Portland Kids Rock!
Portland Kids Rock with Benetar and Beethoven
www.kgw.com, June 13, 2012 By Cathy Marshall, KGW Staff When you hear the word “orchestra” you may think of the serene sounds from composers like Bach and Beethoven. Some young musicians who will play at Portland’s Newmark Theater on Friday would like you to add Pat Benatar and The Beatles to that list. They are members of the Portland Youth Rock Orchestra. At just 12-years old, Ava Creasy plays classical music and The Kinks on her viola. “With the rock I’ve had to learn to play faster,” she said. That’s just what the founder of the group had in mind.
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15 Year-Old Aspiring Opera Singer
Mock Trial Team Wins 4th!
For the first time, a 3-year-old team of home-school students organized through the Village Home Education Resource Center in Beaverton made it to state competition and placed fourth, behind third-place West Salem. (see full story)
Scripps-Howard Bee Winner and Runner-up from Village Home
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Beaverton Team Named Co-champion
Beaverton's Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies and Portland's Nanites took home top prizes last weekend at the ninth annual Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League 2009 Championship held at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.
The competition theme, "Smart Moves," asked participants to transform the way we look at transportation.
The all-girl Rubber Duckies, from Village Home Education Resource Center, tackled the project of solving the germ problem within a busy hospital environment by conducting research at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland. The team presented a two-step solution composed of a unique air-purification system and an artificial-intelligence-driven cleaning robot......
Engineers of the Future
Many Awards for Village Home in Beaverton
The Village Home Education Resource Center in Beaverton is turning out academic champions left and right. Three teams of students and one ace speller from the learning community for families who home educate their children will represent Oregon and the Pacific Northwest in national and international competitions in the coming weeks. Village Home’s Lego robotics “Team Um” traveled Tuesday to Atlanta as one of only 15 teams invited to the FIRST Lego League World Festival.
Robots Save the World
It's Sunday morning. I'm in Hillsboro. I'm surrounded by Legos. These are not the Legos you grew up with. At least, they're not the Legos I grew up with. These Legos have brains. And so do the kids who are building them into robots, with grand plans to save the world......
Village Home Learner Connor Aberle Wins Spelling Bee
About Village Home Education Resource Center
Although most homeschoolers hate the dreaded socialization question, it is a subject they're all too familiar with, when they choose the path of homeschooling. After all, homeschooling means that it is now up to parents to make sure their offspring gets socialized. Portland is an extremely homeschool-friendly city and offers various coops, field trips, and even recreation center classes geared especially toward homeschooling families. See attachment for full article, or ONLINE
Robotics Skills Tested at OMSI Competition
Tyley Fitzgerald, 10, of Tigard (center) watches over her team’s Lego robot at the FIRST Robotics Competition held today at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Lauren Mickelsen, 10, of Hillsboro (left) helped put together the robot for the Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies team. The wigs, tropical hats and imitation leis worn by Tyley and Lauren were in keeping with their team’s theme of goofiness.
A Very Young Fiddling Champion
Listening to Isaaiah Ruby Jean Baltzell play her fiddle, it's easy to lose track of time. Isaaiah is practicing waltzes, hoedowns and rags, of the sort that families used to entertain themselves with in the days before television, radio or iPods. It takes work to be a champion, which Isaaisah is. In July, she won the Small Fry division at the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival, in Weiser, Idaho. Isaaiah also is fresh off a win in the Pee Wee (8 and under) category of the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association Willamette Valley Contest. Her brother, Gabriel, won the Junior-Junior (9-12) category.