TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!
1. If you hit a roadblock when brainstorming, head outdoors. According to Psychology Today, a recent study analyzed the habits of 300 teens in Singapore and concluded that going outside and feeling connected to nature can increase creativity and innovative thinking.
2. This week 1,787 teens from 70 different countries are in Los Angeles for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Aspiring engineers and scientists are competing for $5 million in prizes and scholarships. Competitors include a San Diego teen who designed facial recognition software to identify people who are facing away from the camera, and a ninth-grader from Iraq, who found a way to embed LED lights into movie screens that make it impossible to record movies illegally on cellphones.
3. The number of teens who are reading for fun continues to decline, according to a new study by Common Sense Media. Forty-five percent of 17-year-olds admit they only read books by choice once or twice a year. Although this is disappointing to hear, it doesn’t have to stay that way! Take a trip to the library with your teen and encourage them to pick up a new book. We highly recommend anything written by John Green!
4. Beware! Your breakfast may be worse for you than you think. After reviewing the labels of more than 1,500 cereals, the Environmental Working Group announced the most sugary cereals of 2014. Sure, they may also contain some vitamins and minerals, but the excess of sugar makes them majorly unhealthy. Apple Jacks with marshmallows, Froot Loops Marshmallow, and Honey Smacks all ranked in the top-five. Check out Huffington Post to see what else made the list!
5. Good news for Hunger Games fans: Lionsgate has launched an exclusive website to give a first look at Mockingjay Part 1. The movie isn’t released until November, but to hold you over until then, the site features a Q&A with the filmmakers, promotional photos, script excerpts, and more.
Did we miss anything big from this week? Share your faves in the comments below!