10 Things to Do This Week ( August 31 to September 06, 2017)

1. Workshops
Vera Mascarenhas is conducting weekday afterschool workshops that teach baking, grammar, creative writing, communication skills and science through hands-on activities.
Date: Regular batches
Age: 7 to 9 years
Call: 09820600804
Codewizards is conducting communication skills, computer training and science and robotics workshops.
Date: Regular batches
Age: 7 to 16 years
Call: 09205404418
E-mail: info@codewizards.in

ScienceUtsav is conducting dronemaking workshops.
Date: Regular batches
Age: 5 to 14 years
Call: 09036216555
E-mail: centralblorescut@gmail.com
Website: www.scienceutsav.com

New Delhi
The Learning Brush is conducting alphabet and number, art and craft, writing skills and general knowledge workshops.
Date: Regular batches
Age: 3 to 5 years
Call: 08447993385
E-mail: sonalgupta1001@gmail.com

2. Read a Book
Manya Learns to Roar by Shruthi Rao and Priya Kuriyan 
(Age: 8+ years) 
This book is about a class 5 student named Manya and her ability to perform in ‘The Jungle Book’, a play that will be staged during the Panorama fest—an inter-school competition. Manya desperately wants to play the role of Shere Khan. However, there is a slight problem—Manya stammers when she speaks. Though she is bullied by the boys in her school, she auditions for the role with the help of her best friend, Ankita. To everyone’s surprise, Manya gets a standing ovation at the end of her audition. However, despite her convincing audition, not everyone is sure of her abilities. Does Manya go on to get the part? Read the book to find out. Published by Duckbill Books and available on Amazon.in

3. Watch It
The Polar Express 

Robert Zemeckis’ movie, ‘The Polar Express’ has been inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s book by the same name. Released in 2004, ‘The Polar Express’ is the story of a young boy’s journey to meet Santa Claus aboard the Polar Express. 

Along the way, the boy meets other children chosen, like him, to board the Polar Express. Through this trip, he embarks on a journey of self discovery, which shows him that the wonders of life never fade for those who believe.
4. Learn Something New
Clay Modelling

Clay modelling is an ancient art form. To make clay models, you need to buy either oil-based modelling clay or play dough. Modelling clay is easily available in all arts and crafts shops.It is soft, pliable and does not harden or dry very fast, making it easy to work with. Play dough, on the other hand, is a safer option for younger hands. You can also make modelling clay at home by combining flour, salt, water and 3 to 5 drops of natural food colour. Once you have decided on the kind of clay you want to use, you can start by creating freehand structures of small objects you see around you and then move on to larger sculptures. When the clay dries, paint it using acrylic paints.

This website is meant to replace television watching. Instead of wasting time on useless serials and movies, students can visit this site to watch hundreds of educational videos from many educational sites, making it in a one-stop shop for interesting age-specific information. Some of the sites it draws links and videos from are ted.com, khanacademy.org and rsaanimate.com
6. What's New
Hand-crafted shoes by Tantrum Shoes 
Established in 2011, Tantrum Shoes allows young girls to personalise their shoes using lace, feathers, flowers, jewels and bows.

All one needs to do is log on to designer Niharika Jolly’s website, choose a design and then e-mail her the shoe size, design specifics and list of accessories to be added. On receiving the payment, she will create and courier the shoe to the address provided.
7. Bit by the Travel Bug 
Place to Visit : Horsley Hills 
Horsley Hills or Horsleykonda in Andhra Pradesh is a charming and picturesque town. Horsley Hills is named after W D Horsley, the then-collector of Kadapa district. It is said that Horsley built himself a bungalow in these hills to escape from the scorching summer.
8. Pay it Forward
United Way
United Way Mumbai is part of the 130-year-old United Way movement that is spread across 41 countries.United Way Mumbai envisions a city where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, financial stability and healthy living. The Mumbai wing hopes to improve living conditions and is currently focusing on six key areas—education, health, environment, income, public safety and social inclusion. Some of its current campaigns are:
Mission Mangroves, which aims to replenish the fast depleting mangrove cover along the Mumbai coastline. Let’s Read, which has reached out to 5,000 underprivileged children and has provided them with the opportunity to experience the joy of reading. To volunteer with United Way Mumbai, log on to its website and fill in the volunteer form. E-mail: contact@unitedwaymumbai.org or visit: www.unitedwaymumbai.org

9. Little Green Fingers

Meet a new plant: Habenaria Grandifloriformis 

The ‘angel orchid’ or Habenaria grandifloriformis is a rare form of orchid. The plant grows in the open, high-altitude grasslands of southern India. It produces a single heart-shaped rounded leaf that grows close to the ground. 

The star attractions of the plant are its white flowers with bi-lobed petals. The flowers bear a striking resemblance to cloaked angels and blossom from spring to autumn.

10. Music for Your Ears
Know Your Instrument: Zeusaphone
Originated In: USA
The singing Tesla coils or the zeusaphone is named after the Greek god Zeus. The zeusaphone was first tested in 1955 by Steve Ward, who also designed and built the Tesla coils. It is a variation of the solidstate Tesla coil that produces musical tones by modulatingits spark output. The musical tone results directly from the passage of the spark tone through the air. However, the sound can only be heard through digital modulation. The pitch of this unique instrument is controlled by a mini keyboard and sequencer. Disney’s film, ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ showcased the singing Tesla coils.

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