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December 27, 2015

A Roller Coaster Ride

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Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsA Roller Coaster Ride by Bobby Sena

What thrills do you seek when you visit an amusement park? “People come into the parks, and they want something different and unique,” says Joel Kornbluth, Vice President of Totally Bananas, a Florida-based company that manufactures treats made from frozen bananas.

Kuka Coaster roller coaster

This year’s International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) trade show began on November 16 in Orlando, Florida. More than 1,000 exhibitors took advantage of the “nine miles of aisles” to showcase everything from “Ninjago,” an interactive 3-D ride that lets visitors throw snowballs at a digital screen, to “Honolulu Hot Dogs,” which are topped with tropical fruit.

“New technology and new innovations always fill the trade show floor,” said Colleen Mangone, Director of Media Relations for IAAPA. “That makes the show exciting and fresh each year.”

“X-TREME” FUN

Throughout the week, industry representatives from 120 countries toured the show. Some people even brought their kids to try out the rides and sample the food. For this reporter, the ultimate thrill came on the “Kuka Coaster,” a robot-based ride that had me swiveling in wild rotations, wondering what would happen next as I hung upside down. The coaster, which seats two people, lets passengers customize their experience from “gentle” to “x-treme.” I chose the latter. Watch the video here, and tell us in the Comments: Would YOU ride this roller coaster??).

Other highlights included testing my sports skills with interactive games and simulating the experience of falling 500 stories on the “Finger Coaster” designed by SMAAASH Entertainment, a company based in India. The coaster lets you make your own ride by drawing it out with your finger, which is how it gets its name. A virtual-reality headset allows you to choose the setting for the experience, like a beach or a lake.

This year’s show, Mangone said, “was all about how rides are incorporating new technology, specifically virtual reality, to add a new dimension to the visitor experience.” Whether you were twisting and turning or getting frozen treats, there was something for everyone!

December 24, 2015

Bringing Cheer to Military Families

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Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsBringing Cheer to Military Families by Courtney Pine

First Lady Michelle Obama opened the White House to military families on December 3, displaying Christmas decorations that she had helped create with volunteers. Mrs. Obama invited members of the military and their families to enjoy festive displays and celebrate the holiday season. “I want to honor all of the people who sacrifice,” she said.

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December 10, 2015

A March for Climate Action

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Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsA March for Climate Action by Bridget Li

It was a cold and rainy day, but hundreds of people gathered near the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas, on November 29 to voice their concerns about climate change. The march was organized by a branch of the Global Climate Movement, a worldwide campaign that is working to raise awareness about the threat that climate change poses. The organization sponsored 2,300 similar rallies in more than 150 countries over the course of the weekend. Continue reading

December 1, 2015

Holiday Activities!

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Happy Holidays, everyone!Holiday Activities

Now that Turkey Day is over, it’s officially the holiday season–and we’re so excited! We’ve got lots of DIY gift ideas, giftwrapping fun, and other holiday activities.

Are you excited for the holiday season? What are you looking forward to the most? Share with us in the Comments!

– En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

November 30, 2015

December Sweepstakes

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sweepstakes_1Attention, all Klutz fans! The December STACKS Blast Giveaway is a good one! This month, you can enter for a chance to win a Klutz prize pack including 3 Klutz activity books.

But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter. So first, you sign up for the newsletter. Then you must wait until December 15 when Hooray! the STACKS Blast will arrive in your e-mail inbox. Hurry up and open it! Inside, you’ll see a special section for the STACKS Giveaway. That’s where you enter. OK? Don’t forget to sign up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter and enter the sweepstakes. Good luck!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

November 22, 2015

The Letter Writer

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Scholastic News Kids Press Corps The Letter Writer by Adedayo Perkovich

Olivia B. is only 12 years old, but she has already gotten the attention of a presidential candidate. Last month, she wrote a letter to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton about the importance of a good education for children with learning disabilities. Olivia’s letter went viral after Secretary Clinton posted it on Twitter. Olivia even got to go to Clinton’s birthday party and take a selfie with her. Continue reading

November 19, 2015

Taylor Swift Donates Books

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Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift Donates 25,000 Books to New York City Schools

Scholastic and Taylor Swift are excited to announce a donation of 25,000 new books from the Scholastic Possible Fund to 25 New York City schools that need more books for their students! These 25 schools will each receive 1,000 new children’s books.

As a long-time literacy advocate, Taylor hosted a webcast for classrooms during which she shared how books, reading, and writing have influenced her and opened her world. Since it first aired in October 2014, the webcast has been viewed by more than 4.5 million students from around the country! Watch it here.

November 19, 2015

KidZania

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Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsKidZania by Georgia Limcaoco

What do you want to be when you grow up? Children all over the world dream of the future, what they will do, and what jobs they will have. Now, these dreams can become a reality at KidZania (kid-ZAH-nee-ya). Opened last August in Manila, the interactive kid-sized city combines role-playing activities and real-life experiences to simulate the real world for children ages four to fourteen. Continue reading

November 15, 2015

A Hunger Games Tour

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Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsA Hunger Games Tour by Jordan Mundy

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on the set where your favorite book-turned-movie was filmed? I recently got the chance to visit the forest whereThe Hunger Games movie (rated PG-13) was filmed. I got to see the very place where Jennifer Lawrence acted as Katniss Everdeen and ran from the fireballs in the Arena. I acted out the scene where Josh Hutcherson portrayed Peeta Mellark, who was using camouflage to hide from the other tributes. It wasn’t on a set in Hollywood or New York City, but instead, in DuPont State Recreational Forest in North Carolina. Continue reading

November 11, 2015

11/11

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Hey, I just noticed . . .

It's 11-11 o'clock on 11-11!

“Der Kitten office assistant” Flickr photo by snaxor

Hope you’re having a great day!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer