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Public speaking for 3rd grader Speaking USA
Very Helpful Grades USA
Different materials Static Electricity USA
Looking for cause of itchy skin Physics USA
Comparing philosophies Education Pakistan
Possible solution to disease Chemistry New Zealand
Thanks for the resources Finances USA
Leader of PLO History USA
Transfer of kinetic energy Physics India
Coefficient of Friction Physics KSA
History of the spread of parchment History Russia
Convention of signs Gravity Pakistan
Suggested resource Health USA
Offer SfC United States
Electron flow Electricity USA

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Public speaking for 3rd grader


February 22, 2021


I am looking for public speaking lessons for my 3rd grader. Please let me know if you have any sessions planned.

Thank you!

Navyatha - USA (29863)


3rd graders usually aren't usually fearful of speaking to a group or class as are older students. The speech should be short, so it is easily memorized. When I was in the 3rd grade and had to recite a short poem to the church congregation, I was just told to speak loud and not mumble. I didn't know enough to be frightened, and it turned out fine.

There are a number of YouTube and other resources about 3rd graders speaking:

The thing is not to make a big thing about it. Let the child practice a few times in front of you, giving applause when finished.

I hope this helps to teach your 3rd grader about public or class speaking.

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Very Helpful


February 11, 2021


very nice article and it was very helpful

Darpan - USA (29845)


I am glad the material was helpful or useful to you.

Best wishes for more success.

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Different materials

Static Electricity

February 10, 2021


Static electricity.
When you have thin, aging, dry skin the following are electric...based on movement, not stationary.
By touching and not rubbing...this dry skin absorbs more static electricity, in parts, than other people. People carry different amounts of static electricity.

Polypropylene, usually garbage bags and other plastic items. Sparks will be emitted from the plastic bags, for example, and jump on the person with thin dry skin. Sometimes sparks jump into the person's eyes. Sparks will jump from the person's hands into their food. A person with high amounts of static electricity can shake open garbage bags in a small room repeatedly over a two month about 10' by 25'...bags were black Suretuffs, 8 gallon and some larger.
Finally a sonic boom will go off in the room at ceiling with a magnetic field created. Ceiling about 20' high.

Paper, especially toilet paper with facial tissues being second. Writing or typing paper very
lightly electric. To touch. Irritating to hands.
A piece of toilet paper will move back and forth and side upon touch from static electric thin dry hands. Too much static electricity ingested,, usually from hand foods, can cause toilet paper or tissue paper to explode into tiny fragments if wipe the mouth with them. The tissues grab-hug the skin around the mouth and explode. Picking up a still folded clear plastic trash bag can cause the bag to wrap instantly around an electric arm.

Cloth or clothes wrapped in plastic wrappers.
Very fuzzy to touch..static electricity.

Cardboard. Very fuzzy.

Bed sheets. Cotton, and cotton/poly. Holds a ton of static electricity waiting to be released. Mostly from sheets laundered improperly with one or another fabric softener, that is liquid softener in thewasher, and/or dryer sheets. Both softeners get their residues stuck on the cloth.
Towels and cotton blankets hold even more static electricity than bed sheets. Proper laundry is don't use softener on linens.

Cotton clothes can become more electric than most synthetics, except nylon and chiffon trimmings and inserts.

A person who stores more electricity in their body, and the hands,where electricity tends to emerge,may even pick up and try to open small chip bags, and have the charge from their hands run down the chip bag and blow the bottom open.

Aluminum cans...sudden heavy surges from the hands can blow a tiny, pin point size hole into a full, unopened can. Aluminum with paint may melt into a finger tip and get absorbed into the skin. Same with rubber items..may absorb a tiny bit into a dry skinned finger.

Those things above are very ready to share electric protons, electrons...usually the person gets more electrons. Both a room ionizer and ionizer necklace are recommended. Both these items will help keep the person from collecting more positive charges...items manufacture electrons. The electrons will help the person breathe better. Too positive will stuff up your nose.

What do you think, Mr. Kurtis?
Ready to do some experiments?

Elizabeth - USA (29833)


You have an interesting selection of materials that may be affected by static electricity or may enhance static charges.

Have you thought of any experiments to test your assumptions? That certainly would be a good project for you to do.

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Looking for cause of itchy skin


February 10, 2021


I have completed some experiments in static electricity. Like to share.

Doesn't cause fibromyalgia. But, I have reason to believe causes Morgellons.

Elizabeth - USA (29838)


I haven't seen any articles that indicate static electricity can cause fibromyalgia. However, dry skin can cause itching, scratching, and perhaps the Morgellons condition.

When the air is very dry, static electricity can be more prevalent. Static sparks may irritate the skin, but in general static electricity does not.

If you have a problem with itchy skin, it is best to see a dermatologist.

Best wishes in solving your problem.

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Comparing philosophies


February 2, 2021


My Question is How can compare all philosophies in one chart?

iqra - Pakistan (29820)


The are a number of different philosophies. See:

You need to set an area to list, such as philosophies of education, of life, of business, or such.

A good place to start is at:

I hope that helps. Best wishes for success in your studies.

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Possible solution to disease


January 23, 2021


I'm a retired thinker

I'm trying to track the right kind of antivirus to let loose on the corona virus and kill or neutralize

I wonder if there's an approach which assembles negative components or molecules in an antivirus which will attack and neutralize the corona virus

like on tv when the blue enzymes gobble up all the red ones

I have imagined a man made virus which has all the opposite electric elements to the cv and when they meet just neutralizes the harmful virus immediately

imagine tankers spraying this stuff all through infected countries to knock out the cv

Am I on the right track following your analysis of molecules and componentry down to brass tacks?

