tv Teen Kids News NBC October 6, 2012 1:00pm-1:30pm EDT
we'll...check it out. >> i'll show you which state flag has a special message for women. >> we'll put the spotlight on teens with a talent for global giving. >> get up close and personal with singer/songwriter jack skuller. >> that and more, next on "teen kids news." >> welcome to "teen kids news." i'm mwanzaa. >> and i'm siena. we'll start with our top story. >> imagine having to go to the hospital for treatments again and again and again. that's what kids with cancer have to do. as you might think, the visits are anything but fun. but as veronique reports, one hospital came up with a project that's not only unusual -- it's big, very big.
>> you've probably heard of art therapy. it's a way to help patients deal with the difficulties of coping with serious illnesses. meet ian. he's an artist who works at the md anderson children's cancer hospital in houston, texas. when you think of doing an art project, you probably think of working on a sheet of paper or on a canvas or maybe even on a wall. but, remember -- this is texas we're talking about. so when ian found out how much one of the patients loved horses, that gave him an idea. he didn't ask her to draw a horse, but to draw on a horse. it was a challenge, but more
importantly, it kept her from worrying about her medical treatments. >> i'm just gonna think about what i have to do with, you know, drawing the horse 'cause we had planned that. 'cause i knew the needle was going to just go in there, but, you know, that did help take my mind off of it. >> called the dream horse project, it got a lot of attention around the hospital. that's when ian approached aidan, a teen struggling with a particularly rare form of brain cancer. >> ian asked if -- what animal, or if i had a favorite animal or an animal that inspired me. >> what aidan answered must have surprised ian. >> and so i thought of an elephant. >> when ian asked him to do a sketch, aidan thought it was just a regular art-therapy project. >> once the drawing was done, or the design, ian said, "wouldn't it be cool if we could paint an actual elephant?"
and we all sort of -- we all went, "sure, just find an elephant that wants to be painted and is in houston." [ laughs ] >> but the hospital community took the project seriously. a nurse knew a man who owned elephants. and that's how aidan came to paint krissy, with the help of a lot of family and friends. >> i really enjoyed the collaboration of everybody together, because it wasn't just me and ian -- it was a whole collaboration of people out there, painting. >> krissy seemed to sense just how sick aidan was. >> and the elephant was just so gracious. and -- and it was so neat to have something so big be so gentle and so thoughtful. >> and aidan faced the huge animal the same way he faced his cancer -- with quiet courage. >> aidan was so calm. he was so in the moment. and -- and, you know, bill the trainer was joking like, "oh, you're the calmest one out here," and he was.
>> aidan signed his masterpiece with a handprint. as krissy rose to her full height, everyone posed to mark the occasion. this is the memory aidan's family will forever hold in their hearts. sadly, aidan lost his fight with cancer. he passed away just a month later. but aidan left a legacy for others facing cancer. if you have the heart of a lion, you can do just about anything, even paint an elephant. >> in case you're concerned about the animals in veronique's report, we're told that they're fine. and the paint is animal-friendly. and from all accounts, the animals seemed to enjoy the attention. >> there's more "teen kids news" coming up next. >> we'll be right back.
the first thing you notice about wyoming's state flag is that big critter in the middle. don't call it a buffalo -- it's a bison. >> the bison was important out in the wild west, as we all know, but in particular, in wyoming. it was verna keays who designed the flag, and she thought it was a great symbol of branding, which cattle ranchers all used to keep track of their animals, but, also, the bison was known as the monarch of the plains, and she thought that was a great symbol for her state. >> name "wyoming" comes from a native american word for "great plain." today it would be considered politically incorrect, but the flag's designer paid tribute to those once called "red men" with the red border. she said the red also signifies the blood of the pioneers who fought to claim the land. we can easily understand why a
cowboy and a miner are pictured in the center. but what are those tiny words in the banner? >> the phrase on the wyoming state flag is "equal rights," and this speaks to wyoming's history as a place that was very friendly to women. it was the first territory to give women the right to hold public office and the right to vote way back in 1869. in order to attain statehood, it's necessary to have 60,000 citizens, so the leaders of the territory knew this would help to get people to come live there. and before you know it, wyoming was a state. >> wyoming was way out front on this issue. the u.s. government didn't give women the right to vote for another half-century. with "flag facts," i'm alexa. >> some people are hard workers. some are not. new research might explain one reason why. it depends on what you focus on. hard workers concentrate on the goal, but people who shirk their work tend to zero in on all the effort it is going to take to get the task done.
