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Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Tonight’s lecture is based upon the 2008 bestseller by Malcolm Gladwell, author and staff writer for “The New Yorker.” In Outliers, Gladwell explores the question, “Why do some people succeed far more than others”? His answers are fascinating and complex, and raise relevant issues for parents. He shows that the factors that contribute to success are not limited to money and education, but include family, generation, culture, birthplace and even birth date! Through first-hand biographical examples, Gladwell presents a blueprint for maximizing human potential. We’ll discuss the commonalities between Bill Gates and the Beatles,... and between the world’s smartest man (who did not succeed) and Robert Oppenheimer, another genius who did succeed. Gladwell also identifies some of the hidden reasons why Asian children seem to excel at math, why some students become excellent pilots and why a huge percentage of the top New York lawyers all have a similar resume! Mrs. Cummins will reveal Gladwell’s formula for providing American children with a good education, and share his story of a miracle school that transforms losers into winners. Admission is free, but space is limited; for reservations, please email Michele Cummins, Ages: Adults Tuition: Free Lecturer: Cathy Cummins
Enroll by Calling Michelle Cummins at 210-733-7331 ext. 210.

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Science Classes for Young Children

Aqua Science

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 3:30 PM
Ages 5-8
Location: San Antonio Academy, 117 East French Place

Master science instructor Patricia Valdez will bring a fascinating Sea Life Museum to The
Academy! This will be a hands-on adventure as participants study the anatomy of a shrimp,
starfish and squid, using microscopes to observe shrimp eggs and squid suckers.
Examine shell samples and discuss the creatures that previously inhabited them,
and create your own beautiful shell collection to take home. Additional projects include a
Sea Jar layered with colored sand and tiny shells, and a stained glass fish to hang in your
window. Take home a shark tooth necklace and a treat bag of ocean-themed prizes, too.
Tuition: $45
Instructor: Patricia V
Enroll: Call Cathy Cummins at 210-733-7331 ext. 210

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Where: San Antonio Academy, 117 East French Place
San Antonio, TX.
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 Noon ...
Ages: 5 – 10 years old

Do you know what the skull of a deer, pig and rat look like? How about a human skull? This workshop offers students an opportunity to make observations and diagrams of skeletal systems. There will be various mammalian bones, x-rays and models to help participants understand bone structure. View a bone cell under the microscope, and use stickers to assemble the human skeleton. Dissect an owl pellet; then, mount the bones like a puzzle to recreate the form of the animals eaten by the owl. Everyone will take home a treat bag.

Tuition: $50
Enroll: Call Michelle Cummins 210-733-7331 ext. 210
Instructor: Patricia Valdez


Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 3:30 PM
Ages: 5 – 10 years old
This is the perfect class for young science enthusiasts! With master teacher
Pat Valdez, kids can learn about several areas of science, including physics,
geology, microbiology and astronomy. In this special lab, there will be many
hands-on experiments and displays to fascinate the students. In physics, make
concoctions by mixing and pouring. Examine rocks in the geology segment,
and clean and polish a petrified amber specimen. Make a collection of the
amber, rocks and fossils to take home. Use a microscope to view what lurks
in a drop of pond water, and draw your observations in a lab journal. Study the
constellations, and make a star wheel that you can use throughout the year
to locate “star pictures” in the night sky. This science sampler will inspire your
budding scientist to discover more about our natural world.
Tuition: $50
Instructor: Patricia Valdez   Call 210-733-7331 Ext. 210

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