Summer Camp Updates- Cosmic Creation, Day 2: Galaxy

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Yesterday we learned more about our GALAXY!  We talked about galaxies consisting of a collection of stars, planets, dust, and more, and learned that there are millions of galaxies in the universe! We made galaxy dough and created constellations.  We also went on a space crawl through the universe collecting glow sticks, and created kaleidoscopes to help us see all the wonderful colors of our universe!

Summer Camp Updates- Cosmic Creations, Day 1: Planets

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We had a great first day at Cosmic Creations summer camp.  We introduced our little ones to PLANETS, and were blown away by how incredibly knowledgeable they are about our solar system!  Our experts shared with us that there are many planets in our solar system, and that “the sun does not circle around the earth,” but instead, “all planets orbit around the sun!”  We also learned that Jupiter is so big that you could fit “80 –  60 – or maybe a thousand Earth’s into Jupiter!”

We also sang a song about the planets in our solar system.  We created pastel galaxies on black paper and glitter-fied CDs to make them look uber stellar!

Today we’re exploring the stars!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Recycling Old Markers

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from San Rafael, CA, where students in Mr. Land’s class at Sun Valley School decided to take action so that the markers they use every day don’t end up in landfills. They decided to contact Crayola and let the company know that discarded plastics, like those found in Crayola markers, is wasteful and unhealthy for the environment. The students are proposing a take-back program so the markers get re-purposed instead of becoming pollution. Some of the Sun Valley students said:

“I love your markers, but I’d like to tell you it’s polluting. So can I please send some of your markers back? I love your product, but hate pollution,” Zachary, age 9.

“I want to let you know that I am not a useless little kid. I can make a difference! By telling you to recycle your pens,” Dante, age 10.

”Will we ever be able to fix the hole in the ozone layer? I don’t like pollution because it hurts the Earth,” Georgia, age 7.

“If we all came from the Earth… Then why are we hurting it so much? Earth is all we have left,” Olivia, age 11.

The students started a petition on change.org here, and you can watch a slide show about this petition here.

We think this kind of action is great! We hope you get all the signatures you need and help save the environment!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Hurricane Sandy Edition

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Hoboken, NJ, where 11 year old Lucy Walkowiak started a pop-up Internet café and charging station in front of her home in exchange for a donation to the Red Cross. Hurricane Sandy left much of Lucy’s state and those around her without power, so she decided she wanted to help those in need. Lucy’s dad Steve said:

“Lucy does a lot of community service through her school, so this is on par with what she’s been learning.”

What a great way to help those around her, while raising money to bring help to thousands and millions more. To read more about this story, click here.

We also want to bring your attention to even more wonderful deeds happening in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Have you heard about other heroes of the hurricane? Let us know in the comments!

Random Act of Kid-ness: LA Kids “Defend the Sea”

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness is a local one. Yesterday was the 19th annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up in Los Angeles, where 5,000 kids came to not only clean up Dockweiler State Beach, but they also created a human mosaic of a shark holding a shield that said “Defend the Sea.”

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The Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up day was the culmination of a year-long program in local schools by the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education. It is one of six in California, sponsored by the California Coastal Commission. Mary Shallenberger, chair of the Commission, said:

“These kids are like modern-day knights in shining armor. They are asking us to join them in defending our ocean from marine debris and other forms of pollution that harm marine life.”

Read more here. Do you know a kid who participated in Kids Ocean Day yesterday? We’d love your stories!

Random Act of Kid-ness: YOUTH!

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes all the way from Indonesia! Two girls named Fara Shabrina Muntu and Farah Amalia started their own nonprofit called YOUTH!, which stands for Young United Through Humanity! From their website:

What’s our cause? A better community. [Whether] its through promoting children’s rights, fighting poverty, raising awareness of the environment, working for gender equality, and or many more. Again, we strive to unite the youths. 

YOUTH!’s first project in May 2011 was called Buku Untuk Mereka, meaning “Books for Them.” During this project,  the girls collected 1,684 books for kids in Kaimana, West Papua (far East of Indonesia). Wow!

As always, if you have suggestions for future random acts, please let us know!

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“Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness – both the ones you have received and the ones you have given – you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter.” -Dawna Markova 

NEW FEATURE: Have You Seen It?!

Here at the Zimmer, it seems like we always have something new and exciting. From time to time, we’ll feature something in the museum that is either brand new or something you just may not have noticed before!

Did you know we have new ocean animals for our Water Ways exhibit? Water is essential to all life on our planet. Our actions can affect the flow of this precious resource and everything that depends on it. Come splash, play and discover!

WARNING: You will get wet!

Random Act of Kid-ness: A Song to Protect the Rainforest

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes from a girl named Ta’Kaiya Blaney of British Columbia. Ta-Kaiya wrote an original song in protest of a plan to build a new trans-Canadian pipeline. This pipeline would cause hundreds of oil supertankers to enter the Great Bear Rainforest each year, which is a big danger for the environment.

“Oil pipelines and tankers will give people jobs, but if there is an oil spill like the [BP spill] in the Gulf of Mexico, that will take other people’s jobs and the wildlife will die.”
-Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Listen to T’Kaiya’s song, and read the rest of her inspirational story about protecting the environment here.