- Created on 08 November 2013
If you really want to help your child impress their teacher, then forget about bringing an old apple to school. That is unless you plan to slice that apple open, throw some lemon juice on it to bind it with oxygen and prove that there are sure-fire scientific ways to keep that apple from turning brown. That experiment will likely earn your child an A and will wow your child’s teacher by proving that there are plenty of easy at-home science experiment ideas your child can do to enhance their knowledge of science and make the subject fun and mentally easy to digest. Check out these engaging science experiments that will put your child at the head of the science class.
1. Turn Heavy Cream into Butter – Turning cream into butter is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Literally. Take an empty plastic water bottle, and fill it halfway with heavy cream (you can purchase it from the dairy section of any grocery store). Close the bottle tight and then grab your kids and have them shake the bottle as fast while counting! Count anywhere between 60 to 120 seconds while shaking the bottle vigorously. And voila when done that whipped cream will have been whipped into smooth creamy butter that’s ready for baking! Cut the plastic bottle and taste for yourself!
2. Make an Egg Float in Salt Water – Humpty Dumpty might have had a great fall but if he had the right ingredients he could have floated and not fallen. So prove it! An egg sinks to the bottom if you drop it into a glass of ordinary drinking water right? But what happens if you add some salt? This is a great lesson about density and the results are very interesting and can teach your child some fun facts about density. You’ll need an egg, water, salt and a tall drinking glass. Instructions: Pour water into the glass until it is about half full. Stir in lots of salt (about 6 tablespoons). Carefully pour in plain water until the glass is nearly full (be careful to not disturb or mix the salty water with the plain water). Gently lower the egg into the water and watch what happens.
- Created on 25 October 2013
Kareem Gibbs (pictured), is an 18-year-old high school student who is considered to be charming, always upbeat and rarely seen without a smile on his face. The youth would make anyone think he didn’t have a care in the world, but behind Gibbs’ sunny disposition is a sad reality — he has a rare form of cancer and has only months to live. Yet, despite his gloomy forecast, Gibbs is upbeat and excited about being nominated for homecoming king at the Texas high school he attends in Keller-Central, reports My Fox 4.
A coach at Keller-Central contacted a local radio station, K-104, and explained how Gibbs had a rare form of cancer. The teen was invited to the station’s popular morning show, and in usual form, charmed not only the hosts of the program but the listeners as well. ”I try to stay as positive as I possibly can and try not to think of it too much and that’s really what gets me through the day,” he revealed on the air.
Gibbs was diagnosed with Undifferentiated Sarcoma at age 11. The first sign of the cancer began on his hip, appearing as a football-sized lump. The cancer has since spread to his lungs and now his heart.
Since his diagnosis, Gibbs has undergone a myriad of treatments and is now involved in a clinical trial, in which he has to travel to Atlanta once a week.
Now to say that Gibbs’ road has been a rocky one is an understatement, yet despite it all, he is a trooper with an infectious positive demeanor. “Kareem is the sunshine in our family. It’s not a party until Kareem shows up and sometimes its a party just because he showed up,” Rakiya Muhammed, Kareem’s mother, told My Fox 4.
The morning crew at the radio station were so taken by Gibbs that they gave him tickets to a Drake concert, passes to Six Flags and a Wal-Mart gift card.
Now it’s onward and upward for Gibbs, who can’t wait for the festivities that will take place at his school’s homecoming dance Friday night and is there no doubt he will reign supreme!
Gibbs, News One wishes you well!
- Created on 11 October 2013
If you've ever tried to find a black doll at your local toy store, you may have noticed they usually come with tamed, straightened hairstyles. But one California mom, fed-up with that status quo, started a business making dolls with a fabulously diverse spectrum of natural hairdos -- and her products are proving to be pretty popular.
Karen Byrd, founder of Natural Girls United, customizes dolls to give them natural hairstyles not typically seen on those sold in stores. As a child, Byrd remembers wondering why she didn't resemble her straight-haired, white dolls.
"I had dolls that were gorgeous, but they didn't look like me. When I looked in the mirror, I would be confused -- like, am I beautiful?" Byrd told The Huffington Post.
While toy shopping for two of her daughters, now 14 and 12, Byrd was stunned to discover the same lack of diversity in contemporary toy stores. It was time to do something about it; she started her own business in 2011.
Byrd, whose company was recently featured on StyleBlazer, takes straight-haired dolls of different skin shades and customizes them with ornate handmade hairstyles. Each style takes up to three days to craft, though she won't reveal anything more about the process behind the painstakingly detailed 'dos.
