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Secaucus Students in New Jersey breaths Life into Antiquity through Dynamic ‘wax’ Figures

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Students created a docket of the person's life and major accomplishments, and presented a speech during the Living Wax Museum event through living wax figures, VOA.
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  • The students were super excited and parents told us they were talking about the project for weeks
  • The reality of these figures augmented when each student gave a 20- to 30-second history of the person
  • Only those figures were chosen for representation which influenced the world in a positive way

New Jersey, June 3, 2017: Adorning the attires of living ‘wax’ figures, the third graders at Secaucus’ Huber Street School helped in resurrecting the bygone times.

Various students from schools like Kelly O’Connor, Anna Critelli, Stephen Mastro and Karen Celebrano’s classes impersonated the historic figures of Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga and Princess Diana in the second annual Living Wax Museum.

The reality of these figures augmented when each student gave a 20- to 30-second history of the person they illustrated with the push of a “press here” button, mentioned nj.com report.

Only those figures were chosen for representation which influenced the world in a positive way by playing a pivotal role in the history.

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Intense dedication of the students to the project impressed Mastro and won his heart. He said, “the students were super excited and parents told us they were talking about the project for weeks.”

Students created a docket of the person’s life and major accomplishments and presented a speech during the Living Wax Museum event. These speeches were made with the help of a display board and props that contained photos and information about the current or historical person they were portraying.

“The students put a lot of effort into this project and it shows,” Celebrano said.  “This interactive learning made a big difference in the children’s interest level.”

The wax museum was visited by many visitors that day including the student’s Parents, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members and other non-participating students. It is interesting to note that there were more than 76 lifelike displays to view.

Apart from being an entertaining and amusing activity, it imparted knowledge to the students and the visitors. Praise Malapile who portrayed Oprah Winfrey said that it was a lot of fun to work on that project. He further added: “I learned that Oprah Winfrey best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.”

Jadan Toribio was enthusiastic about portraying Einstein because “I got to dress like him and found out he discovered the theory of relativity.”

Some of the other historical figures depicted at the Living Wax Museum included Helen Keller, Michelle Obama, Lionel Messi, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln.

O’Connor concluded the event saying: “Over the years children have learned about history, but it’s never been real to them.”

– prepared by Himanshi Goyal of Newsgram, Twitter: @himanshi1104

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Einstein Letters of Admiration and Advice Auctioned in Jerusalem

Last October, Winner's sold another Einstein letter, a 1922 meditation on happiness that he wrote upon learning he had won the Nobel, for $1.3 million

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A note written by Albert Einstein to Italian chemistry student Elisabetta Piccini in Florence, Italy, in 1921 is seen before it is sold at an auction in Jerusalem, March 6, 2018. VOA

A note written by Albert Einstein to an Italian woman scientist who had declined to meet him sold at auction Tuesday along with a batch of other letters left by the renowned physicist.

“To the scientific researcher, at whose feet I slept and sat for two full days, as a friendly souvenir,” reads the note in his native German, signed and dated October 1921, which fetched $6,100 at Winner’s Auctions & Exhibitions in Jerusalem.

The auction house said Einstein, then 42 and soon to win the Nobel Prize, wrote the letter to Elisabetta Piccini, a chemistry student half his age who lived one floor above his sister, Maja, in Florence.

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During a visit to the city, “Einstein was very interested in meeting her. However, Elisabetta was introverted and too shy to meet with such a famous person,” Winner’s said on its website. VOA

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Also sold Tuesday for $103,000 was a 1928 note in which the auction house said Einstein outlined ideas for his “Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity.” A 1946 English-language letter of encouragement that he penned to an American World War II veteran who aspired to be a scientist also fetched $6,100.

Last October, Winner’s sold another Einstein letter, a 1922 meditation on happiness that he wrote upon learning he had won the Nobel, for $1.3 million. (VOA)