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NOVEMBER 8, 2019 | NATIONAL S.T.E.M.-S.T.E.A.M. DAY | NATIONAL HARVEY WALLBANGER DAY | NATIONAL CAPPUCCINO DAY | NATIONAL PARENTS AS TEACHERS DAY

 

 

NATIONAL S.T.E.M._S.T.E.A.M. DAY – November 8

 

NATIONAL S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. DAY

National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day on November 8th calls for full S.T.E.A.M. ahead!  The day inspires kids to explore and pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  Inspired by the Project Mc² brand, created by MGA Entertainment, the S.T.E.A.M.- based franchise features four super smart girls who are part of a super-secret spy organization called NOV8 (that’s “innovate”).

      Fun fact:  The November 8th date is a play on words for same as that super- secret organization, NOV8, making it the perfect date to inspire innovation!

Why is S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. so important, now more than ever before?

·         S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. is all around us and shapes our everyday experiences

·         Of the U.S. Labor Department‘s predicted 10 fastest growing occupations, nearly all of them are S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. careers; therefore an interest in S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. early on can lead to success later on in life

·         The U.S. has fallen behind other nations in science and math education; we need to motivate young kids to pursue these subjects to keep up with the rest of the world

·         We must close the gender gap that exists in S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. related-careers. Building interest in girls is critical to their future earning potential.

HOW TO OBSERVE #STEMSTEAMDay

You can celebrate National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M Day by tuning into the Netflix original series Project Mc², or by visiting www.projectmc2.com where you can become an honorary member of NOV8 and go on super-secret spy missions with the Project Mc² characters; McKeyla, Adrienne, Bryden, and Camryn.  Use #STEMSTEAMDay to post on social media.

Let’s innovate together and prove that Smart Is The New Cool!™

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® classroom to find projects, inspiration and ways to Celebrate Every Day with your students.

NATIONAL S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. DAY HISTORY

MGA Entertainment founded National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day to inspire students in the world of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. 

NATIONAL HARVEY WALLBANGER DAY – November 8

NATIONAL HARVEY WALLBANGER DAY

National Harvey Wallbanger Day on November 8th recognizes a fruity and spirited cocktail made with 3 parts vodka, 1 part Galliano and 6 parts orange juice. Pour it into a highball glass and garnish it with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

In 1968 at a chili tasting in San Diego, Harvey Wallbangers were being served along with a story explaining the cocktail’s origin. According to the story, the remains of a Laguna Beach party included vodka, Galliano, and orange juice. When the party-goers left, Harvey remained, banging his head against the wall.

Donato ‘Duke’ Antone

However, accepted lore credits the invention of the cocktail to the three-time-world-champion bartender, Donato ‘Duke’ Antone. He operated Duke’s Blackwatch Bar on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Over the years, Antone collected quite a few credits for famous beverages. As a bartender, his resume was impressive – inventor of the Rusty Nail, White Russian, and Flaming Russian. According to the bartending wizard, in 1952, a surfer named Tony Wallbanger inspired the cocktail. Perhaps, the party in Laguna Beach is a version of Antone’s. However, no one has been able to identify the inspirational surfer.

Harvey Wallbanger remained a quiet little secret in the San Diego area until around 1968. Then, William Young and George Bednar launched him (or it) onto the international scene. Marketing director for McKesson Imports Company (maker of Galliano), Bednar alongside graphic artist Bill Young, developed a successful marketing campaign. They created the Harvey Wallbanger character that exploded in late 1969 and the early 1970s.

Harvey Wallbanger is the name and I can be made! ~ 1969 Galliano marketing slogan

The drink’s name become a metaphor to describe someone who goofs off or makes mistakes. Often attributed to politicians or sports figures, it’s interesting to note, Harvey Wallbanger was frequently a write-in vote at election time.

HOW TO OBSERVE #HarveyWallbangerDay

Call some of your friends to get together. Meet them at your local bar and everyone order a Harvey Wallbanger. Raise your glasses and toast a Happy National Harvey Wallbanger Day!!  (Remember always to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive). Use #HarveyWallbangerDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL HARVEY WALLBANGER DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this spirited holiday.

NATIONAL CAPPUCCINO DAY – November 8

NATIONAL CAPPUCCINO DAY

National Cappuccino Day on November 8th whips up a frothy, hot cup of cappuccino. It’s a perfect drink on a frosty morning, meeting with friends or just to enjoy a creamy cuppa.

