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94 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, January 5 - Monday, January 8, 2007 CHOO]L & D CATION Submitted photos Practice makes perfect Practice makes perfect when it comes to getting robotics instructions straight. Worcester Prep kindergartners Jaye Eniola, left, and Delaney Abercrombie, both of Salisbury, use their thinking skills to pro- gram a robotic bee. If they get their program- ming right, the bee will head to safe places on a map of their community. Above, watching robotic bees travel to des- tinations on the safety chart ofeemmunity :locations are (l-r) Worcester Prep Lower School computer teacher Tia Bunting, Rehoboth Beach; Janet Peck, The Creative Mind, Norfolk, Va.; Dominic Anthony, Seaford; Deputy Sheriff DAR Officer Matt Crisafulli, Jaye Eniola, Salisbury; Head of the Lower School Celeste Bunting;, and Delaney Abercrombie, Salisbury. Castle announces grants for advanced nursing training Delaware Congressman Mike Castle, cosponso r of both the NEED Act and Nurse Reinvestment Act, was joined by representatives from Wilmington College, Delaware, State University and Wesley College, to announce three grants totaling $121,012 for Advanced Education in Nursing Traineeship. Castle made the announcement in a lab classroom with Wilmington College nursing stu- dents and administrators and pro- fessors from the three schools. "We are here today for an important reason; to underline the importance of nurses in this coun- try and to address the shortage of nurses facing the U.S. I have been dedicated-to this cause for a few years, specifically with the pas- sage of the Nurse Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law to help address the nationwide nurs- ing shortage. The important thing about these grants we are announcing today is that they are another stepping stone for those looking to become nurses who might otherwise be discouraged. "I commend the work that is already being done by the three college present today to produce well-trained and hard-working nurses," Castle said. The Advanced Nurse Traineeship grant funds allow Registered Nurses to return to col- lege for advanced degrees, the majority of who already work full-time, part-time, or per diem. Funding pays for tuition, fees, books, and equipment. To com- plete the nurse practitioner pro- gram students often need to reduce the hours they can work outside of school, consequently making them ineligible for tuition assistance. Therefore, through these grants, graduate nursing education pro- grams are able to provide payment for one or two courses or books. Castle also discussed The Nurse Education, Expansion and Development Act (NEED Act), which will help nursing schools hire and retain new faculty, pur- chase educational equipment, enhance labs and expand infra- structure and address the nation- wide shortage of nudes. Castle said the NEED Act will work to address the very issues which are- preventing nursing schools from enrolling more stu- dents by authorizing capitation grants to (grants based on number of enrollees): Hire and retain new faculty; purchase educational equipment; and enhance clinical laboratories. The building and exhibits are well worth the trip The Smithsonian Institution has been referred to :: 'Americt's i Treasure Chest," an bndearing and accurate tire. Traveling just two and a half hours west to Washington, D.C., our family vis- ited the newest of the museums, The National Museum of the American Indian. If you have not been there yet, then plan a trip soda. The building and the exhibits are well worth the trip. The most striking thing about the National Museum of the American Indian is the architec- ture. The building is all curves and stone, an earthy brownish tan color reminiscent of soft pueblo dwellings that nestled into the side of a mountain but this building stands on the mall in Washington, D.C. It isa stark contrast to other museums as it seeks to represent the American Indian culture and way of life. Relationship to the earth is a primary, design element. The museum's designers include architect Douglas Cardinal, a Blackfeet Indian; Johnpaul Jones, a Cherokee/Choctaw; Ramona estewa, a.Hopi, and Donna SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese House, a Navajo/Oneida. The architects included Lou Weller, a Caddo Indian, and the Native American Design Collaborative. Table Mountain Rancheria Enterprises of the Table Mountain Raricheria.American Indian tribe - assisted in construc- tion. The museum is situated- on 4.25 acres just south Of the Capitol building including simulated wet- lands, meadows, cropland and forests. Most visitors paused Out- side the museum to snap photos in front of the waterfalls, ponds and rocks. The rocks are called grand- father rocks and they are seen as elders of the landscape. Seven hundred trees shade the museum site. This museum landscape felt different than the stark granite buildings of the older Smithsonians and that difference is a welcome change. The museum design integrates the best natural light. The entrance faces east and the sun's rays are captured by south facing crystal prisms that shower down a rainbow of light into the interior entrance. This is a five-story building with 250,000 square feet of floor space but the thing you most notice when you enter the muse- um.is the enormous atrium that is open tO the ceiling. When we vis- ited there was a band playing native instruments in this area, with people lounging on benches and on the floor, watching chil- dren spontaneously dance. This museum fe.lt very much alive. There art nearty a milliontribal objects and artworks housed in the National Museum of the American Indian. Many more are stored in a Maryland warehouse. The collection is fascinating. There are many displays enhanced by touch screens that give a closer look or more infor- mation about the items. Many exhibits have audio enhancement with large video and photographic displays. Being able to see the items that were used to create a way of life that is in harmony with nature was the most fascinating part of my visit. There were intricate carv- ings, delicate beadwork, and warm winter boots all hand made. The objects go back 10,000 years and were gathered from more than a thousand indigenous cultures in the Americas, the Arctic to the southern tip of South America. The museum offers a glimpse at the complex history and culture of a diverse group of people who deserve recognition and under- standing. Starting Feb. 3 a new exhibit, Listening to Our Ancestors: The Art of Native Life Along the North Pacific Coast, will explore how Native people along the coast of Washington State, British Columbia, and Alaska continue time-honored practices in an ever- changing modern world. Featuring more than 400 ceremo- nial and common objects there will be comnntary from repre- sentatives of eleven contemporary North Pacific Coast Native nations. The website describes this exhi- bition as including a wide variety of pieces, "from intricately woven and ornamented dance blankets to halibut fishing hooks, finely carved and painted masks of supernatural creatures to spoons carved from the horns of moun- tain goats. Each object reflects the creativity of people whose art has been collected by museums worldwide for more than a centu- ry." For more information visit the website at nmal.si. There is much wisdom iil time-honored practices and definitely worth a trip across the Chesapeake. Diane Saienni Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District. Previous columns can be reviewed at her website dianeal- banese.com.