21st Century Community Learning Centers
February 03, 2002
Recently we learned about the 21st CCLC grant. This GOVT program is in place to support after school programs Nationwide. There are about 6000 established so far, and more to come each year. We have several here in Montana half of which are now using the Egg Game as a part of their curriculum.
We feel fortunate to be a part of this growing network of educators. Their feedback has been very positive. It feels good to be a part of what’s ‘going on’ in education. For more information on the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant see:
2001 2003 2005 MEA-MFT Conference
October 21, 2001 – Just got back from a two day state wide gathering of educators in Belgrade, Montana. It was great to be there and the response was very positive. For the past few years I’ve been marketing the Egg Game mostly towards the toy and game industry. The response there is that the product, although fun, is not colorful enough, has no competitive aspect, and is not electronic … It feels great to finally be among people who can appreciate what I am trying to accomplish bringing this cooperative activity to the marketplace. With the world in chaos after the events of Sept 11, the time is right for games that have no winners or losers. As we know the planet is a spinning egg shaped object. I thank all of you who visited my exhibit and took product home with you for your students to egg-splore! May this game continue to bring people together to learn what it takes to keep an egg in motion …
2002- 2006 Montessori Conferences
We have had the pleasure of attending the annual NCME conference in San Diego as well as the AMS conferences in various locations around the US for the past five years. This spring the two organizations merged to form an even more spectacular AMS. These gatherings are wonderful, the attendees – pure educators. People who seems to understand and appreciate the importance of the cooperative egg-sperience*. Maria Montessori knew the importance of the ovoid, and made it a vital part of her programs and teachings for children. With the planet being a spinning egg shaped object, there has never been a better time to get groups of people figuring out just what it takes to keep an egg spinning. We look forward to seeing you in New York City spring 2007 for the 100th year of Montessori in the US..
Thanks for your support!
NAEYC Conferences in Chicago and Tampa NAA 2007 Salt Lake, UT.
Recently returned from the windy city where we exhibited the egg game for nearly 28,000 early childhood educators. It was quite an experience! Although somewhat of a younger child base than traditionally explored, we were well received and established almost a hundred new sites. The school age kids are loving the activity, the preschoolers still seem to need help getting, and keeping the egg spinning. This did not seem to stop the teachers from participating. In fact, it seemed that it would be a good way to get them all participating together. One of our suggestions to the younger groups of students is that players sit in a circle to start with, so as not to allow the egg to get too out of control. As the players become more familiar with the motion, or lack there of, necessary to keep the egg spinning they can stand up and explore further. Thanks to all NAEYC members for such a warm reception.
2003 AEE Conference Vancouver BC 2005 Tucson, AZ
The association of experiential educators is a wonderful group of folk worldwide who gather several time a year to attend workshops and forums on experiential education. The annual gathering was in Vancouver in ’03, and in Tucson fall of ’05. This conference is always a pleasure to attend and exhibit the egg game. The attendees run the gamut from outdoor educators to corporate trainers. Several groups work with kids at risk and the egg game was well received by all. We’ve established a hundred new sites the result of our work at these gatherings and we are pleased to have found this organization thanks to Michael Guarrine. This years conference will be in Minneapolis, MN in the fall. For more information please visithttp://www.aee.org
We are pleased to have found that Children’s Museums are a great place for the Egg Game! Here is a list of Museums where you can now play and purchase the game:
- The Seattle Children’s Museum
- The Exploratorium in San Francisco
- The Indianapolis Children’s Museum
- The Children’s Museum La Crosse Wisconsin
- Children’s Museum Salt Lake, Utah
- The Cape Cod Discover Museum
- The Boston Children’s Museum
- Children’s Museum – Missoula, MT
- The Santa Fe Children’s Museum