Traditionally prepared with espresso, hot milk, and steamed milk foam, a cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink.

The word cappuccino comes from the Capuchin friars and is the diminutive form of cappuccio in Italian, meaning hood or something that covers the head. This popular coffee beverage got its name not from the hood on their habits but from the color of the hooded robes that the friars wore.  (The Capuchin friars is an Order of friars in the Catholic Church, among the chief offshoots of the Franciscans.)

  • In 1945 Achille Gaggia invented the modern espresso machine which further popularized the cappuccino.
  • The Mid 1990s – Cappuccino was made more widely available to North Americans as upscale coffee houses sprang up.
  • Late 1990′s to Early 2000′s – Cappuccinos became popular in the United States concurrent with the boom in the American coffee industry.
  • The start of the 21st Century – A modified short-cut version of the cappuccino started being served at fast-food chains.
  • While steaming the milk you must pay close attention to attain the correct ratio of foam, thus making the cappuccino one of the most difficult espresso-based beverages to make properly.
  • A skilled barista may create artistic shapes while he/she is pouring milk on top of the espresso coffee.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CappuccinoDay

Visit your favorite coffee shop to enjoy a nice hot and delicious cup of cappuccino. While you’re there, give them a shout out using #CappuccinoDay to post on social media.

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NATIONAL CAPPUCCINO DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this delicious coffee beverage.

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NATIONAL PARENTS AS TEACHERS DAY – November 8

NATIONAL PARENTS AS TEACHERS DAY

National Parents as Teachers Day on November 8th encourages Parent Teachers Organizations and parents to join forces to support children in their educational goals.

Parents as Teachers Organizations offer educational services to parents across the country.  These affiliates give all parents of young children support, and it also provides information so all children learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

The concept for Parents as Teachers developed in the 1970s in Missouri. There, educators noted that children were beginning kindergarten with varying levels of school readiness. Research showed that greater parent involvement is a critical link in the child’s development of learning skills, including reading and writing.

The day provides tools, resources, and support to parents to better guide them and their children. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #ParentsAsTeachersDay

Take some time to teach your children something new. Join a local organization to help improve education in your community. Use #ParentsAsTeachersDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® classroom to find projects, inspiration and ways to Celebrate Every Day with your students.

NATIONAL PARENTS AS TEACHERS DAY HISTORY

The Parents as Teachers National Center in St. Louis, Missouri declared the first Parents as Teachers Day in 2001. They offered supporting community events spreading awareness of early childhood programs.

 

On Deck for November 9, 2019

National Days

International Days

  • World Freedom Day

Classroom

 

Recipe of the Day

Black Forest Cake
Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  35 minutes
Total Prep:  65 minutes
Servings:  12

Ingredients:

2 – 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 – 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Cherries

1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 – 20 oz cans pitted sour cherries
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch

Frosting

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

Instructions:

Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Prepare two 9 inch, round cake pans by greasing and flouring, then layer the bottoms with wax paper.

In a large bowl, mix flour, 2 cups sugar, cocoa, baking powder, soda, and salt.

Add eggs, milk, oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla and beat until well.

Pour into cake pans.

Bake in 350°F oven for 35 minutess or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Cool the cakes on wire racks for 10 minutes.

Loosen edges, remove from pans and allow to cool completely on racks.

Cherries
Drain cherries and reserve 1/2 cup of juice.

Combined cherries, 1/2 cup juice, 1 cup sugar and starch in a saucepan.

Over low heat, cook until thickened, stirring constantly.

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Let cool.

Frosting
In a chilled medium bowl, combine whipping cream and confectioners’ sugar.

Using an electric mixer, beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.

Split each cake layer with a long serrated knife in half.

Set aside 1 1/2 cups of frosting for decorating the cake.

rush crumbs off the top of each layer of the cake.

Set aside one split layer to tear into crumbs.

Place bottom layer on cake plate and spread with 1 cup of frosting.

Add 3/4 cup cherry topping.

Add the second cake layer.

Repeat frosting and cherry layers.

Top with third cake layer and frost the side of the cake.

Pat reserved crumbs onto the cake.

Fit a star decorator tip onto a pastry bag and spoon reserve frosting into the bag.

Pipe frosting around the edges of the cake.

Spoon remaining cherry topping around the top of the cake.

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