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Labour to make teenage community service compulsory

Posted by bronwynr on April 24, 2009

Young people will have to complete 50 hours of community service before they are 19 if Labour win…
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Celebrate spring with this flower activity

Posted by bronwynr on April 12, 2009

Try this:

Beautiful blooms

White lilyCelebrate spring in style with this fun flower activity.

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Global Kids’ Digital Media Initiative main Second Life grid launch of Teen produced game CONSENT!

Posted by bronwynr on April 9, 2009

CONSENT! is a first person, simulation game based on Harriet A. Washington’s book “Medical Apartheid” <www.medicalapartheid.com> in which your avatar assumes the role of an African-American prisoner who has to make tough decisions about whether to choose to ‘consent’ and submit to medical experiments, which took place during the time period of the 1940s to the present.

The game was designed and developed by Global Kids youth leaders in the Playing 4 Keeps after school program at South Shore High School, NYC using tools in the virtual world of Teen Second Life. Additional building and scripting was also done by the teen-run TSL development company, Digital Refinery.

Source: http://www.holymeatballs.org/2009/04/consent_sllaunch.html

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Book – All new square foot gardening

Posted by bronwynr on April 8, 2009

All New Square Foot Gardening (Paperback)

by Mel Bartholomew

…anyone, anywhere can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results. I’ve rarely seen a more reader-friendly book! It comes complete with layout pages, very consise planting guides, even planting time tables for your area and the amount of time you can store your seeds! If you have never gardened before or started a garden that eventually left you frustrated, then this is the book for you! I just think that you should check your area for agricultural grade vermiculite before you buy the book. But once that little snafu is over, you are going to be amazed at how brilliant and easy this book makes successful gardening. I highly recommend this method for busy people and parents like myself. It is wonderfully easy to maintain, makes loads of produce, and looks very attractive. Two green thumbs way, way up.

More reviews from Amazon where the book is selling for $13.59

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National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) Lineup Announced

Posted by bronwynr on April 5, 2009


This year’s NFFTY jury has selected 113 films from more than 400 submissions to be shown in themed programs at the 2009 festival in Seattle, April 24–26. In order to qualify, filmmakers must be age 22 or under. The youngest filmmaker this year was seven-year-old Emily Salva, who’s also the youngest participant to ever be featured at a NFFTY festival in its three-year history. more » » »

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Teaching Kids About Water Issues

Posted by bronwynr on March 20, 2009

Children collecting water on an African river This Sunday, March 22, is World Water Day, an international observance that grew out of the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The occasion has since spawned World Water Week, which this year is from March 22 to 28.

Tomorrow (Mar. 20), Dream Village, a website that educates kids about social, economic, and environmental issues, is releasing Saved by the Well. Dream Village was formed last fall after its founders won a $10,000 grant to launch a series of socially responsible children’s books.

Saved by the Well, their debut release, told from a child’s perspective with color illustrations, is the story of a town in Mozambique that benefits from the Play Pump water system, a merry-go-round water pump powered by children’s play. The Play Pump was developed by GlobalGiving, an organization that connects donors with community-based projects worldwide.

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Improve your maths with this game

Posted by bronwynr on March 18, 2009


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A Green Social Networking Site for Teens

Posted by bronwynr on March 13, 2009

Call it the green Facebook.

There’s a new social networking site where environmentally minded teens looking for a place to chat, share ideas, and learn about careers and university programs can now visit.

Sponsored by the Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), the Weather Channel, and Philippe Cousteau, grandson of legendary sea-explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, the recently launched Planet-connect.org is a site designed for teens by teens.

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Where oh where does that little planet go?

Posted by bronwynr on March 9, 2009

Play the game to put the planets in their proper places

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Great skipping rhymes

Posted by bronwynr on March 6, 2009

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