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Quebec School Bans Homework

An elementary school in Jonquière, Quebec, has made some of its students very happy by banning homework for the year.

by · September 16, 2014 · Kids, News
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Lunches From Home Don’t Meet Nutritional Standards: Study

When researchers in the United States compared school lunches to home-packed lunches, parents got a failing grade.

Researchers from Tufts University, in Massachusetts, inspected lunches belonging to about 600 grade three and four students at 12 different schools in the state. They found that lunches packed at home were generally less nutritious than meals provided by schools.

by · September 8, 2014 · Health, Kids, News
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500,000 B.C. Kids Not In School

Now that the summer is over, nearly half a million children in British Columbia (B.C.) should be in school–but they aren’t. That’s because teachers there are on strike.

by · September 5, 2014 · Kids, News, Politics
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Sun Screen Not Allowed In San Antonio Schools

Some students in San Antonio, Texas have been told they can’t bring sunscreen to school.

by · June 12, 2014 · Kids, News
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Grade 8 Trip Cancelled For Safety Reasons

Grade 8 students at Amesbury Middle School were looking forward to their big graduation trip to a camp in Eastern Ontario.

by · June 3, 2014 · Kids, News
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How Ontario’s Leaders Would Handle Education

On June 12, Ontario is having an election. Each of the main political parties has a different idea about how they would spend money on education in Ontario.

by · May 20, 2014 · Kids, News
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Stop! You Must Not Ban “Hop on Pop”!

A customer of the Toronto Public Library thinks the Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop should be removed from the library’s collection because it encourages children to use violence against their fathers.

by · May 5, 2014 · Kids, News
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Daycare For Cellphones?

Students in New York City are not allowed to take cellphones to school.

But students in one neighbourhood have come up with a solution that keeps their phones nearby and also benefits local businesses.

by · April 25, 2014 · Kids, Lighter, News
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Toy Weapons For Girls: Too Violent, Or Too Pretty?

Some toy companies have recently introduced new lines of toy weapons designed especially for girls.

While the toys are a hit with girls, some adults object to them. Some people say the toys encourage violence and aggression among girls. Others say they are too feminine, and promote old-fashioned stereotypes.

Last fall, Nerf introduced its Rebelle line, which includes bows and guns that shoot foam darts or spray water. The weapons have names like the Heartbreaker Bow Blaster and the Pink Crush Blaster gun. They are brightly coloured in mostly pinks and purples.

by · April 7, 2014 · Kids
Inventor, Shubham Banarjee.

Boy Invents Cheaper Braille Printer Using Lego

A 12-year-old boy has invented a Braille printer that costs about $1,650 less than the ones that are available today.

Shubham Banerjee is in grade seven in Santa Clara, California.

He used a Lego Mindstorms kit and added five dollars’ worth of parts he bought at a hardware store to create what he calls a Braigo.

His Braigo costs about $349 to make.

by · February 25, 2014 · Kids, News, Technology