Change it Up! The Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach

Change-it-up_BrentFINALThis past month, Brent’s goal was to raise money for The Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach for the Change It Up! program, where each month an employee chooses a worthy organization for which to fundraise and collect spare change.

For 73 years, The Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach’s mission is to provide at-risk children, ages 6-18, with accessible after-school educational assistance and mentorship, ensuring that every child sees their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The club provides:

  • Trained professionals that connect the youth with positive adult mentors and role models.
  • Nationally recognized programs to help young people succeed in school, stay healthy, learn important life skills, pursue interests in the arts and sports, and explore vocational choices.
  • A wide range of activities and opportunities to give back to the community, set goals, and meet new friends.

Today, more than 4,500 young people participate in the Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach programs every year.

Find out how you can help Brent donate to The Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach, here.

Make Your Own Mini-Books – Free Printables

Mini-Books are a great way for preschoolers to build confidence in their reading skills. Plus, they’ll have oodles of fun making their very own book to read to you. Just make a copy of one of the stories below; provide scissors, crayons, and a stapler, and invite your child to make the mini-books. Don’t forget to tell them to show off their cool new book with their best friends!


Download the “Let’s Eat” mini-book here: LetsEatBook


Download the “Good Job” mini-book here: GoodJobBook:

Introducing Nancy B’s Science Club 2014 Summer Science Scholarship Winner: Cecilia Daddino


Meet Cecilia Daddino, Nancy B’s Science Club 2014 Summer Science Scholarship winner! This tenacious 10-year-old from Yaphank, New York has an admirable knack for science that impressed the entire Educational Insights team, especially Nancy B. Her love for snakes, the ocean, and rocks encouraged her to make plans to be a herpetologist, marine biologist, and geologist when she grows up. However, she is not waiting to be an adult to share her knowledge on the captivating world of science.

Joelle Daddino, Cecilia’s mother, said her curious daughter is “excited for science.” She’s always thrilled to find herself attending one of her daughter’s impromptu science classes.

“She found a ragworm on the beach the other day, and had a whole crowd around her as she was teaching them all about it,” she said. “She does that a lot.”


Cecilia shared that she enjoys teaching her peers about the thrilling aspects of science. She loves showing others how to use Nancy B Science Club tools, specifically the AquaScope™ and Underwater Wonders Activity Journal.

“Whenever I go to the beach, I always bring it,” she said. “The last time I used it; some kids came over and asked what I was doing. When I told them, they called their moms over and I gave them a class about it. Those people asked me to give them its name because their kids wanted it too.”


Cecilia used her scholarship funds to purchase an advanced, high-powered microscope and telescope. Once she received her microscope, she tested her knowledge on bacteria and cells that she learned in her Brookhaven National Laboratory classes. According to Joelle, within 60 minutes of hooking up her microscope, Cecilia was able to diagnose her little brother with the common cold.

“My little guy got a paper cut and they put the blood on a blank slide where Cecilia has seen, taken photos of, and determined the illness by comparing the photos of the virus with Google images.”

Cecilia then diagnosed her brother with having the common cold and emailed their pediatrician the photos.

Besides making amazing discoveries, she participates in her Girl Scouts Troop, plays drums, and enjoys catching a baseball game with her family.

Congrats Cecilia, from the Educational Insights team!

Sci-Friday: Soap Boat Derby At-Home Science Experiment

You know, of course, that liquid detergent is great for washing dishes. But did you know that you can use liquid detergent to stage a unique boat race? Grab some pals and let the games begin in this fun at-home science experiment.

Stuff you’ll need:

• Paper clip
• Toothpick
• Liquid dish-washing detergent
• Cup or glass filled with water

Now, get ready, set go! Get instructions on the Soap Boat Derby science experiment, here.

Robot Face Race™ Game Giveaway!

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By now, you already know that we’re all about fun and games! That’s why we’re excited to host another game giveaway! We are giving away 5 (five) award-winning Robot Face Race™ games!


Help a crazy inventor find the heads he needs to complete his robot bodies. Shake the Robot Randomizer, then scan the board for the robot head with the matching eyes, nose, and mouth. It’s a frantic feature-finding game that’s fun for the whole family. Robot Face Race™ recently earned the “Recommended by American Mensa” honor and 2014 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal.

If you’d like to order a Robot Face Race™ game visit our online store. Shipping is always free on orders of $50 or more.

Giveaway ends Saturday night at 11:59 p.m. PST.