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❊ Last Day of Cyber Sale at Compass Classroom
Nov. 27 – 30, 2016
Up To 50% Off


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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Making a Difference One Stop At a Time

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Trains depart on November 25th, kicking off the 18th year of inspiring communities and bringing in the festive season.

Canadian Pacific’s annual Holiday Train program is a rolling fundraising event that travels across Canada and the United States raising money, food, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues, hosting free holiday concerts along the way.

A typical Holiday Train event goes something like this: the train arrives and pulls to a safe stop in front of the crowd. The stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song. After that, a brief presentation takes place with local food bank officials and other dignitaries. Once complete, the band resumes performing a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs.  The whole event lasts about 30 minutes. Once the band plays its farewell show, the boxcar door closes, and the train slips off to the next stop.

Full CP Holiday Train Schedule

The concerts are free, but you’re encouraged to make a donation to the local food bank—either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay within your local community.

All aboard: CP Holiday Train from Canadian Pacific on Vimeo.

The Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 brightly decorated rail cars. They are each decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED lights and holiday designs on a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers.

Before you ask…
Rides are not open to the public.  Some employees, their families and some charitable activities officers are provided seats on the Holiday Train as a thank you for the tireless work they do each year moving goods across North America. They do not sell tickets for rides on the Holiday Train.

CP Holiday Train Schedule: Stops in SouthWest Wisconsin


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

  • Portage – 1:15 PM
    • Address: 400 West Oneida Street, Amtrak Station
  • Wisconsin Dells – 2:45 PM
    • Address: 100 La Crosse Street, Amtrak Depot
  • Mauston – 4:15 PM
    • Address: Division Street railway crossing
  • Tomah – 5:30 PM
    • Address: 205 North Superior Avenue, Amtrak Depot
  • Sparta – 6:40 PM

    • Address: Corner of South Water Street and Milwaukee Street
  • LaCrosse – 8:45 PM
    • Address: 601 Saint Andrew Street

The CP Holiday Train runs a tight schedule. You’ll want to arrive early to beat the crowd. You can follow the train’s journey on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to be aware of any updates or changes to the schedule.

For more information and updates on the CP Holiday Train, head to their official website.

Will you be visiting one of this year’s stops?

Symphony or Orchestra – What’s the Difference? LSO Symphony for Youth Concert March 2017 – Register Now

You want your children to have an appreciation for classical music…
But you don’t know the difference between a cantata and a sonata; and the only culture your kiddoes are getting lately is from a little cup of yogurt in the fridge?

Here’s your opportunity for a culture fix!

The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra offers a unique experience through the annual Symphony for Youth concert program. Each year, over 2,500 students from around the area attend this concert which is designed to inspire a love of orchestral music through the professional performance of a musical masterpiece.
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Symphony or Orchestra – What’s the Difference?

The LSO Symphony for Youth concert performance is not just an orlso-symphony-for-youth-concert-2016-1dinary concert  — it’s a complete musical learning experience!  Not only do you get Ronald McDonald dressed for the occasion in a tuxedo, but you get the combined experience of the musicians led by conductor, Alexander Platt, as they introduce the instruments of the orchestra and make the music come alive.

Students experience the excitement and joy of attending a live symphony orchestra in a real concert hall and will become familiar with individual instruments, the different sections of the orchestra, different movements of the piece of music being presented; leaving with a better understanding of how all of it works together to become a symphony.

 

To register for the LSO Symphony for Youth Program,
send an email with your contact information:
<lsosymphony4youth@gmail.com>
Kelly Zimmerman, Symphony for Youth Project Manager
La Crosse Symphony Orchestra
You will get a packet of information and a registration form.

Registration Deadline: November 14, 2016
Cost: $4 per person (student or teacher)
Concert Date: March 16th, 2017
Performance Times: 11:00 am, 12:15 am, and 1:30 am.

