Friday, January 28, 2011

Obama Tells the State of the Union

On January 25th, Obama held a speech, the State of the Union, which started with the topic of jobs. Obama said, "But this shouldn't discourage us. It should challenge us." We have the best colleges and universities in America, worldwide.

Obama asked three main questions: "What do you think of the idea?" What idea, you might ask? The idea Obama is hinting at is the rights of one's rights in America. I, Angela, think that the idea is correct: All people have rights of their own and choices of their own. I, Camryn, agree with Angela. I think everyone should go by their own opinion. Everyone should have equal rights.

The next question Obama asks, is, "What do you want to change about the world?" Camryn thinks that we should be focused on being more green. I'm about to move to Arkansas, where hardly no one recycles. I think that that should change because Earth is our home, and we're killing it. I, Angela, agree with Camryn's thoughts that we should go green. In one-hundred years from now, do you think our planet will be filled with plants and trees if we keep treating it like this? If we want it to stay with plants and animals, we should stop using fuels that harm the earth.

The last question Obama asks is, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" When I, Camryn, grows up, I want to be a paleontologist. I want to be a paleontologist because I am I am interested in the study of plant and animal fossils. I, Angela, want to be an animal cop because some animals are treated horribly by people and I don't see why they deserve it. I want to help animals who are in need and were treated with cruelty.

Can you answer these questions yourself? You can go see the excerpts at the White House Website.

Article by Camryn and Angela

Google Earth - A New Way to View Planets

Google Earth is a new way to take a tour on the earth, mars, moon, and the sky. When you arrive you can explore the moon or take a guided tour of the moon. If you want you can watch videos, see models of space craft, look at maps made by astronauts, or just move around and click on places you want to explore .If you tour the earth go to the toolbar and find 3-D building you can take a real-life view of almost any street.Hope you have fun using Google Earth.

Obama's Questions

Obama is going to ask two specific questions to the country students. Obama would like the students to be able to answer his questions and why. He wants them to because he wants to see if they have good education and what they have learned. What Obama says about education is that you should have good education from learning at school and reading. If Obama ask a question to me that is What is education?. I would answer education is stuff you learn at school, from your parents, and from reading books you are interested in. Obama prayed that the universities and colleges will give the students good education.

President Obama's Speech: The State of Education

On January 26, 2011, President Barack Obama made a State of the Union speech largely about education.
Obama stated in his speech that education is very important and that kids (and adults) need education because education is used for many, many things in life. In fact, life-long education is crucial. Most pressing, however, for the young students is knowing that education can make your future brighter. Education, with determination and hard work, gets people into college and then access to interesting job and successful careers. Everyone needs a job to make a living, buy a home and raise a family.
Obama is worried that children are not getting enough or the right education. Children in the United States, he explained, have not been studying the most important subjects enough in school. 

President Obama made the speech in United States' capitol, Washington D.C.

To learn more, go to the White House website or watch the video of the President's speech below. The video is from the White House website and include "extras," such as graphs and images.

What Did resident Obama Say About Education in His Speech?

Barack Obama made a speech on January 26, 2011. He said that he wanted to put education first in the national agenda and of the newly divided congress. He said: "This is our Sputnik moment."

In calling this our Sputnik moment, he meant that this was just like the time when the Soviet satellite was launched and the United States, especially its young people appeared to be behind in their learning and educations.

Additionally, Barack Obama said that he wanted everybody to get along with each other in Washington. Education is one of areas where getting along and cooperating is necessary.

The president talked about how American students are receiving worse educations than they used to receive.

One of the president's lines that I really like is:

". . . no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something great-- something more consequential than party or political preference."

Written by: Rubina H.

The History of the State of the Union, Obama's Turn

George Washington gave the first state of Union on January 8, 1799. As tradition, the president makes this report annually. While not required to be a speech, every president since Woodrow Wilson has made the State of the Union report as a speech and delivered it before a joint season of Congress.

What Did Barrack Obama Want All Students To Be Able To Answer?

