The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
A smartphone's tiny screen relies on the strange properties of liquid crystals. Check out Groupon's study of LCDs to learn how they create the vivid pictures in your pocket.
The term liquid crystal seems a contradiction, but a liquid crystal is actually neither a liquid nor a solid?it's both, stuck in a sort of chemical limbo with its molecules somewhere between the liquid and solid phases. When an electrical current passes through a liquid crystal, its molecular orientation changes, and so does the direction of light that passes through it. By sandwiching these crystals between polarized glass and manipulating the current passing through them, your phone is able to control the light they channel, resulting in the high-contrast images that appear on screen. Although our brains only see each pixel as a single dot, each consists of red, blue, and green subpixels that, when lit at various intensities, can emit more than 16 million colors.
Despite their advanced applications, liquid crystals are not a recent discovery. They were first identified in the late 19th century by a scientist studying cholesterol extracted from carrots?a natural source of liquid crystals, as are human beings and most other living things, which tend to have them in their cell membranes. Liquid crystals and LCDs were the subject of research and patent applications throughout the early 20th century?including one filed by Marconi?s Wireless Telegraph Company in 1936?and finally hit consumer electronics in the early 1970s, when they were introduced in wristwatches.
Party Kingdom invites kids to celebrate birthdays, fundraisers, and church or school outings with a wonderland full of obstacle courses, bounce houses, and games. Guests zoom down ziplines, scramble up climbing walls, and show off their sports skills at inflatable baseball batting stations before relaxing with meals of pizza, pasta, and sub sandwiches.
Spend some time working out at Rhino Strength Athletics, and your newly strengthened core will thank you. The elite fitness studio trains its clients with hybrid strongman movements performed at a high intensity for maximum results. In small group training sessions, instructors dole out plenty of individual attention. But don't expect any coddling. The titanic trainers care enough about each of their clients to challenge them to pull off pain-inducing, muscle-obliterating lifts and squats.
At Glam Girls Kids Spa & Tea Room, girls get their fill of fun activities—from playing dress-up in princess gowns to walking the runway during fashion shows. Glam Girls showers kids with mani-pedis, facials, and hairstyling services within a festive atmosphere that’s perfect for birthday parties or special outings. Pink tablecloths and lavender walls set the scene for tea parties, and bright, comfy couches let girls lounge in style while their nails dry.