The program is geared toward students in 3rd through 5th grades
and is held at Viterbo University Fine Arts Center in La Crosse.
More info here: http://www.lacrossesymphony.org/symphony-for-youth/

2017 LSO Symphony for Youth Concert will feature pieces composed by Sergei Prokofiev: Finale from “The Classical Symphony” and Peter and the Wolf.

Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, Classical

Prokofiev was a composer caught between two cultures. Born into an affluent musical family, he left the Soviet Union in the summer of 1918, shortly after the 1917 Revolution. For the next 17 years he lived in Paris and toured the United States, returning to his native country in the mid-1930s never to leave again.

Royal Ballet School,1995. Choreography by Matthew Hart. Narrator: Anthony Dowell. Music by Sergei Prokofiev

The year 1917 was a traumatic one for Russia. The February Revolution had deposed the Tsar, and the October Revolution brought the Bolsheviks to power. Meanwhile, on the international front, Russia was losing disastrously in its war against the central powers, Germany and Austria. In the spring and summer of that year Prokofiev retired to a village not far from Petrograd (now and formerly St. Petersburg) and, as if oblivious to the earth-shattering turmoil around him, composed at a furious pace. Among the creations of that period was his sunny Symphony No. 1, which he subtitled “The Classical.”

The Symphony was an experiment. An accomplished pianist, Prokofiev routinely composed at the piano, although he noticed: “…thematic material composed without the piano was often better in quality…I was intrigued with the idea of writing an entire symphonic piece without the piano…So this was how the project of writing a symphony in the style of Haydn came about…it seemed it would be easier to dive into the deep waters of writing without the piano if I worked in a familiar setting.” This delicate, nostalgic Symphony premiered in Petrograd in April 1918 amidst civil war and social upheaval with the composer on the podium.

Even with the Russian Revolution raging in the background, the Symphony No. 1, was Prokofiev’s result – a wonderfully light-hearted symphony, full of humor and whimsy and a certain amount of impertinence for the Classical form. And for great romping fun, the Finale is a kind of finale to end all finales – rollickingly fast and breathless — it plays like a brief virtuoso concerto for each section of the orchestra.  The whole effect of the Classical Symphony is of smiles and delight, and makes it a classic in its own right.

Prokofiev, started composing this piece in 1916, and finished it in 1917. It is written in loose imitation of the style of Haydn (and to a lesser extent, Mozart), and is widely known as the Classical Symphony, a name given to it by the composer. It premiered on April 21, 1918, conducted by Prokofiev himself and has become one of his most popular and beloved works.

Peter and the Wolf [Sergei Prokofiev] by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Spitting Image Workshop.

To impress your friends and maybe get a little music education into your kids, here’s some things you can dazzle them with before you get seated.

  • Symphony comes from the Greek for harmonious
  • Orchestra refers the chorus that was used in ancient Greek theatre to comment on the action of the play, as well as the area of the stage in which the chorus was situated.
  • A ‘symphony’ is an extended piece of classical music, usually in four movements, written for orchestras with full percussion sections, piano, harp, bassoons, oboes, an organ, a special guy to play the triangle, etc.
  • Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which contains the famous “Ode to Joy” calls for: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, timpani, violin I and violin II, viola, cello, bass viol, and a full chorus with solo soprano, alto, tenor, and bass vocalists.
  • Orchestra is used to describe a musical group that includes a wind, percussion, and string section—specifically violins, violas, cellos, and basses. If there are no strings, it’s a band with a fancy name, like wind symphony or concert band or Coldplay).
  • All symphonies are orchestras, but only the big orchestras are symphonies.
  • An orchestra becomes a symphony orchestra, or just symphony, for short. Symphony orchestras have four sections of instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.
  • A full-sized modern orchestra consists of more than one hundred musicians usually playing anywhere from eighteen to twenty-five different kinds of instruments.
  • Within these sections there are groups of instruments that are also called “sections”: the viola section is part of the string section, for example, and the trumpet section is part of the brass section. Other instruments, such as the saxophone and the guitar, are added if they’re needed.
  • Among the regular members of an orchestra, not everybody plays all the time: for any one piece, the kinds and (especially in the case of the woodwinds and brass) numbers of instruments on stage depend on what the composer has specifically called for in the music.

Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” Conducted by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic.

Here’s Peter and the Wolf in Japanese:

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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La Crosse Symphony Orchestra
201 Main Street, Suite 230
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-783-2121

 

Artips – Free Art History Resource

Here’s a great little resource to learn art history.

Artips is a free art history newsletter sent out three times a week.

Artips is short and sweet.

Whether you’re an expert or an amateur, Artips brings more art into your life.

Their stories are free, fast and fun. Each takes only a minute to read and is accessible on any device (phone, tablet or computer) at any time.

More than 200 specialists hunt non-stop to uncover secrets about the great masters and eye-opening details about works of art from Antiquity to modern times. Every Artip is validated by their resident Art History specialist before it arrives in your inbox to enlighten your day!

Want to see what Artips looks like? Check out these examples.
American Gothic

Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” with it’s pitchfork and no smiles incensed the locals of the day. Read more by clicking the image.

Édouard Manet

Manet, Monet, and Renoir battled it out on beautiful summer day in 1874. Read more by clicking the image.

Artips.
It’s a nice little freebie for your brain.

 

Tri-State Homeschool Drama, The Wizard of Oz, in Platteville

Tri-State Homeschool Drama Troupe’s
production of
“The Wizard of Oz”

Oct 27, 28, 29, and Nov 4 at 7:00 pm
Oct 29 and Nov 5 at 1:00 pm

City Municipal building, 75 N. Bronson St., Platteville WI

General admission at the door:
$10 / Adults,   $5 / Students

The Tri-State Homeschool Drama Troupe under the direction of Susan Cramer is proud to present the musical “The Wizard of Oz” based on the beloved classic film of the same name. The cast of more than 70 Tri-state area students consisting of homeschoolers 4th grade to 2016 high school graduates will appear on-stage at the Platteville Municipal Auditorium for six performances during the last weekend of October and first weekend of November. Concessions will be sold before the shows and at intermission. Come and support live theater!

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Andrew Arevalo (from left), Seth Enz, Shannon Doan and Peter Humphries, of the Tri-State Homeschool Drama Troupe, will present “The Wizard of Oz.” (Contributed Photo)

A message from Director Susan Cramer:

“We have been having a wonderful time working in Oz this fall! There are 64 area homeschoolers, over 180 costumes, and hundreds and hundreds of hours of work in this production. The kids look great!”

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Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship Program

2017 Kohl Excellence Scholarship for graduating homeschoolers in Wisconsin 

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The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation provides graduating high school seniors with scholarships each year through the Kohl Excellence Scholarship Program.

The Excellence Scholarship is a one time only $5,000 award that is paid directly to the recipient’s chosen college. One hundred scholarships are awarded annually. Since 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship Program has awarded $3,300,000 to 2,700 students.

In 2015, a homeschooled student from Hillsboro was a winner of the Kohl Excellence Scholarship.

pic2_homeThe program searches for students that excel in leadership, academics, and giving back to the community. The goal is to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue post-secondary education in a public or non-public university, college or vocational/technical college.


The application process is divided between public school students, religious and independent school students, and homeschooled students.

 

This is a competitive scholarship. Students will be evaluated on their leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. In addition, students will be evaluated on their ability to clearly articulate goals in each of four areas: future educational goals, personal life goals, community/society service goals, and career goals. See How Your Application Will Be Scored for details.


Wisconsin Parents Association (
WPA) has been designated by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation to coordinate and administer applications for homeschoolers. A WPA selection committee will review the applications and submit finalists to the Foundation.

