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Five-year-old Kiera Mahnken watches a video in the new Wild Minds exhibit at Science Central.
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Science Central gets new exhibit

Five-year-old Kiera Mahnken could be found Friday exploring the Wild Minds exhibit at Science Central, making her way around the circular gallery to stop at different stations to learn more about animals and their thought processes.

Fort Wayne is among just four other cities – Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, Brooklyn and Columbus, Ohio – that will feature the exhibit Wild Minds – What Animals Really Think. A requirement to host the exhibit was a partnership with a nearby zoo, so Science Central teamed up with the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo that teaches about animal thinking and behavior in an interactive way.

Science Central Executive Director Martin Fisher said he’s pleased with the exhibit’s overall presentation and up-to-date information.

“It really has it all,” he said.

Stations are arranged around the gallery, each focusing on a different topic or experiment. Most have monitors so visitors can watch an informational video or play a game. Giant panorama photos of animals surround and anchor the stations.

Fisher said he hopes visitors will be encouraged to expand on what they learned by also visiting the zoo.

“We’re really trying to tie both organizations together,” he said.

The exhibit will be on display in the traveling gallery until September.


•Southwest Montessori Academy will conduct information sessions for interested families from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 6; 1-2:30 p.m. May 11 and 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 15 at The River Church, 1515 Magnavox Way. Parents can learn more information about the curriculum and the Montessori philosophy. To schedule a session, call 615-5062 or email Director Vyju Kadambi at


•Northwood Middle School student Tamara Djankovic won the Fort Wayne Community Schools 2013 Middle School Persuasive Speech Contest with her speech, “Ending the Death Penalty in America.” Middle school students throughout the district competed in schoolwide contests, with the winners from eight schools meeting at the finals at the Grile Administrative Center on March 26. First runner-up was Daniel Dumford from Blackhawk Middle School, and second runner-up was Mitchell McClain from Jefferson Middle School.

•State Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, recently recognized Jonathan Hake and Julia Sanchez from Allen County for receiving the 2013 Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarships. The award recognizes high school seniors for their outstanding leadership skills, high academic performance and participation in community service projects.

•Woodside Middle School sixth-grader Cole Clements earned first place in his division at the 25th Hoosier Science and Engineering State Fair earlier this month.

•Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Helen P. Brown Natatorium received the 2012 Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award from Ellis & Associates, international aquatic safety and risk management consultants. This is the eighth time in 10 years that the natatorium has earned the award. The award is earned by consistently exceeding Ellis’ criteria for aquatic safety certification. Only those scoring in the top 10 percent of the audit criteria receive the award.

•Canterbury Middle School in Fort Wayne took home first place in the annual Huntington University Middle School Mathematics Competition on April 17. Twenty-two area middle schools competed for individual and team awards in demonstration of mathematical abilities. The goal of the competition is to support and encourage the efforts of students seeking to achieve in mathematics.

Sean McManus, a senior at Bishop Luers High School, has been selected by the Indianapolis Star and the Indiana Association of School Principals, as a 2013 Regional Academic All-Star. He was selected from 258 high school seniors.


•The Communicator took home 11 awards, including best themed issue, best illustration and best sports photo, from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association’s annual contest for college newspapers.

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•Music technology student Emily Fitch is one of only seven students internationally to be awarded a $1,400 scholarship from Women in Toys, Entertainment and Licensing, a trade organization that supports women involved in all aspects of the toy, licensing/merchandising and entertainment/media industries.

Education Notebook listings appear on Mondays. To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne, IN 46802-0088; fax 461-8893; or email at least two weeks before desired publication.