Due to high customer demand, Byrd's current stock of dolls is almost sold out, and she's working hard to satisfy a 51-person-long waiting list. She has plans to hire more employees to provide for a customer base that has expanded to the United Kingdom, Africa, and Australia.
"People are excited that the dolls look like themor their children or the people in their community," she told HuffPost. "It makes them feel good about themselves."
Her three most popular dolls at the moment are:
- Created on 27 September 2013
NEW YORK -- Wish you could make your student loans disappear?
Student loan forgiveness programs can make it happen, but there's a problem.
"There needs to be more awareness about these programs," says Betsy Mayotte, director of regulatory compliance at American Student Assistance, a nonprofit that helps borrowers manage their student debt.
So the organization released a student loan forgiveness guide earlier this year on its website. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government watchdog, released its own guide last month to bring attention to the programs.
The programs are not a quick fix. Instead, they enable borrowers to erase their remaining student debt after several years of payments. Most of the programs are tied to certain low-paid professions, such as teachers or public defenders, and have other restrictions. Here's a snapshot of several options.
PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAM
This program is for those who work in federal, state or local government jobs, or at a nonprofit that's been designated as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The CFPB estimates that a quarter of the country's workforce falls into those categories. Individuals must also have high student loan balances relative to their income.
The program works like this: anyone who makes 120 on-time monthly payments toward their student loans and works in a qualifying job for 10 years (they don't have to be consecutive), can apply to have their remaining balance forgiven. The amount of the loans forgiven is not taxed, under current tax law.
Only those with federal Direct Loans will qualify for this program, but some loans, such as the Federal Family Education Loan (also known as FFEL) and the Perkins Loan can be consolidated into a Direct Loan. If you don't know what type of federal loan you have, you can find out at nslds.ed.gov.
The program was established in 2007, so no one has received loan forgiveness yet. Those hoping to take advantage need to make sure their job qualifies with the Department of Education every year, says Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Edvisors.com. Save the paperwork and annual income forms, in case you need to later prove your eligibility.
The Department of Education offers more guidelines: . http://1.usa.gov/18sELJS
Under this program borrowers can qualify for reduced monthly payments, and after 25 years the remaining balance is forgiven. It is important to note that the forgiven amount is taxed as income, which means you will likely have to pay a sum to the IRS that's lower than the amount forgiven.
The program is for those whose federal student loan debt is high relative their income and family size. Your lender will ultimately decide if you are qualified, but you can see if you would benefit from this program by using this online calculator: . http://1.usa.gov/1bIO1yw
There are other rules, such as which types of federal loans qualify. The Department of Education has a helpful tip sheet: . http://1.usa.gov/19JJVQA
PAY AS YOU EARN PLAN
Borrowers can apply to have their monthly payments reduced, and after 20 years of payments, the balance is forgiven. Any forgiven amounts are taxed as income. This program is for those with a high level of federal student loans compared to their income, and who took out their first federal student loan after Oct. 1, 2007.
Use the Department of Education's online calculator to see if you qualify: . http://1.usa.gov/194F7V0
Depending on your job, you may be able to get help with your loans.
Teachers, for example, should see if they're eligible for the teacher loan forgiveness program. They must work at a qualifying school for five consecutive years to receive up to $17,500 in forgiveness on certain federal loans. For more details see: . http://1.usa.gov/1bITqWq
American Student Assistance put a list together of over 60 programs. Some are based on type of job, others are state programs. You can see them here: . Some state programs even help with private loans. Mayotte of ASA recommends an Internet search to see if your state or job qualifies for some sort of student loan help. She says it's important to ask your employers or human resources department if student loan help is available. She says more employers are refunding a part their employee's student loan payments. http://bit.ly/15xGpNs
Mayotte also warns that borrowers shouldn't take jobs just to have their student loans forgiven, or take out too much debt because they assume their debt will be forgiven. Many of the programs are budget based, there's a possibility that some could disappear or not be around by the time you graduate, Mayotte says.
Public service loan forgiveness: http://1.usa.gov/18sELJS
Income-based repayment: http://1.usa.gov/19JJVQA
Pay as you earn plan: http://1.usa.gov/1h5MGzQ
Teacher loan forgiveness program: http://1.usa.gov/1bITqWq
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's guide: http://1.usa.gov/1as4UK8
American Student Assistance's guide: http://bit.ly/15xGpNs