Events

Economics of the Real World at Saint Anselm College in Manchester
Friday, March 4, 2016 9:00 AM
Join FEE, Ethics and Economics Education of New England, and FreedomTrust for a high school program at Saint Anselm College on Friday, March 4 to learn how economic thinking can help you better understand the world around you.

This high school program is designed to give students a taste of college-level economics and philosophy. The program comprises a series of lectures, interactive economic experiments, and discussion led by professors James Harrigan and Antony Davies. At the end of the program, the professors will even explain how economics can help students choose a college major. This event is offered at no charge and lunch will be provided to all participants.

Schedule
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Welcome
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: The Use of Knowledge in Solving Complex Problems
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Resource Allocation Activity
11:45 PM – 12:30 PM: Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Understanding the Limitations of Markets and Politics
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: Deficits, Taxes, and Federal Spending
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Closing Remarks
These seminars have been especially popular with the homeschooling community. For more info and to register, go to http://fee.org/events/economics-of-the-real-world-at-saint-anselm-college/

The American Legion Oratorical Contest Open to New Hampshire High School Students
High school students, including homeschoolers, under age 20 are eligible to enter this contest with a focus on deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution. Competition begins at the post level and advances to a state competition. Legion department representatives certify one winner per state to the national contest, where department winners compete against each other in two speaking rounds. The contest caps off with a final round that decides the three top finishers.
Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long; three- to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.
The state contest will be held at St. Anselm College in Manchester on Saturday February 27. To qualify to participate in the state contest, the student must first compete and win a “district” competition. The Seacoast Region is district 3, and that contest will be held in Hampton on the evening of February 11, 2016. We don’t know the dates of other competitions, however, all district contests must be completed by February 14. Contact your local American Legion Post to find out when they are hosting the local competition. We’ve heard from a homeschooling parent that his children did very well in this contest.
New Hampshire also has a junior oratorical program for junior high school students. It is modeled on the senior program. The only difference is that the speeches are shorter.
For more information go to http://www.legion.org/oratorical/about

Homeschoolers Invited to Become Part of Innovation Program at Berwick Academy
The Innovation Center at Berwick Academy is seeking 11th grade students that have a passion they would like to explore to participate in our Remote Innovation Pursuit Program. In a nutshell, a motivated student will select a topic that they are passionate about and develop, what we call, an Innovation Pursuit (or IP). The IP framework involves researching the topic to provide academic depth, collaborating with a mentor, an element of originality, connecting with industry experts, documenting and sharing the IP via the World Wide Web, and presenting and defending the topic at our annual Innovation Celebration.

This new program will include elements of our Innovation Center and also contain a college counseling component. As the 2015-2016 school year will be a pilot year for us and we are looking for a handful of ambitious students in the 11th grade to participate at no cost. With our support, students will work through the BIC framework and complete an Innovation Pursuit coupled with college counseling. The college counseling piece will assist the student in developing a list of colleges, preparing for visits and interviews, writing the application essay and supplemental pieces, and organizing and preparing for standardized tests.
Darcy Coffta, Innovation Center Director, Berwick Academy, South Berwick, Maine 03908. 207.384.2164 x.2702

STEM THROUGH THE LENS uses art in the form of feature films and documentaries, hosted in a unique "out-of-school" art-house venue, to assisting in exploring subjects as wide-ranging as Robotics, Human Genetics, Space Travel, Mathematics and Physics, students will meet experts in these disciplines to view and discuss the STEM topic in each presentation. Each film is used as a jumping off point for the speaker to reveal current scientific research or technological advances, providing the perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment. This is FREE program for 8-12 grade. Screening begin at 9:30 am. Those looking to book seats to any of the titles listed below please reach out in advance to shudson@redrivertheatres.org.Sponsored by Lincoln Financial Foundation and host by St. Paul's School

Upcoming titles:(these titles are subject to change)
Jan 13 - Gattaca - PG 13 106 min - Genetics (Hosted by Steffen Poltak - St. Paul's School)
Feb 10 - The Social Network - PG 13 120 min - Computer programming & Social Science (Hosted by Terry Wardrop - St. Paul's School)
March 16 - Interstellar PG 13 169 min - Space-time continuum (Hosted by Darik O. Vélez & Seth Cohen - St. Paul's School)
Apr 13 - Blackfish - PG 13 83 min - Environmental ethics - TBA

Visions Homeschool Educational Tours
Offers special STEM tour opportunities to homeschool associations and families. Some samples of tours include: Tropical STEM in Florida, Kennedy Space Center and marine biology at several sites; STEM Ocean in Cozumel, Mexico; STEM Washington, Smithsonian, Spy Museum, ; Rome and Pompeii tour; Iceland tour. Learn more at http://visionsineducation.co.uk/conc/index.php.

Groups must be comprised of a minimum of 20 passengers plus the host, or administrator. For every 20 passengers signed up, we offer two fully complimentary places to the administrator and their guest, based on sharing a single room. This is to recognize you for taking on the responsibility of organizing the group and the management requirements.

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 www.NHRivers.org 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 granitestatelyac@gmail.com

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 lmitchell@courts.state.nh.us 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 virginia.drew@leg.state.nh.us 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 www.zonta.org, or contact Carolyn Andrews at 224-0185 or ndrws12@yahoo.com.

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, info@ascaniusyci.org, (866) 933-9466

YMCA Summer Camps
Homeschoolers are welcome to register for YMCA Camps. Camp Mi-Te-Na for boys http://www.campmitena.org/, and Camp Foss http://www.campfoss.org/ 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 www.aces.keenecommons.net. Contact: Tina Greco, (603) 271-3993, tgreco@ed.state.nh.us

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 www.pax.org.
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--
littlefootpres@vermontel.net. 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 iseusa.com 

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 www.lumenarts.com for more information.