The classic Rubik’s Cube from the ’80s has been back for a while but it recently has been growing amongst many teens and tweens.
— Rubik's (@Rubiks_Official) November 5, 2015
I personally have been into solving Rubik’s Cubes for almost 3 years. On average I can solve it in about 10-12 seconds. I got introduced to it by my friend, back in 2014.
I was recently on the news for the second time talking about cubing competitions! They happen about 3-4 times in Alberta a year and we have 140-220 people show up and compete! The last competition I went to I got a 13.66 3×3 average.
I think that the Rubik’s Cube is a great way to pass time as well as increase memorization and even increase your strategy skills. I recommend everyone to at least try to learn one at some time!
In under five minutes, Joshua will show you how he makes Ugandan chapatis.
This year I was lucky enough to attend WE Day 2016 in Toronto.
Now for those who may not be familiar with WE Day it is a youth empowerment event in the style of a concert that is put on by Me to We and Free the Children. It features many speakers and musical artists who all use their stories and talents to inspire 20,000 or so youth in the Air Canada Centre. With musical performances from the likes of Jason Derulo and Gord Downie as well as speeches of empowerment and awareness of Canada’s history and future, it was a concert like no other.
Here’s a video that will help describe a little more about the event:
Like the video said, you can’t buy a ticket to WE Day. It is earned through your school and the work you do to support Me to We and Free the Children.
This was not my first time attending WE Day. Back in 2010 I was fortunate enough to attended for the first time in Vancouver. I found myself so inspired and it gave me a love and connection to the organization and the work that they do. So when I was faced with the offer to go again this year, I was ecstatic. I remember being so moved the first time, that the idea of going again and getting to hear more speeches and be influenced to think about some more important topics that I hadn’t thought about before was fantastic.
On the subject of important topics I hadn’t really thought about before, there was one that really touched me deeply that made me think hard about it and continue to. There was a section of the performance that they really focused on Canadian history and the upcoming 150th anniversary of Canada, and during that part, one of the main points was about reconciliation. The section started and was led by Gord Downie and the project that he was working on called “The Secret Path.” They told us about the story of Chanie Wenjack, a young native boy who died while trying to get back to his family from the reformation school that he was being kept at. Gord did this through song, speech and video as well as bringing along Chanie’s sister Pearl Wenjack. Pearl also did a short speech before singing a song in her native language. The atmosphere at this moment was intense. The whole stadium felt moved. It definitely left an impact as it is the thing I have been telling people about since.
This is an experience that will stay with me forever. It was a life changing event that has inspired me to help change the world and I am so grateful for being able to attend. If you ever get to go I would say: take the chance to be inspired. For we all can be the change.
Emanuel Reviews ‘Clash Royale’ – an online game he enjoys playing with his father.
The Finest Hours, by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, is a thrilling, non-fiction story that describes in detail the most daring coast guard rescue of all time. Released as a movie in 2016, this book is inspirational and has amazing character development.
Caught in a terrible storm on Feb. 18, 1952, two different oil tankers on the coast of Cape Cod split in half. Each of the four segments was left stranded. Without engine power, these tankers drifted in the 40- to 60-foot swells, in the most dangerous storm ever seen in New England.
The Finest Hours follows four different sea rescues, each one forming a different section of the story. My favourite part was the first one, involving coast guard Bernie Webber and his crew of Richard Livesey, Andy Fitzgerald, and Ervin Maske. These four men risked their lives in a 36 foot wooden lifeboat to save the seamen trapped on the S.S Pendleton’s bow.
This story is very thought provoking, and shows what a true coast guard rescue would be like. Not only did it drag me in like a boat pulled out to sea, this book captivated my attention to the very end.
— BookoftheDay.org (@bookofthedayorg) January 26, 2016
Also fascinating was the book’s epilogue, which followed the life of the CG 36500, the boat Bernie Webber used in the rescue. It explains the journey it took from the backyard of a boathouse, to huge restoration projects, to its final resting place – a museum in Cape Cod. The story also tracks what happened to the men of the gold-medal crew, an honour that each man received after this daring rescue.
Overall, I give this book 5/5 stars. I strongly recommend it.
Kubo and the Two Strings is a fantasy adventure film. It’s directed by Travis Knight and produced with Lanika. The film follows the adventure of young boy Kubo. He resides above a village with his mother. His mother instructs that Kubo must never stay out past sunset. When Kubo disobeyed this rule, his mother’s fractured past comes back to ruin their peaceful life. It sparks an old vendetta, and forces Kubo to leave his mother and to seek the armor, helmet and sword of his father, a legendary samurai…
Kubo and the Two Strings uses traditional stop motion, puppets, computer-generated imagery, and 3D printing to create breathtaking scenery and lively characters. This interesting process added more elements to traditional stop-motion (made it futuristic), and made the transitions flow better. An 18-foot stop-motion puppet was even created! The story has the characteristics of a folklore influenced by Japanese culture. It displays a variety of emotions, as well as coming to terms with imperfections, and being human.
In conclusion, Kubo and the Two Strings has an interesting story and unique characters. In my own opinion though, I felt the story was missing something. The scenes have been laboured over to create its wondrous appearance. It teaches new methods of stop motion and Japanese culture. I think it’s a great movie to watch. However be cautious of watching with young children, there are some deep topics. I enjoyed it immensely, 4.5/5 stars.
Behind the scenes: technology – How the studio behind ‘Kubo’ went high tech to make stop-motion look astonishing
Behind the scenes: timelapse of stop-motion – A Behind-the-Scenes Timelapse Captures the Extraordinary Physical Labor for the New Stop Motion Film ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’
Check this out: the graphic novels Super Agent Jon Le Bon, books 1-5 by Alex A.
Why it’s cool? Why do you like it?
I like the Jon Le Bon series because it is funny and cool. It’s funny because Jon Le Bon does silly things, like in book 5 (Time Travel Fridge) he decides he wants to fight some giraffes who walk on two legs and some weird elephants. I think it’s cool because there’s a lot of action and excitement that happens in all 5 books, since this book is an action adventure featuring secret agent Jon Le Bon.
Is it entertaining, educational, or both?
I think this book is mostly entertaining, because it’s full of a lot of action and excitement. But if you’re looking to start your own secret agency, this book tells you how to do that since it’s all about a secret agency.
Hi, my name is Solange. I’m 8 years of age and today I’ll be happy to tell you about my favourite TV show.
My favourite TV show is ‘Jessie’.
In this video I tell you why.
My name is Maia, I’m eleven years old and I love playing outside. Just this summer, I travelled to Norway and visited our family. After that we were off to our cabin. My sister and I went swimming and took boat rides around close to the cabin. We picked blueberries and mushrooms together as a family. We finished our vacation by backpacking from Oslo to Norway’s Arctic.
Even in Toronto we take hikes and bike rides all the time as a family in city parks and ravines. It is not only good for the kids it’s also good for you to bond with your family.
It’s important for kids to go outside because it gives them space to explore, be creative, make new friends and get a little messy.
It is better to get kids outside when they are around 1-6 years old because then they will enjoy it more when they get older. If you do it when they are older they won’t be use to it. That doesn’t mean you can’t start going on hikes and things like that when they are older but it won’t be as easy as it would be when they are little.
I have to admit that I also like to go on my phone and go on the computer, and having a little screen time is okay for kids too, but my parents always find a right time to tell me to go outside. I always have just as much fun outside as I do inside.
My sister and I have a tree house but you don’t need a tree house in you backyard to have fun, you can make mud pies, (that’s where getting a little messy comes in) do some gardening, make forts with chairs and blankets, you can make up games like obstacle courses, and find things you and you family like. If you don’t have a backyard you can go to parks and play in playgrounds and climb trees and run around.
You may think that when summer is over the fun is over but there are fun things to do in the winter too. Winter has just as many fun things to do like skiing, (downhill and cross-country) sledding, snow ball fights, making snow people, snow angels and you can come up with a game yourself. It’s also fun to play in the rain. My sister and I jump in puddles, listen to the rain falling and just dance in the rain. (until we hear thunder, then we go inside.)
Thank you for reading this and I hope you start your outdoor family adventure. As my mom always says, “there is no bad weather only bad clothing”.
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