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Episcopal uses new interactive game technology to teach its students

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Teachers Sonny James, left, and Margaret Boudreaux, center, use wands as they try their hand at 'Particle Predator,' a 'systems thinking' game in which participants can design rule sets that define how the moving, differently-colored particles interact. At right offering feedback is Heather Harpole. The exercise is part of  Arizona State University professor David Birchfield's   'small lab,' which he is demonstrating at Episcopal School, where teachers and students are participating in the 'embodied learning' project.

Episcopal High School took an ordinary classroom and converted it recently into an educational playroom where students abandon their seats to play interactive games that allow them to explore nearly any topic, ranging from the nature of gravity to Roman history. Turn out the lights, turn on the technology, and the room transforms into a simulator where… Continue reading →

True BR: The power of gumbo (Video)

Chef Carolyn Shelton gives a cooking demonstration at the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn.

Carolyn Shelton, chef and ambassador for the River Road African American Museum, spotlights one of Louisiana's favorite dishes — gumbo. Gumbo is influenced by the many cultures of Louisiana and has the power to bring people together in both celebration and mourning. Every culture has a soup, and for Baton Rouge and surrounding areas that soup is… Continue reading →

Video: ‘Without the Eye of the Tiger,’ it wouldn’t really be Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Eric Fasbender, LSU Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities & Grounds, sprays gold paint as he and his crew of staff and student workers paint the Eye of the Tiger, in preparation for Saturday's Tiger Stadium home opener, which pits LSU against Sam Houston State. The 90-year-old stadium's new south end zone expansion and scoreboards loom behind him. The grass gets a special water-based paint that has optimized amounts of binding agents and solids, for adherence and color, but also to allow as much light as possible to pass to the plant, allowing the photosynthesis that keeps the grass alive. His crew battled intermittent rain showers Thursday as they painted the Eye, all the numbers, hash marks and SEC logo. Tiger Stadium is unique in that it paints numbers in five yard increments, not the usual 10, he said. 'But without the Eye of the Tiger,' it wouldn't really be Tiger Stadium,' he said.

Eric Fasbender, LSU assistant director of athletic facilities and grounds, and his crew of staff and student workers paint the Eye of the Tiger, in preparation for Saturday’s Tiger Stadium home opener, which pits LSU against Sam Houston State. The grass gets a special water-based paint that has optimized amounts of binding agents and solids, for adherence and… Continue reading →

Video: Get ready for ‘Pregame’ in Tiger Stadium

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Video by Moe Athmann, Command Cam Productions The LSU Tigers will play their first home football game against Sam Houston State University on Saturday, Sept. 6. Here’s a video from the LSU Tiger Marching Band’s videographer, Moe Athmann, to get fans revved up before the band steps on the field to play “Pregame.”… Continue reading →

Video: Louisiana's Great Common Core Debate

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Cohen Jones writes the math equation to express what he created with blue and red dots Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Debbie Giroir's first-grade class at Belle Chasse Primary School.

Rarely has an issue in Louisiana triggered heated arguments for months like the push for the new academic standards called Common Core. It has caused rifts between Gov. Bobby Jindal and his former allies, divided parents and triggered countless hours of debate in the Legislature, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and courtrooms. And even after… Continue reading →

Video: Duck Festival

Dog trials, skeet shoot, a beauty pageant and parade were the main events at the 38th Annual Duck Festival in Gueydon on Saturday. The festival will feature several duck calling competitions today. Admission today at Duck Festival Park is free.… Continue reading →

Video: New traffic signal installed at southeast entrance to LSU campus

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Traffic travels through the intersection of West Lakeshore Drive and East Parker Boulevard, Thursday, August 21. In an effort to improve safety at the intersection, the City of Baton Rouge Traffic Engineering Division, in conjunction with LSU, has installed a temporary signal to service the intersection. The temporary signals will remain while the intersection is being studied and a permanent solution can be designed and constructed. The new configuration will be monitored by both the city and LSU, and changes will be made as necessary.

