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St. Louis will Host International FIRST Robotics Championships

A few weeks ago we reported on the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Regional Competition. Under strict rules, time constraints and limited resources, teams of 25 students built a robot to perform tasks against a field of competitors. Students from more than 40 high schools in Missouri and eight other states battled their bots at the Chaifetz Arena in March. The top performing teams not only earned bragging rights but also a ticket to the preeminent celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at the National Championships.

Luckily for us St. Louisians, the worldwide FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championships are being held next week at the Edward Jones Dome.

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Co-Parenting in St. Louis (When Your Ex Is Miles Away)

Co-parenting can be tricky for everyone involved. Add to that the barrier of miles and distance when living in two different cities, and it can be quite difficult to manage. It takes a lot of communication, fortitude and planning, but it is not impossible. Co-parenting can work even when you are miles apart.
 
Let’s take my situation for instance.

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St. Louis ALS Community Welcomes Breadth of Hope

Every 90 minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a motor neuron disease that affects nerve and muscle functionality.

And according to the The ALS Association, St. Louis Regional Chapter, although ALS is most prevalent among individuals between the ages of 40 to 70, it can strike at any age, changing the lives of every member of their families.

St. Louisan Drew Stewart was an intern at a Victoria, Texas, newspaper when he first met with a father with ALS and his family. Touched by their incredible bravery, Stewart morphed a two-minute news story into an eight-minute video and, eventually, a full-length, self-produced documentary.

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Celebrate Motherhood at these St. Louis County Library Events

The St. Louis County Library system is honoring moms by hosting a variety of free programs for kids. The programs include storytelling, movies, crafts, cupcakes, pampering and more. All programs are free and open to the public.
 
It’s All about Mom
Wednesday, May 4, 4 p.m.

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Coeducation Versus Single Sex Education

I am in the midst of a fascinating book right now called, Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein.

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Laying the Groundwork for a Lifetime of Sensitive Subjects

The St. Louis Kids Magazine Spring/Summer issue is out, and while it’s full of good info and articles, one in particular resonated with me. The topic is one that probably makes most of us flinch, especially parents of tweens: puberty.

I’m not going to give all of writer Amy Burger’s excellent info away – you’ll have to pick up a copy or check it out online on page 24 of our digital edition – but she makes a great point about the importance of communication between girls and their female relatives.

Guys, this is your cue to make a guilt-free exit, unless you’re particularly interested in menstruation.

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Start Saving with the STL Kids Club

The STL Kids Club officially launches today, and we're kicking it off with an offer to save 50% on babysitting services. Seeking Sitters is is a locally-owned, on-demand, online babysitting referral service that does all the work for you. Seeking Sitters will find a professional sitter for you based on your specific needs whether it's for a one-time gig, or ongoing, daily or weekly babysitting. Click here to check out the first Kids Club Deal.

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Get Up Close and Personal with Sharks at Stingrays at the Caribbean Cove at the Saint Louis Zoo

There’s something fishy going on at the Saint Louis Zoo this summer. Sharks are invading the pool at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, the annual attraction where kids and adults can see and touch stingrays and now, sharks. No worries, though, these are small, mild-mannered bonnethead and brownbanded bamboo sharks swimming about with cownose rays, southern stingrays and horseshoe crabs. Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks opens April 23.
 
Located under a pavilion near Lakeside Cafe, the ocean creatures glide through a 17,000-gallon warm saltwater pool. Visitors are encouraged to dip their hands into the water and allow the stingrays to touch them. Occasionally, they will have an opportunity to feed them. These are hardy species that interact well with people in a safe and fun manner.
 
“We’re excited to introduce sharks to our visitors this year,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Bonner, Dana Brown president & CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo.

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Toddler Tinker Time
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Bring your little ones to Toddler Tinker Time at The Magic House for special experiences designed especially for preschoolers. Weekday mornings, Tuesday through Friday, families will enjoy hands-on activities in the Art Studio, plus private playtime featuring limited capacity in Wonder Works and Wonder Why.

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Petite Picasso Virtual Art Classes for Kids
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Magic House now offers a virtual art experience for children – multi-sensory Virtual Petite Picasso classes. Classes are taught live from the Art Studio at The Magic House, and a different art activity is featured each week! 

 

 

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How Are You Holding Up? Here's What Experts Say About Coping With Anxiety, Stress and Uncertainty

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