Teen Mastermind Students Go on Safari at the North Carolina Zoo in April 2015

NC Zoo parking Welcome to AfricaWe will not have a Teen Mastermind in March.  Teen Mastermind Students Go on Safari at the North Carolina Zoo in April. Join us!

  • Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
  • Time: Arrive 11am at the Africa Entrance. We will all meet at the Zoo.
  • Cost: The Zoo offers general admission tickets for $12 adults (ages 13-61), $10 seniors (62+) and $8 children (ages 2-12).
  • Purchase tickets online or at the NC Zoo entrance.
  • Zoo Website: http://www.nczoo.org/
  • Parking in the Africa Parking: 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC 27205

Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-mastermind-students-go-on-safari-at-the-north-carolina-zoo-tickets-15965312680

The entire family is welcome to join us on this African Safari adventure!!

NC Zoo ChimpanzeeThe Teen Mastermind students will be working together to discover the following:

• Going Primal
• Plotting Biodiversity
• How Myths Matter
• The Art of Biodiversity

We will then enjoy viewing the feeding schedules of:

• Chimpanzee at 2pm
• Red-ruffed Lemur at 2:30pm
• Vampire Bat at 3:30pm

Other fun viewings:

• Lion Cubs
• Giraffes at eye level

Reserve your students spot: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-mastermind-students-go-on-safari-at-the-north-carolina-zoo-tickets-15965312680

Teen Mastermind goes to North Carolina Zoo

Here are some tips from animal keepers to help you see the animals:
• As a general rule, animals tend to be more active in the morning than in the afternoon.
• The animals will not respond to calls, whistles or tapping on the glass. Your best bet is to remain quiet and watchful.
• Some animals tend to stay in the back of their exhibit near the Zoo’s closing. In large exhibits, animals might be harder to see at the end of the day.
• Many animals use “camouflage techniques,” so be patient and look closely.
• Use your senses, like hearing, to help you find an animal. In the Aviary, listen for the rustle of leaves. Look up in the canopy and near the ground to find birds.

NC Zoo suggests What to bring:

• Comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended. While the Zoo provides transportation to strategic locations inside the Park, the best way to experience the Zoo is by walking. The Park includes five miles of tree-lined trails.
• Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately because you will be outside for the majority of your visit. Bring an umbrella or rain jacket in case it rains (as an outdoor facility, we do not issue rain checks or refunds). Sunscreen and hats are a good idea for hot days. You can also purchase inexpensive rain jackets, ponchos, sunscreen and hats in our gift shops.
• Credit cards, debit cards, Zoo gift cards and cash are accepted.
• Camera and video cameras are encouraged to photograph the amazing wildlife!
• Binoculars come in handy at some exhibits like the Aviary, Prairie and Watani Grasslands Reserve.
• Specific medical supplies (e.g. insulin for diabetics) for special needs. If you have a medical condition that requires that you keep a cooler, you may bring it into the Park. The admissions staff will inspect the cooler and identify it for medical purposes.
• Public picnic areas are available outside of the zoo. Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the zoo for animal safety. For your convenience 3 restaurants sell food inside the zoo.

Go Wild, Within Limits

Certain rules must be followed while you are visiting the Zoo. These rules have been developed for the safety of visitors and the Zoo’s animals.

Prohibited Items

• alcohol, backpacks*, balloons, balls, bicycles, coolers**, firearms and concealed weapons, food or beverage**, frisbees, glass, grills, noise makers, pets, radios, remote control toys, rollerblades, scooters, shoes with wheels, skateboards, skates, steering trikes

*Backpacks used as camera bags, diaper bags or pocketbooks can be brought into the Zoo. School students should not bring backpacks. The Zoo reserves the right to check the contents of any backpack.

**Coolers, food or beverage used for medical purposes can be checked at either entrance, tagged and brought inside the Zoo. Guests are welcome to carry a bottled, non-alcoholic beverage into the Park.

Rules

• The North Carolina Zoo is a Smoke-free facility. Smoking is restricted to outside Park gates. Visitors who wish to smoke may present their daily admission receipt for express re-entry.
• There are no refunds or rain checks offered due to animal availability or weather conditions.
• We do not allow pets except for service animals. Visitors who wish to bring animals into the Zoo as service animals are asked to bring them to the Visitor Services Office located at each entrance’s welcome center. If you have questions, please contact us before bringing your animal to the Zoo.
We discourage visitors from bringing pets and leaving them in parked vehicles. Distressed pets will be removed from vehicles.
• Please keep the Zoo clean by placing all litter in the proper trash and recycling receptacles.
• Do not cross fences or railings. Exhibits and enclosures are designed to protect visitors and animals from harm.
• Costumed characters are not allowed at the Zoo unless the person is:
• under contract with the NC Zoo or NC Zoo Society
• participating in a Zoo, age-specific activity
• No adult costumes, adult masks or adult face painting please.

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Teen Mastermind Students Built Castles and Forts in February 2015

February 2015 Teen MastermindEvery month at Teen Mastermind we focus on new challenges using different skills and knowledge.  In February we learned how to build fortifying castles with random supplies brought by each student.

The students were put into 2 teams and each team pulled from the supplies each team member brought with them. Some brought sheets, sticks, blinds, duct tape, string, cardboard boxes and other random items.

The goal was to have a fully enclosed structure without a set number of walls. The structure did not have to have a roof, it could be attached to a living plant, and it could only be made up from items them brought and items found in the yard not currently alive.

The teens also enjoyed a fun baking challenge of making caramel popcorn balls. We learned that we needed to make a double batch of the caramel sauce for next time.

We will not have a Teen Mastermind in March 2015. See you in April!!!

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Teen Mastermind Students Create Treasure Maps in January 2015

January 2015 Teen Mastermind group solving challengesTeen Mastermind students from around Fuquay-Varina in Wake and Harnett County had fun creating treasure maps, baking pies and pretzels, and discovery the value of velocity.

Every month teenagers work together to solve fun challenges using critical thinking and problem solving skills.

In January 2015 teens built a movable object using random materials they brought with them to Teen Mastermind. Some of the items included: duct tape, empty toilet paper rolls, string, rubber bands, cardboard, and paper clips.

The teens were broken up into two competing teams for several challenges including:

  • baking
  • minute to win it
  • building and engineering
  • Treasure Maps

Another fun month is soon approaching for February!

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Register for February Teen Mastermind

October Teen Mastermind groupRegistration is now open for our next Teen Mastermind on Saturday, February 14th from 11am to 2pm at the Ballentine-Spence House.

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Time: 11am-2pm
Price: Free
Lunch: bring a sack lunch
Location: Ballentine-Spence House
109 E. Spring St., Fuquay-Varina
Size of group: 12 Students

Students will be participating in fun and adventurous games with their fellow Teen Mastermind friends from 11am-2pm.  We will be having fun outside most of the time with journeys inside for lunch and minute to win it challenges.

Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/february-teen-mastermind-registration-15242345265

Teen Mastermind groupEveryone must bring:

  • sack lunch, snack & drink
  • warm coat, gloves, hat, scarves (depending on weather)

Suggested items for survival bags:

  • cardboard toilet paper/papertowel rolls
  • duct tape
  • paper clips & safety pins
  • string/rope
  • markers, pens, pencils
  • scissors
  • ruler

We have openings for 12 students.

Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/february-teen-mastermind-registration-15242345265

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Register for Winter Games January Teen Mastermind in Fuquay-Varina

Winter Games January Teen Mastermind in Fuquay-Varina Wake CountyWinter Fun Teen Mastermind
 
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time: 11am-2pm
Price: Free
Lunch: bring a sack lunch
Location: Ballentine-Spence House in Fuquay-Varina (Wake County)
Size of group: 12 Students

Winter Games January Teen Mastermind in Fuquay-Varina Wake CountyStudents will be participating in fun and adventurous winter games with their fellow Teen Mastermind friends from 11am-2pm.

We will be having fun outside most of the time with brief journeys inside for lunch and breaks.

Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-games-january-teen-mastermind-registration-14590846615

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November Teen Mastermind Postponed to Nov 22nd Please update RSVP

Teen Mastermind November Scavenger Hunt at NC Museum of ArtAttention Teen Mastermind!

We have postponed our Teen Mastermind Group to November 22, 2014 due to forecasted inclement weather on Nov 1st.