Gerald - New Zealand (29816)


It is good that you are thinking of possible ways to stop the corona virus. Unfortunately, I don't know much about how the virus works or even how the vaccines counter these highly complex molecules.

It might be worthwhile to contact local medical research facilities or vaccine producers to see if they are interested in your ideas.

Best wishes for success in your work and research. Perhaps your ideas can help stop this nasty disease.

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Thanks for the resources


January 6, 2021


Good morning Ron,

As a Mom I wanted to thank the School for Champions for putting together your Personal Finance Resources page! My daughter Sarah is a Girl Scout and she's currently working on her 'Money Manager' Badge as part of the financial literacy series for her troop.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, Sarah's troop has decided to continue postponing all in person meetings, just to be safe. We're hoping to resume our regular schedule sometime in the next few months. Fingers crossed...the girls really miss each other!

That being said, Sarah's troop leader still encouraged the parents to work with our girls at home to ensure we don't fall too far behind! The badge requires the girls to learn about income, saving, spending and budgeting. I love this badge because it's practical, every day lessons that the girls might not learn about in school!

Your page led us to some great websites to check out, so Sarah and I wanted to make sure we thanked you :)

If it's not too much trouble, could add another link to your page? Sarah found this financial literacy guide last night which I was very impressed with! This is it...

Banking and Financial Literacy for Kids and Teens

Can you add a link to it on here?

Let me know - I'd love to show Sarah and her troop leader if you include it! It's always nice to get some recognition for a job well done and I know Sarah would get a kick out of it!

The Troop has a Zoom call Friday evening if you get a free moment to include it by then. But if not, whenever you get a chance to add it is great! I would appreciate it so much :)

Wishing you health and happiness in 2021,
Mrs. Kelly Miller

Kelly - USA (29796)


I'm glad the material was useful to your daughter, Sarah. I added her suggested link (along with her name) at:

Best wishes for success in her studies.

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Leader of PLO


January 6, 2021


In 1969, who became Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization and played a huge role in Israel-Palestine peace movements until his death Nov. 11, 2004?

Alexis - USA (29797)


Yasser Arafat was appointed leader of the PLO on 4 February 1969.

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Transfer of kinetic energy


January 4, 2021


Heat is “transfer of kinetic energy”.

1) Is the above statement is correct?

2) If yes, then please explain how the transfer of Kinetic energy taking place during radiation process?

Hritick - India (29795)


Heat is the transfer of thermal energy. Kinetic energy concerns the movement or atoms or molecules. Although you can transfer kinetic energy when objects collide, it does not necessarily heat the second object. Thermal energy can be transferred by conduction or radiation.


I hope that helps your understanding.

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Coefficient of Friction


December 28, 2020


Angle of Friction for soil = 40 Degrees
What is coefficient of friction between soil & concrete?

Mohammad - KSA (29790)


Much depends on the type of soil and what it is made of. Also, how wet is the soil? Friction will vary with wetness.

Since it varies so much I don't know of any studies that give data on the subject.

The only real way to determine the coefficient of friction would be to set up a small experiment or test case.

Best wishes for success in finding an answer.

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History of the spread of parchment


December 13, 2020


the spread of parchment.

Annotationsasy - Russia (29772)


You can see information about the history of parchment at:

I hope that helps.

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Convention of signs


December 13, 2020


Respected sir,
I want mathematical proof
about the convention of signs

Akram Ullah - Pakistan (29773)


The convention for signs in gravity equations is a general agreement of what makes sense. Since the force of gravity is downward, it would only seem logical to define downward as a positive direction in gravity equations.

There really is no mathematical proof, since the direction is really an agreement.

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Suggested resource


December 11, 2020


Good Morning,

I hope your Monday is going well. My name is Alicia, and I am reaching out on behalf of Public Health Degrees, a website the provides current and prospective public health students information on career opportunities, professional resources, and education options. 

While conducting research on COVID-19 best practices, I came across your "Health Resources by Ron Kurtus" page provided on the School for Champions website, located here:

I was wondering if you'd be open to including an additional reference on the page regarding masks?

If so, I'd like to suggest an article titled, "Official Information on Masks in the Coronavirus Pandemic - All in One Place," published by Public Health Degrees. This page compares masks made of various materials and how effective they are at blocking particles through a series of infographics. It also outlines how to wear and wash a mask, as well as provides information on policies as they relate to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

I believe this resource would be a valuable addition to the page as it provides a comprehensive breakdown of the importance of wearing a mask and how to properly do so. 

Below is the URL to the COVID-19 Mask Guide, if you'd like to review and share it:

Would you be interested in including this resource on your web page?

Thank you for your time. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like more information. I hope to hear from you soon!

Happy Holidays

Kind Regards,
Alicia Kohler

Alicia - USA (29768)


Thanks for the resource. I added a link at:

Best wishes for success in your work.

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December 7, 2020



I'm reaching out for one last time, just in case you didn't receive my previous messages. If you're not interested, please let me know and I won't bother you in the future.

I’m looking for website owners with blogs who are willing to partner with us. We'd like to offer payments in exchange for articles published on We can either send you well-written content that’s ready to post, or you can write it yourself.

We already work with thousands of other sites, both businesses and individual blog owners.

Would you be interested?

Dennis Perpetua
Blogger Outreach Manager

Dennis - United States (29758)


Sorry for not getting back to you, but I'm up to my ears in stuff.

Thanks for your offer, but it won't fit at this time.

Best wishes for success in your work.

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Electron flow


December 4, 2020


Does the electron flow remain same for a DC produced using Battery and DC produced by conversion of AC current ?

Veerendra - USA (29752)


The flow of electrons should be constant from a DC battery. However, the flow from an AC-DC converter goes in bursts, as the current changes directions. This "choppy" waveform averages out, causing no problems.

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