Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The 2,400-Year Search for the Atom - Theresa Doud

How do we know what matter is made of? The quest for the atom has been a long one, beginning 2,400 years ago with the work of a Greek philosopher and later continued by a Quaker and a few Nobel Prize-winning scientists. Theresa Doud details the history of atomic theory.

Lesson by Theresa Doud, animation by TED-Ed.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Hoooo Eats Whooo: Dissecting Owl Pellets

Ever wonder what would happen if humans could not digest our food?

Our STEAM After School students at Kairos learned about owls and their inability to digest bones by dissecting Owl Pellets.

With the help of The Academy of 21st Century Learning's STEAM tutor, David, they found rat skulls and learned about jaws and different types and purpose of teeth!

Great job future scientists!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

How Do Scars Form? - Sarthak Sinha

It’s hard to escape childhood without racking up a few scars. Why do these leftover reminders of a painful cut or crash look different from the rest of our skin? And why do they stick around for so long after the incident that caused them? Sarthak Sinha explains how scars form.

Lesson by Sarthak Sinha, animation by Karrot Animation.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our Extraordinary Team : Thomas (Tommy) Mednick

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biochemistry, UC Davis, to be completed in 2015

As a biochemistry major and pre-med student, Tommy specializes in tutoring math and science, but he believes that it is important to be a well-rounded student. While algebra and geometry often aren’t favorite subjects, he thinks that enthusiasm and energy can make them enjoyable. If learning is fun, students will never want to stop!

Tommy likes to think that work ethic and time management are the most important tools to becoming proficient in any subject. Whether a student is struggling in math, chemistry, or writing, putting in the extra time is the first step to improvement. This means occasionally spending those few free hours in the day studying instead of with friends. It is also important to make the most out of that time by studying smart, which means avoiding distractions and making the best use of resources. Tommy believes that private tutoring is a great way for a student to most effectively utilize their study time, and ultimately develop strong study skills for the future.

Tommy has had a passion for helping those around him since he was a child, bringing his neighbors’ groceries up the stairs. He has volunteered in the medical field for several years; first in the Emergency Room at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos, CA. Currently, he works at Imani Clinic, an entirely student-run health clinic that focuses on providing care to the uninsured community at Oak Park in Sacramento. He began tutoring as part of a UC Davis club called Tutors for a Change; together, the club carpools to high schools in Yolo County that do not have the resources to hire paid tutors. When he was able to help students finally solve a tough geometry proof or work through algebra concepts they previously struggled with, he knew this was something he wanted to continue doing. Tommy is glad to be able to improve his skills and to help more students succeed as part of the team at the Academy of 21st Century Learning.

What is on your nightstand?
My nightstand is topped with a record player, a stereo, and speakers. After a long day, I like to unwind by lying down, closing my eyes, and filling my room with music!

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three things would you bring?
I would bring a barbeque, a lawn chair, and some steaks. Until the rescue boats came, I would enjoy a relaxing beach vacation.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Debunking Six Myths About Math Tutoring

A math tutor can help your child to gain understanding of new mathematics concepts. Your reasons for needing a tutor may vary from those of another family. Because math is such a vital function, a home tutor can help your child get the help she needs.

Regular Tutoring Schedule

It isn't necessary to block out an hour once or twice a week for your child to get the most benefit from a tutor. She may only need occasional help when she confronts new math concepts. Or, she might be reviewing material she's learned in the past so she can take college entrance exams and do well. Stay in regular contact with your child's tutor and adjust it as she needs so extra support is available.

Tutors Must be Certified Teachers

While math is a specialized topic, it isn't necessary for your child's home tutor to be a teacher holding a current teaching certification. Teaching and tutoring use different sets of skills. An effective math tutor who is consistent in helping her students knows how to communicate. He is also patient, knows what he is teaching and cheerful. Your child should feel comfortable working with him.

Tutoring is Homework Help

When you hire a tutor, don't expect him to sit next to your child and coach her through each of her math assignment problems. That is not his role. Homework is a supplemental activity intended to reinforce classroom learning. A tutor helps his students find ways of doing math that work for them. In short, he works to help them become independent thinkers.

Cheap Hourly Rates are Best

Hiring a tutor based on his hourly rate isn't the best way to select someone to work with your child. If he isn't as effective as he could be, you'll wind up spending more money than you had budgeted. Instead, interview tutoring agencies and ask them who their most successful tutors are. The more effective tutor will be in your home fewer times per week, and for shorter sessions.

Get Last-Minute Help Only

It's not very effective to hire a math tutor when your child is on the verge of failing a math class. Even when she is having an easy time with the material being taught, you should have a home tutor coming in and reinforcing current and past learning material.

A Math Tutor Will Take Too Much Time

Setting the groundwork for academic success is important, so set aside time for a tutor to come in and work with your child. Sure, she may need to come home early sometimes, but when she can demonstrate mastery of a difficult subject, she might actually have more time for those extracurricular activities she enjoys, such as sports, cheer or spending time with friends. When she can do the work more quickly, she won't have to spend long hours on math homework.

The Tutor Bright team aims to provide your child with the highest level of instruction and try to put a lifelong passion for learning. We provide tutor for elementary grades, high school & exam prep students in Toronto and surrounding areas.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

How Do the Lungs Work? - Emma Bryce

When you breathe, you transport oxygen to the body’s cells to keep them working, while also clearing your system of the carbon dioxide that this work generates. How do we accomplish this crucial and complex task without even thinking about it? Emma Bryce takes us into the lungs to investigate how they help keep us alive.

Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Andrew Zimbelman for The Foreign Correspondents' Club.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Who Was the First Man to Walk on the Moon?

Neil Armstrong!

When you learned this fact for the first time, was it this much fun?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Our Extraordinary Team : Mark Antkowiak


Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Davis, to be completed 2014

Currently a senior undergraduate at UC Davis, Mark studies biochemistry as his major and computer science as his minor. Using the knowledge he has gained in his studies, he specializes in working with students in math, physics, chemistry, biology, and computer science. As a part time researcher and a full time student, Mark understands the difficulties of managing time effectively and keeping on top of tough material. He believes that, with proper planning and persistence, anyone can reach his or her goal, whether it is completing a long laboratory experiment or acing a difficult calculus final. He strongly believes that “proper planning prevents poor performance.”

Keeping in mind his ultimate goal of becoming a physician researcher, Mark dedicates himself to thoroughly understanding his coursework and challenging his peers and students to achieve their best through hard work and perseverance. Starting with helping his junior pre-medical peers to excel in their classwork, Mark has continued to influence those around him; he volunteers with the Reading with Children program at a local elementary school and is an undergraduate biochemistry teaching assistant at UC Davis.

Throughout such involvement with the community, Mark’s goals for each of his students have remained the same: 1) form a strong knowledge base of core concepts to build upon, 2) develop strong time-management skills, and 3) nurture the development of critical thinking and problem solving.

Mark teaches students that every difficult problem can be broken down into simpler ones, and knowing the intricacies of the simple problems is quintessential to solving the tougher ones. As a self-professed lover of puzzles, Mark has always viewed the breaking down of such problems as a fun challenge. His infectious enthusiasm for such challenges encourages students to take on difficult problems, and seeing their success is one of the greatest joys he has been rewarded with.

What is one surprising fact about you?

I still own the Nintendo 64 I had in my childhood and play games on it every once in a while. My favorite game on this system is Super Smash Brothers and in high school I managed to win $50 in a tournament by playing this game.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three things would you bring?

If I were stuck on a deserted island, I would bring a sailboat, a water purification device and a satellite phone. I would use these items to get unstuck from the deserted island and make my way back home.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What Does the Liver Do? - Emma Bryce

There’s a factory inside you that weighs about 1.4 kilograms and runs for 24 hours a day. It’s your liver: the heaviest organ in your body, which simultaneously acts as a storehouse, a manufacturing hub, and a processing plant. Emma Bryce gives a crash course on the liver and how it helps keep us alive.

Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Andrew Zimbelman for The Foreign Correspondents' Club.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Our Extraordinary Team : Isabel Brice

Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Stanford University, 2005.

Isabel is an enthusiastic, friendly tutor who is also a substitute teacher in the community.  With her educational background and multi-faceted teaching experience, she excels at tutoring in all subjects.  Her goal for her students is to explore their creativity and achieve their highest potential.

What is one surprising fact about you?
One surprising fact about me is that I LOVE sharks.  My favorite time of the year is “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three things would you bring?
If I were stuck on a deserted island, I would bring my iPod, Kindle and a photo album of home.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Academy of 21st Century Learning Would Like to Wish You and Your Family a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Help Us Win The Daily Republic's "Readers Choice 2015 - Best Tutoring Center"

The Academy of 21st Century Learning was nominated for The Daily Republic's "Readers Choice 2015 - Best Tutoring Center".

Help us win!

Grab a copy of The Daily Republic ... vote and vote often for "Readers Choice 2015."

We look forward to celebrating with you all as winners!

1) Starting Sunday - go pick-up a copy of The Daily Republic (sold in grocery stores in Solano County)

2) Vote in the "Readers Choice 2015" for "Best Tutoring Company"

3) Mail in ballot or drop off at The Daily Republic office

Friday, November 21, 2014

Why Elephants Never Forget - Alex Gendler

It’s a common saying that elephants never forget. But the more we learn about elephants, the more it appears that their impressive memory is only one aspect of an incredible intelligence that makes them some of the most social, creative, and benevolent creatures on Earth. Alex Gendler takes us into the incredible, unforgettable mind of an elephant.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Avi Ofer.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our Extraordinary Team : Dakota DeFiore


Bachelor of Arts in English, Writing Studies, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 2012. Master of Fine Arts in English and Creative Writing (Prose), Mills College, 2014.

Growing up not far from the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, Dakota pursued her passions for teaching and writing as an undergraduate at Millersville University. She believes their program, and the people who worked tirelessly by her side, are the reasons she's been set up for success. After making a life changing move 3000 miles across the country, Dakota furthered her education by obtaining a Master's Degree in English and Creative Writing, a move she believes has taught her to open her eyes and expand her mind, to see the world outside of her small town perspective.

It shouldn't surprise you to know that Dakota is also a writer in her spare time. Currently, she has written two novels, both of which she says will always need revisiting, and she is also working on a collection of short stories. Aside from writing Prose, she also enjoys reading Utopian/Dystopian fiction and anything by Joan Didion. Although her specialization for teaching may fall within English/Language Arts, some of her other favorite subjects throughout her education have included math, psychology, science, and language, allowing her to be a versatile tutor here
at The Academy.

Dakota wants to obtain her PhD in English/Higher Education (she hasn't decided yet!), and that will hopefully happen some time down the road. For now, however, she is enjoying her recent marriage and the spare time away from school to focus on other hobbies and writing projects.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three things would you bring? 
As much as I would love to bring something technological, my three things would probably end up being my hammock, a guitar, and a hatchet.

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Chicken, any type of chicken--fried chicken, grilled chicken, chicken wings, chicken tenders... I'm getting hungry just writing this. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

How a Wound Heals Itself - Sarthak Sinha

Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, with a surface area of about 20 square feet in adults. When we are cut or wounded, our skin begins to repair itself through a complex, well-coordinated process. Sarthak Sinha takes us past the epidermis and into the dermis to investigate this regenerative response.

Lesson by Sarthak Sinha, animation by Karrot Animation.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Why Use a Personal Tutor?

Pupils and students in school today are subject to teachers who are teaching in a regime of relentless change. The teachers are under great pressure to achieve targets and fill in all the tickboxes and paperwork that lies behind it.

Teachers have lives too, and when they become overburdened then something has to give. All too often it is the quality of the education and individual pupil attention that suffers.

Personal tutors give the student extra time and individual attention, with face to face interaction in a way that online tutors cannot achieve. But, there are specific things you should do to ensure that you get the best out of a tutoring arrangement.

What does a Personal Tutor Offer?

An effective personal tutor offers additional:

  • 'space' for the student to learn, away from the group peer pressure in the classroom
  • additional learning time for the student
  • time for additional perspectives on a subject
  • time for additional knowledge and development of a pupil's own reasoning ability in the context of the subject

Exceptionally, a tutor will be able to illustrate relevance of the subject to its use in the real world, drawing on the tutor's personal experience. This is especially important in generating interest and enthusiasm in a student for a subject. Enthusiasm makes learning so much easier.

How should you use a Tutor?


Before engaging a tutor, be clear about what the objectives are that you want the student (probably your son or daughter) to achieve. Are the objectives to:

  • build/reinforce basic knowledge to achieve an exam pass?
  • improve exam grades?
  • build confidence in the student to achieve a basic pass?
  • improve exam technique (i.e the best ways to analyse and answer questions)?

Some objectives might be even more refined, for example interview preparation for a college/university interview, with 'mock interview' sessions and discussions of suitable answers for key interview areas.

The objective(s) you set for the student will govern the approach and the style of the tutor's approach to the student.

Also, the approach will be governed by the level at which the student is studying. Lower level will require more rote learning of basic facts and so on. At higher levels the student is expected to demonstrate the ability to reason more - using the facts and knowledge to extend exam answers, analyse, propose and argue for a particular point of view, draw conclusions and so on.