The application form for homeschoolers is almost the same as that for other students with only minor changes because of the way homeschools are constituted. Neither Herb Kohl nor anyone in the Kohl Family plays any role in the evaluation and selection of the candidates or recipients. It requires several short essays, one 300-500 word essay, three letters of recommendation, and a high school transcript. Completed applications must be mailed by November 23, 2016.


Application forms for homeschoolers can be found on the WPA website here.


Please tell other homeschoolers about this opportunity.
Although we recommend that homeschool families become members of WPA, it is not necessary to be a WPA member to apply for the scholarships.

 

 

Wisconsin Science Festival

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Celebrate curiosity and creativity!

Science festivals can introduce you to people, places and programs you can tap into year-round to discover how science is changing the way we look at and lead our lives.
Wisconsin Science Fest includes activities for all ages and interests and features nearly 250 events at more thaan 90 venues in over 30 communities across the state during October 20-23, 2016.

Cost:
Free! Some activities may have a nominal charge for materials or meals, and some partner locations charge their regular admission fees.

What can you do at the festival? All kinds of fun stuff! From games to gadgets, robots to researchers, storytelling to stargazing, the festival has something for everyone.

 

Check out the variety of events taking place at locations throughout Wisconsin at the 2016 festival. Use the filters to find events that match your interests, are in a city near you, take place on the day you plan to attend the festival and more. Or Download the 2016 program guide in PDF form.

 

Here are a few highlights for #WiSciFest 2016:

Snapshot Wisconsin is a partnership to monitor wildlife year-round, using a statewide network of trail cameras. The project is a great way to get students outdoors and learn about local wildlife!  This workshop provides educators with all the information and equipment needed to deploy and monitor a trail camera, as well as resources to help teachers use Snapshot Wisconsin in the classroom.

The Artistry of Innovation: WARF Patent Drawings Through Time With WARF’s help, hundreds of professors, researchers and students have transformed their discoveries, napkin sketches and prototypes into real-world innovations. These patents, and thousands like them, contain drawings or figures to illustrate the invention. This exhibition shares some of the visual gems buried in the WARF patent collection and introduces a breathtaking array of inventions. In one sweep, visitors will be exposed to nine decades of genius.

UW–Madison Geology Museum
Explore the geology museum and take a peek into Wisconsin’s deep history! On your visit you can touch rocks from a time when there were volcanoes in Wisconsin; see corals, jellyfish and other sea creatures that used to live and swim where we now walk; and stand under the tusks of a mastodon while imagining yourself in the ice age. Also on display are rocks and minerals that glow, a model of a Wisconsin cave, dinosaurs and meteorites. The mineral, rock and fossil collections have the power to educate and inspire visitors of all ages. See for yourself!

Birds in Art 2016
Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has organized “Birds in Art,” the museum’s internationally renowned, flagship exhibition. The 41st annual fall exhibition will be on view September 10 through November 27 and features fresh interpretations of avian marvels by 112 worldwide artists, including 2016 Master Artist Karen Bondarchuk.

Building with Biology
Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Madison Science Museum! Daily hands-on activities will allow you to get messy and ask real scientists your questions about synthetic biology. Become a “Bio Bistro” in a card-based personal choice activity, where you decide what synthetic biology-based food products you would or would not eat.
Or, practice creative engineering by first designing a superhero to rescue a person falling from a tall building. Then, design a single-celled organism to clean up an oil spill. See how designing a superhero is similar to or different from designing a microorganism. And much, much more!

 

Discovery Expo 
features more than 20 interactive hands-on stations with science, technology, engineering, arts and math activities that you can explore at your own pace, as well as other UW–Madison activities. See some of the groups and organizations that will be at the Discovery Expo

 

D.C. Smith Greenhouse
Take a self-guided tour through D.C. Smith Greenhouse and explore the fascinating world of plan…

Flight Simulation Demonstrations 
Experience the thrill of flight in the UW Flight Simulation Laboratory! Guests of all ages are welcome to try their hand at flying both rotary-wing and fixed wing aircraft simulators, including an FAA-approved, motion simulator! Walk-in groups are welcome. This event is located in room 3014 of the Mechanical Engineering Building (Flight Laboratory). Visit website

Help share the excitement about the 2016 science festival, happening on October 20-23. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tag events you’d like to share with #WiSciFest.

