For those of you who don’t know, Odyssey of the Mind is a program where teams of five to seven kids have to solve problems. There are different competitive divisions: Division I is grades 3–5, Division II is grades 6–8, Division III is grades 9–12, and Division IV is for college. Last, there’s the Primary Division for grades K–2. You only compete with your division. 

Have you ever heard of Alexander Graham Bell? Most of us should thank him—he made the first practical telephone. 

He was born on March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Bell died on Aug. 2, 1922. He had two brothers and was a parent of four children. 

Ever since I was a little girl I have dreamed of becoming a firefighter. My dad has been a firefighter with the Phoenix Fire Department for almost 15 years. He loves his job, and I always have a great time whenever I come to visit him at the station.

Becoming a firefighter is a long process. To get hired, you need to pass a physical, oral and written exam. To pass the physical you need to be in great shape. You also need to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). Even though college isn’t required, it is very helpful.

Women have made great strides over the last century. March is Women’s History Month and March 8 is International Women’s Day. 

The Arizona Science Bowl is an exciting STEM competition in Arizona for middle school students. This is a regional event of the National Science Bowl and is sponsored nationwide by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

The competition is open to teams from throughout the State of Arizona. Winners of the regional Science Bowl advance to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

Have you ever wanted to have a houseplant? Gardeners Network named Jan. 10 as Houseplant Appreciation Day. 

“We hereby endeavor to make this a very special day for growing, caring for, and loving houseplants. We want to encourage you to grow and keep houseplants, especially in the winter months. They add warmth and a calming effect,” says the network. 

Baseball is in the air! Matthew Cole Lujan was born in Stockton, California, on Aug. 23, 1988. He is a pitcher for the Sacramento River Cats, a San Francisco Giants minor league baseball team.  

Mattie Lu, as some people like to call him, is also a baseball fundamentals-and baseball specific-speed and strength training coach for budding players in Phoenix, Arizona.   

Mattie Lu’s most memorable moment in baseball was when he pitched against the San Francisco Giants, and his most memorable game was when he pitched in Stockton, California, and struck out 13 players.  

Jay Johnson, the UofA’s Head Baseball Coach, is ready for his second season with the Wildcats after finishing 49-24 last year and making it all the way to the National College World Series Championship.

Johnson says there are a lot of good things about being the head coach of the Wildcats. 

“I get to wear a baseball uniform to work every day. I’ve grown up my whole life being a part of a team, and I get to be a part of the team every day,” he says. 

This past month was the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. This year’s theme was “The Minerals of the Mid West.” The show displayed many beautiful gems and minerals including geodes, calcites, turquoise, fluorite, wulfenite, and more. You haven’t herd of wulfenite? Nether had I until I found out that there Is a house bill to make wulfenite the state mineral of Arizona. If the bill passes Arizona school children will all know what wulfenite is.

National Gumdrop Day was on Feb.15. Gumdrops are a chewy candy that are madde with gelatin and sugar coated. The origin of the gumdrop is a mystery, but legend has it that the gumdrop was created in 1801. Percy S. Truesdell, chemist and candy manufacturer, gets credit for making the first gumdrop, according to National Day calendar. He was known as the gumdrop king.

Scientists are developing toilets that do not use water. Water is a limited resource, but each year 1.5 trillion gallons of clean drinking water are flushed down toilets in the United States.

Three promising types of waterless toilets are solar toilets, composting toilets, and bio-toilets. Each of these toilets recycle human waste into something useable.

Solar toilets burn up waste using the energy of the sun. Waste is cooked until it becomes a charcoal-like substance called “bio char,” which can be used as fertilizer. 

Yesenia Browning has ridden horses for five years. She started riding horses when she was in first grade.  For a girl at her age, she didn’t find riding horses hard. If I was her I would have found it very difficult.            

Yesenia started riding because she has loved horses since she was little. Her neighbors have horses and they teach adults and kids to ride. They even enter in rodeos.