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Archive for March, 2013

Celebrate Earth Day with a Special Film Screening

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Here’s a cool way to Celebrate Earth Day with a film screening at your local theater. Host a family-friendly, KIDS FIRST! recommended film at a theater of your choice and watch it with your friends and community.

KIDS FIRST! has partnered with Tugg.com to bring you this opportunity. Follow this link to the KIDS FIRST! portal to find out more.

This is a great, no risk way to generate revenue for your nonprofit. For every screening you promote, your group will receive 5% of the ticket sales.  You have 14 films to choose from in this Earth Day Collection – all award-winning family films with an environmental message.
How cool is that?! We plan to offer this once a month with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Independence Day selections next.

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World Wildlife Fund & Fox Home Entertainment + Raise Awareness and Mobilize Support for Wild Tiger

Friday, March 8th, 2013

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today a public service announcement (PSA) campaign to raise awareness for wild tiger conservation in conjunction with the home entertainment release of the Academy® Award winning film Life of Pi. Fox Home Entertainment will give a portion of the proceeds from the Life of Pi Blu-ray™ and DVD to WWF’s tiger conservation efforts. The partnership will run from March 12 to June 30, 2013.

Wild tigers face a number of threats, including habitat loss from human activities such as clear cutting for agriculture and road development, climate change and poaching. Every part of the tiger – from whisker to tail – is traded in illegal wildlife markets. Illegal wildlife trade has reached unprecedented levels that WWF has not seen in its 50 year history and is jeopardizing the future for wild tigers on this planet.

“Tigers are the world’s most beloved species, yet they face an uncertain future,” said Barney Long, WWF’s Asian species expert. “With fewer than 3,200 left in the wild, WWF hopes to double the number of tigers by the year 2022. Joining together with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, we will reach new audiences, educate more people, and build support to secure a future for wild tigers.”

“Life of Pi linked the fates of one boy and one tiger together mesmerizing millions of people around the world,’’ said Mary Daily, President of Worldwide Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “Our partnership with WWF creates new opportunities for us to protect the fates of an entire population of wild tigers, while at the same time celebrating at home the riveting movie experience that took our breath away.’’

“Stories like Life of Pi are inspired by nature and its magnificent wild species,” said Ang Lee, Academy® Award winning Director of the film. “While film has the power to make us believe in the unbelievable and beautifully capture a tiger’s graceful presence, in reality, the tiger’s world is far from magical. Their true story is one of fighting for survival. Losing tigers would be a tragic loss for the arts, which at its core, is about interpreting life in its grandest form. Partnering with WWF allows us to align around a shared passion – ensuring wild tigers have a permanent home so we can all continue to appreciate these animals, not only on the big screen, but in the wild where they will hopefully remain for generations to come.”

Life of Pi follows Pi Patel, a young man on a fateful voyage who, after a spectacular disaster, is marooned on a lifeboat with the only other survivor, a fearsome 450lb Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery, Pi and his majestic companion make an amazing and unexpected connection.

Visit worldwildlife.org/lifeofpi to learn more.

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Enter IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR and INNOVATOR FAIR – Win a Trip to Hollywood!

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Calling all aspiring inventors!  It’s time to channel your inner Iron Man/Tony Stark and let your inventing imagination go wild.  Discovery Science Center, Broadcom Foundation and Marvel Studios, along with Visa Signature and the famous El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, are proud to team up to sponsor a nationwide Marvel’s IRON MAN 3:  INVENTOR and INNOVATOR FAIR in conjunction with the May 3rd release of Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” starring Robert Downey Jr.

The 12 finalists of the Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: Inventor and InnovatOR Fair will win a trip to Southern California, provided by Visa Signature. The trip includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Disney Studios, a meeting with Disney Imagineers, a trip to Disneyland, a visit to Discovery Science Center, and more!  Inventor and InnovatOR Fair finalists will also have their projects on display at the famous El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, from May 3rd – June 20th.  The competition concludes at the El Capitan Theatre on May 3rd when four Grand Prize winners will accept their awards at a special ceremony, on stage prior to the showing of Marvel’s “Iron Man 3.”

Sixth through ninth-grade girls and boys across the nation are invited to participate, including those who have competed in Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP).  For more information, rules and how to apply, visit www.discoverycube.org/ironman3.

“Marvel’s Iron Man 3: Inventor and Innovator Fair participants are the next generation of forward thinkers and innovators that will lead us into the future with scientific breakthroughs, engineering feats and technological advances. They are the real-life Tony Starks of tomorrow!” said Mike Pasciullo, Marvel’s SVP, Brand Planning & Communications.

Participating students are being asked to produce innovative, inventive projects based on themes from Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” —science, technology, engineering and math-related concepts and practices. Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR and INNOVATOR FAIR competition is encouraging students to submit projects that align with the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering™.

Some of the themes of the NAE Grand Challenges related to Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” are: (1) Develop Carbon Sequestration Methods, including projects involving themes of eco-friendly car development; (2) Engineer Better Medicines, with projects that focus on global disease prevention, limb regeneration and the study of body armor that protects injured body parts such as the heart; (3) Secure Cyberspace, inspiring projects that can lead to the development of new technologies that can redefine innovative security measures; and (4) Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery, in fields such as micro-technology, aeronautics or robotics.

About the Movie
Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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Teens Use Internet To “… Look Things Up”

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

According to  a new international study by ResearchNow and K&A Brand Research, with respondents aged 12 – 17 years old from the US, Poland, Germany and the UK, teenagers in all four markets enjoy unlimited and unsupervised access to the internet. Respondents reported that they are able to go online as long and as often as they wish, they do not need to ask for parental permission.

62% of the young people surveyed report that they go online every single day. Age does not make a big difference when comparing the amount of time teens spend on the net. There is no sudden explosion in internet use at the age of 16, but rather a gradual increase in the amount of time spent online as children age. Of those who go online several times a day, 11% are 12 years old and 21% are 17 years old. Teenagers in the UK and Poland use the internet 20% more often than their counterparts in Germany and America.

The top reason why teens go online is to find out information, ‘looking up things I don’t know.’ The second most popular activity is finding out about events and what’s happening. Next, young people use the internet to research public transport and window shop. Pnly 35% of teens say they actually purchase items online. After ‘window shopping,’ the most popular activity is playing games.

Top 5 Things Teens Search For Online

Online games
For more information from ResearchNow, please visit here.

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