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I should have done this in March. This year it took me 1 week (after work hours) to complete all the puzzles.  The last puzzle is NOT friendly to full time  shift employees (hint). There are only 2 right answers; one answer must be done during scheduled work hours and the other answer must be done after any normal person goes to bed at night (or early morning).   It's still not too late to get onto http://www.pidaychallenge.com and work through 24 puzzles to get onto the Genius board. You may work at the puzzles at your own pace.  Stats stayed consistent to previous years; the total set of puzzles are still hard enough that only approximately 10% successfully work all problems.  Maybe, there is an endurance factor :-)  There were logic, probability, algebra, geometry, and physics problems/puzzles/questions. Enjoy the challenge!

I worked for several years as a Craft Specialist for a major retail chain.  Being allowed to use and demonstrate new products for the store gave me a wide knowledge of a variety of crafts and artistic hobbies.  I was also responsible for coordinating crafts with children, which as a teacher, was a win-win situation for me.  I also made it a point to tell parents the educational benefits of the activity we were doing.  It is incredibly important to me that a child have an artistic hobby, a creative outlet that allows them to produce something tangible.   Yes, children, really everyone, needs to get outside and be active.  I walk every single day.  However, my hobby is crafting - mostly making jewelry or knitting.  That is a stationary activity and doesn't provide physical activity for me.  So what good is it?  There are many benefits that we don't even consider!   Probably one of the earliest crafts that kids participate... read more

As a student myself, winter break is a time for relaxation, and unfortunately, to let many of the skills learned through a semester of college to slip away far more quickly than they were learned. I understand personally how easy it is to let one's brain grow dull over the winter break that we all look so forward to. So what are some ways to keep your brain sharp? And more importantly, what are some fun ways to do so that won't make you feel as though you're actually working scholastically the entire break?   Pick up a fun reading book: Reading is a great way to keep the mind sharp. It's engaging, it encourages critical thinking and imagination, and it challenges the mind to stay focused and recall facts about a story (especially if you don't read the book in one sitting!) To make this a more "social" activity, try to get a group together as a reading or book club. That way, you will all benefit from talking about the book and its contents, the storyline,... read more

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