We understand with the late change of date that some of you may not be able to attend, please change your RSVP if you are not able to join us. Thank you!!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/november-teen-mastermind-meeting-scavenger-hunt-registration-13510473189

IMG_2467.JPGWe have changed the location to the Ballentine-Spence House at 109 E. Spring Street in Fuquay-Varina.

We look forward to seeing you for our fun scavenger hunt and games!

 

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Teen Mastermind is going to the NC Museum of Art in November

Teen Mastermind November Scavenger Hunt at NC Museum of ArtJoin us as we work together to solve a fun and adventurous Scavenger Hunt at the NC Museum of Art on Saturday, November 1st from 11am-2pm.

Students will be participating in a fun and adventerous Scavenger Hunt with their fellow Teen Mastermind friends from 11am-1pm and then fun activities at “Strike A Pose” event hosted by the NC Museum of Art from 1pm-2pm.

Teen Mastermind November Scavenger Hunt at NC Museum of ArtWe will be having fun outside most of the time with brief journeys inside the main art exhibit building. Each team will have at least one adult with them at all times. There will be rules and directions provided prior to teens going on their scavenger hunt!

Everyone needs to be bring:

  • t-shirt that can be written on (will be worn throughout the day)
  • sack lunch
  • snack & drink
  • 1 marker
  • phone or camera

More informaiton about the “Strike A Pose” event hosted by the NC Museum of Art.

We have openings for 12 students and 4 parent volunteers.

Please Note: By giving permission for your child to attend this event, you are giving us permission to post their photos for our team parents and students to view on our Teen Mastermind website and our Teen Mastermind facebook page.

We have space available for 12 students and 4 parent volunteers.

Registration is free and is now open:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/november-teen-mastermind-meeting-scavenger-hunt-registration-13510473189

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Divergent Teen Mastermind October Challenge Huge Success

Teen Mastermind group in Fuquay VarinaWe had a great time today as we learned about amity, abnegation, erudite, candor, and dauntless.  Our 14 local teens and pre-teens discovered the different factions for the recent movie, “Divergent“.

Teen Mastermind group in Fuquay VarinaWe were dauntless as we reached our hands into 5 bowls blindly as our fingers figured out what was hidden within!  We were erudite as our students won science and math challenges all within minutes.

Teen Mastermind group in Fuquay VarinaTwo of our students showed off their abnegation by offering to be the victims during our Costume Madness challenge. Amity was in full force as our students raced in full dress with random hats, gloves, scarves, jackets, and skirts! Being candor can be very difficult for some people, however many of students proved to be very proficient during our scientific baking challenge with yeast, vinegar, sugar, and baking soda.

Our students even helped us get ready for Halloween by decorating our front bushes at the Ballentine-Spence House with spider webs and spiders.

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October Teen Mastermind uses Divergent Themed Challenges

divergent theatrical release posterTeen Mastermind Club
Theme: Divergent – Challenges divided into distinct factions based on human virtues.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
10am-1pm
Ballentine-Spence House: 109 E. Spring Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC

A free group for teens (10-18 years of age, must be able to follow direction) in Wake & Harnett County where students learn leadership and teamwork skills by problem solving.

Is your teen shy? Doesn’t really get out of the house? Loves their room (cave)? Parents, bring your teen/tween who likes to think “outside of the box”, maybe create their own codes or languages, enjoys building things… and would like to make some new friends!

Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-mastermind-october-meeting-registration-12920941885

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September Teen Mastermind a Splashing Success

September Teen Mastermind Capture the Tail of the DragonOur teens really worked together this month solving mental challenge games, baking challenges, building challenges, and water challenges.

Our Teen Mastermind students were able to think outside the box to create catapults out of random parts and create cookie masterpieces!

I was really impressed with how brave our students were this month and how willing they were to work together to solve more than 16 challenges! Congratulations go to these fun, smart, and creative teens!

I would like to thank Chris for helping me keep track of time and for all of your great ideas and Andrea for taking all of these great pictures and creative suggestions throughout the day!

See you next month on October 4th for even more fun, out of the box challenges! Registration for our October Teen Mastermind is now open! 

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-mastermind-october-meeting-registration-12920941885

~ Anna Campbell

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