“I took my daughters to the festival on the first day. They had so much fun we went back the next day, and the next day, and the next. My favorite moment was hearing my daughter sing out, “Yay! More science!” — A 2014 Wisconsin Science Festival attendee

Science Arcade is a hands-on science event that connects all ages to the science, technology, engineering, math and, of course, the fun behind games! The evening will showcase vintage arcade games, virtual reality with the Living Environments Laboratory’s Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, augmented reality, DIY cardboard games, multiplayer games, place-based games, board games and so much more! 
This event is family-friendly and open to the public, but best of all, it’s FREE!  Fri, October 21: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
UW–Madison Discovery Building, Madison WI

Science Storytellers Jam!
An evening of science storytelling supported by Nerd Nite Madison and Moth storytelling. The stories will intertwine science with more personal experiences and will definitely prove to be both educational and entertaining. Expect to laugh, cheer and learn! The event will feature a mix of presentations by both Nerd Nite all-stars and local science storytellers providing stories about journeys through their field from campus researchers. And while you’re at this laid-back event, we encourage you to participate by asking questions and submitting ideas. Attendance at this event is free. A cash bar will be available throughout the night.
Learn more about Nerd Nite Madison and The Moth in Madison.
Sat, October 22: 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
UW–Madison Discovery Building, Madison WI

 

Big Ideas for Busy People – Madison
Back by popular demand for a third year at the Wisconsin Science Festival, Big Ideas for Busy People is a one-of-a-kind event that is also a centerpiece of the Cambridge (MA) Science Festival. Featuring five of the best and brightest in their respective fields, the event includes five minute talks by each with five minutes of Q&A. To keep the event moving, anyone going over five minutes will be gonged. Join us for the fun and hear from this year’s lineup of world-renowned speakers.
Sat, October 22: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
UW–Madison Discovery Building, Madison WI

 

Follow Wisconsin Science Festival @WiSciFest

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The mission of the Wisconsin Science Festival is to inspire and engage us all in the enterprise of science and discovery; to cultivate curiosity and communicate the power of knowledge and creativity to change our world view; to promote innovation and to cultivate the next generation of global citizens. The Wisconsin Science Festival is presented by a growing coalition of the science and arts community from across Wisconsin.

Learn more about science festivals all across the country at sciencefestivals.org.

The Wisconsin Science Festival is made possible without taxpayer dollars due to private funding and corporate support.

Home School Legal Defense Association

Southwest Wisconsin Community of Homeschools is now part of HSLDA’s Discount Group Program!  Individual families who belong to our SW Wisconsin Community of Homeschools membership group save $20 on their HSLDA membership fee, paying $100 instead of $120.

What does joining HSLDA do for me?

  • Protects your right to homeschool and defends your family. A lawyer is on call 24/7.
  • Provides fast help by phone or email: Get direct answers to your specific questions about home education. Veteran homeschooling parents are available to answer your questions and help you find resources for teaching your children:
    • Toddlers to Tweens (PreK-8th grade)
    • High school (including preparing for college or career paths)
    • Struggling learners (special needs/gifted and talented)
  • Preserves homeschool freedom for all families by promoting homeschooling nationwide, as well as by working with state homeschooling groups to pass homeschool-friendly legislation and stop unfavorable bills at the state and federal levels.
  • Partners you with the cause: Although homeschooling is recognized in every state, HSLDA receives phone calls each day from families whose right to homeschool is being challenged or discriminated against by school officials, social workers, employers, colleges, armed services recruitment officers, and government bureaucrats. The customizable nature of homeschooling defies the educational elite’s ideal of mandatory, uniform indoctrination—making parental choice in education a target for elimination. By joining HSLDA, you are supporting families who are fighting for their right to homeschool today and standing together to preserve homeschooling freedom for tomorrow.

