Friday, January 23, 2015

Wonder Wheel 1.0

The Older Maker Teen created a nice interactive bit of code for me to share on The Maker Mom for the Year of Wonder, but Wordpress keeps messing with it, so I'm posting it here.

Drum roll please.

Introducing the digital Wonder Wheel 1.0.

Read more about the Wonder Wheel and download a printable version here.

Scroll down and click on the box that says "click me" and a question will appear to spur your scientific or creative exploration. Of course, you need to complete the question with a few thoughts of your own.

How might I..?
What if we...?
's Wheel of Wonder 1.0

Monday, January 12, 2015

Illinois Underage Drinking Social Host Laws 2015

Happy new year! If you follow me on social media, you've likely seen that I started writing for The Alcohol Talk. I'm one of a handful of writers sharing information, advice, and conversation starters for parents on having the alcohol talk. That is, talking to their tween and teen children about the dangers of underage drinking. One of my December posts focused on social host laws. These laws dictate penalties for serving alcohol to underage children in the home.

As I researched my piece, I learned about laws in different states. For example, Illinois laws are pretty strict compared to those in Texas.

Okay that's not such a surprise, but I learned that starting this month, January 2015, the Illinois social host laws became even broader. In the past, parents and guardians who allowed underage drinking in their house faced liability issues. Now, quoting from an AP article,
[They] can be fined up to $2,000 if they allow those under 21 to drink in vehicles, trailers, campers or boats under their ownership or control. And if a death occurs as a result, parents or guardians can be charged with a felony.