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Mayim Bialik Math And Science

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On Demand

Make A Stand For Kids

Movie Collection On The Go
Train At Home All Star Team

Country Music Hits Album

Katy Perry The Sims Game

Nostalgic Toys Make A Comeback

Emmy-Nominated Actress Wants To Make Math And Science Count

(NAPSI)—A strong math and science education is critical for K−12 students if they are to one day qualify for a job in one of the rapidly growing STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

That’s the word from a woman who has had success as both an Emmy-nominated actress and as a scientist. She has now taken it as her personal mission to inspire students to take an interest in math and science.

Mayim Bialik not only plays a neurobiologist on TV’s No. 1 comedy, “The Big Bang Theory,” she is also a neuroscientist and part-time teacher.

Bialik, who earned a Ph.D in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), credits a tutor with helping her discover her passion for science. A mother of two, she now wants to inspire kids at a young age to find their own path in math and science.

“As a child, I didn’t think about a future career in science until my tutor opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. I want my own kids—and all students—to know early on that with a strong math and science education, they can literally change the world,” said Bialik.

In addition to encouraging students to explore science and math, Bialik believes that integrating technology in a way that is fun and interactive can help parents and teachers capture the attention of today’s tech-savvy students. In her role as spokeswoman for the TI-Nspire CX math and science learning technology, she has interacted with math and science teachers across the nation who have seen their students become more engaged and improve achievement by using technology in and out of the classroom.

“Technology makes learning more exciting, and it helps students visualize concepts and make deeper connections between math and science,” said Bialik.

In what can be described as a move with a lot of “class,” Bialik is teaming up with TI for a back-to-school contest. Students, parents and teachers around the nation can enter to win the chance to have Bialik as a guest teacher for a math and science class—and TI-Nspire technology for the entire school.

To enter, go to www.facebook.com/TICalculators.

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Summer Has Something For Everyone

(NAPSI)—During the summer, parents search for activities to keep their children safe, engaged and entertained. The true challenge lies in finding activities that all family members can enjoy, without breaking the bank.

There’s good news. Some of the best summer entertainment is right in your own home! With just a click of the remote control, parents can easily search their cable Movies on Demand menu and instantly access an array of family-friendly films, from classics to contemporary blockbusters.

This summer, there’s definitely something for everyone. The latest movies on demand are always listed at www.rentmoviesondemand.com and many of them are available the same day as the DVD and years before legal subscription streaming services.

For younger kids, there’s Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” brought to life with the voices of Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift and Zac Efron. Kids will be left chanting, “I’m the Lorax and I speak for the trees.” Plus, Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Al Roker lend their voices to the animated swashbuckling adventure “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.”

For the whole family, Tim Allen narrates the story of a young orphaned primate named Oscar in “Chimpanzee,” who survives an attack from a rival group of chimpanzees only to later (spoiler alert) be adopted by the alpha male of his group.

For the teens and young adults, the global hit “The Hunger Games,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, spins a futuristic tale of twisted cat and mouse where “hope is the only thing stronger than fear.” In “The Lucky One,” Zac Efron returns from serving in Iraq and searches for the woman he thinks was his good-luck charm.

As the sun sets, there are plenty of choices for grown-ups, too. Sacha Baron Cohen once again proves he’s a comedic genius in the outrageously funny film “The Dictator.” Cohen plays an inept despot on his first trip to America who is stripped of power and forced to live his ultimate nightmare...the American dream. Then watch as 20 elite cops battle one ruthless warlord amidst 30 floors of chaos in “The Raid: Redemption.”

With so much variety at your fingertips, there really is something for everyone on Movies on Demand on cable-all summer long.

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How Kids Can Help Kids—And Have A Great Time

(NAPSI)—When life gives you lemons, they say, you should make lemonade. Now, a growing number of families have found that when life gives you lemonade, you can make it into a source of delight for children around the world.

The Way it Works

As part of a program aptly named “Make a Stand,” a youngster sets up a lemonade stand. Proceeds from the stands are sent to the Toy Industry Foundation and used to distribute toys and make play possible for children in crisis or other stressful situations.

The Benefits

The program empowers young entrepreneurs to make a difference and learn about the importance of charity and giving back to the community and those who are less fortunate. And it provides a fun and engaging way for children, communities and companies to help give the gift of toys and play to children in need.

The Possibilities

In addition to lemonade, some stands also sell iced tea, brownies, cookies, apple cider and hot chocolate, depending on the weather. Some young people also leave out a donation jar or ask customers to make a cash donation to the Foundation in addition to anything they purchase.

The Chance to Share

The fun doesn’t have to end once a kid closes the stand. Young people can submit their “Make a Stand for Kids” stories to the Foundation to inspire others to make a difference. Stories can be about unique customers, creative recipes and interesting ways to draw traffic to the stand. All stories can be sent to makeastandforkids@toyindustryfoundation.org.

Supported by toy companies that donate new toys and by companies and individuals who provide monetary donations, the Foundation then donates to children’s charities. Toys are distributed to national partners serving military families and foster children, as well as to groups dealing with underserved, at-risk and homeless children throughout the U.S. and around the world.

The Way to Learn More

For more information or guidelines on how to get involved, visit www.MakeaStandforKids.org.

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Take Your Movie Collection With You

(NAPSI)—No matter where you travel, you can easily take your favorite movies along.

Thanks to a new technology called UltraViolet, your tablet, laptop or smartphone is now like a cinema on the go. With just a few simple commands, you can turn it into a mobile theater by plucking a movie from your home collection electronically and viewing it anywhere, anytime.

Consider the possibilities:

Camping, overseas, at a relative’s home? It doesn’t matter where you are—roughing it in the wild, at a vacation home, in a hotel, visiting family, on a beach or in a foreign country—because your movies are there when you want them. With UltraViolet’s flexibility, you can easily call up your movie collection via streaming wherever you have an Internet connection or by using the download function.

Want in-flight entertainment? Watch the movies you own while in the air or waiting for your flight. Even with no Internet or wireless access, easy downloading allows you to watch movies in your library.

Boring road trip ahead? As you drive to your favorite destinations, family members can watch their favorite movies.

Fun for the kids: Kids love to view their favorite movies over and over. It’s never been easier to share their favorite movies with playmates at a friend’s house or with their cousins and grandparents when visiting family.

College, camp, weekend getaway? Because up to six family members share an account, family members can be scattered in different places at once for their activities and still watch their movies. And movies can be shared on up to 12 devices.

Nights at the movies: Use UltraViolet to spend an evening watching a movie from your collection on your home theater through your game console or Blu-ray Disc player. Or use one of your portable devices to watch on the back porch or outdoors after a barbecue with friends. Get together to watch each other’s collections.

Simple, easy and affordable: You can get started today using UltraViolet free of charge to build an online collection of your favorite movies. There are no sign-up or subscription fees and registering is like signing up for an e-mail or Facebook account.

How do I get started? Buy a Blu-ray Disc or DVD with a UV sticker then follow the instructions. Or buy an UltraViolet digital version of a favorite film online from a participating retailer and follow the instructions. Or get an account when you convert one of your Blu-ray Discs or DVDs into a digital copy through a program launched by Walmart. Also, you can click the “Sign Up Now” button at www.uvvu.com.

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Train At Home With An All-Star Team

(NAPSI)—Getting in shape can be fun and games—if you use a game with an interactive sports-training regime.

A new video game title, “adidas miCoach,” provides men and women with an authentic and authorized technical sports-training program.

The game lets you train at home with an all-star training team taken from your favorite sports, such as Dwight Howard, Tyson Gay, Jozy Altidore and Von Miller. There is also nonsports-specific training in men’s, women’s and getting-started categories.

Once you have the basics down, you can customize the game with your favorite sports stars, new workouts and new sports.

• If you are eager for more of a workout, you can add master classes. The classes make it easier to become better at your sport by seeing how your heroes line up a free throw, shoot a penalty or maintain proper form over the last mile of a marathon.

• You can also add a cardio program with a special app. The console-only workouts provide an intense cardiovascular workout.

• It’s also easy to see how you are doing as the game provides full-body optical tracking. You can view stats, log activity and manage schedules and plans from Web-capable devices. The game logs all your activity, from jogging to playing soccer in the park, and racks up points and achievements.

• When you are ready to share your progress, your exercise world can be synced from your console, via the Web or via your smartphone.

Video game publisher 505 Games publishes “adidas miCoach” for Kinect for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Move motion controller for PlayStation.

For more information, visit www.miCoach.com.

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New Country Music Album Features The Hits

(NAPSI)—If you listen closely, you may hear the sound of country music fans celebrating the release of a new record. It’s the latest installment of one of the most successful series in country music history. This collection-like the others in the series-features nothing but the hits.

The release includes 15 No. 1 smashes and 18 total hits from some of today’s hottest country stars and a number of new artists.

Universal Music Group Nashville’s NOW That’s What I Call Country Vol. 5, features artists such as Toby Keith (“Red Solo Cup”), Blake Shelton (“God Gave Me You”), Lionel Richie w/ Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles (“Hello”), Lady Antebellum (“Just A Kiss”), Taylor Swift (“Sparks Fly”), Miranda Lambert (“Baggage Claim”) and The Band Perry (“All Your Life”).