so here's the secret to success -- always keep your eyes on the prize. >> a lot of us would like to help make the world a better place. you can get involved with existing service projects, or you can start one of your own. brandon has the story of two teens who did just that. >> is it all right if i play this piece? [ cheers and applause ] all right. >> jourdan urbach reaches out with music. he brings his talent as a violinist to children in hospitals. [ mid-tempo music plays ] [ crowd cheering ] neha gupta reaches out with books. at 16, she has already spent several years helping orphaned children in india. jourdan and neha are recent winners of the world of children youth award. the prize money they received helps support the great work they're doing. >> the world of children youth award recognizes a young person, under 21, who is doing amazing work for children. >> for neha, the award means
she'll be able to help even more children struggling to survive without parents. the pennsylvania teen learned of their desperate needs while visiting her grandparents in india. >> so i went back to the u.s., and i gathered my friends, started fundraising to buy them books and whatever else they may need. and over five years, it's just progressed into founding a nonprofit organization called "empower orphans." >> over the years, her organization has funded libraries, computer labs, medical visits, as well as food and clothing. >> i love helping these children more than anything. [ mid-tempo music plays ] [ rhythmic clapping ] >> jourdan began playing violin when he was only 2 years old. after visiting a local hospital, he realized that he could use music to improve the lives of sick kids. his organization is called "concerts for a cure." its mission is to raise money
for medical research. jourdan encourages talented teen musicians across the country to hold fundraising performances. >> we really look for children who had a cause that they found that was very important to them. and through innovation, they've figured out how to get other children to work with them. they don't have to wait to be leaders of tomorrow -- they're leading today. >> the founders of the award program say their honorees prove you don't have to be a grownup to do something big. >> the only thing that controls your opportunity is what's up here. it's also what allows you to grow your opportunities. so don't be afraid. try things because it means something to you. >> kids as young as 7 can be nominated for the award. top honorees receive a grant of at least $25,000 for their organization. to find out more, there's a link on our website. the spirit of the award is simple -- kids helping other
>> chess clubs are nothing new. but what is different is teaching chess as a part of a school's curriculum. scott tells us more. >> chess is more than 1,500 years old and was probably invented in ancient india. it spread to persia...and then throughout the muslim world. reaching europe in the late middle ages, it was a big hit at court. >> loser! >> england's elizabeth i was a fan. >> mm! [ giggles ] >> maybe it's no coincidence that the queen became the most powerful piece on the board. nowadays, the game is experiencing a renaissance among american teens. in some new york city schools, chess has become more than just a game -- it's a teaching tool. >> they learn to concentrate better, to focus better. they learn to make good choices. >> and that's the idea behind
chess in the schools. the organization uses chess to motivate inner-city students to do better in class. >> it helps you because you learn how to take time to think, and some students need that. >> i usually like to rush into things and try to pretty much go right into things. but i've learned to, like, take my time, think about what's going on, and really just focus around what's happening around me. >> chess requires you to plan several moves in advance to consider what your opponent might be doing next. >> exactly -- he's doing the same thing white's doing. it's -- it helps with math, problem-solving, critical-thinking skills. you can apply that to any subject. >> what the kids learn in class they get to take with them to tournaments held all over the country. >> we've had elementary-school students win the sections in high-school nationals. and the young ones seem to get it right away, and they go very fast with it -- and far. >> juan grew up with
chess in the schools. now he's the chess coordinator at east side community high school. >> i remember being a part of the program when i was 12 years old, going to tournaments every saturday on the weekends with my little brother. >> there's a whole other side to learning chess and playing in tournaments -- it's developing self-esteem. >> there's, like, an idea that all people who play chess are, like, nerds. but i don't really pay attention to it, 'cause, like -- i don't know -- i think that they're just, like, ignorant. >> they sure are. after all, to capture castles and defeat knights and kings takes the heart of a warrior. >> the most popular sweatshirt in the school is the east side chess sweatshirt. you know, the coolest thing to do is to be on the chess team. >> and here's something else that's cool. >> i'll be joining college bound program, which is sponsored by chess in the schools, and they'll help me with s.a.t. tutoring and college and going to good colleges and free applications, so it'll be really good. >> as you can see, for these kids, chess if far more than just a game. it can be a life-changing game plan, and that's a smart move.
>> if you wear earbuds or headphones walking to school, you could be walking into trouble. wearing a headset increases your chances of getting hurt. you may not hear the warning sounds of approaching danger, like a car. in fact, accidents with people listening to their mp3 players have tripled in recent years. so, here's some sound advice -- keep the volume low enough to still be aware of what's going on around you.
