Archive for April, 2013

Review: Janet’s Planet

April 1st, 2013


Need a fun, reasonably priced science DVD to supplement your study of space or gravity? Janet’s Planet has exactly what you are looking for.

Janet Ivey takes you to the edge of space, quite literally. The DVD will walk you through some history of our understanding of gravity, check in with a scientist to further clarify our current knowledge, and even hear from some kids about their thoughts on gravity.

The video moves quickly and teaches you about microgravity (because there is really no such thing as zero gravity).  You pick up lots of interesting facts, despite a few groans at some of the comedy that isn’t really well delivered. The best part comes after all the teaching when she actually heads up into a zero G plane to show us what gravity on Mars, the moon, and in outer-space would look like. That was pretty amazing, and in my opinion better than shelling out $5000 to experience it myself.
The whole DVD is about a half hour long and was perfect for a rainy afternoon and a little break from our current study of anatomy.

If you plan to study space, gravity, Newton, or have a space buff in your family, you will definitely want to add this to your movie collection.

From Janet Ivey

“For the past decade, science education has been my passion and America’s children have been my inspiration.  It is incredible to see how excited children can become about the world around them when the information is presented in an accessible and fun way.  That is the mission of Janet’s Planet, and I look forward to continuing to support better science education in the years to come.”

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Summer Camps at Judson

April 1st, 2013


Received via email:

2013 Summer Camps at Judson University (Elgin, IL):

  • Fox Valley Music Camp (see below)
  • Art Adventure
  • Architecture Discovery Workshop
  • Sports Camps  ( soccer, volleyball, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball)

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Visit for more information.

Judson’s Fox Valley Music Camp offers  a great week of music-making for students in grades K-12 . This summer’s camp is set for the week of June 24-28th, 2013.

  • Young campers in K-2nd grades have a half day camp where they will have fun playing music games, making crafts and singing together on stage at the recital.
  • Elementary students in 3rd–5th grades have an opportunity to try out a variety of instruments in an instrument “petting zoo” throughout the week, as well as take optional private lessons if they have already started an instrument.
  • For Middle and High School students, the camp offers both a Classical Track and a Contemporary Worship Track. The Classical Track is for students studying traditional band and orchestra instruments, piano and voice. The Contemporary Worship Track is for students who play guitar, drums or keyboard  (traditional instruments are welcome as well) and who want to play in a contemporary worship band.
  • For High School students who intend to audition for District and All-State Competitions in the fall of 2013, the camp offers a unique IMEA Preparation Program. This year we are expanding the IMEA option to include brass and wind instruments, in addition to strings.

Check out our web-page at for further information and an on-line registration form.  Early Bird Discount:  $20 off per registration if received before May 24th. Sibling Discount: Oldest camper full price, each younger sibling $20 off. There are also a limited number of volunteer opportunities that can lower your cost by an additional $25 or $50, depending on the job.  Contact Cheryl Richardson at or   847.628.1110 for further information.

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