Barrack Obama just made a State of the Union speech on Tuesday the 25th. He focused much of his speech on education.

There were three questions that Obama wanted all students to answer:

  • What do you think of that idea? 
  • What would you change about the world? 
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

Barrack Obama said that we have the most successful companies, and our country has the best colleges and universities. In fact, people come here more than any other place to study in our schools.

Obama thinks the future is ours to win. “The future is not a gift. It is an achievement,” he said, quoting Robert Kennedy.

Obama says, "And now it’s our turn. We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world."

If you want to learn more go to the White House website.

We Have to Race to the Top -- Join the Effort

Race To The Top people! We can reform our education program. Last night Obama made a speech about the Race To The Top, a program formed by Republicans and Democrats not by Washington. This program replaces the No Child Left Behind Law. The No Child Left Behind Law is a law designed to ensure that K-12 children receive a proper education but it has had mixed results and been very controversial.

Did you know that less than 1 percent of what we spend on education has led to higher standards of learning and teaching? This is important because as a country we have put less value on education, and Obama says that it is time we shape up -- we should put more value on learning, teachers, and students to get our children a better education! And a better education leads to a better future for each and all of us.

Bruce Randolph, a school in Denver, was one of the worst schools in Colorado; one of the reasons is that there were two rival gangs near the school. Last May, though it was rated a bad school, 97 percent of the seniors graduated and got their diploma.

Obama said, "In fact, to every young person listening tonight who’s contemplating their career choice: If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child -- become a teacher. Your country needs you." 

Obama noted that teachers and parents effect a child's success.

Written by Clara and Anya

Friday, January 21, 2011

Who Are The Worlds Best Classical Composers?

Who do you think are the best classical composers?

The New York Times wrote a series of articles about some of the best composers that there are. What they did is they made a list of composers who are the most popular. In the article the authors wrote about the composers Bach and Handel. The New York Times wrote when the composers were born and when they died. They also wrote which period the composers lived in. They talked about Bach's style and how he used harmonies and melodies. Then, they started talking about Handel's style and how he used harmonies and melodies. The photo is a photo of Handel's score of "Messiah."

It is very hard to name the top ten composers that you like the best. I would say that the top ten composers are following. You can also read my personal view on why these composers are interesting to me.

Written by Rubina H.

A Dog Knows 1,022 Nouns!

Chaser, a border collie, knows 1,022 nouns. Her owner, John W. Pilley, is a psychologist, he taught at Wofford College for 30 years. They live in Spartanburg, South Carolina. John trained Chaser by showing her objects and reciting their names over and over; John would hide the toys, say the name and tell Chaser to find it. Chaser learned around 2 names a day.

Border collies are extremely intelligent. Unlike most children, Chaser enjoys her tests and drills, she finds them fun. Border collies herd sheep, if they can't they will go crazy.

John had troubles with all the names, so he wrote it on the toy. After 3 years of learning, Chaser knew 800 stuffed animals, 116 balls, 26 Frisbees, and more.

My dog only knows a few words they are: walk, ball, treat, go, car, and Mr. Bloozy.

 If you want to learn more click here to go to the New York Times.

Willie Mays Meets the Giants Again

Willie Mays was on the Giants when the Giants where still in New York. Willie Mays is still alive but he is not on the Giants team anymore. Now, he is a huge fan and a continued icon in the sports world.

When Willie Mays was a child nobody knew him and he was really good at baseball. But Willie Mays became a hero in his neighborhood when he played baseball.

This week, the Giants are bringing their world series trophy with them to show to Willie Mays. Willie Mays will join the tour with the Giants.

Go to the New York Times website to watch a video.

Lily the Pub Gets A New Hip

Lily the pug is an agility pug. Lily's owner found out Lily had a hip problem, and that worried the owner that Lily's career in agility might end.

But there's hope: Lily will get a hip replacement. It is less common for small dogs to have a hip replacements, because of the dog's small size and the need for such small medical devices.

I find it impressive that this pug does agility sports. My dog is a pug, and he can barely run 10 feet without breathing heavily!

The images from this page are from The New York Times. They were pulled from a video made by that publication and show Lily practicing her sport.

Is There a Secret to Test Taking?

According to new research, testing is not just a list of questions testing what you know. Testing helps people learn, and it may be a lot better than some other learning techniques.

According to The New York Times, "The research, published online Thursday in the journal Science, found that students who read a passage, then took a test asking them to recall what they had read, retained about 50 percent more of the information a week later than students who used two other methods.

One of the methods is recognized by legions of students who study before exams. The other method is prized by many teachers because it forces students to connect on facts.

Researchers gathered 200 college students in two experiment to read paragraphs about science. For the first experiment, the 200 students were divided into 4 groups. One group didn't do anything but read the text for five minutes. Another group of 50 studied the passage in four five minute sessions.

One week later all the groups were given a short answer test to recall facts based on what they studied.
Why standard testing helps is still a mystery. But it is an area that is being heavily researched and considered these days.

To find out more, go to the New York Times Website.

Good Study Habits -- What It Takes

This is a Wordle designed to inspire good study habits. To do well in school you have to work hard and pay attention.

You'll also want to  have a quiet space and try not to get distracted. Always have pencils and scratch paper handy.

The Life and Tests of Students

The following is a video pulled together on Animoto by Faryn and Camryn.

Elementary School Is Oscar Bound

These fifth graders are insane, in a good way of course, but they are INSANE, I-N-S-A-N-E! These kids go to school at P.S 22 in Staten Island. One day they got a call from a Hollywood producers and the school chorus got invited to sing in the Oscars. They sing Hip hop, pop, Indie rock and more.

In this video from The New York Times, you can see them singing Firework by Katy Perry and Imagine by John Lennon. When the kids were singing at their annual holiday concert Anne Hathaway came and told them the good news! They are all pretty used to big concerts but something as big as the Oscars will be a first experience for them.

Here is the link to the video: Elementary School is Oscar Bound

Good Grades for Good Health

Does better grades and higher class rank make life healthier? Yes.

There has been a research on 10,317 students at the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. In this study, researchers found information where it shows that better grades do lead to a healthier life.

Education also counts on your family's involvement. Even if you have a high education but diabetes runs in your family, there will be a higher chance of you developing it.

Of course, there are other reasons to consider getting good grades. For instance, better education leads to a good job. A good job leads to more money and that could lead to a better living. You can get a big house in a nice neighborhood. You will also get a chance to get fresher and healthier foods for yourself. Educated people also can have healthier and longer lives. They will know what's right and what's wrong. Should you smoke? Should you drink? They will know the right answer to these questions. This will give educated people a better life with a smaller chance of getting diseases or addictions.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Matin Luther King Jr. Remembered

Hillwood Academic Day School is closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor the life and work of this civil rights activist.

Erion and Jay made the following video clip, and the story below is by Hillwood graduate Julian G., who is now at Sacred Heart. The article includes a video clip from "Meet the Press," and shows Dr. King being interviewed. The clip reveals him as an amazing speaker and someone able to handle an aggressive interview style.

Marin Luther King Jr. is known by everyone for giving rights to blacks.

He began his career as a Baptist preacher. He went on to lead the civil rights movement, and he also made history.

Jim Crow laws were terrible. They did not let blacks sit in the front of the bus and they had to give up their seats if a white person was standing. They had to eat in separate restaurants, go to separate public restrooms, and even separate public schools. But in 1954 Jim Crow lost to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court declared separate schools for blacks and whites was unequal. The case was called "Brown v. Board of Education."

Black people were tired of the racism, so they boycotted the bus system because a woman named Rosa Park in Montgomery, Alabama, was arrested for not giving up her seat to a white person. Thirteen months later the bus gave in because of the cash flow problems with no one riding the bus.

The Montgomery boycott inspired more people to join him. In 1963 Dr. King and other civil right leaders organized the march in Washington. More than two hundred thousand people came to for demand equality for blacks.