Traffic travels through the intersection of West Lakeshore Drive and East Parker Boulevard at the southeast entrance to LSU’s campus on Thursday. In an effort to improve safety at the intersection, the city-parish Traffic Engineering Division, in conjunction with LSU, has installed a temporary traffic signal at the intersection. The temporary signal will remain while the… Continue reading →

Quilting a stand against sexual violence

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Raina Wirta, with Elevator Projects, helps Shameeka Dream, right, install her message on one of the quilts in the Monument Quilt display in downtown Town Square Tuesday. The Monument Quilt is traveling across the country to bring awareness to victims of sexual violence and help end the problem.

The Monument Quilt, which is traveling across the country to bring awareness to victims of sexual violence, was on display in Baton Rouge’s downtown Town Square on Tuesday. The quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse.… Continue reading →

Video: Southern road fixed

Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered the Department of Transportation and Development to begin emergency repairs on a damaged road July 17, 2014, at the intersection of E.C. Harrison Drive and Roosevelt Steptoe Avenue on Southern University’s campus. The road was opened today for travel.… Continue reading →

Down the Road: Just off urban doorsteps, Lafitte is a dive into wild Louisiana

Photo by Ian McNulty - Sweeping vistas of marsh and wetland reward visitors who make it to the end of the trail at the Barataria Preserve, part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park.

If it’s true that nature abhors a vacuum, then it doesn’t seem to have much use for straight lines either, at least not in the alluvial sprawl of southeast Louisiana. This became increasingly clear the more I explored the area centered on the town of Jean Lafitte, where the natural patterns all seem entangled and entwined, sinuous and… Continue reading →

Accident dumps load of hay on I-10 median

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Regional Steward, left, with Road Runner Towing, and LSP Trooper Chad Chrisentery, right, look over the trailer to see how tangled it is in the cables. According to Chrisentery, a pickup truck pulling a trailer load of hay had a blowout, lost control and the trailer with hay got caught in the cables in the median of I-10 eastbound just east of Highland Road.

A pickup truck pulling a trailerload of hay in Interstate 10 had a blowout Monday afternoon and lost control, causing the trailer full of hay to get caught in the cables in the median and spill its load, according to LSP Trooper Chad Chrisentery. The accident, which occurred on I-10 eastbound just east of Highland Road, snarled traffic… Continue reading →

Video: Keeping the Vermilion River clean

Tom Melancon heads the river crew for the Bayou Vermilion District. The seven-member team’s main responsibility is to maintain the water quality of the river and its tributaries in Lafayette Parish. Each day, they travel the river removing floating debris such as water bottles, soda cans and fast food wrappers, as well as large debris, from the river.… Continue reading →

Driving Grand Isle

The Advocate’s outdoors sportswriter Joe Macaluso and photo editor John Ballance were in Grand Isle for the annual Tarpon Rodeo. While there, they took a driving tour of the island.… Continue reading →

Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo continues

The Advocate’s Joe Macaluso reports from Grand Isle where the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is underway. Today saw beautiful weather for the fishermen participating in the event, a sharp contrast to the rain and squalls on the first day.… Continue reading →

St. Francisville daytripping offers plantations, natural splendor and plenty of quirks

Photo by Ian McNulty - The St. Francisville Inn is also home to the Wine Parlor, an ad hoc bar for refreshments after a day touring historic sites.

The visitor’s circuit around St. Francisville is well-trodden, and it’s also well-marked. Highway signs point the way to the plantation homes that have made the area a tourist destination, and downtown there’s a plaque at seemingly every turn denoting the significance of the private buildings that make up its famous historic district. Still, on my way to see… Continue reading →

LSU shows off nearly complete south end zone expansion of Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A tour of the south end zone expansion at LSU's Tiger Stadium.

Joe Alleva glanced over the row of seats, beyond the metal railing, past the two levels of suites and way, way down to the south end zone of Tiger Stadium. “You’re right on top of it,” Alleva said, wearing dark sunglasses and a protective LSU hardhat. “Thought we would be too far back of the field,” LSU’s athletic… Continue reading →

Girls Rock!

Girls Rock Camp uses music as its medium to encourage creativity, collaboration and individuality among girls ages 10-16. The musicians learn instruments, form bands, and then perform original songs.… Continue reading →