All too often, in the scrum of large classes, the individual learning needs of a student are subsumed under the pressure to raise the class average grade, and the opportunity to develop these key traits is very limited for those students who may not be, at that time, achieving their potential.

You should discuss your objectives beforehand with the tutor and the student, to ensure that everyone is aiming for the same outcome.

Brief the Tutor

You do also need to brief the tutor about any particular challenges that the student may be facing, personally and educationally. Family issues, for example, can affect motivation and the ability to concentrate and absorb knowledge.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tutoring Is One Method To Accelerate Learning

When children reach a certain age in America, usually five or six years old, they enter school. As is the case in this country all elementary and secondary schools are part of a system of public schools in America funded by tax revenue. Our education system was set up in this manner as a way to guarantee that every child in America would have a chance at an education. This education system was supposed to teach children the basic skills needed to live and work comfortably in our society. The skills taught to students would include reading, writing, basic math advanced math, geography and history to name just a few of the core subjects. However, many people would disagree with the quality of the education being taught in "government schools" and as a consequence two alternatives have emerged, home schooling, and tutoring. One of the reasons these alternative approaches have become so popular is that they allow a more one on one approach to the learning process. These methods allow the student more personalized attention, which some times gets lost in a large classroom setting.

The concept of tutoring is an age-old practice. It is generally thought to involve just a single individual but it can also encompass a small group. The most famous example of a relationship between a private educator and student is with Aristotle and his student the son of the King of Macedonia.. Aristotle was one of the greatest minds in western civilization. He lived during the years 384 -332 B.C and was involved in the study of many disciplines including physics, metaphysics, logic, linguistics, politics and ethics. He became so famous he eventually opened a school in Athens called the lyceum and in 343 B.C. Phillip the king of Macedonia hired Aristotle to teach his son Alexander. Aristotle's teaching must have had a significant impact on young Alexander because after he took control of the Greek throne from his father Phillip he turned Greece into the largest empire the world had ever seen. We now know this boy king today as Alexander the Great.

Tutoring today is mostly thought to involve the one on one instruction of a student by an expert teacher. Content knowledge is the essential ingredient here. And unlike in ancient times today this teaching method generally involves only one subject like math or literature. Empathy plays an important role in makeup of an effective teacher. The ability to understand and connect with a student is a highly prized skill and is one of the qualities that distinguishes a highly effective teacher over others. There are, however, other qualities that are also important in tutoring. Many of the best teachers also have the ability to use empathy and humor in their approach of passing on a skill or knowledge in a specific subject. The main goal of the teacher in this area is to help the student not only accelerate a specific skill and but to eventually become an independent person. This is accomplished by teaching the student to think critically. This is one area that many people admire in this education process and one area that many agree is missing in the public school system.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

The Unexpected Math Behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair

Physicist Werner Heisenberg said, “When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first.” As difficult as turbulence is to understand mathematically, we can use art to depict the way it looks. Natalya St. Clair illustrates how Van Gogh captured this deep mystery of movement, fluid and light in his work.

Lesson by Natalya St. Clair, animation by Avi Ofer.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How Do Vitamins Work? - Ginnie Trinh Nguyen

Vitamins are the building blocks that keep our bodies running; they help build muscle and bone, capture energy, heal wounds and more. But if our body doesn’t create vitamins, how do they get into our system? Ginnie Trinh Nguyen describes what vitamins are, how they get into our bodies -- and why they are so crucial.

Lesson by Ginnie Trinh Nguyen, animation by The Moving Company Animation Studio.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Academy 4's Want to Know: "Will the Parts of an Apple Float?"

We know that apples float from the classic game, "Bobbing for Apples", but will the parts of an apple float independently?

Interesting fact: the core and skin will float, but seeds sink immediately!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How Do Germs Spread (and why do they make us sick)? - Yannay Khaikin and Nicole Mideo

Germs are found on almost every surface we come in contact with, which makes it incredibly common for our bodies to be exposed to them. But why are some of these germs relatively harmless, while others can be fatal? Yannay Khaikan and Nicole Mideo explore this question by examining germs’ varying modes of transmission.

Lesson by Yannay Khaikin and Nicole Mideo, animation by Ace & Son Moving Picture Co., LLC.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Academy 4's singing their ABC's

The Academy 4's proudly singing their ABC's, which includes a bit of improv about puppies ... and it should!

Fun and education go hand in hand at The Academy of 21st Century Learning!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Give Your Child the Academic Advantage With Math Tutoring

Math can be one of the most challenging subjects for students to grasp. Math tutoring services provide a way for your child to make headway, even when he or she seemed totally confused before. With individual math tutoring, a student can overcome those difficult concepts and take tests with confidence.

Most children do well with basic addition and subtraction. However, when the problems become more complex and challenging as in the case of Algebra and Geometry, many begin to falter and get behind their classmates. This gap in comprehension can lead to poor test scores, causing the student to feel inferior and potentially lead to poor behavior in other areas of life. Tutoring can be focused on areas that your child specifically needs help with.

In most cases, a math tutoring program can be customized to fit your child's needs. By speaking with your child's teachers, you can identify where the child is struggling and map out a plan to help your child maintain the same level as his or her classmates. If a child is further behind than expected, it is helpful to utilize math tutoring services to help him or her catch up. Once the child is consistently testing at levels expected for their age group, you can then devise a strategy to accelerate their learning with the result being high test scores.

Tutoring in Math will help identify how your child solves complex problems. Since each child has a different style of learning, using a program with your child's learning style in mind will greatly increase the likelihood of success. Some children are visual learners and require visual aids to grasp more difficult concepts such as trigonometry and calculus. Using analogies and visual imagery helps them to "see" the solution. Math tutoring services should utilize whatever methods help your child learn.

When receiving math tutoring, it's always recommended that students be recognized for their accomplishments. When they have been struggling with complicated formulas or shapes, this challenges their problem solving skills and can be quite taxing on a mental and emotional level. By rewarding the smallest achievements, this encourages the child to try again. This is positive re-enforcement that a child might not otherwise receive in a standard classroom setting.

If your child has been struggling in math and you're both becoming frustrated with lack of progress, consider tutoring services as a solution. Receiving extra support and encouragement will go a long way in building your child's confidence in tackling difficult problems and will improve their test scores.

The Academic Advantage provides math tutoring services for K-12. For a list of cities that we provide tutoring services in, please visit: http://www.academicadvantage.com/tutoring/.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Academy 4's - Reading Sight Words

The Academy 4's finding the pre-kindergarten sight words in a sentence.

Great job 4's!

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Academy 4's - A Big...

The Academy 4's with their first reading assignment - "A Big...".