The Civil Rights movement was changing the nation. In 1964 Congress passed the Civil Rights act which made racial discrimination in public places legal. He also got the Nobel Peace Prize.

On April 4, 1998 Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, by James Earl Ray. But, still Dr. King's words, speeches and his legacy lives on with us. He inspired Hispanics, women, and even the disabled.

Below is an interview with Martin Luther King and several journalists on the television show Meet the Press, which ran on national TV, in the mid-1950s. Meet the Press is a news show that still airs on regular TV today.

Hillwood Herald readers: Don't forget school is closed on Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King day.

Friday, January 14, 2011

EteRNA Online Game — Sharing the Work

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University have created an interactive game, so that the public can help researchers find new ways to fold RNA cells.

Scientists hope to find the basic principles to life's building blocks, and this game is believed to be a "training ground" to help find these principles.

This game is challenging. The object of this game is to create the target cell design, using four different types of cells. To learn how to play the game, there is a tutorial that consists of 5 levels. This tutorial is a basis for the whole game.

If you'd like to know more about this game and its open source goals, read this article on The New York Times. You can also see how of this game may help its developers win a biological prize on the Carnegie Mellon website. You can access the game, EteRNA, is accessible at the school's website.

Happy Birthday, Wikipedia!

This weekend, a site that is insane in the way that we type in something and tons of information comes up about it, is going to be the same age as me! Yep, that's right -- 10!

How do 50 employees handle about 400 million viewers? Not only do to the employees handle the definitions so do the viewer. 

Wikipedia is not necessarily accurate because anyone can write on it. It got an 80 percent accuracy and other sources got 95-96 percent in a peer-reviewed journal ("peer-reviewed" means that a publication is reviewed for accuracy and importance by a group of professionals, usually professors and other academics). You can read more about the research here. The following is an excerpt from the study's findings:
The study did reveal inaccuracies in eight of the nine entries and exposed major flaws in at least two of the nine Wikipedia articles. Overall,Wikipedia's accuracy rate was 80 percent compared with 95-96 percent accuracy within the other sources. This study does support the claim thatWikipedia is less reliable than other reference resources. Furthermore, the research found at least five unattributed direct quotations and verbatim text from other sources with no citations. 
As a student, this research is a good reminder that Wikipedia is a good place to start in your search for information. However, it's not a place to stay. Also, an 80 percent accuracy rate -- a low B grade -- isn't terrible, considering that Wikipedia relies so much on the work of volunteers.

You can read Hillwood's Wikipedia page. Irene T., now a Hillwood graduate, wrote it in 2010. Below is our happy birthday video for Wikipedia:

By Clara and Angela

Judy Lee and Her Life of Engineering

Inventors Digest recently interviewed Judy Lee about her life as an engineer. You may recall that The Hillwood Herald also interviewed Judy and her engineering friend, Adam.

In this article, Judy talks about her early life and decision to become an engineer. Judy became interested in engineering because her father was a civil engineer. While she is certainly not the only female engineer, she talks about what it's like to be in a profession that has been dominated by men.

Judy liked to take objects apart and see how it worked, then she attempted to fix the object. She built forts in woods and played in creeks. Judy didn't know what engineering was when she was high school and college. She only knew that you have to have " a stong foundation in math and science"

Judy was good at math and science, so she tried engineering. She loves trying new things and "getting her hands dirty."

Judy and Adam are part of an upcoming PBS Kids show. The Hillwood Herald staff members did many of their engineering experiments, and we'll be sure to report on their upcoming experiments. The following information is from the PBS website:
PBS Kids Go! will launch the new Design Squad Nation (10 episodes) series, a spin-off of the engineering-focused kids competition series Design Squad, Wednesday, January 26, 2011 (check local listings).  Targeted to tweens/teens/families, Design Squad Nation will follow engineer co-hosts Judy Lee and Adam Vollmer as they travel across the country and around the world working with kids to get active, take risks, collaborate with different people and use science, math, and technology to solve real problems and create things.  The Design Squad Nation website features activities corresponding to challenges on the show to figure out solutions.  The site also features a blog with a range of engineering and DIY content from across the web.  Viewers can also follow Design Squad Nation on Facebook and Twitter.  
If you like to read more coverage of Judy and Adam's work, click here.

Ants with Wings and Stingers are Considered a Delicacy in Brazil

In Brazil, eating ants with wings is a tradition and a delicacy, raw or cooked. It used to be a sign of poverty, but not necessarily now. Today, it is embraced as a cultural tradition and because many people enjoy the taste and festivities of eating ants.

Here's how you eat an ant with wings: First you take off the wings, then the stinger, next the legs, take half off, then cook it if you want, and last eat.

Ants were eaten when fish and monkeys were scarce in Brazil. During the ant season a whole town in Brazil smells like fried ants. The pesticide they used to make paper also kills ants, and so many people in the town are now worried that the ants -- and their town's tradition -- are in great danger.

To watch a video go to this website.

Source: The New York Times

A Heartbreaker: Teens Struggle to Resist Sugar


It's true: Teens are officially "addicted" to sugar -- and that could mean trouble for their hearts as they grow older.

If you think about it, many teens eat for breakfast sugary cereal and syrup waffles. For lunch, they drink soda. Soda is actually the main culprit when it comes to a kid's sugar consumption.

In a study, teens who consume added sugar  -- again, usually found in sweetened beverages -- had a higher risk for heart problems latter in life. This sugar makes up 1/5 of their daily calories. This website NPR will give you more info on haw to keep your teens healthy. You can also go this website by the Harvard School of Medicine to read a list of all the different names for sugar. This list could be helpful when someone is trying to figure out how much sugar is in the ingredients of a drink or food item. 

  • Agave nectar
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Malt syrup
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Syrup 
Here is a video to highlight my story:

Judy Lee Talks About Her Life As An Engineer

Judy Lee, a female engineer, visited our school last semester. Judy is the co-host of Design Squad Nation.

When Judy was a child, she would take objects apart and attempt to put them back together, built forts, and played in creeks. Judy was first introduced to engineering by her father. Her father was a civil engineer.

When Judy was an adult, she felt toys were gender specific. Boys got building blocks and fake tools, and girls got dolls and kitchen sets. Also, boy colors were red, blue, and green (my favorite colors), and girls favorite colors were pink and purple.

Judy's favorite invention is the camera. Mine is electricity. You can learn more by clicking here. If you'd like to read about Judy's visit to Hillwood, click here. You can also learn about her friend and TV show partner Adam, also an engineer.

Source: Inventors Digest

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Look at Unlikely Friends

National Geographic has two videos about animals that were thought to fight with each other. A drug dealer had extra money to spend, so he bought  Baloo the black bear, Leo the lion, and Sheerkon tiger. The animals live in the habitat called "The Club House," and love to play, relax, and welcome visitors. These animals were rescued by cops and given to Noah's Ark.

Noah's Ark is a rehabilitation center just south of Atlanta. It's a special habitat that welcomes all species.

A worker at Noah's Ark thought if the cubs weren't rescued, then they would have died because the owner wouldn't be able to handle such mature animals. Now, the animals are loved and love being at Noah's Ark.

Baloo the bear wore a harness as a cub, and the owners didn't adjust the harness, get a new one, or take it off, so vets from Noah's Ark had to do it themselves. The harness was grown into Baloo's shoulders. Now, fortunately, Baloo is having a blast playing with his friends at Noah's Ark.

The one other "Unlikely Friends" episode I watched was with a baby elephant and a sheep. In 2008, in Africa, near Capetown, a wild baby elephant was orphaned. The workers at Shamwari are worried about the small elephant. The elephant is like a child. They have to be loved, and this animal lost its mom, so it is very shy and skittish. It took a while before the cub even took water at Shamwari.

Shamwari to the rescue! They found the elephant a friend, a sheep! The two animals don't get along at first, though. Within a day, the two animals went from chasing each other to playing happily. About three days after the two animals met, the elephant took milk. After feeling comfortable with the cub, they named it Hope.

