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KC3~ Kids Creating Community Content Need Audience Sites- Grades 6-8


The KC3 ~ (Kids Creating Community Content) Contest is seeking audience sites for final student presentations in January and February 2010. Below are the thirty program descriptions with dates and times they will be offered. All programs are free and many of the times are flexible. We will be scheduling one class for each session and are looking for audience sites that are willing to be respectful, active listeners and engage the student presenters in Q and A session at the conclusion. Your school must have working H.323 videoconferencing equipment and complete an equipment test before scheduling. If you are interested please email your first and second preference to Bev Mattocks at and include your: Teacher Name Teacher Contact Information (email & phone) Class or Subject area School Information State TimeZone 30 KC3 Middle School Programs A Virtual Tour of Belfast ~ Target Audience grades 8-9 Leisure and Tourism students from St. Gemma's High School, Belfast, Northern Ireland invite you on a tour of their city. Join us on this virtual journey as the students enlighten you about the wonders of our vibrant city. Possible Dates: February 10 or 11 Time: Scheduling TBD based on time zone Missing Ireland in America - What Irish Immigrants Miss when Leaving Home ~ Target Audience grades 7-9 Have you ever wondered how many people have left Ireland and settled in America? Have you ever wondered what Irish immigrants miss about home? Watch this program and see the influence of Irish culture in America. Belfast, Ireland's only Irish language Middle school presents the music, dance and sport showing just how far it has influenced our neighbors “across the pond”. The program topics will include 3 exhibitions that relate to Irish emigration. Students will play a traditional Irish tune "Off to California", students will play footage of New York playing the traditional game of Gaelic Football, and one student will perform a traditional Irish dance. The students will introduce their pieces and ask questions after each piece. Possible Dates: February 28 Time: Scheduling TBD based on time zone Exploring Hawaii's Powerful Resources ~ Target Audience grades 6-12 Everyone is exploring renewable resources and Hawaii is too. What resources are on our islands and how are they being used? Solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, ocean thermal and hydropower energy will be included as we explore the future of energy and the benefits for the ‘aina' (which means "land" in Hawaiian). Possible Dates: February 3 or 10 Time: 12:30 – 1:30 EST The Legend of Bass Reeves: The Most Feared Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Indian Country ~ Target Audience grades 5-6 "No writer could invent a more amazing, Western frontier character than Bass Reeves." In honor of the 100th anniversary of his death and his importance to American history, Howe Middle School Broadcast Journalism students invite you to participate in this special program about "one of the bravest men this country has ever known." Reeves became the first African-American to be inducted into the Great Westerners Hall of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Explore his amazing life and story. Possible Dates: February 5 or 8 Time: Flexible scheduling Buffalo Gap: A Gateway To The Texas Frontier ~ Target Audience grades 3-6 The "gap" in the Callahan Divide just south of present-day Abilene, TX became a favorite passage for the thousands of buffalo that roamed throughout the Great Plains. Buffalo Gap, as it later became known, soon symbolized life on the frontier as many diverse cultures were drawn to the bountiful hunting lands ultimately putting them on a collision course that helped to define the American West. Through this program, students will be able to relive the rich culture, harrowing danger, and captivating folklore of the Texas frontier. Possible Dates: February 11 or 12 Time: Flexible scheduling What if George Washington Spoke French? ~ Target Audience grades 4-6 In 1754 Lieutenant Colonel George Washington built a fort in the area of the western Pennsylvania Mountains called Fort Necessity. In this program we will visit the fort and explain how and why Washington surrendered to the French during this opening action to the French and Indian War. Possible Dates: February 9 or 11 Time: Between 9-11:00 and 12:30 – 2:00(EST) One Halau, One Story, One Family ~ Target Audience grades 6-12 What is the importance of hula, music, flowers, and clothing that helps keep the Hawaiian culture alive? Do you know the significance of keiki hula or the real meaning of a hula halau? Our program will feature the history and importance of hula and how it’s changed over time. Stand up and get ready to learn about Hawaiian culture through dance. Possible Dates: February 2 or 4 Time: 12:30 – 1:30 EST Fallingwater: A Home that "Goes with the Flow ~ Target Audience grades 6-8 (or an Art Class discussing elements of design or architecture) Situated in the beautiful Laurel Mountains area of western Pennsylvania is one of the most unique homes in the world, Fallingwater. What makes this home even more spectacular is its architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Our program will explore its history and the design that has seamlessly integrated it into the surrounding nature. Interactive classroom activities will be provided to further develop the understanding of this homes cantilever construction. Possible Dates: February 9 or 11 Time: Between 9 :00 – 11:00AM or 12:30 - 2:00 (EST) Hawaiian Renaissance: Back in the Day ~ Target Audience grades 6-8 Since 1778, there has been a decline of Hawaiian culture. Hawaiians sought a reconnection to the culture, language, and way of life, which had been destroyed by the influence of Americanism. This period of rebirth is referred to the Hawaiian Renaissance, which was celebrated in May of 1979. Through our student program we’ll explore our unique Hawaiian culture, include you in traditional Hawaiian games, and give you a glimpse of our 50th state. Possible