It is an amazing feeling to see pride in their hard work.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

How Do We Study the Stars? - Yuan-Sen Ting

Our best technology can send men to the Moon and probes to the edge of our solar system, but these distances are vanishingly small compared to the size of the universe. How then can we learn about the galaxies beyond our own? Yuan-Sen Ting takes us into deep space to show how astronomers study the stars beyond our reach.

Lesson by Yuan-Sen Ting, animation by Kozmonot Animation Studio.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Academy 4's - Measuring Part 1

The Academy 4's group learns everything through the STEAM disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

This video shows our students using the scientific method in measurement.

How many pieces of fruit will fit on two different size kabob sticks? What do you think?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cloudy Climate Change: How Clouds Affect Earth's Temperature - Jasper Kirkby

As the Earth’s surface temperature gradually rises, it has become vital for us to predict the rate of this increase with as much precision as possible. In order to do that, scientists need to understand more about aerosols and clouds. Jasper Kirkby details an experiment at CERN that aims to do just that.

Lesson by Jasper Kirkby, animation by Cedric Richer.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Math Tutoring Services for Kids

Math tutoring is one of the most frequently requested services for children looking to succeed in school. There are now many different private teaching services around the country that target specific areas of education. Mathematics is one of the subjects that many kids have difficulty with. Many children are shy to actually say that they have issues with this subject. It is always a good idea for the parents to be supportive and understanding of the child's problems in school.


Remedial math tutoring is one of the services that private tutors often offer their clients. This is necessary if the child has difficulty understanding lesson plans in school. This usually happens when the teacher explains the topic and reinforces it with the kids, but some kids still need more explanation. For the most part, many teachers are willing to help, but sometimes they run out of time, or the students themselves may be embarrassed to come out and ask for help in front of the entire class. A tutor can help to reinforce what has been taught to the child in the beginning of the week by giving examples that are easy to understand or explaining how the result was achieved in a different way. Mathematics can often be presented in different ways and some children are taught through other channels outside of what the teacher has presented. Sometimes, kids learn mathematics through repetitive movements and actions that help them understand the patterns that are being made.

Advanced math tutoring is available for students who wish to get ahead of the curve. Tutors for advanced lessons help kids tackle the next chapter in the curriculum in order for the child to be prepared. Many parents and even children like to come to school prepared for the upcoming subject because this actually gives them an edge in class. Children who are usually tutored for advanced subjects are those who are vying for an honor. Education has become very competitive these days and having an edge on other children is something that many parents and children put a premium on. Advanced knowledge also takes the pressure off of many kids who may feel pressured when faced with a totally new subject that they may have some difficulty understanding. Studying in advance not only takes the pressure off but it also helps to boost their confidence.

One of the benefits of math tutoring is giving the kids confidence in themselves by reinforcing what they have learned in school. Reiterating their topic and helping them understand it further, as well as helping them discover other ways to solve the problems, can make them more open to other solutions and ways to tackle math problems. Many mathematical topics are related to each other and it is always a good idea to promote deeper understanding.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Where Do Genes Come From? - Carl Zimmer

When life emerged on Earth about 4 billion years ago, the earliest microbes had a set of basic genes that succeeded in keeping them alive. In the age of humans and other large organisms, there are a lot more genes to go around. Where did all of those new genes come from? Carl Zimmer examines the mutation and multiplication of genes.

 Lesson by Carl Zimmer, animation by TOGETHER.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Common Core Subtraction with a Kindergartner

Watch as Barbara, our founder, teaches a Kindergarten student how to subtract 3 digit numbers using Common Core methods.

He was not only able to get the answer but he also understood the why behind the answer.

Please call The Academy at 707-474-4710 for more information on getting your child started in tutoring and enrichment classes!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Chemistry of Cold Packs - John Pollard

If you stick water in the freezer, it will take a few hours to freeze into ice. How is it, then, that cold packs go from room temperature to near freezing in mere seconds? John Pollard details the chemistry of the cold pack, shedding light on the concepts of energetics and entropy along the way.

Lesson by John Pollard, animation by Karrot Animation.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Founder's Message - The Academy of 21st Century Learning


The Academy of 21st Century Learning transforms lives by uniting the academic standards of reading, writing, math, science, foreign language, and study skills with creativity, leadership, art, and music.

By focusing these abilities through curriculum targeted to the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, our students will become much more competitive when seeking higher educational opportunities and competing in the global marketplace.

Conveniently located in the Nut Tree Center in Vacaville, and serving the needs of students and families from locations throughout Solano and Yolo Counties (Fairfield, Winters, Woodland, Dixon, Suisun, and Davis). The Academy is a new place for learning! Our energetic instructors, many with degrees from UC Davis, provide expert and state-of-the-art, STEM-based tutoring. We are also proud to offer summer programs, counseling, SAT/ACT prep, and many other academic services to our students from Kindergarten through High School.

Come join us and be a part of the fun and excitement at The Academy!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Music and Math: The Genius of Beethoven - Natalya St. Clair

How is it that Beethoven, who is celebrated as one of the most significant composers of all time, wrote many of his most beloved songs while going deaf? The answer lies in the math behind his music. Natalya St. Clair employs the "Moonlight Sonata" to illustrate the way Beethoven was able to convey emotion and creativity using the certainty of mathematics.

Lesson by Natalya St. Clair, animation by Qa'ed Mai.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Conservation of Energy 1st Grader

At The Academy of 21st Century Learning, we believe you are never too young to learn something. For example, one of our instructors was able to teach this 1st grader the concept of conserving energy.

We loved seeing the excitement on his face as he is explaining the concept back to the teacher!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Finding a SAT Tutoring Specialist to Help You to Prepare

Having a strong SAT score is one of the most important criteria that you will need to get into the college of your choice. Every year there are thousands of students across the country busy preparing to take their SAT's. Formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the Scholastic Assessment Test, this test measures an individual's aptitude in critical reading and writing, as well as mathematics. Most colleges and universities require it of all of their applicants. For those who are panicking about taking the test there is SAT tutoring to give them the peace of mind that they will be prepared when the day to take the examination rolls around.

With the right level of preparation and the assistance of a good tutor who knows his or her stuff, you can acquire the skills that you need to not only pass the test but to excel on it! SAT tutoring may not be necessary for every student but if you feel that you could benefit from the extra help then it is a very good idea to find a qualified tutor to help you to learn and to brush up on the areas that you anticipate will present a problem for you when you sit down to write.

How do you find a SAT tutoring expert?

What you first need to do is to research your options. There are big companies that offer SAT tutoring and there are also those who work as independent tutors. For instance, many high school teachers and college students choose to freelance or work part-time to supplement their incomes. Check out the various options available to you and then decide if you would rather hire someone from one of the larger firms who specializes in this area or if you would rather work with an individual.