SW Wisconsin Community of Homeschools recommends that homeschooling families join HSLDA.

Even if you never experience legal trouble yourself, your HSLDA membership will help enable other homeschooling families to get the legal help they need and will help defend our right to homeschool here in southwest Wisconsin.

Membership in HSLDA also gives you personal access to the legal staff; HSLDA’s experienced high school, struggling learners, and early years consultants; selling privileges at the HSLDA Curriculum Market; and discounts through HSLDA’s PerX program. (For more information about HSLDA’s many benefits, see http://www.hslda.org.).

SW Wisconsin Community of Homeschools members SAVE $20 off the HSLDA membership price when you enter our Discount Group code on the HSLDA membership form!

Building a Community of Homeschools

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Southwest Wisconsin Community of Homeschools
R
egional Membership Group

We’re building a community to help and support home education in southwest Wisconsin! Membership is open now in the Southwest Wisconsin Community of Homeschools regional group. The group is open to any home educating family in the general area of southwest Wisconsin whose children are-will be-have been learning at home through any method of homeschooling.

Here’s what you get as a member:

  • Email notifications and reminders
  • Forums (searchable and archived)
  • Registration sign ups
  • Printable Membership Cards
  • Classified ads
  • Calendar listings
  • Shareable links and resources
  • Discount on WPA Membership
  • Discount on HSLDA Membership

Our membership year runs from October through October. Membership fee is $8.50 per family. You may join at any time, however the fee is not prorated and late charges may apply.

Are you part of a local homeschool support group?
The SW Wisc Community can
include local support groups within our regional network membership. Your local group maintains its own identity and image, and controls its own forums and event sign ups. Imagine how this could streamline your field trips and coop classes! Plus each individual can access the complete membership site.

Let’s find answers, help each other and build friendships.


The more of us banded together can make an impact for all of us.

Southwest Wisconsin Community of Homeschools
www.homeschool-life.com/wi/swischomeschools 
https://swischomeschools.wordpress.com/

 

Programming and Robotics Classes in Janesville

Engineering, Programming and Robotics in Madison and Southern Wisconsin for Elementary and Middle School Students


STEM For Kids provides a fun learning environment for program participants.
Brain research shows that fun is an important ingredient for learning and memory. LEARN MORE

WHY homeschoolers love STEM for Kids 

Multi-age programs
Innovative curricula
Real-world based problem solving
Leadership opportunities
Open ended possibilities
Flexible delivery
4 C’s Focus:  collaboration,
creativity, communication, critical thinking
Intrinsically motivating – low stress- high challenge
Relevant topics
Activity based
Happy- relaxed environment
Celebrate all successes big and small;
learn from all mistakes, big and small
Learning to learn, not test
It is FUN!

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Janesville Offerings

Computer Programming for Kids ages 7-11
Wednesday: 10:30– 12:00
Oct. 26– Dec 14, 2016

Robotics for Kids ages 7-11
Fridays: 10:30-12:00
Oct 28– Dec 16, 2016

NO Classes Thanksgiving Week

Location:
Orchard View Alliance Church
2707 Bond Place, Janesville, WI

COST: ONLY $12/Week with Discount Code

Use Code HOMESCHOOL to save 20%

See attachment for more information about STEM for Kids!

Request programming here📆

I would be happy to meet with the group any time to better explain STEM for Kids and answer questions.  Just give me a call at your convenience and we can schedule a time.  If interested, I could bring a class out to whatever location is most convenient for the members of your group.
Take Care, Donna

Donna Curtis, M.Ed
Owner and Instructor
1-608-352-8330
Stem for Kids: Wisconsin-Madison
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