National Geographic vs CitraSolv

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On a blustery, not-quite-spring day, the BYP Media Team took to the parking lot behind the Nyia Page Community Center to artistically disfigure a small stack of National Geographic magazines.  This was accomplished by exposing them to judicious amounts of Citrasolv, an all-natural (and, as you might have deduced, citrus-based) concentrated liquid cleaner.  I learned about this process here.  img 16

The Citrasolv dissolves the inks on the magazine pages.  After about twenty minutes, one pulls apart the magazine (the binding is the first thing to go), and searches for interesting results.  There’s no predicting what will react best; many images don’t react at all.  But you get some fantastic results.

img 38img 28img 23-2In some instances, the process mildly alters the original image, which can still be readily seen.

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Often times the original image is completely obliterated, however, resulting in a completely abstract image.

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The way the Citrasolv lands on the paper can produce many interesting contrasting textures and results.

img 6It is important to work on this in a fairly open and well-ventilated area.  This project smells like you’re trapped in a giant orange.  Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, however, depends on your own personal likes and dislikes.

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BYP Jr. continues their food education at Heritage Out of School Time (HOST). This time, it was smoothies! The BYP Jr team set up three different tables.

Click to see how a banana grows!

Click to see how a banana grows!

Growing Station

Jessi led the station to learn how bananas and pineapples grow. The kids drew what they thought the growth of a banana and a pineapple looked like.

Click to see how a pineapple grows!

Click to see how a pineapple grows!

Everyone was fascinated by the strange plants they learned about, but wanting to eat the display fruits was definitely high on everyone’s priority list.

Do you have an image in mind?
Click on the pictures to see how these fruits actually grow!


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HOST Superhero Creator

BYP Junior has been helping the HOST youth create their own superheroes! The class voted on superpowers, came up with a name, and designed the costume together.

It was such a fun experience, one of the girl involved in making Nora was so disappointed to leave when it was time to go! The BYP Junior youth helped the kids at HOST work with each other, and collaborate on their heroes.

Here are a few of the heroes that came out of the Superhero Creator project:

Superhero: Justice



From the minds of some of our youngest hero-creators comes Justice. She holds the world in her hand, and defends goodness with her laser eyes.


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