You can watch the videos of "Unlikely Friends" in the below Herald posts.

Unlikely Friends Animoto

Unlikely Friends

Friday, January 7, 2011

The First Session of the 112th Congress Kicks Off

Wednesday was the first session of the year of the 112th Congress. And now in the House of Representatives, there is a new power. The Republicans, after winning the majority of seats in the November election, will now control the House. Republican John Boehner, from Ohio, took over the title "Speaker of the House" from Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat. The House Minority Leader is now Nancy Pelosi, a neighbor of Hillwood's when she is not in Washington D.C.

Boehner has sworn in 94 House members. The Congress has also been joined by thirteen new senators.

"We gather here today at a time of great challenges. Nearly 1 in 10 of our neighbors are looking for work," Boehner said to the new Congress after taking the Speaker of the House gavel. "Health care costs are still rising for families and small businesses. Our spending has caught up with us, and our debt will soon eclipse the size of our entire economy." 

According to an article written by Kelli Plasket in Time for Kids, "The Speaker of the House leads the House of Represenitives in dealings with the President and the Senate, and often speaks to the public giving the views of his or her party. The Speaker is second in line to take over as president, behind the Vice President. Represenitives elect a new Speaker at the beginning of each new Congress, which occurs every two years. Boehner is the 61st Speaker of the House."

John Boehner has ideas about how to change the House altogether. He has already changed the meetings of the House schedule so that the Represenitives can be given more time to spend in their home districts. He is now asking for smaller committee budgets, and he has also reduced the people on House committees. "Hard work and tough decisions will be required of the 112th Congress. No longer can we fall short." John Boehner says.

The Republicans have decided to use their new power to try to cut government spending, government programs, and taxes. And they're not letting any time go to waste. Today, January 7th, 2011, the Republicans will begin to debate about the repeal of the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act. President Obama had signed the health care bill into law last March. President Obama had said that the law would help give the millions of Americans without health insurance good and affordable health care. This law called for more government involment with health care.

The Republican critics have said that this law will only lead to higher taxes and poorer quality in health care services. The House Republicans have decided to, on January 12th, to repeal the act, althought it probably will not go through once it reaches Democrat-controlled Senate.

"Both parties have promised to focus on creating more jobs and reducing the amount of money the U.S government owes during this session of Congress."

Source: Article by Kelli Plasket, Times for Kids

Civil War Letters Are Restored For a New View of History

Martha Plum was a women whose husband was in the Civil War. She sent him letters to him while he was at war. One letter she sent, was not found until recently; the letter had a bald eagle and the American flag, on it.

The letters that the people sent are carefully now being restored in a lab. The letters, held at New York's Public Library, are restored by archivists. Martha Plum's husband's name was William, and he died because of Yellow Fever. Martha was in the hospital, where William was a patient, when a doctor told her William was dead. 

To learn more go the the New York Times, the paper's media team has posted a video showing much of the restoration process.

Documents like letters might not seem important to history, but they are. They show people how the day's happenings -- sometimes significant, sometimes ordinary -- all help create history. Also, letters from different people show that there are different stories, or narratives being told. When you consider these together, you may get a very different view of history.

Written by: Anya J. and Rubina H.

Photo: Archivist restoring a letter

It's a New Year and a New Congressional Session

The United States government has an executive branch, a judicial branch, and a legislative branch. The leaders of the executive branch are the President and Vice President. The executive branch makes sure that our laws are followed. Led by then Supreme Court, the Judaical branch keeps an eye on our laws. The legislative branch which makes laws, is the Congress.

The two parts of Congress are the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. There are two U.S. Senators for each state and "at least one U.S Representative; the more residents a state has, the more U.S. Representatives it is allowed." Usually laws start as bills, and bills start with ideas. It doesn't matter who has the idea as long as its a good one!

Then the idea goes to Congress, and members of Congress think about the idea and if they like it they will make a bill.

"Once the bill is written, it is placed in the hopper, and introduced to the rest of the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives." The Representatives talk about it then if they like it they put it out to the public.

