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  'Human computers' did the math
'Human computers' did the math
Feb. 15, 2018 - Hidden Figures, a book by Margot Lee Shetterly, tells the riveting story of African American 'human computers' who were recruited in the 1940s to work at the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, a lab operated by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). NACA evolved to NASA in 1958. Student News Net recently interviewed Bill Barry, NASA's chief historian, about that important period in NASA's history.
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Flu cases still risingFlu cases still rising
Feb. 13, 2018 - Now in week 11, overall flu activity continues to rise, according to Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting CDC director.
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Week of February 12

decommissioned: verb; taken out of active service;
Sullivan Brothers: a legacy of sacrifice, service and loyalty

eradicated: verb; eliminated forever;
Barron Prize honors Young Heroes

ravaged: verb; to destroy, to cause great harm;
Conservation is priceless

veering: verb; moving, changing course or direction;
2017 sets record for weather and climate disasters

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1968: Molly Ringwald, actress who appeared in The Breakfast Club, was born in Roseville, California.

1957: Vanna White, TV personality on Wheel of Fortune, was born in Conway, South Carolina.

1892: Wendall Willkie, presidential nominee of the Republican Party in 1940 who ran against, and lost to, Franklin Roosevelt, was born in Elwood, Indiana.

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Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE DayHands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day
Sept. 18, 2017 - The Norman Borlaug Boyhood Home in Cresco, Iowa served as an outdoor classroom Friday for more than 250 fifth graders.


1. How did Norman Borlaug save the lives of one billion people through his research and work in Mexico?

2. How is the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation keeping the legacy of Norman Borlaug alive?

3. What does it mean to "literally walk in the footsteps of Dr. Norman Borlaug?" 

INSPIRE Day was an exciting and educational field trip for students.



I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads: Since 1952, political ads have aired on television during presidential elections. Seismic changes have occurred in the nation since that time but the power and punch of political ads remain the same.

Major flooding impacts Iowa: Thousands of residents in eastern and central Iowa spent the Sept. 24-25 weekend filling and placing sandbags around buildings to protect against rising water predicted to reach flood stage in many locations.
Scrumptious Salsa Science: Salsa is scrumptious, a fun food that is super nutritious, super easy to make, and super science. Learn how hydroponic vegetables are grown with Bryan Ellis from the Toledo Natural Science Technology Center. 
One Hot and Cool Topic: The Art - and Science - of Glass: Watch a master instructor of glassblowing sculpt a bowl from a gob of molten glass. 
What are the Iowa Caucuses?: Learn the history of the Iowa Caucuses through "First in the Nation," an exhibit at the Iowa Historical Museum in Des Moines. 
Heads up: the GBBC is on!Heads up: the GBBC is on!
Feb. 16, 2018 - The 21st Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is on! From today through Monday, global birders will be counting birds.
'The Flying Tomato' soars again'The Flying Tomato' soars again
Feb. 14, 2018 - Shaun White had one last run. He was in second place and needed more than 95.25 points to win Olympic gold in the snowboard halfpipe.
Flu cases still risingFlu cases still rising
Feb. 13, 2018 - Now in week 11, overall flu activity continues to rise, according to Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting CDC director.
Save the Date: Digital Learning DaySave the Date: Digital Learning Day
Feb. 10, 2018 - Begun in 2012, Digital Learning Day is Feb. 22, a day designed to explore and promote meaningful uses of technology in the classroom.
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