Imagine moving to the United States as you are getting ready to start fourth grade and having to learn English as a second language at the same time. That’s what local hip hop & rapper artist/producer Ryan Gonie known as Kenz was faced with over eight years ago as he and his family moved to our area from Indonesia.
The first of two rhinos has arrived safely at Woodland Park Zoo. After a two-day road trip from San Diego, Taj, a male greater one-horned rhino, arrived on April 6th in healthy condition. Trained in preparation for the move, the 17-month-old animal traveled in a custom-made trailer driven by an expert who specializes in moving rhinos.
When people think of whale watching in the Pacific Northwest their minds often flash to the antics of orcas, also known as killer whales. These black and white whales may be the region’s most popular marine mammal but they certainly are not the only ones to grace the waters of Puget Sound. Grey whales (Eschrichtius Robustus) are massive migratory whales weighing up to 35 tons and reaching a length of 40 feet. These gentle titans of the sea make their way from their mating and calving lagoons of Baja California, Mexico up far past the waters of Alaska into the frigid Arctic which serves as their primary feeding ground. The grey whale’s 10,000-12,000 miles of migration is the longest of any mammal. On their way north, ten to twelve grey whales nicknamed “Sounders” spend about a month snacking on the plentiful ghost shrimp that surround Whidbey Island. That snapshot of thirty or so days is upon us now.
Clipper Vacations (2701 Alaskan Way, Pier 69, Seattle, WA 98021) sits just below the Space Needle in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. They offer specialized grey whale watching excursions, providing eager locals and tourists alike a rare opportunity into the existence of these magnificent animals.
The options for teens interested in pursuing careers in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subject seem to grow every year. For a kid whose parent works at Honeywell, the odds are even greater to find one of these opportunities.
Meet Michael Mendoza, a 17-year-old junior at Cedarcrest High School who lives in Duvall with his family. He was one of 325 students chosen throughout the world to participate in the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA), also referred to as Space Camp, February 24-March 2, 2018.
HLCA is a week-long camp that takes place at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. It promises to provide innovative activities that develop students’ leadership skills through technology and science-oriented workshops, lectures and team exercises. Activities are delivered in fun and exciting ways that bring STEM studies to life.
After speaking with Michael about his experience, I’d say that HLCA delivered on its promise.
The program is offered to students whose parents are one of the 130,000+ full-time employees of Honeywell at any location around the world. Michael’s dad works as a Senior RF Design Engineer for Honeywell in Redmond, Wash. and he learned about the program through an employee email. He encouraged Michael to apply.