And now John Boehner is becoming speaker of the house. Boehner plans to lower taxes and critics say that this will most probably lead to bad health care systems.

Exploritorium Exhibit of "Science in the City" Opens

The Exploratorium is having a new exhibit called Science in the City. The exhibit answers questions about San Francisco like "Why are there so many one-footed pigeons?, Where does sewage go?, Who--or what-coordinates traffic lights?," and more.

You should visit locations in and around San Francisco for explorations of engineering, ecology, optics, waves, geology, architecture, weather and more. If you want more information go to the Exploratorium website. Also, if you looking for something to do on Martin Luther King Day, you may want to consider day camp at the Exploratorium.

The following is our video about this story:

Story and vide by Jay and Erion

Winter Fun at the Exploratorium on MLK Day

On January 17, 2011, the exploratorium is having a day camp for the ages of 5-14 years. The price range is $70 per session for members and $85 for nonmembers.The time is from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The 5-6 class will be getting down in the dirt, the kids will be getting up close with worms, getting in dirt, explore the root systems, and learn about composting. The 7-10 group will be learning about the food chain.

Where Have All of the Sauropods Gone?

For the the past 100 years, paleontologists have been trying to solve the puzzle of where all the sauropods have gone. What's a paleontologist? A paleontologist is one who studies animal and plant fossils. What's a sauropod? A sauropod is any herbivorous dinosaur of the suborder Sauropoda, from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, having a small head, long neck and tail, and five-toed limbs, and it's the largest recorded land animal.

In North America and Europe, the Jurassic was the heyday of the sauropods dinosaurs. After the beginning of Cretaceous period 145 million years ago, but the number of sauropod dinosaurs dwindled and then they disappeared. It was later that other sauropods from a different location reestablished the existence of these dinosaurs.

As explained in paleography by paleontologist Phillip Upchruch, the amazing "sauropod hiatus" is probably an illusion. Over the past few years, new dinosaur discoveries have begun to complete in the gap of sauropod gaps on both North America and Europe. One reason paleontologists may not have found sauropods in North America and Europe, is because they may be missing on the continents. They may have been missing in North America only between about 90 to 75 million years ago. They are absent in Europe between 83 and 95 million years ago.

There are still uncertain about those dates. Some of the 70 to 80 million year old sauropod remains discovered in North America have actually belonged to a different type of dinosaur, the hadrosaurs.

I have been wanting to be a paleontologist because I am interested in science, and the study of fossils. I was inspired by my fourth grade teacher because she was the one that first introduced me to paleontology.

To find out more go to, or watch the video I made:

Review of Kindle

As soon as I, Anya, turned on the Kindle, I saw it had Scrabble, so I started playing. The Kindle is black and white. The Kindle is light and small. The Kindle can be bought on Amazon. You can read books and listen to audiobooks on the Kindle.

The Hillwood Herald will be using a Kindle in the new year, and we will continue to report on our views of the device.

Review by Anya J.

2011 Chess Champ

A 16 year old chess player Hou Yifan won the 2011 chess world championship. Hou Yifan beat another Chinese chess player Ruan Lufei in the final game of the Women's World Chess Championship held two weeks ago in Turkey. She is ranked the third in the World Women's Chess Rankings behind Judit Polgar. Hou Yifan is now known the world's youngest chess champ.

Chess is an extreme challenging board and people are impressed Hou Yifan won. I think Hou Yifan is impressive because she won the Chess Championship.

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Scientists Discover More About Light Science

Scientists would like to learn more about science, so they set up labs in three places: a mountain near Japan, underground on the border of Switzerland, France, and on the side of a mountain near the Arctic Circle according to Scholastic.

These scientists are learning about particles and other science things by, for example, under the mountain near Japan, they built somewhere called a Super-K.

"The Super-K is six-story-high located more than a mile below Mount Ikenoyama. Inside, walls lined with light-sensing detectors surround a pole of water. When a neutrino hits the water, a tiny cone of light. The detectors see the light and send information about the neutrino to computers."