Young Minds Awards, Celebrating Student Achievement in Design Engineering and R&D

Our mission is to inspire youth at the Middle and High School levels, as well as students at the undergraduate level, to pursue their passion and bring forth design engineering and research and development as desirable education and career options for scholars. This is a global competition showcasing design engineering and research and development excellence and presentations in 5 categories as follows:

* Wireless
* Electronic
* Medical
* Electromechanical/Mechanical
* Research & Development

Enter by: May 31, 2015. Judging Ends: July 31, 2015. The winners will be announced at the Young Mind Awards ceremony in conjunction with the R&D 100 Awards at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 13, 2015.

World Affairs--conference and competition
The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire presents the Think Global Conference – a day-long conference where high school students will learn about opportunities for a global future. Students can also participate in the afternoon competition – Academic WorldQuest – to test their knowledge of world affairs and global issues. March 7th, 2015 at Southern NH University. Go to for more details. If homeschoolers put together a team, the adult coach would get a $250.00 stipend for coaching.

Essay Contest on “The American Flag”

NH Lions Multiple District 44 - NH middle school students in grades 5-8 can enter an essay contest between December 1, 2014 and February 6, 2015. To enter they must submit one original handwritten (legible in ink) or typed essay between 100 and 300 words on the theme "The American Flag". Essays will be judged on originality, creativity, and facts (sources and references must be listed). First place within each grade level will win a certificate and medal, and also qualify for the multiple district contest which has a $100 prize per grade level. Submissions should be sent to Harry Armstrong, PO Box 338, Canaan, NH 03741 (603)523-7093

Report a New Discovery in Biological Science and Win an Award!

MSMR’s 24th Annual Student Competition – “That’s News!” – will open for submissions on January 5th.

The Competition is for middle school and high school students throughout New England. Winning students and their parents and teachers are invited to receive their recognitions and awards at the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research Annual Meeting (June 26, 2015). There are cash, book and certificate awards for students who most compellingly explain a recent biomedical research breakthrough using an essay, poster or webpage of their own creation.

Students may be in any educational setting: public, private, parochial or home-school. They may pick any life sciences breakthrough announced in 2013 or 2014. Their task is to understand the breakthrough and report it in a clear and engaging way as if to a group of their own peers – high school science students. Teachers of winning students receive classroom grants.

Middle school students (Level I) and high school students (Level II) are judged separately. Details of the submission process, awards and entry requirements are at Contact, and

Homeschoolers Invited to Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference May 29-31

We have released the carrier pigeons, and the concourses are alight. You are once again cordially invited to attend a weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mic at the Champlain College Young Writers' Conference, May 29-31. Now in our fifteenth year, our doors are open to high school-aged students who wish to share their passion for story, drama, and song with their writerly brothers and sisters—and with celebrated New England authors. We offer three days of readings, improv, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, literary jazz/blues fusion, and extended friendship on the hillside campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.

OUR 2015 KEYNOTE SPEAKER, AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST AND MEMOIRIST, DIANA ABU-JABER, is the author of Arabian Jazz, Crescent, The Language of Baklava, Origin, and Birds of Paradise. Reviewers have called her prose “gorgeous” and “bitingly humorous,” and her stories and editorials have appeared in Ploughshares, the North American Review, Kenyon Review, Ms., Salon, Vogue, The New York Times, The Nation, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. A frequent contributor to NPR, Diana is the daughter of a Jordanian immigrant whose passion for food and folktales exerted a “powerful influence” over her work.

The postmark DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 17 is fast approaching and the blue lights are flashing. If you have a tale to spin, or a story to share, please download an application (or cover letter & brochure) from our website:

Expanding Students’ Horizons Programs in Theater, Stage, and Special Workshops

Expanding Students' Horizons functions as a clearing house between several New Hampshire theatre venues which offer free student passes for selected educational programs to New Hampshire students from elementary to high school public, charter, private, and home school students. Some programs are listed below. Details and even more listings on their website

Red River Theatre presents Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, January 22, 2014, 9:00 to 12:00 noon. In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan for a friend with romantic ambitions, the abused Jewish moneylender bitterly demands a gruesome payment instead. For passes, contact Expanding Students' Horizons at

