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Okamura's Extended Cup Platform

As a magician, Arthur Okamura wrote and illustrated his own magic trick books, including Paper Propeller, the Jumping Frog, the Spinning Quarter: And 38 Other Amazing Tricks You Can Do With Stuff Lying Around the House. In this activity, you will complete one of his physical balance tricks and suspend one cup above or at the same height of three other cups.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5)

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Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Inspired by Okamura and the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, students will learn about California’s water distribution and drought through the integration of science, math, and art.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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Mix and Match Mythical Creature Game

Use animal templates to make a mix and match game where you create new mythical creatures.

GRADE LEVEL: Pre-Kindergarten, Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)

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Create a Floating Mandala

GRADE LEVEL: Pre-Kindergarten, Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Archaeology and the Study of Ancient China

Archaeology is the study of the material remains of humanity’s past. Excavated materials, along with other historical objects and text records, form the primary source material on Ancient China.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Making Rangoli: A Celebration of Color

Students will: 1.) examine the Hindu tradition of threshold art; 2.) discuss how Indian values are expressed in the ephemeral art of threshold painting; 3.) draw traditional connect-the-dots threshold art designs; 4.) make colored rice flour and create an auspicious floor painting

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

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Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Three Treasures, Four Levels, Five Elements

The First Emperor of China (Qin Shihuang) famously consumed mercury because it was thought to preserve his youth. The search for eternal youth leads us to myriad modern-day creams, balms, tonics, lifts, and tucks–but can they really help us age gracefully? Join Bay Area Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner Amy Petrarca, MS, RN, Lac. in an exploration of the fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond