The Mad Platter is a spacious, comfortable studio where friends and family can paint, stencil, and sponge imagery that's wildly innovative, beautiful, or commemorates the ancient Athenian victory at Marathon onto pottery ready to be filled with flowers, pencils, or wishes. Hundreds of pottery pieces—including small tiles ($4), small figurines ($8), mugs ($10), and large handled serving platters ($45–$56)—rest atop neat wooden shelves, coyly awaiting the brushstrokes of a fetching paint-slinger. After choosing your ceramic canvas, comb the studio's collection of bristly utensils and its vat of around 100 pigments to dash and daub to your hungry heart's content. Upon completion, you'll entrust your suddenly vivid earthenware to a friendly kiln master, who will glaze and fire the piece for pickup in about 7–10 days—before its debut on a lonely mantle or gifty transfer to Grandma's dinner table.
The Professional Bartending Institute sets aspiring bartenders apart from the pack with in-depth courses that cover all aspects of the job. Certified bartenders helm hands-on workshops in a simulated-bar atmosphere, honing students’ speed and organizational skills while teaching them to mix cocktails, comply with state alcohol laws, and provide customer service that goes beyond sticking their hand in drinks to ensure they’re wet. Once students have completed their training and obtained their bartending certificates, the center’s job placement experts help place them in bar settings that suit their credentials and personalities.
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Unlike most schools, a child's mind doesn’t shut down as soon as it's summer. Luckily, Exploration DayZ's team steps in during these weeks away from the chalkboard, harnessing children's natural learning powers and pointing them towards new areas. They don’t work out of a regular school set up, though—they eschew traditional four-walled classrooms for the entirety of Greensboro. During day camps, counselors take groups to museums, parks, swimming pools, and other local destinations. Campers will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in new cultures through activities, such as African dance lessons, that don’t involve loitering at international airport terminals.
Exploration DayZ's commitment to education extends beyond the summer as well. Their knowledgeable tutors work with students during after school programs, helping them complete homework or learn entirely new skills, such as a foreign language.
Though many students come to Mathnasium having fallen behind their classmates, a mathematically advanced child sparked the learning program’s creation. As founder Larry Martinek’s young son, Nic, developed an appetite for higher-level math concepts, Larry found himself developing an entirely new teaching language to explain them in an age-appropriate way. The kind of instincts he sought to build up couldn’t be nurtured by drills and rote memorization. Instead, they required a deeper understanding of the principles at the root of mathematical operations, delivered in a way that grade-school kids could apply throughout their academic careers.
In just a decade’s time, Larry and his team have established Mathnasium centers in most U.S. states and more than a dozen other countries. At each, tutors who earned a 700 or higher on the math portion of the SAT develop custom learning plans for students in grades K–12 based on The Mathnasium Method. The system combines an education strategy of conceptual, tactile, and visual techniques with a curriculum structure that ensures kids can count, think proportionally, and tell the difference between a multiplication sign and a plus sign by scent alone. Tutors allow some time each session to help students with the concepts in their math homework, and the centers regularly check report cards and standardized tests as further measures of progress.
Some 233 lemurs have traveled from the island of Madagascar to call the Duke Lemur Center in Raleigh home. Here, at one of the world’s largest sanctuaries for rare and endangered prosimian primates, they find protection and able tennis partners in their caretakers. The Lemur Center looks to promote research and understanding of these interesting creatures—ancient relatives of monkeys, apes, and humans—while further sustaining global biodiversity.
Not ones to keep these creatures all to themselves, the scientists at the Duke Lemur Center offer an array of tours that let visitors get up close. The Walking with Lemurs experience removes all barriers between tourists and the animals, such as the ringtailed lemur, the red-bellied lemur, and the bamboo lemur. During Lemurs Live!, a knowledgeable guide introduces them to about 10 different species and explains what makes them some of the most interesting animals on the planet.
As one of 194 affiliates in the nation's largest dropout-prevention network, Communities In Schools of Durham (CIS) works to reduce the dropout rate by using evidence-based programs and connecting students with resources to help them achieve success, such as local corporations, civic agencies, and human-services agencies.
CIS places full-time staff members in schools, where they implement programs and form individual relationships with students who have a greater risk for dropping out. As part of its programming, CIS sponsors tours to local colleges so students can learn more about potential opportunities, gain inspiration for earning a high-school diploma, and begin to identify their ideal career path.