If there was a single store that housed all the boats and campers of 50 companies, it would need to be the size of Arkansas. The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show precludes the task of building such a titanic edifice by bringing together more than 50 exhibitors—among them Austin Canoe & Kayak and Shoreline Boat & RV Repair—at the Austin Convention Center in mid-January. Here, the exhibitors display myriad pontoons, fishing boats, and truck campers—which are more comfortable than a tent pitched in the trunk of a Pontiac sedan. Area dealers such as Sail and Ski Center and Crestview RV Center join them, flaunting the latest boat and camper models. In addition to hands-on displays, the show hosts seminars that teach students how to properly dock their boats or use marine GPS (seminars are an additional fee).
Helmed by Daniel Fenster, a chiropractor with more than 25 years of experience, Complete Wellness?s professional team assuages ailments with a wide array of healing services. The attentive staff, which includes a New York?licensed acupuncturist and a certified Prana yoga instructor, covers all facets of clients? health histories before formulating comprehensive treatment plans to address symptoms as varied as chronic sinusitis, joint pain, and barnacle infestation. A personalized approach provides treatments ranging from chiropractic adjustments and massage to rehabilitative sports medicine and custom orthotics made in-house.
Manhattan Elite Prep's staff of teachers and consultants carries firsthand experience navigating the complicated labyrinth of school admissions. Some were students whose high test scores and poignant essays got them into top PhD and Ivy League MBA programs. Some consultants served on admissions committees of coveted schools and know what experience, qualities, and acrobatic feats make student applications stand out. Now, this team of insiders at a firm with more than 10 years of experience pools its knowledge to help students who are serious about acing tests and placing in their top schools. They emphasize efficiency, packing as much information as they can into the time allotted, and exceeding beyond minimum requirements. Courses covering entrance tests teach students to work smarter, ruling out wrong answers and budgeting their time wisely, and essay consultants pare down applications to deliver rich content in a limited word count. Customers may complete classes online or interact in-person with their instructors as well as fellow students.
By the time a child turns 6, his or her brain has already reached 90% of its developmental potential. Froggin Learning Center's teachers use the years leading up to this deadline, helping kids fill their expanding minds with a second language instead of ideas for mud-based desserts. Not only do students absorb the second language better than adults, but the process of learning that language helps develop kids' creativity and intelligence.
Froggin's teaching methodology relies heavily on the work of two renowned child psychologists: Piaget and Gardner. They believed that a positive, stimulating environment, much like chalkboards made of candy bark, keeps children engaged and motivated. With a max of eight children per teacher, each classroom bustles with personal attention, games, music, and interpersonal activities designed to organically incorporate English or Spanish into speech.
e-Careers helps students flesh out their resum?s and advance their careers with continuing education, available online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The company hosts study programs that detail children?s education, web design, and most foreign languages, excluding the language of robot love. To simulate the traditional classroom experience as much as possible, each course comes to life with animated content, video and audio training, and virtual laboratories. Likewise, communicative features such as discussion boards allow participants to collaborate and converse, eliminating the need to send tweets when the teacher?s back is turned. Technical support is available 24 hours a day Monday?Friday by phone, email, and online chat.
Some of the hyper-interactive classes at IQuest Global Enrichment Center cover subjects kids might encounter in school—math, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese—but others challenge them to use their critical thinking skills in totally different ways. Some sessions teach kids to create YouTube-appropriate digital films, while others focus on engineering simple machines from Legos, rather than from a little brother and an extra-large hamster wheel. Groups are kept small and, whenever possible, surrounded by innovative technological tools in a space where goldfish float near the ceiling and a map of the world sprawls across the floor.