You need to interview and consult with each person that you are thinking about hiring to help you to prepare for your exam. Ask the person about his credentials. You not only want to choose someone who is smart and successful in an academic sense but also someone who is excellent at taking tests. Most companies who hire individuals for this job will not accept anyone for employment who scored below the 90th percentile on their SAT. There is nothing wrong with expecting the same high standards from an independent contractor.

It is wise to schedule a preliminary appointment to discuss what your specific needs are for the SAT tutoring. Some individuals may need help in one or two particular sections while other students may wish to improve their test taking skills in general. Only you can know for sure which category you fall into.

Before you move forward you must discuss price. Find out about the fees per session as well as if the person charges cancellation fees for missed appointments. Some will charge a fee if you cancel without giving 24 hours notice while others will not.

The source for SAT tutoring Charlotte parents trust is ready to help your child today. Crack the books with http://www.inhometutoringcharlotte.com
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Why do Americans and Canadians celebrate Labor Day? - Kenneth C. Davis

In the United States and Canada, the first Monday of September is a federal holiday, Labor Day. Originally celebrated in New York City's Union Square in 1882, Labor Day was organized by unions as a rare day of rest for the overworked during the Industrial Revolution. Kenneth C. Davis illustrates the history of Labor Day from Union Square to today.

Lesson by Kenneth C. Davis, animation by TED-Ed.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What Causes Antibiotic Resistance? - Kevin Wu

Right now, you are inhabited by trillions of microorganisms. Many of these bacteria are harmless (or even helpful!), but there are a few strains of ‘super bacteria’ that are pretty nasty -- and they’re growing resistant to our antibiotics. Why is this happening? Kevin Wu details the evolution of this problem that presents a big challenge for the future of medicine.

Lesson by Kevin Wu, animation by Brett Underhill.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

How Do Tornadoes Form? - James Spann

Tornadoes are the most violent storms on Earth, with wind velocities that can exceed 200 miles per hour. How do these terrifying cyclones form? Meteorologist James Spann sheds light on the lifespan of tornadoes as they go from supercell thunderstorms to terrible twisters before eventually dissolving back into thin air.

Lesson by James Spann, animation by ProvĂ­ncia Studio.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Academy of 21st Century Learning is Now Hiring!

Have you ever wanted to become a part of something unique that helps change the direction of children and young adults? Are you passionate about educating children in your field of study? Do you dream of children being able to meet their full potential in an environment that teaches them 21st Century skills? If this sounds like you, come and join us at The Academy of 21st Century Learning!

Please send cover letter and resume to

Barbara Dwyer, bdwyer@academy21learning.com

Sunday, August 17, 2014

After School Tutoring Benefits Students

If your child is struggling in school, after school tutoring may be an option to improve his understanding of academic concepts and increase his self esteem.

Children that struggle in a school may not have many opportunities to get one on one help with academics. Some children are hesitant to ask for help while others do not get the help they need even if they ask. This can be because of too many children in a classroom or not enough time for the teacher to review and repeat lessons that a child is having difficulty.

For that reason, a parent may want to look into hiring a tutor at least once a week for additional instruction and one on one help. This session can last as little as 30 minutes with children under seven years old and up to one hour for older children. Sessions longer than the child's attention spam are not conducive to learning. Keep your child's attention span in mind when scheduling the time.

Look for an individual session rather than a group session. The opportunity to get one on one help should be the deciding factor in getting a tutor. Almost all children will succeed getting individual attention and individual instruction on the level they are learning. Be cautious of group tutoring sessions and companies that offer homework help. A tutor should re-teach and reinforce skills that the individual child is not succeeding in by finding appropriate activities in that subject area. Homework help will help increase your child's grade, but will not necessarily help them understand. Tutoring should focus on the understanding of the concepts, not only improving a report card grade.

Although group sessions can cost less and are an option is finances are a consideration, try to find a group that has less than four children per tutor. Larger groups will not provide the individual attention that a smaller group offers.

Some parents do not know where to look for a quality tutor. Of course, the best option is to get a referral from the child's teacher, the school board, or other parents. Look in the classifieds at a local college. College students are often looking for tutoring work and can be a great option since they are usually younger and perceived to be "cooler" than a teacher. Churches and religious organizations may also provide tutoring services for free or a reduced charge. Stay at home parents, home schooling parents, and former and current teachers may be a resource for referrals or services. You may also find the occasional high school student that tutors. This would probably be the cheapest option.

An after school tutor is a great option for parents to help their child succeed in struggling curriculum areas. If your child is in need of help, do not hesitate to start researching tutors now. The longer you wait, the more difficulty may arise in that curriculum area.

Rebekah Kogelschatz is a school teacher of gifted students. She has taught all grades from pre-school to 8th grade in all subject areas. She is a co-founder of the site SmartMoms-SmartBusiness [http://www.SmartMoms-SmartBusiness.com] and the founder of a preschool resource site Preschool Activities Everyday [http://www.preschool-activities-everyday.com]. You can read more articles on parenting in her Mom Blog [http://the-day-of-a-mom.com].
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Friday, August 15, 2014

How Optical Illusions Trick Your Brain - Nathan S. Jacobs

Optical illusions are images that seem to trick our minds into seeing something different from what they actually are. But how do they work? Nathan S. Jacobs walks us through a few common optical illusions and explains what these tricks of the eye can tell us about how our brains assemble visual information into the 3D world we see around us.

Lesson by Nathan S. Jacobs, animation by TED-Ed.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Reading Programs Can Provide a Good Foundation

The key to success in anything is a good solid foundation upon which to build. The foundation is going to set the stage for everything that comes after it. When it comes to education the needed foundation for learning is reading. The ability to read something, understand it, and retain that information is at the core of the entire learning process. For those students that are having problems and are struggling to lay down this foundation solidly assistance can be found in the form of reading programs. If you or your child are having problems with reading it is vital to get help as soon as possible to avoid compounding the problem and having it affect the ability to study and learn in other disciplines. Reading programs can be a good way to shore up this fundamental skill.

Having trouble reading can create a number of problems when it comes to school work:

1. Students who are having trouble with their reading skills fall behind easily and as they continue to slip further behind their classmates it becomes more and more difficult to catch up. A good reading program will teach your child not only how to read but how to read in such a way that the information can be understood and retained for later use.

2. Students who have reading difficulties also tend to suffer from more self-esteem issues. They are afraid to ask questions in class for fear of looking stupid in front of their friends and other classmates. Asking questions is second in importance to the learning process right behind reading. They tend to have more disciplinary problems in school, using bad behavior to cover up their academic deficiencies. They act like they are getting bad grades because it is the cool thing to do.

3. Students who find reading a struggling experience also tend to get overwhelmed easily and quickly reach the point where they are ready to give up. This can lead to a lifelong fear of failure and criticism leaving them completely unmotivated to attempt anything that might leave them in a vulnerable position in front of other people. Success later in life can be sabotaged quite early by deficiencies in reading abilities.

Another important aspect to keep in mind is that reading difficulties may also be a sign of a more serious underlying issue. Dyslexia and other learning difficulties are often hard to diagnose until a child gets older. Reading programs have specially trained tutors that may be able to spot any difficulties of this nature much sooner in a one on one setting that a teacher in a classroom just does not have the time to notice when dealing with a large group of students at the same time.

Everything begins with the core fundamentals as the essential starting point. Getting a good head start is important in assuring later success. Reading programs can provide this boost to get students back on track and up to speed with the rest of their classmates.

Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a private K-12 in-home tutoring service that offers reading programs in many areas.
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Friday, August 8, 2014

What's Hidden Among the Tallest Trees on Earth? - Wendell Oshiro

When Stephen Sillett was a boy, he took to the forests of Pennsylvania with his brother and grandmother. Looking up into the dense branches and leaves, his curiosity was piqued: What was hidden up there? Wendell Oshiro tells the story of an adult Sillett's bold (if not a little dangerous) exploration of the canopy of an ancient redwood and details some of the fascinating discoveries he made.

Lesson by Wendell Oshiro, animation by Black Powder Design.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Why You Need To Find A Tutor

One of the most difficult decisions that a parent must make is whether or not to find a tutor to help their child when he is being challenged by his schoolwork. It is a delicate balance that has to be maintained between getting the child the help that he needs to be successful in school without stripping away what confidence he has left and making him believe that he is a failure. But there are a handful of things that a parent can look for in trying to determine if the time is right to find a tutor for their child. If your child seems like he learns differently, if he seems to read well but fails to understand what he read, if he isn't keeping up with his class, or if you sit down and try to help him with his homework but you have no idea how to do the assignment either then it is probably time for you to find a tutor than can help your child.

If your child seems to learn differently then he may be having difficulty with the way that the material is being presented to him in the classroom. This does not necessarily mean that your child has any type of learning disability. Every person has their own way of learning that works best for them and allows them to best understand what is being taught. Some people learn by reading, some by listening, and some by watching. You need to find a tutor that will figure out which method works best for your child.

You have your child read his homework assignments out loud to you and he seems to be a very good reader. However when you ask him to explain to you the meaning of what he just read he has no idea. There are methods to aid in reading comprehension that can be taught to him by a tutor that will not only help him understand better what he is reading but also help him to retain that knowledge.

Getting left behind while all of his friends move ahead to the next grade is one of the most devastating things that can happen to a student. If you have any feelings that your child is falling behind to the point that he may be held back then it is vital that you find a tutor right away so that you give him every opportunity to catch up to his classmates and move on with them.

You enjoy sitting down with your child each evening and helping him with his homework but you have found yourself getting confused lately and are spending quite a bit of time figuring the assignment out for yourself before you are able to help him. No one can be an expert at everything and many of the subjects being taught in school have changed quite a bit in just a generation's time. There is no reason not to admit to yourself and your child that his studies are just over your head and that it is best if you find him a tutor to help him with his homework. What is best for your child should be your guiding principle.

Are you trying to find a tutor for your child? Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a private K-12 in-home tutoring service in the US.
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Under the Hood: The Chemistry of Cars - Cynthia Chubbuck

There are over one billion cars in the world right now, getting people from point A to point B. But cars aren't just a mode of transportation; they also teach an excellent lesson in chemistry. Cynthia Chubbuck navigates the intricate chemistry performed in our car engines that keep them from getting too hot or too cold.

Lesson by Cynthia Chubbuck, animation by FOX Animation Domination High-Def.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pre-K Reading at The Academy of 21st Century Learning

It's never too early to teach a child to read. The Academy of 21st Century Learning offers a class for pre-K students that will ensure their confidence in Kindergarten. They will learn letters and the sounds through an award-winning program called "Zoophonics." The program is thorough, effective, and fun!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Lesson by Anita Collins, animation by Sharon Colman Graham.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Reasons You Really Should Get An SAT Tutor

Ever thought about getting an SAT tutor to help you achieve better scores and improve your chances at getting into the school of your choice? A few people have asked themselves that question, have realized that the answer is yes, and took action to meet their goal. Unfortunately, very few people take the necessary time to think it through. Many have no idea of just where to start, so they never do. Others are put off simply by the work they think it may well take. Others are simply lacking in the proper motivation. Perhaps this situation really needs a little more thought... you should take into account five main reasons why you may want to get an SAT tutor for yourself or your child.

First of all, an SAT tutor will be able to show you exactly how to take this type of test. Right, I fully understand that you already take tests at school and get great grades on them so you already know how to take tests and be successful. That is most certainly a valid observation. However, consider this, the SAT is a specialized test that requires a specialized way of taking it because it is different than any other test you will ever take. Even more, consider that in recent years the SAT has added essay questions to the test that have completely changed its nature.

Second, your SAT scores are without a doubt the single most important factor that a college or university takes into consideration when looking at your application for admission. That is because they don't know you. You are just a number to them at this point. That is really why, as many have noted, the higher your SAT test scores, the more likely you are to make the cut. Most schools set an arbitrary baseline number that may change from year to year when it comes to admissions. If your score falls below that number they won't even consider your application.

Third, your SAT score is going to have a major impact on the rest of your life. It may very well determine whether or not you can follow that dream that you have had since you were a child.. Additionally, it can determine if you will be able to get into your favorite college or the university that has the best program for your chosen field of study. A bad score may crush your dreams entirely and no one wants that to happen!

Fourth, you have a number of options when it comes to hiring an SAT tutor that is going to help you the most. You can find a private, one on one tutor, find a tutor that works with small groups, or find one that conducts the tutoring in more of a classroom type setting.

And last but not least, an SAT tutor will be able to provide you with real practice tests so that nothing will surprise you when it comes time to go take the real thing. You will have actual real life experience with the process rather than just theory.

So just have a look at those points and examine your own situation. They suggest that you should seriously think about getting yourself or your child an SAT tutor. These factors have convinced many others, and should convince you as well to get an SAT tutor.

Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a private K-12 in-home tutoring service that offers SAT tutoring services.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

How Quantum Mechanics Explains Global Warming - Lieven Scheire

You've probably heard that carbon dioxide is warming the Earth. But how exactly is it doing it? Lieven Scheire uses a rainbow, a light bulb and a bit of quantum physics to describe the science behind global warming.

Lesson by Lieven Scheire, animation by STK Films.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Math Tutor Can Provide a Good Head Start

A math tutor can be very beneficial to your child, especially if they are struggling to keep up with their class and having trouble understanding the material being taught in class. Math class provides more unique challenges than his other classes and just because he is doing very well in all of his other subjects doesn't mean that the problems he is having with math aren't real. A math tutor will be able to provide help and support that can give your child a good head start in a tough area of study. A math tutor will be able to work at your child's pace, focus his attention on particular problem areas, provide your child with opportunities for success, and speed up the learning process for your child.

When being taught in a classroom environment, the material is going to be presented at the same speed for every student in the class. Teachers have a certain amount of information that must be presented in a certain amount of time and cannot always give special attention to an individual student. This can present a problem for a student that needs a little bit of extra time to understand the concepts that are being taught. A math tutor can adjust the speed at which the material is covered, slowing down when your child is having some difficulty and speeding up at other times when your child is quickly grasping the subject matter.

Math is a subject that presents difficulties that other classes do not. There are no facts in math, just concepts. And each of those concepts are an important building block in the one that comes after it. If your child fails to understand even a small part then his struggles are just going to be magnified as time goes on. A math tutor will be able to focus on the individual aspects that your child is having trouble with. Your child may not even be aware just exactly where the problem lies and what it is he doesn't understand. His tutor will be able to discover these areas and help him focus on them correctly.

Success isn't something that just happens, it is something that is learned. Small successes build confidence and lead to bigger successes. Without the pressure of his friends and classmates watching him in school, your child's math tutor can guide him along and provide him with opportunities to succeed without the fear of failure. In the long run, this will not only benefit your child in his math class but in other aspects of his life as well.

One on one attention just is not possible in today's educational system. A math tutor can provide that personal aid and instruction in a way that will allow your child to learn in the manner that suits him best. The learning process will be sped up as the skills the tutor teaches him make the concepts he is trying to learn seem easier and easier.

If your child seems to be stumbling a little in his math studies, then a tutor may be the solution. Math is a very important field of study but unfortunately many schools simply cannot afford to give a struggling student all of the help that he needs. A math tutor can provide your child with that help and give him a good head start in math.

Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a tutoring service that has math tutors available in many locations.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How Heavy Is Air? - Dan Quinn

Too often we think of air as empty space — but compared to a vacuum, air is actually pretty heavy. So, just how heavy is it? And if it's so heavy, why doesn't it crush us? Dan Quinn describes the fundamentals of air pressure and explains how it affects our bodies, the weather and the universe at large.

Lesson by Dan Quinn, animation by Sandro Katamashvili.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Reading Tutor For A Solid Foundation

Reading is without a doubt the single most important skill when it comes to learning. It is the most basic foundational element upon which all other learning is based. In the distant past an oral tradition existed, all knowledge was passed on through word of mouth because very few people knew how to read and write, and learning took place for the most part by listening. Today it is just the opposite, almost everyone knows how to read and write and the written word has become the normal method of passing on knowledge and learning. A reading tutor can help provide this solid foundation upon which a lifetime of learning can be built.

A firm grasp on being able to read and to comprehend what is read is at the heart of learning. The introduction of the internet and of electronic forms of books has many educators worried that writing may become a thing of the past and that instead of learning to write when you start school you will be taught how to type, but the need to know how to read well will not be going the same way anytime soon and reading will remain the most important tool in learning. A reading tutor can help a student to improve this tool and learn to use it in better ways to improve the learning process.

Comprehending what you read and being able to retain that information is almost as important as being able to read the information in the first place. Learning is in essence nothing more that consuming information, understanding what that information means, and being able to remember that information and correctly apply it when the situation arises that requires that information. It takes the total package in order to successfully learn. Without all three steps taking place there is no learning, leaving any one of them out will cause a short circuit leading to confusion rather than to learning. A reading tutor can teach your child methods for increasing his reading comprehension.

Reading, however, can be about more than just learning. Reading can be a wonderfully relaxing leisure time activity where a person can become immersed in other worlds and other people's lives and explore subjects that they find fascinating. Imaginations can be stimulated and the thirst for adventure slaked without ever having to leave your house. All of the collected knowledge of mankind can be found and experienced in a book somewhere.

Unfortunately, the older a person gets the less likely it is that he will reach out and seek help for any difficulties that he may have with reading. As a person ages the fear of ridicule for a problem that should have been corrected when they were a child increases and that fear keeps many people who could benefit from a reading tutor from seeking assistance. As soon as you suspect that your child may be having problems with reading it is important for you to get him the help that he needs to overcome those problems. A reading tutor should be a consideration for every child.

Do you need a reading tutor? Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a private home tutoring service that has reading tutors available.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Inside the Ant Colony - Deborah M. Gordon

Ants have one of the most complex social organizations in the animal kingdom; they live in structured colonies that contain different types of members who perform specific roles. Sound familiar? Deborah M. Gordon explains the way these incredible creatures mate, communicate and source food, shedding light on how their actions can mimic and inform our own behavior.

Lesson by Deborah M. Gordon, animation by Steve Belfer Creative Inc.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Lego Labrinyth Day

2 of our youngest campers built their own Lego Labyrinth, using obstacles, paths, tunnels...and so much more!

Check out the video to see what happens!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What You Might Not Know About The Declaration of Independence - Kenneth C. Davis

In June 1776, a little over a year after the start of the American Revolutionary War, the US Continental Congress huddled together in a hot room in Philadelphia to talk independence. Kenneth C. Davis dives into some of the lesser known facts about the process of writing the Declaration of Independence and questions one very controversial omission.

Lesson by Kenneth C. Davis, animation by Karrot Animation.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Is the Easter Bunny an Oviparous Animal?

Vast Ocean Summer Camp Day 3.

Who knew the Easter Bunny was oviparous! It makes sense, they lay eggs.

If you are interested in your child being a part of the a-ha moments like these, give us a call at 707-474-4710 or visit our website at www.Academy21Learning.com.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Lego Building Sturdy test

Summer camps are all about learning and fun!

In the Lego Kids camp Day 2, a few of the campers learned how to build a structure that could withstand a fall.

Watch now to find out what happens!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How to Make A Beach

1st and 2nd graders learning how to make a beach during The Academy's Vast Ocean Summer Camp Day 1.

We have also included directions on how you can make one at home with your family (or for yourself!)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Does Your Child Need Math Help?

How can you tell the difference between when your child is just having a little trouble understanding the material being presented in his new math class and when he really needs math help? There are several signs that you should be looking for that may indicate that his problem is serious and isn't going to go away on its own. If your child is lost and confused, is suffering from a lack of motivation, is pretending to be sick in order to avoid school, gets anxious at the thought of a test, or gets upset when you try to help then it may be time for you to consider getting him some math help.

If your child is lost and confused when faced with a new subject then he may need some help taking those first few steps and getting a solid foundation built in order to continue making progress. This type of situation arises especially at the time when a student is beginning high school. It will likely be the first time that he is faced with any type of advanced math study. It is very easy to be confused by a new subject and math is exceptional in this respect because it is different than any other subject, being both cumulative and conceptual in nature. If he is lost in his new studies he can benefit from a little math help.

If your child is truly struggling in math class it can lead to a lack of motivation on his part toward school work in general and toward math in particular. If you notice that all of his other homework seems to be getting done quickly but that his math book seems to just sit there unopened then that is a very good sign that he needs math help. It is human nature to avoid anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Does he wake up in the morning and tell you that he is sick in order to get out of going to school. Faking an illness is usually a symptom of more than just a dislike for school. There are almost always underlying issues and if you have already noticed that he is having trouble in math class then it will be a very good idea for you to get him some math help.

Does he wake up on the morning of a test and really is sick to his stomach? This is a sign of anxiety and should be taken very seriously. Getting him some math help will put him at ease and allow him to relax and score better on the test.

The only group of people that your child is more afraid of thinking he isn't smart than his friends is his family. If he refuses the help that you offer him with his math homework it is a very good indicator that he is having struggles. Just be sure that he doesn't believe you are going behind his back when you get him some math help.

If you have any question that your child may be having difficulties in math class then you should be seriously considering getting him some math help. Everyone can use a little help occasionally and when he is no longer struggling to understand his course work he will thank you for getting him math help.

Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a private tutoring service that provides math help.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Colossal Consequences of Supervolcanoes - Alex Gendler

In 1816, Europe and North America were plagued by heavy rains, odd-colored snow, famines, strange fogs and very cold weather well into June. Though many people believed it to be the apocalypse, this "year without a summer" was actually the result of a supervolcano eruption that happened one year earlier over 1,000 miles away. Alex Gendler describes the history and science of these epic eruptions.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Andrew Forester.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

SAT Prep Tutoring Is Always The Right Choice

The decision as to where to go to continue your education is one of the most important decisions that a person will ever make. The right school can provide you with the right education and the right connections to insure that you are a success in whatever career you decide to pursue. Not getting into the school of your choice can lead to a heartbreaking reality where you are unable to pursue your chosen profession and must instead settle for something else.

What is it that decides whether or not you will get into the university of your choosing? If you were to send out a survey asking that question of the admissions departments of any number of colleges and universities you would get back a variety of answers. They would tell you that it has a lot to do with your grades in high school, your extracurricular activities, community involvement, what you had to say in the essay portion of your application, or perhaps even that it depends on how well you do on the admissions interview.

All of those responses would be, generally speaking, a little thing that most people like to call a lie. They want you to believe that those are the types of criteria that are used to identify candidates for admission. The truth of the matter is that there are only two ways to ensure that you get into the school of your choice. You either need to have a relative that can donate a building to the school or you need to have an exceptionally high score on your college entrance exam, the SAT for most students. I will assume that most of you will need to rely on the second of those options and therefore can see why SAT prep tutoring is always the right choice.

You want to take advantage of every possible means that can help you to increase your SAT scores. The higher you can score on the test, the more likely it is that you will be offered admission to the school that you have your heart set on. A high score will not make you a lock to get in but a low score will most definitely make you a wash out. SAT scores are the yardstick that you must jump over in order to get invited to participate in the rest of the process.

SAT prep tutoring is the easiest way for you to improve your test scores. Several different options exist for SAT prep tutoring ranging from the classic one on one tutoring to a large group classroom setting. Pick what will work best for you or try more than one. You can never be too prepared for this type of test. It is going to test not only your knowledge but also your ability to perform under stress. SAT prep tutoring is the best way for you to train for this and to ensure that you perform well when you break the seal and begin the real test.

Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a private tutoring service that offers SAT prep tutoring services.
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Why Do Honeybees Love Hexagons? - Zack Patterson and Andy Peterson

Honeybees are some of nature's finest mathematicians. Not only can they calculate angles and comprehend the roundness of the earth, these smart insects build and living in one of the most mathematically efficient architectural designs around: the beehive. Zack Patterson and Andy Peterson delve into the very smart geometry behind the honeybee's home.

Lesson by Zack Patterson and Andy Peterson, animation by TED-Ed.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer Tutoring Is a Good Option

Your child is jumping up and down with joy because school has just let out for the summer. You on the other hand are starting to pull your hair out wondering what you are going to do with him for the summer. Another summer that will be wasted watching television and playing video games just simply does not seem like the best use of his time to you. You do have other options that will be much more beneficial to him, one of which is to get him a summer tutor and give him a head start on his classmates toward the next school year.

First of all, you need to understand that there is a significant learning loss over the course of the summer. Studies have estimated that a student may forget over 40% of what he learned in the last school year just over the three months of summer. This is a significant loss that can have a major impact for a long time to come especially in a cumulative subject like math. This loss can be prevented by the judicious use of summer tutoring. This will help him retain what he learned last year and prepare him to have an easier time when the next school year starts.

Second, summer tutoring will provide your child with a safe, friendly environment that will keep him out of trouble and away from the wrong crowd. Finding a summer tutor that can also be a positive role model will do wonders for your child's self esteem. A little success can go a long way and each new success can increase his confidence exponentially. Tutoring centers are a wonderful option as they can provide a location that you can feel safe about your child going to even if you can't be there due to work.

Thirdly, summer tutoring can instill in him the importance of education. He has always thought that summer meant that there was no reason to learn anything new and was just a time to have fun and goof off. Your interest in providing him with summer tutoring will show him that learning is a year round process and something that he should be taking seriously. You can help him to come to love learning.

You'll really need to convince your child that summer tutoring is in his best interest if you really want him to give up that television and video game for any length of time. But keep in mind that summer tutoring does not just have to be about the subjects that he is learning at school. You can take advantage of the free time he has and his natural curiosity to let him learn about any subject in which he is showing an interest. Allowing your child to enrich himself with the study of subjects that is interested in and enjoys is just as important as making sure that he has a firm grasp on the subjects being taught in the school. The skills that he learns while pursuing subjects that interest him will be skills that he will be able to use when school starts back up. Summer tutoring is something you really should consider for your child.

Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a tutoring service that offers summer tutoring programs.
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Friday, June 6, 2014

How Does Your Brain Respond To Pain? - Karen D. Davis

Everyone experiences pain -- but why do some people react to the same painful stimulus in different ways? And what exactly is pain, anyway? Karen D. Davis walks you through your brain on pain, illuminating why the "pain experience" differs from person to person.

Lesson by Karen D. Davis, animation by Brett Underhill.