WonderWorks Branson Providing Local Schools with In-Service STEM Educational Programs

WonderWorks, the indoor amusement park for the mind, is scheduled to open in Branson, Missouri in October 2019. They are teaming up schools in Branson and Hollister County, to offer in-service educational opportunities. These programs will begin the week of April 15, 2019. This is just one of many STEM activities that WonderWorks offers and focuses on using scientific methods to engage students in learning about both the principles of pressure and fingerprints.

“Since WonderWorks is under construction, we are happy to bring these great programs to the classrooms” says Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer at WonderWorks. “These hands-on programs provide them with fun STEM lessons that will engage students and expand their understanding of the topics.”

The interactive lessons that will be taken to the local schools include:

The Principles of Pressure: 

This program will be in-service at local elementary schools. It uses the scientific method to understand how pressure works and specifically how you can lay on a full size bed of nails and not get punctured. This is a two-part demo that includes understanding how much pressure it takes a nail to puncture something. The kids will work with the teacher to develop a hypothesis, conduct an experiment using a balloon on a nail, and then repeat the experiment using a block of wood. They will use math to determine the weight that can be on the nail before the balloon pops.

Fingerprints: 

This program will be in-service at local middle schools. Using scientific method and reasoning, the interactive learning program includes having students look at their fingertips through the magnifying lens and examine the patterns on their skin. They will learn how unique fingerprints are formed, they will make a set of their own printed fingerprints, and will compare their unique pattern with common types of fingerprints.

Both sessions will give students a hands-on learning opportunity that should boast their science interests. The programs offer opportunities for interaction, using scientific methods, creating hypothesis, and evaluating the outcome.

“We are excited that WonderWorks is entering the Branson market and bringing educational programs not only within their attraction but to the schools directly,” says Brian Wilson, superintendent at Hollister Schools. “They are committed to STEM programs and are helping teachers by creating an interactive learning environment.”

WonderWorks Branson will be the company’s 6th location. WonderWorks new home was the previous location of Baldknobbers Theater located at 2835 W 76 Country Blvd. The new location will feature the attraction’s iconic exterior – a grandiose house flipped upside-down. The unique façade is part of WonderWorks’ background story. According to legend, it was once a top-secret laboratory that was lifted and flipped on its roof by an experiment gone awry. From its exterior to its interior, visitors of all ages will enjoy a family friendly, out of this world experience, which will make for some amazing memories.

The interactive indoor amusement park offers STEM-focused activities for all ages. There are over 100 hands-on activities that are focused on the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Some of the exhibits will include a bubble room, Professor Wonder’s adventure, interactive sandbox, illusion art gallery, and xtreme 360 bikes. For more information on WonderWorks, visit the site at: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/branson-coming-soon/.

About WonderWorks

WonderWorks, the upside-down adventure, is a science focused, indoor amusement park for the mind, that holds something unique and interesting for visitors of all ages. There are four floors of non-stop “edu-tainment,” with over 100 hands-on and interactive exhibits that serve a STEM educational purpose to challenge the mind and spark the imagination. WonderWorks has locations in Orlando, Pigeon Forge, Myrtle Beach, Panama City Beach, and Syracuse. For more information visit: https://www.wonderworksonline.com.

Welcome to the March / April 2019 Edition of Teen InFluential

William T. Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William T. Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Every morning, I wake up at 4:45. I spend around an hour answering emails from all ten of my accounts, check my phones for any messages from writers, graphic designers, and family, wipe away the eye matter that tends to form after only five hours of sleep, and get dressed for a full day of business.

I’m William Jackson and I’m the Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, the multi-award winning internationally read E-zines, Dedicated to the Art of Living Well.

With the assistance of a very talented and collaborative team, we work hard to publish exciting E-zines sure to inform, insight, inspire, and influence.  It’s our hope you’re finding something entertaining and useful in each edition.  Of course, we welcome your feedback so feel free to let us know how we can improve.  We enjoy hearing from you as it keeps us inspired and motivated to keep doing what we enjoy doing.

Nicole Glenn, our Editor of Teen InFluential and her awesome team, are doing a great job.  Though they are busy with all things that college life brings, family responsibilities, and such, they always carve out a huge chunk of their busy schedules to put together amazing editions of Teen InFluential.  We certainly couldn’t do it without their talent and collaboration so I’m always quick to say THANK YOU!

We hope you’ll join us and plan on Being so Chic! this spring season.  It’s the right thing to do!

Thank you, our amazing readers, for your constant support.  Be sure to subscribe to Teen InFluential at www.influential-magazine.com and connect with us on Facebook (@Teen InFluential) and Twitter (@TeenInFluential).

Sincerely,

William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU Announces New Director of Development:  Amy Borman Somek

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, part of Florida International University, announces that Amy Borman Somek has been appointed as the museum’s new Director of Development. Prior to joining the museum, Somek was the Director of Development at the Greater Miami Hebrew Academy, the oldest Jewish day school in the state of Florida (founded in 1947).

Her career includes experience in designing comprehensive development programs, annual campaign plans and strategies, corporate sponsorships, cultivation of prospective donors, and directing fundraising programs and events. She has a broad knowledge of the Jewish Communities, and the business and philanthropic arena.

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is located in the heart of Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco District. The museum serves as a major cultural attraction and source of information for a wide audience of residents, tourists, students and scholars of all ages and backgrounds from throughout the state, nation, and the world. Located in a former synagogue that housed Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregation, the museum’s restored buildings are both on the National Register of Historic Places.

Amy Borman Somek, the New Director of Development at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Amy Borman Somek, the New Director of Development at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

“Our museum has been going through a major transformation over the last few years, and we are thrilled that Amy is part of our team during this important time in our evolution,” said Susan Gladstone, the Executive Director of the museum. “Amy’s experience in leading fundraising strategies, her strong local connections and her national expertise will be pivotal in the continued growth and success of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.”

Amy Borman Somek was born and raised near Detroit Michigan, in the suburb of Birmingham where her family was instrumental to the growth of the city’s Jewish community. She completed her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, and earned her Masters degree at Florida International University.

Her new duties at the museum will include directing the new annual capital plan, fundraising strategies, major gifts, and cultivating the museum’s donor base – all in alignment with the museum’s new vision which has been recognized in the national press as creating groundbreaking new programming that propels the role of museums for the 21st century.

“I am honored to join the team at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU during this exciting time in the museum’s history,” said Amy Borman Somek. “I am eager to reignite the curiosity of the museum’s already strong core, and to expand even further into new audiences for this vital cultural institution.”

Celebrate Literacy this Year

Teaching a child to appreciate reading not only promotes academic achievement, but it also it opens opportunities for the imagination to soar and for kids to learn about topics beyond their wildest dreams.

This year, you can help promote children’s literacy with these ideas:

Give books to children. You can find a book on virtually any topic, aimed at nearly every age and reading level. If you’re not sure what a child likes to read, simply choose a book about a topic he or she enjoys, or a favorite fictional character.

Support organizations working to promote literacy. Many organizations you conduct regular business with may have selected literacy as a cause that they support. For example, the Toys for Tots Literacy Program was developed by The UPS Store and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. This program, celebrating its 10th anniversary, provides books and educational resources to underserved communities. As part of the program, $10,000 worth of children’s books will be donated to 10 nonprofit organizations in support of children’s literacy in 2019.

Create traditions around reading. Making books part of family rituals can help instill a love of reading among kids. You might set aside an evening for a reading marathon or read a bedtime story every night. You can also find creative ways to get young readers involved, such as assigning one child each night to read that day’s mail aloud to the family.

Attend events that shine a light on literacy. One of the year’s most anticipated events is the annual Tournament of the Roses Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, which will include The UPS Store’s float titled “Books Keep Us On Our Toes” which aims to inspire people to experience life through the joy of reading. After the parade, spectators can view the float up close, and the store will hand out 10,000 children’s books – many of which were donated by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company – to parade-goers and post-event attendees.

Encourage kids to get hands-on with books. Reading isn’t the only way to appreciate books; kids can get creative and make their own literature, too. Encourage them to write and illustrate their own stories they can share with the family.

For more information on the float or to make a contribution to support literacy, visit theupsstore.com/literacy. (Family Features)

SOURCE:
The UPS Store

Building Babies’ Brains

3 indoor activities to encourage fun and education

(Family Features) Being stuck inside with a baby during the colder months can leave even the most seasoned parents feeling a bit stir-crazy.

Consider these activity ideas from Ann Fisher, an award-winning teacher at KinderCare, that you and your baby can do together no matter the weather or where you’re traveling. Because these ideas involve materials you likely already have at home, that means you can entertain baby without going out to buy new toys or materials.

“The important thing is to show your baby how excited you are to teach them something new,” Fisher said. “You just have to be down at their level and make lots of eye contact. Talk to your baby about what you’re doing and ask questions. It’s OK if they can’t answer you yet – it’s all about the interactions you have while you’re exploring and learning together.”

1. Explore a world of smells.

Spicy cinnamon, sweet vanilla, crisp mint – your pantry is probably already stocked with tantalizing scents that can help your baby learn about the world. It’s easy to grab a couple spice jars and introduce your baby to new smells right in your kitchen.

Take an empty spice jar (the smell typically lingers) and hold it under your baby’s nose. Choose plastic instead of glass so your baby can play with the jar after taking a whiff. He or she may be captivated by all the new smells, and you’ll be putting old things to good use – it’s a win-win.

Safety tip: Make sure the jar is big enough that it won’t end up in your baby’s mouth, and always keep a close eye on him or her.

2. Reuse all those old boxes.

Turn any empty cardboard boxes lying around the house into a brain-building activity for your baby – it’s never too early to start playing pretend.

Whether you make a box fort to explore together, a maze for crawling through or a make-believe drum set, your old cardboard boxes are full of imaginative possibilities for play.

When you’re all done, it’s easy to break the boxes down and either store them for next time or recycle them.

3. Bring the outdoors in.

Snow, sand, dirt – wherever you live and whatever the weather is like outside, you can let your baby dig with his or her little hands right in the comfort of your home. All you need is a bucket and some extra wipes for the inevitably messy fun.

Getting down and dirty lets your baby practice fine-motor skills and explore with his or her senses. Just scoop a few small shovelfuls of (pesticide-free) snow, sand or dirt into the bucket and bring it inside for your baby to play with. Adding some “homemade” sandbox toys like a big spoon and spatula can make the game even more fun.

To keep cleanup easy, consider laying down a sheet of cardboard or a plastic tarp on the floor.

For more activities you can do with your baby any time of year, visit KinderCare.com/blog. (Family Features)

SOURCE:
KinderCare

Texas Book Festival to Host Reading Rock Stars at 10 Elementary Schools in Austin on October 26

Texas Book Festival Adds 5 Campuses to Program This Year and Will Donate 5,500 Books to Austin Students with Reading Rock Stars Author Presentations

Texas Book Festival is proud to bring its successful school literacy program, Reading Rock Stars, to Austin on Friday, October 26, serving 10 Austin elementary schools and the Helping Hand Home. The Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars presentations bring books to life for children in low-income schools by inviting authors and illustrators into classrooms with entertaining presentations that inspire students to read, write, and create. Texas Book Festival is excited to expand their Reading Rock Stars presentations this year with 4 more campuses than last year, featuring 27 participating authors and illustrators who are all taking part in the 2018 Festival Weekend and over 5,500 books that will be donated to students.

Thanks to support from sponsors, including H-E-B Tournament of Champions, the Wright Family Foundation and the ECG Foundation, the Texas Book Festival provides each student with an autographed copy of their author’s book and provides the school library with a new set of books by the visiting Reading Rock Stars authors.

The authors will present to classes and then personally hand out signed copies of their books to students.

With this latest round of Reading Rock Stars, the Texas Book Festival will have coordinated 433 author visits and provided more than 93,000 books to students in Title I schools across Texas since its inception.

Media are invited to cover the Reading Rock Stars program at KIPP Austin Comunidad Elementary School. Beginning at 8:15 a.m., the school will host three authors who are part of the 2018 TBF Weekend Lineup – Arree Chung, who will present his new picture book MIXED: A Colorful Story; Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, who will present Hurricane Heroes in Texas, the latest installment in the award-winningand bestselling Magic Tree House series; and Ryan Calejo, author of the middle grade fantasy debut Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which is inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths. Texas Book Festival will donate a total of 800 books to KIPP Austin Comunidad Elementary School students.

For more information on the Texas Book Festival and Reading Rock Stars literacy program, please visit www.texasbookfestival.org.

Arree Chung – MIXED: A Colorful Story

Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce – Hurricane Heroes

Ryan Calejo – Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows

Friday, October 26

8:15 a.m-8:45 a.m. – Kindergarten and Grade 1 – Arree Chung

9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – Grade 2 and 3 – Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce

10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. – Grade 4 and 5 – Ryan Calejo

KIPP Austin Comunidad Elementary School

8004 Cameron Rd

Austin, TX 78754

About Texas Book Festival 

With a vision to inspire Texans of all ages to love reading, the Texas Book Festival connects authors and readers through experiences that celebrate the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995 by former First Lady Laura Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a group of volunteers, the nonprofit Texas Book Festival promotes the joys of reading and writing through its annual Festival Weekend, the one-day Texas Teen Book Festival, the Reading Rock Stars program, grants to Texas libraries, the Fresh Ink Fiction Contest and year-round literary programming. The Festival is held on the grounds of the Texas Capitol each fall and features more than 250 renowned authors, panels, book signings, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities. The 2018 Texas Book Festival Weekend will take place October 27 – 28. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and 1,000 volunteers, the Festival remains free and open to the public. Visit www.texasbookfestival.org for more information, and join the conversation using the hashtag #txbookfest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @texasbookfest.

It’s Our 7th Anniversary!

William Jackson, Found & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

On the one hand, it feels like I’ve been doing this for a lifetime, while on the other, I find myself wondering “Where did the years go?” It’s been a year of excitement, highs and lows, long work days and restless nights, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

This past year has taught me so many useful lessons, and one that really stands out is just how important it is for individuals to be patient, long-suffering, and kind toward others; without judgement.  In a culture where freedom of speech is widely encouraged, many seem to have lost sight on the importance of having something of positive and encouraging to say, tempered with applying the “Golden Rule”.  As a reminder, the “Golden Rule” admonishes us to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  Of course, the lack of applying the “Golden Rule” is almost always to our detriment.

In previous Publisher’s Notes, I shared my own struggle with trying to ensure I live a well-balanced life and making such a priority. Although, I still have room for improvement, I’ve been making slow but steady progress. I recently began adding the practice of yoga to my regular health & wellness routine, something I never would have imagined in a thousand years. But thankfully, it’s doing wonders for me. I feel calmer, am resting better, and my days are less hectic.

It’s with this newfound sense of balance and calm I wish to collaborate with you as we begin our seventh year. On that note, I’m thrilled to welcome you to our Seventh Anniversary Edition!  One of our Exclusive Interviews is with Hanna Jaffe Bosdet.  The well-known Philanthropist, human rights activist, speaker, and author opens up about her new acting role in NETFLIX’s first Mexican reality series Made in Mexico, and what’s she’s doing to raise awareness of important topics such as human rights, immigrants, refugees, peace, and the importance of education.  Being that this also our Style Edition, of course we had to bring you many topics related to style and its impact as we strive to live well.

I invite you to feast your eyes on this stunning Seventh Anniversary Edition and enjoy reading the rest of the amazing features we have for you in this Edition.  May this Edition inform and inspire you to continue living your best life.

From my very being, I thank you for being a dedicated reader. Seven thrilling years would not be possible without you.  I’m so grateful to and inspired by the entire InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, andTeen InFluential teams, who work tirelessly to bring you our award-winning publications. I’m truly excited about the future of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, and I believe the best is yet to come.

Fondly and with Great Enthusiasm,

William Jackson

Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Chasing Childhood Passions

(Family Features) As education continues to be more accessible to American workers, lifelong learning is increasingly important. Pearson, a digital education company, surveyed working adults as part of its “Dare to Learn, Dare to Change” campaign celebrating those who take steps to change their lives while empowering adults to rediscover childhood passions through education. Visit pearson.com/daretolearn for more information and to watch the campaign videos.

SOURCE:
Pearson

How to Choose the Right Preschool

Things to consider when researching child care providers

Finding the right preschool or care provider for your child doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Because your child’s early years are crucial in his or her development, choosing the right child care facility is one of the most important decisions you can make to prepare him or her for both school and adult life.

While most parents start the process by asking friends and family for recommendations, keep these tips from the child care experts at KinderCare in mind when searching for a child care center:

Find Locations Along Your Existing Commute. The rhythm of drop-off and pick-up will soon become a reality of your days, so take into account how a new routine will impact traffic and drive times during your commute. Looking into child care facilities near your home or office, or along your route, can be a sanity saver, especially on those mornings when you’re rushing out of the house behind schedule.

Do Your Research. Child care has come a long way in the past couple decades, and nationally accredited centers like KinderCare can provide everything your child needs to reach his or her potential. Awarded by an independent organization, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, accredited centers meet rigorous standards in everything from teacher qualifications to curriculum to safety. A simple search online can provide a list of accredited centers near your location of choice.

Make a List of Requirements. Before you tour a facility, it can help to find your focus. Make a list about what you need from a program, what you want for your child and any concerns you may have, no matter how large or small. For example, consider potential concerns like kindergarten preparation, teachers’ management of conflict between children and more. Use your preferences to guide conversations when you’re ready to take tours.

Take Tours. Once you’ve narrowed down your list to a few preferred facilities or programs, schedule tours to check out the spaces, meet the directors and watch how the teachers interact with the children. Keep your requirements in mind and look for clean, safe facilities that focus on nutrition and encourage exploration and reading while building a sense of belonging. If you’re still on the fence or need more information about one or more centers, don’t be afraid to go back for a second visit and ask more questions to ensure you’re picking the right place for your family.

Trust Your Instincts. After taking tours, you may have a lot of information to process. Narrowing down what’s right for your family can seem overwhelming at first, but asking yourself questions such as these can help you in the long run: Did you feel listened to, heard and understood? Was the center warm and welcoming? When in doubt, trust your gut. This is your child, after all, and you know him or her best.

Find more tips and information to help pick the perfect child care center at kindercare.com. (Family Features)

SOURCE:
KinderCare

10 Tips To Make College Move-In Day Easier for Incoming Freshmen

Take the Stress Out of Moving Into Your New Dorm with These Helpful Tips

Hey, new freshman. It’s almost the day you’ve been thinking about all summer: college MOVE-IN day. No need to stress! The tips below will help make this day as easy and enjoyable as can be.

1. Start Packing Two Weeks in Advance

Going to college is as stressful as it is exciting. When you leave things to the last minute, it takes all the excitement out of the experience and leaves you only with stress. It’s a good idea to start spending just 30 minutes a day, two weeks before you leave so you’re not overloaded with a huge to-do list.

2. Use Storage Bins to Pack Your Stuff

Instead of cardboard boxes or plastic bags, use storage bins because (1) they’re easier to pack, (2) you can use them for storage later, and (3) if you’re using the kind that go under your bed for things like extra linens, towels or clothes, unpacking is unnecessary.

3. Keep It Light

You don’t need a heavy overcoat in August. It will make the first day a lot less overwhelming if you just pack the basics for move-in day. Winter clothes can be picked up when you visit at Thanksgiving, or your parents can possibly ship the bulky stuff to you.

4. Talk to Your Roommate

Find out who your roommate is and let him or her know when you’re planning to move in so that you can avoid stepping on each other’s toes by moving in at the exact same time. You can also figure out and coordinate who might be bringing what shareable items, like a TV or a coffeemaker (if your school allows it).

5. Bring an Overnight Bag Of Essentials

When you’re exhausted from lugging stuff around and meeting new people, you won’t want to go scrambling through bags for a toothbrush and a change of clothes. Keep your essentials in an overnight bag or backpack so you have everything you need for that night and the next day easily at hand.

6. Bring Drinks & Snacks

Because move-in day is tiring and you’re going to want them. Just keep it lightweight and preferably without a strong odor.

7. Bring Cleaning Supplies & Tools

You’ll need items for the sole purpose of moving in. Bring items like trash bags and cleaning wipes for tidying up, scissors, and wall mounting strips for hanging things on the wall. These items will come in handy.

8. Check the College Website

To make sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to do, check your college’s website and read about their move-in policies and important info. Look at the campus map and figure out where you need to park, pick up your key, and unload your stuff. Also check the to see if there’s a banned items list and don’t bring those things.

9. Wear Comfortable Clothes

Sneakers are a must! Also stylish athleisure is perfect, as you can comfortably and fashionably go from unloading items to grabbing dinner with your new roomie later without having to change into a new outfit.

10. Bring 3 People Or Fewer

There will inevitably be a lot of commotion on campus, so you don’t want your whole family along for the day. But some extra help and support is key too. Just try to limit it to three people. As chaotic as college move-in day can be, it’s also a day you’ll always remember. So, don’t stress yourself out too much. Follow these tips and they will help. Above all, enjoy the day.

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