The album is available in stores and online now.

Celebrated With A Sweepstakes

To celebrate the release of the album, the label will sponsor a sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will have the opportunity to see and meet one of the NOW Country Volume 5 artists of his or her choosing live in concert. (Transportation not included and some restrictions apply.) Other lucky winners will receive a copy of NOW That’s What I Call Country Volume 5.

For more information, visit www.NowCountrySweeps.com.

A Multi Platinum Franchise

NOW Country is a collaborative project from Universal Music Group, EMI Music North America and Sony Music Entertainment. This release is part of the multi platinum NOW That’s What I Call Music! compilation series, the world’s best-selling multi-artist album series with sales topping 200 million worldwide and 85 million in the United States.

The four previous NOW That’s What I Call Country releases have debuted in the Top 3 of the Billboard Country albums chart. NOW That’s What I Call Country Vol. 5 is distributed by Universal Music Group Distribution. NOW and NOW That’s What I Call Music! are registered trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.

To learn more, visit www.nowthatsmusic.com or www.facebook.com/nowthatscountry.

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Katy Perry Sweetens Life For EA’s The Sims

(NAPSI)—Fans of Katy Perry and The Sims can now indulge themselves with “The Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats,” the latest from the popular The Sims 3 franchise. Players can sweeten up their Sims’ lives with candylicious items that will enhance their game experience.

In this game from EA (Electronic Arts), players will sink their sweet tooth into all-new in-game goodies such as décor, furniture, objects and, of course, fabulous fashions and hairstyles to turn the homes and neighborhoods of their Sims into a vibrant Candyfornia™. From cupcake-themed guitars to candy playground equipment and even luscious cotton candy trees, the game really captures Katy Perry’s fun and whimsical spirit. New sugar-coated fashions and hairstyles straight from Katy Perry’s red carpet appearances, music videos and concert performances really sweeten this game. In addition, three pre-built and fully themed venues will help transform the world of The Sims characters in a game packed full of Katy Perry content.

Ever wish you could build a candy fantasy land? Well “The Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats” lets you do just that. Here are some tips to get you started in the game:

• Sweeten your Sims’ lives with delicious, Katy Perry–inspired items, from a cupcake-themed guitar and candy playground equipment to luscious cotton candy trees and more.

• Turn your Sims’ homes and neighborhoods into a vibrant candytopia, complete with whimsical and colorful furnishings and décor, such as a banana split sofa, a fountain made of candy or even a waffle cone picnic table.

• Outfit your Sims in an array of new clothing and hairstyles that are straight from Katy Perry’s red carpet appearances, music videos and concert performances, all re-created for The Sims in a true-to-life way.

• Transform the neighborhood with three all-new, pre-built venues. Take your Sims for a dip at Patty’s Natural Baths, the sweet new pool venue; stroll over to the Bonbon Lawn Park that’s filled with candy-coated playground equipment; or relax at the sugar-filled Cake Pleasure Dome, the town’s charming local hangout.

• Rock out with your Sims to a Simlish version of Katy Perry’s hit song “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” recorded for the game by Katy Perry.

“The Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats” requires The Sims 3 base game to play and is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB. For more information, visit http://thesims.com/katyperry.

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Nostalgic Toys Make A Comeback

(NAPSI)—Over the past few years, companies have revisited their roots as a source of inspiration. From the return of classic products with a modern twist to simply bringing back old favorites, toys from the past are making a comeback. This year, generations of Americans will once again hear the familiar sound of plastic on concrete with the reintroduction of The Original Big Wheel.

Since its debut in 1969, The Original Big Wheel has earned its iconic toy status, keeping generations of children safe and active, so much so that it was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2009. With the same key features as the original, kids today will be able to enjoy the same thrilling experience that their parents and grandparents did years ago, and at the same time toy givers can rest assured that they are purchasing the same product they know and love.

Classic Design:

Known for its iconic, red, blue and yellow color scheme, The Original Big Wheel will feature the same design and colors that generations have come to know and love. Children today can create memories of this beloved toy of their own.

Grow With Me:

Featuring an adjustable seat, The Original Big Wheel grows with a child from approximately ages 3 to 8 years old, making this a value purchase, offering many years of fun on the sidewalk.

Safe & Fun Play:

Due to its low center of gravity and sturdy design, racing with friends is a safe and fun activity.

This year, the whole family can get active together, make memories and relive old traditions with an iconic product that is made in America and is trusted by generations! For more information, visit www.kidsonlytoys.com.

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