All posts by Jenny Henningsen

#44: Infinity


This famous line from the beloved Disney Toy Story Movies became a common phrase for children in the mid 1990’s.  But what are we really saying when we declare our desire to take off on this infinite voyage?  Check out this TED Ed video on infinity, then click on the link below and challenge yourself to the “Think” and “Dig Deeper” tabs to the right of the video.  Leave a comment here on what you learned or still wonder about “Infinity and Beyond!”

Click here to go to the TED-Ed site for “Think” and “Dig Deeper” challenges                                  *Write your answers to the “Think” quiz on paper and check them here:  Solutions

Knowledge can be infinite!  Check out this link if you just can’t get enough knowledge on this topic!   More on Infinity

Toy Hackers

There will be new episodes and DIY videos every week! Watch now @

Try this yourself! Collect the supplies and create! Snap a picture of your speakers and send it to the EY coordinator in your building.

If you liked this project, check out Toy Hackers. Toy Hackers is a new web series for the next generation of inventors! In the first weekly show, Goldie & the gang will help kids turn toy boxes into toolboxes.

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Calling all doodlers!

It’s time to start sketching, because this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest will be open soon.

K-12 students are invited to bring their imagination to life in a doodle of the Google logo, using any medium they choose. The winner’s artwork will be featured on the Google homepage  @

Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

Check out the contest page to see past winners and to get some ideas! Start working on some sketches.

Check for contest details.







Animal Olympians

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Welcome to the Animal Olympics, where species compete daily in the wild to thrive and survive.  Different species have adapted different athletic abilities to succeed in their respective environments, from running fast to chase prey to swimming great distances in search of food and safety. Animals are amazing athletes and their performances in the wild are of often above and beyond Olympic caliber.

And the medals go to………. Animal Olympic Medal Winners

Read through each of the animal award winners, and then choose your own animal to research.  After you have gathered new information about your animal, create an award for your animal similar to those at WWF. Share your project with the EY coordinator in your building.











Stumper of the Week #11


As the trees begin to sprout and bloom, here is a new stumper for you…

Write the word acorn.  Drop the second and last letters.  Add an e.  Add a in the middle.  Double the last letter.  Reverse the first two letters.  Add a after the a, and divide the letters into two words that spell the result of a buried acorn.

Email Ms Skaggs with your answer!  🙂

Bright Ideas Calendar  McDonald Publishing 1991

Patents, Trademarks, and You!


Are you someone who keeps an eye out for the latest inventions?  Do you enjoy tinkering with objects to see what you can create?  Then knowing about patents and trademarks might be helpful in your future endeavors!  The USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) has a website to help kids understand more about the patent and trademarking process.  Check it out here.  Try some of the activities and videos!  Leave a comment with an idea you would love to create a patent for or something interesting you learned about the patent/trademarking process.

Naming a New Spider in Australia


How amazing would it be to have a newly discovered creature named after you?!?  Well, that is exactly what happened to world renowned physicist Brian Greene.  A new type of water spider was discovered hanging out in the streams of Brisbane.  These spiders have an interest in physics just as Professor Greene does.  Click here to read the full article.

In the article, the recent discovery of Einstein’s gravitational waves is presented.  This theory has been in the works for 100 years, started by Einstein, and was just proven true through the spiraling of two black holes into each other (One 36 times the mass of the sun!).  For more information on this discovery, click here.

Ponder this:  You are being honored for your work and will have a creature named in your honor.  If you were able to choose, what creature would be at the top of your list?

Leave a comment with your reactions to the articles or what creature you would choose!


Calling all comic artists!


ART CONTEST Grades 2–6

Jeff Kinney Design-a-Character-Contest

Due Date for Entries: April 30, 2016

Ten (10) Grand-Prize Winners will receive an original illustration by Jeff Kinney and a Wimpy Kid Prize Pack.

Ten (10) Runners-Up will each receive a Wimpy Kid Prize Pack.

Draw your own comic character. Include a speech bubble with some details about your character.

All entries must include student’s name, age, and grade; and teacher’s name, school name, address, and phone number.

Send entries to:
Jeff Kinney Design-a-Character Contest
P.O. Box 714
New York, NY 10013-0714