Carver Center Resource Round-Up

A Newsletter About Resources for Parents and Students

April, 2016

Welcome spring flowers!

Welcome to the second issue of Carver Center for Arts and Technology's Resource Round-Up, a newsletter that offers a variety of resources, events, and educational opportunities for parents and their teens to engage with and explore. Please feel free to contact us with ideas for additional topics that may be of interest to you.

Educational Resources

Google Cultural Institute

The Google Cultural Institute is an amazing group of exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Here you will find images that tell the tale of important moments from history, view world wonders using Google Maps, and explore artworks from every corner of the globe in incredible detail.

PBS NewsHour Extra

This website offers a wide variety of current events resources for students in grades 7-12. There are hundreds of articles on a variety of topics, as well as videos and lesson plans that contain ideas for students who want to practice their writing and research skills. The Student Voices category provides students an opportunity to write and submit their own article for publication on the site.

Advanced Placement Resources

AP Central at the College Board is a free resource that gives a comprehensive overview of all things related to AP, including course descriptions, exam information and special resources for parents and students.

Hippocampus is a free resource that delivers multimedia content such as videos, animations and simulations on a wide variety of general education subjects. It appeals to a range of learning styles and levels.

Highlights for High School is a free resource that offers materials and courses for teachers

and students at the high school level to help prepare students academically for

college. Exam preparation is provided for biology, calculus, physics and chemistry

and content includes videos of lectures and demonstrations, lecture notes and downloadable readings.

Archive is a free resource that features course materials for seven Advanced Placement (AP) courses. AP course materials are arranged by topic and include photographs, instructional videos and primary source documents.

Techno Tip of the Day

JeopardyLabs is a free online web application that allows you to create a template for a jeopardy game easily and quickly. It can be saved onto a flash drive or accessed with a link that is given to you once you have finished creating the game. You may add any number of players and the app keeps score for you as you play. Challenge your teens to create a jeopardy game to play with you based on a topic they are currently working on in school; it's a great way to study for an assessment and lots of fun! You do not need to create an account, but you will need to create a password so that you can access your jeopardy template at a later date in order to edit it. Check it out!

Events Around Town

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Friday, April 29th, 10am to Sunday, May 1st, 5pm

Maryland State Fairgrounds

The Sugarloaf Craft Festival will feature 250 top artisans who will display and sell their unique creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, items for the garden, and photography. The festival also features interactive demonstrations with master craftspeople and live music.

49th Annual Towsontown Spring Festival

Friday, April 29th, 10am to Sunday, May 1st, 6pm

Allegheny Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue Towson, MD 21204

The Towsontown Spring Festival has turned into the largest outdoor festival in Maryland and one of the largest on the east coast. Approximately 250,000 visitors attend the two day event with more than 450 vendors. The festival features four entertainment stages with over 50 acts and numerous national attractions. Bring your family and friends to enjoy all of the wonderful summertime foods, unique vendors and entertainment!

Baltimore Choral Arts Society/Catonsville Concerts at 3

Sunday, April 17th, 3-5pm

1400 Frederick Road Catonsville, MD 21228

Led by Tom Hall, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society - now in its 49th season - is one of Maryland's premier cultural institutions. Performing throughout the mid-Atlantic region, as well as Washington, DC, New York and internationally, Choral Arts has appeared with the National Symphony and makes regular appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

This and That...

Check out jazz pianist Joey Alexander, who at the ripe old age of 12 has been wowing audiences with his masterful interpretations of music by jazz greats John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and others. Listen to his performance at last year's Ted Talks at

Carver Center for Arts and Technology

Magdalena Fitzsimmons, S.T.A.T. Resource Teacher