Young people in kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to participate in Kids Voting Durham’s upcoming Youth Candidate Questionnaire & Guide and Youth Forum. Click here to take a survey that asks what is important to you and what you want done to improve our city. The answers will be compiled and students will be the ones running the forum and asking questions of candidates running for mayor and the City Council.
The western hemisphere will experience a solar eclipse for a few hours on Monday, August 21. A solar eclipse is when the Moon passes right between the Sun and the Earth. When it reaches a certain point, the Moon totally blocks out the Sun—it gets strangely dark in the daytime and there’s an immediate drop in temperature. Here in North Carolina, we’ll be right outside the path of the total eclipse, but the partial eclipse will still be pretty dramatic. The last total solar eclipse was in 1979 and the next one won’t happen until 2024.)
They will have Solar Eclipse Celebrations at Sarah P Duke Gardens in Durham and the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill, but if you can’t go, you can still have fun with it at home.
One thing you must remember is to never, ever look directly at the Sun. Sun rays are powerful and will damage your eyes—even if the Moon blocks them partially. Dark sunglasses aren’t good enough, and don’t let anyone you know try to watch the eclipse using a camera or telescope. That is extremely dangerous! The only safe viewing glasses are the ones that are sold at approved science shops (like the Morehead Planetarium gift shop). (I just found out they also sell official solar eclipse glasses at Lowe’s. Ask your folks to see if they can grab a few before they sell out (at $2 each.)
If you can’t get your hands on official solar eclipse glasses, that’s okay. Here’s a fun, free, and safe way to see what happens during an eclipse:
Nobody’s going to get a better view of the solar eclipse than NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). They’re going to have several exciting livestreams that you can watch online. Click on the logo below to read about the NASA livestreams—Watch the solar eclipse from sites around the country on your computer on smart phone as it happens!
Upcoming Scholarship Fair
Attention, students: It’s not too early to start getting ready for Infinite Scholars’ Scholarship Fair, which will be held at the Emily K Center (904 W Chapel Hill St) on Thursday, October 5, 9am–noon. This Scholarship Fair is open to all students. Representatives from colleges and universities will be there to talk about scholarships, and some will be accepting students and offering scholarships on the spot. You’ll need to have multiple copies of your transcripts, ACT/SAT test scores, letters of recommendation, and resumé. Start giving thought to and putting together an essay called “Why I Want to Go to College,” because you’ll need copies of that, too. It’s free to attend, but you must register first. Visit infinitescholar.org and pass on this info to your friends.
Free college-level courses
Keep your skills sharp and have fun learning new things over your summer vacation. edX is an online source for finding classes offered by renowned colleges and universities from around the world that you can take for free. Some courses start on specific dates and others are totally self-paced. Most require that you dedicate a few hours per week to the course, and although work is involved, you don’t have to worry about finals and term papers. Here are some upcoming courses; click here to explore the site and look for classes on subjects you’re interested in.
Arabic classes for k–6
Arabic Classes are being offered on Saturdays from 6 to 7:30pm at Jamaat Ibad Ar-Rahman’s Fayetteville St masjid (3034 Fayetteville St). These classes are for young people from kindergarten through 6th grade. Call 919-394-7336 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Various groups/organizations will be giving away school supplies to low-income children this month. I’ll update this list as information comes in: