In Brief: NHPTV Kids Writers Contest accepting submissions

January 08. 2017 12:12AM

NHPTV Kids Writers Contest accepting submissions

DURHAM - Poetic tales, animal tales, tall tales, family tales, funny tales, magic tales, nature tales - any kind of illustrated tale can be entered in the NHPTV Kids Writers Contest.

This is the 23rd year New Hampshire Public Television has presented the contest, which invites children in kindergarten through Grade 5 to submit their original stories and illustrations.

Contest guidelines and writing resources are available at The deadline to submit stories is March 31.

NHPTV partners with schools, public libraries and other literacy organizations to implement the contest. A panel of local judges will select first-, second- and third-place winners in April; all the winning stories will be posted on NHPTV's website and recognized at an awards ceremony in the spring.

New Hampshire PBS says the NHPTV Kids Writers Contest is part of a commitment to promoting literacy and a love of reading, writing and creative expression in childxddcfren. It aligns with New Hampshire writing and reading standards.

Nearly 14,000 students have participated in the NHPTV Kids Writers Contest since 1994, and 10 local children have been recognized for their work with national awards.

See Science Center schedules winter programs

MANCHESTER - The SEE Science Center, a hands-on science discovery center located at 200 Bedford St., is offering two new winter programs.

"Mousetrap Car," a four-week mini-course, will be offered Tuesdays, Jan. 24 through Feb. 14, from 3:30 to 5:50 p.m. for students in grades 5 to 8. The young people will design, build, test and redesign a car built of simple materials powered by a mousetrap. "Mousetrap Car" is being offered as part of a newly launched STEM Docent program of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

The cost is $ 120 per child ($100 for SEE members) The course is limited to 20 participants.

Edventure Builder Game Design Camp will be offered during February school vacation - Feb. 27 through March 3 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - for students in grades 6 to 8. Campers will join game designer Kellian Pletcher of Green Door labs to explore SEE with the eye of an interactive designer and then work in groups to prototype, design, build and release a location-based mobile adventure game.

This camp is sponsored by BEI, making it possible for the center to offer this camp for $100 per child for the whole week. The course is limited to 20 participants.

Preregistration is required for both of these programs. Information can be found at or by calling SEE at 669-0400 to register. See regular admission is $9 for ages 3 and up.

Portsmouth center offers weekly Family Fun Nights

PORTSMOUTH - Families First Health and Support Center, 100 Campus Drive, offers a free Family Fun Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday, though not on Jan. 16.

The evening starts with a family-style dinner and then family-friendly activities.

The center says it's a fun, relaxing evening out for families who are experiencing stress.

Advance registration is required. To sign up, go to or call 422-8208.

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