A Smashing Good Time: Trebuchet Contest Winners Announced

May all beware the might of Princess Sparkle Glitter Punch, Trebuchet 9000 2.0, Hurler, Castle Gayle, and Daedra-chet. This season, "Princess Sparkle Glitter Punch" was a star in CRRL's trebuchet competition, hurling its payload more than 20 feet! It was also judged most creative in the family trebuchet category. However, it was "Trebuchet 9000 2.0…
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If you like Hidden Figures

Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some…
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The Power of Magnetism

What do the Earth, electric motors, and your computer all have in common? These things are all influenced by magnets. The Earth has an outer liquid core that acts like a bar magnet. It gets its magnetism from being near electrical currents beneath the surface. Because the Earth is not perfectly shaped, every so often…
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Spider Power

"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider to the fly; "'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy. The way into my parlor is up a winding stair, And I have many curious things to show when you are there." - Mary Howitt's classic poem, The Spider and the Fly From this…
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Here Comes Johnny Appleseed

When there's a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to turn, that's the time that people think about apple harvests. Virginia is known for its apples, and there are orchards throughout the state that have the delicious fruit in many varieties. There are apple festivals, too, where you can sometimes pick your own…
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November 28 Is Red Planet Day

Each November 28 is celebrated as “Red Planet Day.”  Red Planet Day commemorates the launch of the Spacecraft Mariner 4 on November 28, 1964. Its 228-day mission brought the spacecraft within 6,118 miles of Mars on July 14, 1965, sending us back the first close-up photos of the red planet. Mars is a very bright planet, and…
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