“Ada Twist, Scientist,” written by Andrea Beatty, is a very clever story. Ada lives with her parents, and everyone is very concerned about Ada because she doesn’t talk. But one day, when she turned 3, she started talking. Mostly she started to ask questions like: Why? Where? Why not? When? How?

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Dr. Hank Hurrass visited Ridgeline Academy to teach summer school students about the Hellcat coil that just became a part of the Guinness Book of World Records. We learned that it took him a year to build the Hellcat coil, and he didn't know whether it would even work. The coil is not a new invention, in fact, it has been around for over a century, one of the many novel creations of inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla, who also developed radio and radar waves, fluorescent lights and the AC distribution system used in our homes today. 

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Some of you might not know who Alex Naddour is, but our troop from Queen Creek does. Naddour lives in Queen Creek just like us.

     We were in the middle of earning our "Staying Fit" badge when we heard that Naddour was going to be at the Queen Creek Library before he left for the Olympic Games in Rio. We followed him through the Olympics. He just happened to win a bronze medal on the pommel horse!

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Do you remember your first day of kindergarten? Was it exciting, or were you nervous or anxious? Did you or your mother cry? Hopefully it was a great experience for you!

Friedrich Froebel started the first kindergarten in 1837 in Germany. It was very popular, beginning with a half day and soon becoming a full day, teaching children academics, and social interaction in a fun and educational manner.

Heather Morgan teaches kindergarten at Arizona Desert Elementary in Tolleson. Morgan likes working with kids and loves it when they begin to learn and understand.

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The sight was majestic. It almost didn’t look real! It is the Grand Canyon!

Starting off its life as a flat-layered rock, the impact the Colorado River had on our great landmark is remarkable and unexplainable. The Colorado River cut 277 miles of beautiful canyon! It started its process millions of years ago, and it’s still going on today.

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My Favorite Pets by Jeanne Birdsall

I loved the book “My Favorite Pets by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class” by Jeanne Birdsall. It’s all about Gus, who lives on a farm with 17 sheep. The sheep are like his best friends, but they don’t talk and even though he has tried, Gus can’t get them to climb a tree, or ride a skateboard. Gus does fun things with the sheep like using one as an umbrella and he tries to get his little brother involved, but he doesn’t like it and cries a lot.

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Did you celebrate the 4th last month? There are many people in the United States who do not understand why we celebrate the 4th of July. I have done some research to better understand this holiday. I found the history of the 4th of July, why and how we celebrate it, and some interesting facts about the holiday.

In 1776, Richard Henry Lee suggested that the 13 colonies come together to create their own nation separate from England. This huge meeting was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

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