In Japan, scientists and engineers have worked together to create the maglev train. Maglev means magnetic levitation. Unlike other trains, this train does not have any wheels, but instead runs with magnets.

Imagine driving to work, and you’re going to be late because of all the traffic. The maglev train was built for this purpose. This train makes a faster, easier trip for anybody in a hurry. It does not pollute the environment as other trains do.

 Dr. Jane Goodall is a world famous British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and U.N. Messenger of Peace. She is known for her long-term observation and research on chimpanzees.

At the age of 26, Goodall bravely traveled from England to Tanzania with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. With unyielding patience and optimism, she won the trust of the chimpanzee and managed to open a window into their lives.

 Albert Einstein is known for his work and influence on the philosophy of science. Einstein is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E=mc2 , which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation.”

According to , Einstein was born at Ulm, in Wurttemberg, Germany, on March 14, 1879. According to Wikipedia, Einstein had an IQ of 160. A perfect score is 162 on the Mensa Quizzes.

 Did you know that the University of Arizona has a mine? It’s called the UA San Xavier Mining Laboratory and it is located in Sahuarita. In November I went to the San Xavier mine to learn more about Arizona mining.

I interviewed James Werner who is the Assistant Director of the mine. His father also worked at the mine. It is not a working mine, but UofA students study there to learn new things about mining.

The mining students learn to mine silver, lead  and copper. Werner and the students usually arrive to the mine early in the morning, but there is no set schedule.

On Dec. 3, the OSIRIS-REx went into orbit around the asteroid Bennu, 241,000 to 209 million miles away from Earth (depending on its orbit). OSIRISREx is a spacecraft created to gather the largest sample of solid outer space material since the Apollo missions from 1969–1972, when the moon rocks were brought to Earth. For now, it will be scanning and mapping the entire surface of Bennu, which is 500 meters in diameter. The engineers’ planned method to make contact with the asteroid is called Tacsam.

I was able to attend the Arizona State University Connections Camp. Connections Camp was designed for Children with hearing impairment issues entering grades 2–5. 

This was the first time ASU had a camp like this for kids like us!! Before the Connections Camp I did not know any kids who had hearing impairments. I felt like I found a group of people like me in different ways but also in a lot of ways.