"War on the Little Guy: When are there enough rules?" Essay Contest. 125 cash prizes for students, totaling $15,500! February 17 deadline. In his Fox News hour, War on the Little Guy, John Stossel takes a critical look at how regulations have unintended consequences. Stossel covers small regulations, like those that govern magicians' rabbits, and larger ones that restrict whether businesses are allowed to operate. Choose a regulation and, using evidence, build a compelling case as to whether the regulation is good or bad. 125 students will receive cash prizes totaling $15,500. 1st and 2nd place students will also win an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for themselves, a chaperone, and the teachers who submitted their essays to see a live taping of Stossel. For complete contest rules, prize details, and submission info:

Theatre Workshop Offered by Theatre KAPOW

Valentina Lattuada, the Artistic Director of Integral Transpersonal Theatre in Barcelona Spain will be in NH from January 15-25. We have funding that will cover all of the expenses of the school workshops. Valentina will be leading some workshops at Pinkerton Academy (one with theatre students and one with foreign language students), but I'd like to get her some workshops in the Manchester School District. Valentina leads workshops across Europe that teach participants different ways to tap into their creativity. She is fluent in five languages (English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and French) so she is capable of working with a number of different students and she is happy to do workshops in world culture for foreign language or social studies students. Contact: Matt Cahoon at or 603-437-5200 x5112

Landry Academy Two-Day Lab Intensives
Landry Academy has Two-Day Science Lab Intensives in a variety of science subjects as well as a Two-Day Art Intensive. Students will be immersed in their subject for two straight days (and having a ton of fun), and science students will leave with the equivalent of one year’s worth of science labs… all for a VERY reasonable price. Full price labs are $280 – a great price for a year’s worth of intense science labs and a ton of science fun! All science labs are described in detail on the website. Please note that Mr. Landry, a past college science professor, says that the more labs the better for any science student!!

Manchester Area, NH (about one hour north of Boston) Lab Info:
• *Chemistry (grades 9-12), October 6-7th
• *Life/Physical Science (grades 5-8), October 2-3rd
• * Advanced Biology (grades 10-12), October 16-17th
- SY14 Lab Intensive Culinary
NH Manchester October 24 25 2014
- Art Intensive
NH Manchester October 28 29 2014
- Lab Intensive Backyard Blacksmithing
NH Manchester October 28 29 2014
- Lab Intensive Auto Repair and Care
NH Manchester April 30 May 1 2015
- Lab Intensive Computer Repair
NH Manchester April 24 25 2015
- Biology Anatomy and Physiology Lab Intensive
NH Manchester May 8-9 2015
- Lab Intensive Backyard Welding
NH Manchester April 20 21 2015
Lab intensive details are here

Learn about Invasive Plants in our Lakes and Rivers
New Hampshire Rivers Council. We are a statewide river organization dedicated to protecting the rivers and their resources in New Hampshire. We have a special volunteer program called River Runners which teaches the recreating public how to identify invasive aquatic plant species in our rivers and provide that information to the state for response. We can present a program to homeschoolers in a centralized venue. Please visit our organization’s website at and click on River Runners to learn more about our program. We welcome the opportunity to provide this free training to you.

New Hampshire Legislative Youth Advisory Council
Created in 2006, the NH LYAC is a statutory committee of the New Hampshire legislature. Serving as a link between young people and New Hampshire government, LYAC is a group of 19 high school and college students (from age 15-22) who are appointed from every county in the state. A state senator and representative are also appointed as members of the Council.
LYAC analyzes issues that pertain to New Hampshire youth, brings ideas to the legislature, advises the legislature, and promotes civic engagement among youth.
The Council generally meets once a month in Concord from September to May. Meetings are held on Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m. In addition to monthly meetings, Council members have the opportunity to attend special meetings with other organizations and councils. Students may also participate in annual forums that the Council holds, including an August forum for new members. Some LYAC members also choose to testify at public hearings for legislation on behalf of the Council. Want to learn more? Email

Tours of the New Hampshire Supreme Court
The New Hampshire Supreme offers tours to students on Mondays and Fridays. Several homeschooling groups have already taken advantage of our tour and have really enjoyed their experience. It is a great compliment to your government curriculum. The tour begins in the court room. When available, which is more often than not, a judge comes in for a question and answer session with the students. If it’s available, the students will visit the conference room and the law library. Tours of the Supreme Court can be done in conjunction with State House tours.
If you are interested in just a Supreme Court tour contact, Laura Mitchell at 271-2646 x 2362. If you would like to arrange a tour of both the Supreme Court and the State House contact Virginia Drew at to schedule both.
We look forward to hearing from you and showing you around.