Dates: TBD Time: Scheduling TBD based on time zone The Wonders of Catholic Church Architecture ~ Target Audience grades 6-12 (Would like to connect with another Catholic School) Explore with us the history of architecture in the Catholic Church. We will discuss the evolution of church architecture over the last two millennia, explain the influence geography plays in designing these buildings, and demonstrate the symbols and icons that have been used in Christianity since the time of Jesus Christ. In addition, we will show various churches across the globe and analyze their significant geographical attributes. We will ship pre-cut materials to the school prior to our presentation to allow the class to make their own miniature church during our program. Then, we will help construct the church with the class and discuss how our class made its own personalized churches. Our presentation is meant to enlighten students about the origins of Church architecture, the development of different styles used in this form of art, and the deeper meaning that churches from the past and present really symbolize. Possible Dates: TBD Time: TBD A "Quacking" Good Time: Duck Hunting in Southwest Louisiana ~ Target Audience grades 7-12 Combine cold weather, good friends, and the marshes of Southwest Louisiana, and you have one thrilling duck hunt (Cajun style). Join us as we demonstrate how to make a proper hunting blind, how to call various types of ducks, and how to identify them as they fly. The event will culminate in an actual duck hunt. Possible Dates: February 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 Time: Between 9:00-10:45(EST) The Writing's on the Wall - Northern Ireland looking to the past and to the Future ~ Target Audience grades 6-8 For years, wall murals in the major towns and cities of Northern Ireland reflected sectarian division but now, in the post-conflict era, they are being gradually replaced by new murals, which celebrate achievements from both sides of the community divide. Northern Ireland has much to be proud of in its past. In terms of size it has contributed significantly more in terms of scientists, sportsmen and women, inventors, entrepreneurs and even American Presidents than other countries. Join us as we explore our countries past achievements and our bright future as a 21st Century School. February 11 & 12 Time: Scheduling TBD based on time zone Pittsburgh, the Last 70 years by the Decade ~ Target Audience grades 6-8 The last 70 years in Pittsburg has been filled with many important events in our history. We’ll highlight some of the events transpiring in the world and how that related to Pittsburgh and what we did here effected the global out look. Pittsburgh, The Last 70 Years by the Decade. Is a historical relevance production that highlights the city's involvement in global affaires. It will be highly entertaining and feature styles and music of each decade. Possible Dates: February 11 & 12 Time: Flexible scheduling Hawaii Under Silent Siege ~ Target Audience grades 6-12 In our videoconference, we'll cover some of the species that live in Hawaii and look at the difference between ‘alien' and ‘invasive’ species. Through interviews with staff from the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium we explore how many of these species arrived and what people are doing to save our native species and improve Hawaii’s environment. Join us for this interactive presentation looking at the plants and animals of our islands. Possible Dates: February 9 & 11 Time: 12:30 – 1:30 EST Literature ~ Target Audience grades 6-7 Students have created movie trailers adapted to fit their literature as if it were being made into a movie. They will apply techniques from movie trailers they have seen on T.V. and we will compare it to the actual movie. As you join us perhaps you’ll find ways to incorporate this idea into your literature circles. Possible Dates: February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 Time: 9:15 (EST) Hudson River Walkway Bridge ~ Target Audience grades 6-7 The Hudson River Walkway Bridge is the highest and longest walkway bridge that is also a state park. Look at the history, architecture, science and engineering of the refurbished bridge and find out what environmental and community impact the bridge has on the local businesses and residents. We’ll send you materials to build your own class bridge before our program and you can test your engineering skills. We’ll discuss your building project during our program. Possible Dates: February 11 or 12 Time: Flexible scheduling Cardiff Castle: Discover 2000 years of History ~ Target Audience grades 6-8 During 2000 years of history, the Cardiff Castle in Wales, UK has been a Roman Garrison, a Norman stronghold and in Victorian times was transformed into a gothic fairytale fantasy. Just imagine taking a virtual tour of the castle and stepping back in time with our students from the United Kingdom. Pull up the drawbridge and take your post in the castle tower protecting it from Celtic warriors. Possible Dates: Feb 2 and 4 Time: Scheduling TBD based on time zone So You Are Smarter Than a Pittsburgher ~ Target Audience grades 6-8 The students have designed an informative show about what is special about Pittsburgh and have chosen to present it in the game show style of “So You think You Are Smarter than a 4th Grader”. Through an entertaining and highly informative game show we’ll present amazing facts about the city that are not always common knowledge. Possible Dates: February 11& 12 Time: Flexible scheduling Creating International Links for Pupils with Severe Learning Difficulties using Videoconferencing ~ Target Audience grades 6-8 All teenagers love technology and our pupils with severe learning difficulties are no exception. They like to take digital photographs, send and receive emails and increasingly use video conferencing/Skype/Facebook to keep in contact with their friends. This project attempts to show how 21st century technology has motivated and encouraged our students to learn new skills and more importantly develop new and lasting international friendships. We are a school for