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  Students shape future through Future City
Students shape future through Future City
Feb. 19, 2017 - In the year 2120, Cascadia, a city in southeast Nevada, is powered by the sun, algae, and a skywalk. Residents are authentically connected through public spaces supporting social interactions, offering recreational opportunities, and providing basic services. Designed in 2016 by students at Franklin Middle School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cascadia is a regional winner, one of 43 teams vying for the Future City grand prize. It will be announced Tuesday.
 
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February Fun: Great Backyard Bird Count February Fun: Great Backyard Bird Count
Feb. 16, 2017 - Birders around the world will be counting birds and submitting their checklists to the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) database.
 
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Week of February 13

acidic: adjective; having properties of a pH below 7.0; harsh;
Hot springs can be acidic and - dangerous

applicable: adjective; able to be applied, relevant;
Study finds good reason to remove leaves from streets

beneficial: adjective; having a benefit, helpful, good;
RAGBRAI XLV reveals route across Iowa

mountainous: adjective; of or related to mountains;
Russian spacecraft lost

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February 19

1966: Justine Bateman, actress famous for her role on the television hit comedy Family Ties starring Michael J. Fox, was born in Rye, New York.

1960: Prince Andrew, Duke of York and brother to Price Charles who is next in line to the throne of England, was born in London to Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

1943: Homer Hickam Jr., author of the Rocket Boys that was made into the popular movie, October Sky, was born in Coalwood, West Virginia.

1942: President Franklin Roosevelt ordered about 110,000 Japanese-Americans living in coastal areas on the Pacific Ocean interred following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

1473: Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish astronomer and priest who placed the sun as the center of our planetary system, instead of the Earth, and which formed the basis of his Copernican Theory, was born in Torun, Poland.

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Avant Garden is 'magnifique'Avant Garden is 'magnifique'
Dec. 21, 2016 - Nerves calm, spirits soar, and the holiday frenzy evaporates into warm, moist air at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Is that a skirt growing in the garden? Yes, it is.

 

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2. How did people living before 1870 produce fabric in colors? Describe the process. 

3. How were fashion, history, and botany woven together in the Avant Garden exhibit? 

 


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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. 
 
 
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Students shape future through Future CityStudents shape future through Future City
Feb. 19, 2017 - In the year 2120, Cascadia, a city in southeast Nevada, is powered by the sun, algae, and a skywalk. Residents are authentically connected through public spaces supporting social interactions, offering recreational opportunities, and providing basic services. Designed in 2016 by students at Franklin Middle School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cascadia is a regional winner, one of 43 teams vying for the Future City grand prize. It will be announced Tuesday.
February Fun: Great Backyard Bird Count February Fun: Great Backyard Bird Count
Feb. 16, 2017 - Birders around the world will be counting birds and submitting their checklists to the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) database.
Museum offers unique way to spend Presidents Day Museum offers unique way to spend Presidents Day
Feb. 10, 2017 - The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is offering the public a special way to spend Presidents Day.
Preservation of the Grand Canyon is rock solidPreservation of the Grand Canyon is rock solid
Feb. 9, 2017 - Rock at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is nearly two billion years old. Preserving this natural wonder began in 1893.
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