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Posted on Mon. Jul. 28, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

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Discovering science in books

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Discovering science in books — Campers at Science Central got the chance to concoct wizardlike, Harry Potter-style potions – a required course at the fictional Hogwarts School, but until last week, not available in the Fort Wayne area.It was all part of the new Storybook Science Camp at Science Central, which focused on discovering the science inside favorite books, comics and movies.Friday found the campers working on projects revolving around Pixar movies such as “Shrek,” “Despicable Me,” “Up” and “Cars.”For the movie “Up,” campers made hot air balloons, and for “Cars,” the focus was on hydrogen-powered cars, said Abi Martin, Science Central’s special programs manager and camp director.Kids also used nanotechnology to see Horton’s microscopic Who and honed their superhero skills to find out how Spider-Man scales walls and Superman shoots heat vision out of his eyes.Science Central has sponsored a series of fun and educational camps for children ages 5 to 11 throughout the summer. Parents are able to select between weeklong or daily camps, Martin said. This week’s camps include the new Planes, Trains and Boomerangs, where campers design and test machines using basic engineering and design principles, and two new tech camps, including Ms. Tech for girls and Junior Computer Programmer.  The tech camps are week-long camps while the Planes, Trains and Boomerangs camp accepts daily campers, Martin said.For more information, go to science​central.​org or call 424-2400, ext. 451. Registration must be done online at registrar@​science​central.​org. Registration deadline for daily camps is 10 a.m. the day before.vsade@jg.netScholarshipsand internships• The following recent high school graduates were named National Merit Scholars and have received scholarships to attend the schools of their choice:• Homestead High School – Marielle Cabe, attending Indiana University and studying medicine; Natalie Hawken, Vanderbilt University, biomedical engineering; Erik Overdahl, St. Olaf College, economics;• Canterbury High School – Tan Phan Davidson College, medicine;• Concordia Luther High School – Ian Tinsley, Ball State University, area of study undecided.Scholar finalists must complete a detailed application with essays detailing leadership positions and contributions in school and community activities; must have outstanding academic records; be endorsed and recommended by high school officials; and earn qualifying scores on SAT tests. More than 7,600 students were named National Merit Scholars, receiving scholarships for undergraduate study worth a total of approximately $33 million.• Alexander Marrone, son of Deb Marrone of Fort Wayne and Frank Marrone of New Jersey, is studying in Europe through Earlham College in Richmond and Miami University. Marrone’s studies will focus on Copenhagen, Freiburg, Paris and London, which are leaders in finding urban-oriented solutions for climate change mitigation and adaption.Awards• Local Anthis Career Center students who won the nation’s highest awards at the Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference included Keri Koenig, Lucas Crager, Taylor Bolyard and Cheyenne Carroll. Students demonstrated excellence in 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests and received gold, silver and bronze medallions. HuntingtonHuntington University has been ranked as the top school in Indiana for its economic value by Educate to Career’s recent college rankings, which ranked the school 39th out of more than 1,200 schools nationwide. Huntington students make an average of $31,600 upon graduation, according to ETC.The ranking system, developed in 2013, measures improvement in earnings and employability of graduates against the total cost of the education at the institution.The rankings are available online at www.job​search​intelligence.​com/etc/​college-​rankings-​result.​php.IPFW• Christopher Riley has been named the new assistant director of Alumni Relations. Riley formerly worked in IPFW’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, where he was the assistant director, and before coming to IPFW, he worked at Wilberforce University and Central State University, both in Wilberforce, Ohio.He has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Communications from Wilberforce University and is currently finishing a Master of Liberal Studies at IPFW.Education Notebook listings appear on Mondays. To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne, IN 46802-0088; fax 461-8893 or email vsade@jg.net at least two weeks before the desired publication date. 


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