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A Note to Parents Regarding the Beginning and End of Time Diorama Presentations for Ms. Miller's Third Grade Class

By Rebecca Schwarz
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Dear Parents,

It's diorama time again, and I thought I would send home a few notes for parents about this annual project. While your child is encouraged to approach this project creatively, there are a few ground rules that will help ensure success – as well as the safety of the class.

Time:

If your child chooses Eternalism or "brick time" he or she may not use marshmallows, M&Ms or any other food item to illustrate the discrete blocks of time. Also, while space-time may be infinite, the dioramas are meant to be a representation to demonstrate your child's knowledge of the beginning and end of time. Keep in mind that we have sixteen students in the class and all their dioramas must fit on two tables.

Any dioramas depicting N-dimensional space-time, or "time foam," must not infinitely generate soap bubbles (it creates a terrible mess).

I would recommend restricting any diorama to 6 to 8 dimensions, even if standard string theory's 12 dimensions are achievable, the results are...

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About the Author

By day, Rebecca Schwarz is a mild-mannered editorial assistant for a scientific journal, by night she writes science fiction and fantasy stories. Her work has appeared in Interzone, PodCastle, Bourbon Penn, New Myths, Luna Station Quarterly, and Daily Science Fiction among other venues. She is the current coordinator of the ArmadilloCon Writing Workshop. You can read about her writing life at www.curiousworlds.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter @curiousworlds

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