a single ember that escapes from a wildfire can travel more than a mile. that single ember can ignite and destroy your home or even your community you can't control where that ember will land only what happens when it does get fire adapted now at fireadapted.org >> what's on your mind? we'll find out in "speak of the week." >> i'm about to test your knowledge of not-so-ancient
history. do you know what a cassette tape is? >> cassette tape? hmm. those are the things that old people use from way back in the day, and it's like those little recordings. that's what it is? >> it's -- it's like an mp3 player, just a box, and it's only built in with songs on it. >> a cassette tape -- it's a tape of -- that you -- that you can play. i don't know. i mean, like, i don't know the logistics of it. it's -- it's pretty obsolete at this point, i think. >> i heard of it. it's like -- you put some -- you put a tape in it, and then you click it and you listen to it. >> a cassette tape? like, something for music. >> oh, it's, like, you play music on it, and it's like -- they used it in like the '90s and '80s before cds came out. i actually wanted to start collecting some. >> back in the 1970s through the 1990s, cassette tapes were very popular. magnetic tape ran between two spools encased in a plastic shell. cassettes could come pre-recorded with, let's say,
music on them, or they could be blank, allowing you to record what you want. [ mid-tempo music plays ] cassettes were bulky, and the tape was easily damaged. little wonder that they went the way of the dinosaur when cds and then mp3s were invented. with "speak of the week," i'm tatyana. >> in some schools, you won't see students carrying textbooks or notebooks or even pens and pencils. instead, you'll see ipads. students are using them for all sorts of subjects. teachers say that test scores have gone up, and the students like the lighter backpack. >> to mark our 10th year on tv, each week, we take a look back at one of the stories we've covered. >> he's frozen himself in a block of ice and buried himself alive. now magician david blaine has risen to his greatest stunt yet. and he might be feeling a little boxed in. on september 5th, david blaine entered this box that is now
hanging by the tower bridge in london. he says he'll stay there for 44 days. sound easy? well, he's living there with no food -- just water, a blanket, and his journal. >> he's not doing anything, right? i mean, he's just sitting there. >> other than hunger, blaine is dealing with extreme heat, rain, and some people who think this stunt is foolish. >> i think this is the worst country to do it in, just 'cause of how the british people think of him. >> come down, you [bleep] the africans are starving, eh?! >> and they think he's an idiot. >> but whether or not he's just starving for attention, the crowd might be getting more supportive as the days go by. >> he's really wicked. we really appreciate... >> we've been here every day! he's the best! >> we appreciate the fact that he's come to england to do this. >> so, do you think you could go 44 days in a box without food? there seems to be no question. >> no. >> i don't think so. [ laughs ] >> i can't even miss my lunch, so... [ laughter ] >> david blaine will be completing this stunt on october 20th. he's expected to lose about
40 pounds, which is about 1/5 of his current body weight. man, chanting, snapping fingers: oh, those boys are much too much! those boys are much too much! we got the spirit, we're hot, we can't be stopped! we got the spirit! we're hot! we can't be stopped! we're gonna beat 'em and bust 'em... announcer: the smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child's life. both chanting: let's...get... a little bit rowdy. r-o-w--whoo!--d-y. announcer: take time to be a dad today. one more time. call or visit fatherhood.gov to learn more.
>> it turns out dinosaurs had something in common with today's household pets -- fleas. but judging from fossils, the fleas were a lot bigger back then -- almost the size of modern cockroaches. they had extremely powerful, swordlike mouths for dining on the dinosaur. yum. >> a lot of teens dream of becoming a rock star. while it certainly takes talent, it also takes a lot of hard work. carina introduces us to a young musician who clearly has both. [ rock music plays ] >> jack skuller has been performing since he was 8 years old. >> ♪ if you listen to your heart ♪ ♪ you're gonna hear a drummin' sound ♪
♪ and that sound is gonna make you dance ♪ >> you know, it started as a hobby, and then it kind of grew into a passion. and, since then, i've been working on my guitar playing intensely, incorporating soloing into my songs, and, you know, just performing is just the greatest thing that, you know, that i can do. ♪ count on you >> jack's music isn't what you'd expect. this teen draws a lot of his inspiration from the early giants of rock. >> ♪ well, that'll... >> ♪ baby, satisfy my heart >> ♪ one, two, three o'clock, four o'clock rock ♪ >> my music is just -- it's simply rock 'n' roll -- i mean, from all my influences, from the '50s to, you know, 2012 -- you know, it's -- it's hard to say that it's anything but rock 'n' roll. >> no doubt jack's appreciation of music popular decades before he was born is due to his dad, a musician himself. >> ♪ paint me a little picture
♪ i want to know why it's so good ♪ [ rhythmic clapping ] >> jack's turned that fascination into a driving desire. from school talent shows to guest appearances at local clubs, he's playing -- and paying his dues. >> ♪ ...is gonna make you dance, 'cause that's how the world goes 'round ♪ ♪ love is a jum-bum-bum well, you got to work your hardest, you know? music -- if you want to be a musician, it's got to be something you love, and you got to be passionate about it. and you know, it has to become your life, and it has to become who you are. [ slow music plays ] >> performing isn't his only passion -- jack's also a gifted songwriter. >> ♪ tell me your heart, tell me your head ♪ i have a variety of topics that i write about. you know, i can write about love, which i find, you know -- sometimes, the easiest thing to write about is love.
>> ♪ i love you ♪ i love you ♪ i've never felt this way before ♪ ♪ i always hoped that this would be ♪ ♪ i kicked my nightmares out the door ♪ people write to me every day, and you know, i try to respond to, you know, most of my messages. and it's, you know, people -- i have really supportive fans on twitter and facebook. and it's amazing -- it really is. ♪ love hurts ♪ wow ♪ love hurts [ finale plays ] [ cheers and applause ] >> what's really amazing is seeing jack performing live. he'll switch from playing guitar to drums to bass to piano, all