Need ARDUINO help ASAP science project- United States

HELP!! My son is working on a science project and has several questions regarding "arduino circuitry". We're looking for help over the phone or online as soon as possible. Thank you!!

ask away then

He is connecting a lcd to a arduino and when he connects pin 1 on the lcd to GND and pin 2 to 5v, the arduino turns off and he isn't sure why.

which lcd?

Given the somewhat counter-intuitive pin layout on Hitachi LCDs, are you sure which pins are 1 & 2? They aren't on the end of the row with backlit LCDs....