Calling all Creative Writers!

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World Literacy Canada is holding a writing contest for all Canadian students in grades 5 -8.

What do you have to do?
Write a story continuing from where this sentence leaves off (in 400 words or less).

It’s been a long, sleepless night of strange dreams. Even once you wake up, you think you’re still dreaming, because you aren’t in your own bed. You aren’t even yourself! It’s no dream. You’ve woken in another part of the world, as someone from another culture.

When do you have to submit your story?
By April 4th

Are there prizes?
Yes, lots of prizes!

First Place wins $500 and one-on-one Skype time with Kelley Armstrong!

Top 9 Finalists win $50!Loki Wolves

All winners:

  • Become published authors in a collectible magazine and online!

  • Receive a copy of Loki’s Wolves, signed by Kelley Armstrong!

  • World map and atlas!

  • World Literacy Canada swag!

For more information, go to the World Literacy Canada website: http://www.worldlit.ca/canada-programs/write-for-a-better-world/write2014/

 

Question of the Month: February

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Every month we have a question for the students to answer in the library.  To celebrate both the Olympics and Valentines Day, the question was: ” If you could compete in any winter olympic event, which one would you choose?”

Students filled out their answers on little hearts and received a lollipop as a sweet surprise.  We had a good turnout for this question – 120 students.  The most popular sports chosen: hockey and figure skating.

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Website of the Week: NSF Science and engineering of the Olympic Winter Games 2014

winter_olympics2014A very interesting look at the relationship between science and sports.

Blurb taken from the NSF site:
The National Science Foundation has partnered with NBC Learn (the educational arm of NBC News) to release the “Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games”–the latest installment in the Emmy Award-winning “Science of Sports” series. This enlightening 10-part video collection, narrated by NBC Sports’ Liam McHugh, delves into the physics, engineering, chemistry, design and mathematics behind the world’s foremost sporting event.

The segments feature a variety of sports stories, as told by some of the world’s top athletes and record holders, along with perspectives and innovative research from leading NSF-supported engineers and scientists.

The series’ diverse topics reveal how key engineering and science concepts and cutting-edge technology play an integral part in each athlete’s respective sport and help maximize their performance at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Check it out! http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/winterolympics/index.jsp