SDSquared Update for April 9th, 2019

From the Executive Director

Happy Spring!


It has been quite a month at Sliding Doors! Our biggest event was of course the Dyslexic Edge Conference on March 23rd. We were thrilled to see so many people come together to celebrate the strengths of people with dyslexia and to learn how to help them reach their full potential. The afternoon STEM festival was also fantastic with a stage show and engineering challenges for the kids. We are so grateful to everyone who attended and volunteered! We are looking forward to doing it again next year on Saturday, March 21st!

With the spring comes thoughts of next fall believe it or not and we are currently recruiting tutors and students for our September cohort. Please see below for details.

Enrollment is still open as well for our Dyslexic Edge: Citizen ROVers camp! We are offering at 25% discount with code DYSLEXICEDGE. Register now before registration closes on May 5th!

Enjoy the return of warm weather!

What's new at SDSquared

St. Bernadette


Our students continued to learn all things space over the last few weeks. Students have made suns out of food coloring and shaving cream, created their own satellites, created comets, made chalk drawings of the auroras, and made fans representing the earth's layers. We have certainly put the A in STEAM with these projects, showing that hands-on learning contributes greatly to overall understanding!

Special Seminar - GROW: Girls Rock Our World


Thanks to TIC Camp for coming in and doing a special seminar for our girls on women in STEM! During this seminar, the girls learned about the role of women in STEM and about different women who have contributed to a variety of STEM fields. It was a fantastic afternoon - thanks TIC Camps!


Make Sun Paper

You will need:

  • Paper

  • Wax paper

  • Shaving cream

  • Cardboard or squeegee

  • Food coloring

  • Toothpicks

What to do:

  1. Cut off a square of wax paper and tape it down. You don’t want it moving around.

  2. Spread shaving cream over your wax paper and make sure it’s nice and smooth and foamy. Make it roughly circle shaped.

  3. Drop five drops of red and yellow food coloring in a circular area.

  4. Use your toothpicks to swirl the red and yellow colors together in a circle.

  5. Place your paper right on top of the shaving cream and food coloring. Press it down lightly. Give it a few seconds to absorb the dye.

  6. Pull the paper off and set it down. It will look like a big glob of orange shaving cream at this point.

  7. Gently scrape off the shaving cream with a squeegee or piece of cardboard with a nice flat edge.

  8. Allow your paper to dry, and blot off any extra shaving cream with a paper towel. Be careful not to smear the food coloring before it dries, though!

  9. Cut out your sun shape!

For images on how to do this experiment, visit:

Krista Gauthier