Friday, May 29, 2015

The Effects of Underwater Pressure on the Body - Neosha S Kashef

Why would a fish throw up its stomach? What makes a scuba diver develop painful microbubbles in their joints? Neosha S Kashef details the basics of barotrauma, shedding light on how humans and fish alike are influenced by laws of physics under the sea.

Lesson by Neosha S Kashef, animation by The Moving Company Animation Studio.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer 2015 at The Academy of 21st Century Learning

Don't let this year's learning evaporate under the summer sun!

The Academy of 21st Century Learning
Voted Best Tutoring Center in Solano County
Located in Vacaville at the Nut Tree Plaza, near Peet's Coffee

Saturday, May 23, 2015

How Batteries Work - Adam Jacobson

Batteries are a triumph of science—they allow smartphones and other technologies to exist without anchoring us to an infernal tangle of power cables. Yet even the best batteries will diminish daily, slowly losing capacity until they finally die. Why does this happen, and how do our batteries even store so much charge in the first place? Adam Jacobson gives the basics on batteries.

Lesson by Adam Jacobson, animation by FOX Animation Domination High-Def.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Handwritten Lyrics to The ABC Song

Check out Elias, one of The Academy 4's, singing his ABC's. Adorable, of course!

What impressed us the most though is when you notice that he has written the entire song on the board and is reading the lyrics to the song from the board.

ABC's -- Academy, style!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunlight is Way Older Than You Think - Sten Odenwald

It takes light a zippy 8 minutes to reach Earth from the surface of the Sun. But how long does it take that same light to travel from the Sun’s core to its surface? Oddly enough, the answer is many thousands of years. Sten Odenwald explains why by illustrating the random walk problem.

Lesson by Sten Odenwald, animation by TOTEM Studio.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Summer Learning Loss - Tips on How to Avoid It

It is obvious that the school year is based on the agricultural cycle; students don't attend school during what has traditionally been the summer growing season.

What may be less obvious, however, is that kids experience a phenomenon called Summer Learning Loss. Essentially, they forget much of what they learned in the previous school year, over the summer months which are usually filled with anything but academics. In fact, studies have shown kids lose two and a half months worth of math skills in the summertime. For kids already struggling in math, this means they will start off the next school year even further disadvantaged. However it's not just math; overall, kids lose an average of 1 month of learning in other subjects during the summer.

Imagine if athletes simply stopped training, or if you stopped making it to the gym for 2-3 months per year. You would see a significant drop in performance or conditioning.

The brain is no different. It needs to be exercised.

So how can you keep Summer Learning Loss to a minimum? Some ideas:

  • Use educational workbooks. These are available at most bookstores, and geared towards different grades. Have your child do about an hour per day.
  • Visit the library regularly. Find books that interest your child so that they are really engaged in reading.
  • Visit museums, zoos and historical sites. Help your child learn more about the world they live in.
  • Consider summer tutoring. Especially for children struggling academically, summer is the perfect time to focus on shoring up foundations, in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Summer Learning Loss can set you child back when school starts up again in the Fall so keep those young brains exercising during the summer months.

Ralph Moffatt is the owner of the Asheville Tutor Doctor in Asheville, North Carolina which provides tutoring in all subjects for Asheville, Hendersonville Brevard and WNC. For more information on tutoring in the WNC area visit []
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Why Do Your Knuckles Pop? - Eleanor Nelsen

Some people love the feeling of cracking their knuckles, while others cringe at the sound. But what causes that trademark pop? And is it dangerous? Eleanor Nelsen gives the facts behind joint popping.

Lesson by Eleanor Nelsen, animation by Steve Belfer Creative.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Summer Learning Loss

NBC's Brian Williams discusses how summer learning loss puts students at a disadvantage academically.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

School is Almost Out - Register for Summer Camp Today!

 Summer Camp Special:
When you buy 3 Camps -- your 4th one is FREE!!
(Can be used for siblings)

I know you’re thinking, “But it’s only spring!” I’m a mom, too, and I know how fast summer can creep up on all of us. It’s never too early to start planning for summer learning activities. We talk a lot about what our kids are learning in school, but did you know we also know a lot about what happens when they’re not in school during the summer vacation?

Here are some facts:

  • Most students lose about two months of what they learned in math over the summer months.
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement.
  • Parents consistently say that summer is the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.
  • Our children’s’ need to learn does not end in May when the school doors close. They need to stay active and engaged, which also helps them stay on track academically when they return to school in August.

The Academy to the rescue!
Yes, it’s time to plan ahead and secure a spot for your child in a program that will support growth and learning during the summer months. Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell the kids they are avoiding summer learning-loss. If they are having fun with engaging, well-run pro-grams, trust me, they will be learning.

The Specialty Classes are taught by credentialed teachers or University graduating student-teachers. Small groups and classes keep your child focused and challenged. There will be days when The Academy is transformed into Mars, a rain forest, or an ocean scene.

I look forward to seeing you and your children this summer!

Register at:

Questions? Give us a call. (707) 474-4710 or email

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Why Neutrinos Matter - Sílvia Bravo Gallart

Elementary particles are the smallest known building blocks in the universe—and the neutrino is one of the smallest of the small. These tiny neutrinos can tell us about the furthest reaches and most extreme environments of the universe ... but only if we can catch them. Sílvia Bravo Gallart details how the IceCube telescope in Antarctica is working to do just that.

Lesson by Sílvia Bravo Gallart, animation by Steff Lee.