pupils with severe learning difficulties in Derry, Northern Ireland and would like to connect with a school with similar classroom learning challenges. Possible Dates: February 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Time: Scheduling TBD based on time zone The National Sport of Ireland: Hurling ~ Target Audience grades 7-9 Most of us know about football, basketball and baseball, but what is Hurling? Students from Northern Ireland will they share the details and rules of hurling. What would it take to be successful playing this national sport of Ireland? Join us for this unique cross-cultural experience in sports. Possible Dates: February 8, 9, 10, 11 Time: Scheduling TBD based on time zone The Day After Tomorrow ~ Target Audience grades 7-9 In the Gaelic language Doire translated as Derry means the "place of the Oak Tree". Our city was founded on ancient woodland owned by the famous Celtic Warrior Chieftain Calgach and our school is situated close to Creggan Country Park. These woodlands once covered the entire island of Ireland but have been reduced to 4% in the whole county. We’ll investigate the decline of the Irish Hare, which is close to extinction, and explore why we must all do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint here in Ireland and save not only our city but our planet for future generations. Possible Dates: February 11 and 12 Time: Scheduling TBD based on time zone “Stop, Look, and Listen” started in Spring City Tennessee ~ Target Audience grades 6-8 All school buses must Stop, Look, and Listen at every railroad crossing in the United States. The law was a grassroots project of a group of Spring City, TN mothers who suffered a terrible loss. Several students were killed and many injured when their bus was hit by a train while crossing the track. We are going to take you to the site of the train/bus wreck and tell the story and how the movement became a law and we’ll also interview a survivor of the accident. Possible Dates: February 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 Time: 11:00 – 12:00(EST) but can be flexible What's Hot, Spicy, and Oh, so good? Cajun Delicacies ~ Target Audience grades 7-12 Known for its unique Cajun cuisine, Southwest Louisiana is the place to be. Join us as we explore Cajun cuisine, and learn firsthand how two Cajun delicacies, boudin and cracklins,are made. Possible Dates: February 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 Time: Between 9:00-10:45(EST) Tlingit Culture ~ Target Audience grades 6-12 Gain an appreciation for the unique Tlingit culture as we examine the arts and crafts, language, dance, clothing, food and storytelling of this Native American group located in Alaska. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to make dream catchers, participate in a traditional dance, and learn short phrases in the native language. Possible Dates: February 10, 11, 12 Time: Scheduling TBD based on time zone Mardi Gras Cajun Style: Rural Louisiana Mardi Gras Traditions ~ Target Audience grades 7-12 Veer away with us from the glitz and glamour of New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations to explore the rural traditions Mardi Gras. You are in for a treat as we don traditional Mardi Gras costumes, participate in a chicken run, and make a good ole' Cajun gumbo. Our program will focus on the traditions of rural Mardi Gras celebrations, rather than the "big city" celebrations, like New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebrations. Possible Dates: February 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 Time: Between 9:00-10:45(EST) The Thrill of the Crawl: Goose Hunting in Southwest Louisiana ~ Target Audience grades 7-12 There's nothing more thrilling than goose hunting in Southwest Louisiana. Join us as we demonstrate how to create makeshift blinds and how to crawl up on the most awesome site ever --- hundreds to thousands of geese nestled in the fields of Southwest Louisiana. Come join an actual hunt. Possible Dates: February 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 Time: Between 9:00-10:45(EST) When Coal was King ~ Target Audience grades 6 - 7 Join as we explore a local western Pennsylvania coal mine and discuss the effects of this natural resource on our local economy and history. Along the way we'll show some tools past and present miners used to remove the coal. An emphasis on mine safety will be developed through an interactive "Trapped in a Mine" activity. A local miner will be here to answer some of your questions. Possible Dates: February 10 Time: Between 9 :00 – 11:00AM or 12:30 - 2:00 (EST) Pledging for Change ~ Target Audience grades 6-8 Many Americans as a whole are spending money unwisely. Dive into the world of economics and learn about money and savings, better buys, and banks. See how saving a little each day can make a difference. We’ll also explore how much stuff really costs through games, examples, and activities. Possible Date: February 2 Time: Between 9:45-10:45(EST) Louisiana's Coastal Parishes: Will they be here in the future? ~ Target Audience grades 7-12 Just as global warming affects the world, coastal erosion affects Louisiana's coastal parishes. Will these parishes even exist in the future? What can be done to prevent coastal erosion? Join us as we find practical ways to restore Louisiana's coastline and preserve our home. Possible Dates: February 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 Time: Between 9:00-10:45(EST) Louisiana's Shrimping Industry: A Struggling Southern Delicacy ~ Target Audience grades 7-12 Witness firsthand how the Louisiana shrimping industry, that has survived countless generations, now struggles to remain a viable industry. Many shrimpers in Lake Arthur, LA, are worried about the future of an industry that has become a lifeline for them and their families. We will educate others about the threatened state of the Louisiana shrimping industry and give others a taste of the tremendous work that shrimpers put in to this threatened industry. Possible Dates: February 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 Time: Between 9:00-10:45(EST)


January 2010 - February 2010