At Build 'n Blocks, laughter drifts from youngsters, punctuating the buzz of motorized cars and the pop of plastic blocks snapping together. Kids preschool through eighth grade construct catapults, devise chemical compounds to create slime, and develop sparks of interest in science, engineering, and math. The instructors at Build ‘n Blocks stress that the earlier kids dabble in these fields, the greater their learning abilities will be throughout their lives.
While stacking Legos into replicas of cities or assembling mechanized robots with K'nex, kids develop a comprehension of basic physics without watching the Three Stooges try and run an elevator factory. During science experiments, youngsters strap on goggles to investigate and diagnose unknown illnesses, forming the foundation of inquisitive minds capable of problem solving. As they work together on laptops or around tables strewn with drawing and sculpting materials, they also form an aptitude for teamwork and social interactions. The team at Build 'n Blocks also fosters an appreciation for math and science through afterschool programs and birthday parties.
If it has a propellor and wings, Terry Russell can probably figure out how to fly it. The founder of 1World Aero has clocked more than 10,000 hours of flight time in all types of aircraft. Joined by a staff of pilots and instructors, Terry operates and maintains a fleet of EADS-Socata planes suited for anything from basic to advanced flight training.?
But training future pilots isn't 1World Aero's only goal. The staff members also share their love of flying through tours of the surrounding area. Departing from Tipton Airport, these flights reach altitudes between 1,000 and 2,000 feet, giving folks stunning views normally reserved for birds and victims of Fizzy Lifting Drink. These views can include familiar sights such as Baltimore Harbor and Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse.
A nonprofit castle-themed adventure land created by The Good Knight Child Empowerment Network, The Good Knight Enchanted Kingdom & Family Museum is an interactive fairy-tale realm designed to teach children about safety. Founded by a coalition of retired federal officers, The Good Knight Child Empowerment Network's mission is to empower kids and their parents through education, using the fairy-tale format to bring awareness to such hard-to-talk-about topics as child abduction. Through special events, shows, summer camps, and onsite adventures, costumed fairies and brave knights lead their young charges on themed challenges and quests to encourage them to fulfill socially responsible roles and build their self-esteem. The shows also teach children how to employ the ABCs of protection and how to recognize the 10 basic physiological deceptions that criminal predators often use to manipulate their victims, giving kids the skills to defend themselves and their peers.
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If the main objective of the glamour photographer is to make the model look attractive, there are probably more challenging subjects than Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera—but that doesn't mean David Blecman is complaining. The Positive Negatives founder and longtime shutterbug—he was named the photo editor of his county newspaper before his 20th birthday more than 30 years ago—has a history of plucking these plum gigs, having snapped pictures of celebrities such as Jimmy Buffett and Gene Simmons and worked for commercial clients including Sears, JCPenney, and Bath & Body Works.
At his studio, Blecman applies his skills toward shooting everything from headshots for models and actors to portraits of kids and teens. He also shares his expertise during workshops that cover both photography and modeling, so students can know what it feels like to be on both sides of a lens without giving their neighbors a turn with the binoculars.
“We teach you the job” may as well be Atius Technology Institute’s motto. Their instructors, most of whom have more than 10 years of experience in information technology, help students gain practical knowledge that can help them hit the ground running as soon as they get hired. During a variety of courses, including Security+, Cisco ICND1 and 2, and Windows Active Directory, instructors not only prep students for their IT certifications, but also for on-the-job proficiency in a variety of IT fields. The institute also doubles as a mobile testing center where students can take their certification exams, then walk to an adjacent room to ask their favorite teacher for a gold star sticker.