Scholarship Opportunity for Young Women
The goal of the Zonta International Young Woman in Public Affairs program is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs. To further this goal, the local club in Concord sponsors a scholarship. The application of the local winner is then sent to the Zonta District governors, who submit one application to the Zonta International Headquarters. The Zonta International Board provides awards to five recipients. For more information, visit, or contact Carolyn Andrews at 224-0185 or

Study in Rome!
Roman Explorations is a study tour for elementary and middle school teachers and homeschool instructors, on-site in Rome! You will learn about the Latin language, as well as the culture, myth, and history of the ancient Romans!
In the morning, participants will enjoy learning the basics of Latin, using a colorful, engaging, kid-friendly text called Minimus. No previous experience with Latin is necessary. During the day and evening, participants will journey through the city of Rome, witnessing the monumental sites and museums firsthand. Accomplished instructors will provide commentary, lead discussion, and suggest lessons and activities for incorporating this material into the classroom.
Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute, P.O. Box 188 Alton Bay, NH 03810,, (866) 933-9466

YMCA Summer Camps
Homeschoolers are welcome to register for YMCA Camps. Camp Mi-Te-Na for boys, and Camp Foss for girls.

For LD/ADHD Students--A Chance to Experience Success (ACES)
ACES is a two week summer residential experience at Keene State College in which high school students ages 16-17 with LD/ADHD participate in activities that assist them to build skills toward independence and learn about the world of work while on a college campus. While there, students also participate in a variety of social, recreational and team building opportunities. Students document their experiences in a portfolio which is then used throughout the following school year to assist in planning for the future in the areas of education, living independently and employment. ACES is made possible through a partnership between NH Vocational Rehabilitation, Keene State College and the Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions. Additional information regarding the application process is available at Contact: Tina Greco, (603) 271-3993,

PAX-Program of Academic Exchange Enrich your family with another culture. Now you can host a high school exchange student (girl or boy) from Germany, Thailand, Norway, Brazil, China, Spain, Belgium and Mexico or other countries. Becoming a host to a young international visitor is an experience of a lifetime! Visit the PAX website at
Call PAX Community Coordinators Shannon at 603-393-5616 or Jean at the PAX national office, 1-800-555-6211, ext. 310.

Experience The Japanese Culture
LABO International is a cultural exchange program that offers the opportunity for children between the ages of 10 and 20 to host a Japanese student in their home for approximately one month, starting at the end of July. Labo students arrive with everything that they need in order to share the everyday life of a New Englander. There is never a need to plan expensive vacations or costly trips. The student simply wants to be apart of an American family and to share their culture with them. Simple things as a bike ride, hiking, family cookouts are treasured moments for them. If your child is going to camp during this time Labo will pay $250.00 for the Japanese student to be a part of this as well.
Interested families are encouraged to call Lenny or Maureen Bolduc at 802-886-2316 or feel free to speak with our children Lindsay, Larry, Lauren and Leigh. We can also be reached by e-mail-- Please put LABO 2009 in the subject line.

Have you ever considered hosting a foreign exchange student?
Benefits:  Expand your world horizons, learning new cultures & languages.  Make lifetime global friendships, with the possibility of future travel. Contact International Student exchange immediately by Calling Kris Matthieu 603-894-6468 

Lumenarts presents performances of great works including The Odyssey, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Beowulf, and great people including Emily Dickinson and Caesar, Cicero, and Cato. Performances are live and improv: no two performances will be the same. While the language is improv the telling stays true to the original text. Performances are tailored for particular audiences. Performances can vary from 45 minutes to an hour and fifteen. DVDs are also available. Check for more information.