reflection of other people’s insecurities. They want to get attention or make themselves feel bigger by making someone else feel small. Always remember you are AWESOME, not small. And you're not alone. Many, many people have been bullied and called mean names. 

Even famous celebrities once had to deal with mean people. Jake Short from A.N.T. Farm was made fun of in 4th grade because his last name was “Short” and he was short. He gives this advice: "Sometimes if you talk to the bully. . . they become at a loss for words. And have a friend back you up if you need it." 

Cymphonique from How to Rock also has some good advice. "Ignore any of those types of comments, and just be yourself."

Band together with your friends, and take a stand against name-calling. Here are some things you can do in your school.

  • If you encounter a name-caller (whether the mean name is directed at you or someone else), give a withering look and say, “Not cool.” That might make the name-caller stop and think about what she said. Maybe she just didn't realize it was hurtful when she said it.
  • Learn everyone's name in your class, and call them by their right names. This is important. Don't call someone "the short kid with braces" just because you don't know his name.
  • Think before you speak. If you are about to say something that you think is funny or cool, make sure it won't hurt someone else's feelings.
  • Make No Name-Calling posters to hang up in your school.
  • Make a No Name-Calling T-shirt and wear it proudly all year long.
  • Read The Misfits. It's really good and will totally make you think differently about the cliques in your school.

Each time you stand up for yourself or someone else, you make the world a little better. Go forth, be cool, and make a difference! And let us know in the Comments what you will do for Name-Calling Week.

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

December 20, 2012

How to Make a Recycled Plastic Snowflake

Posted by at 4:06 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Winter_130How to Make a Recycled Plastic Snowflake

I know you guys love recycling stuff. Well here is a way to take those ugly, evil plastic six-pack rings and recycle them into something beautiful. When I saw this video showing how to make a snowflake out of them, I flipped! It doesn't even look hard! I am so making this!

SnowflakeWatch the Snowflake how-to video and start collecting those plastic rings. You can make a pretti-ful winter wonderland.

Leave a Comment telling us how awesome you think these snowflakes are! Do you have any other recycled craft ideas? Leave those in the Comments too.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

December 13, 2012

SPONSORED POST: Holiday Helpers

Posted by at 1:15 am in Kid Power, SPONSORED | Permalink

Livestrong_130x130SPONSORED POST: Holiday Helpers

This post is sponsored by LIVESTRONG.

How can you help improve the lives of others during this holiday season?
Be a Holiday Helper this year! Use your winter break to perform small acts of kindness throughout your community.

Talk to your teacher and join a parent or guardian to brainstorm ways that you can volunteer your time and talent this year.
Making a difference in the lives of neighbors, strangers, and friends can be easy, but what can YOU do to warm hearts in this cold weather?
This start-up sheet can help you to get crackin’ on your own Holiday Helper project.

Get involved. Make a difference. LIVESTRONG.

This post is sponsored by LIVESTRONG.

November 29, 2012

Scholastic Helps Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Posted by at 1:44 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make_a_differenceScholastic Helps Schools and Libraries Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy hit, lots of classrooms and libraries were flooded. If you have ever dropped a book in the bathtub, you know that water destroys books, so many places had to throw away all their ruined books! Scholastic announced that it will donate one million books to schools and libraries and is working with the nonprofit Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. to help distribute books to the schools and libraries in the hardest-hit areas of the tri-state region that need them the most. 

Maybe you can't donate a million books, but you can help too by making a donation of your own to the libraries of New York City whose children's books have been destroyed. If you have any new or good quality used children's books to donate, you can send them to:

Urban Librarians Unite
45-06 Queens Blvd. Suite 120
Sunnyside, NY 11104

You can even host a book drive and collect books to send. Let's all try to help the kids whose libraries lost all their books!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer