At Nova Online's Tales From the Hive, you'll get a chance to find out what it's like to live in a beehive. Buzz to the next flower at www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bees and journey into the land of honey. You'll begin by communicating in the language of bees so you can tell your hive mates where to find the best grub. You'll also learn the art of bee dancing. Did you know that to make 1 pound of honey, workers in a hive fly 55,000 miles and tap 2 million flowers? And did you know that a productive hive can make and store up to 2 pounds of honey a day? With beautiful graphics and movie clips, this site is sweet stuff. Just be careful not to disturb the queen. Now "bee gone."
Africa for Kids
A young Afro-American poet once asked himself, "What is Africa to
me?" Help yourself explore this question, too, by opening a heritage treasure
chest at www.afroam.org/children/children.html Experience the amazing
and diverse cultures and geographies of the African continent, from Egypt
to Zambia. For a closer look, visit the Baga tribe of West Africa to learn
about their traditional rituals, dances and artwork. Then, discover the roots
and holiday symbols of Kwanzaa, and take a cool black history quiz. For more
fun, relax during story time with the great myths and fables from all over
Africa. And be sure to test yourself with all the brain teasers and games.
(This site is no longer available.)
Home Run Physics
Spring training is here, just in time for a little science lesson. At Exploratorium's
Science of Baseball Web site, you'll get the lowdown on how to improve
your baseball skills by adding a dash of physics to your game. It's batter
up at www.exploratorium.com/baseball.
This site shows you how to get the most out of the sport's most crucial
tools: bat, ball and glove. The Scientific Slugger is a way-cool hitting
program, which shows you how to adjust the strength and angle of your swing
to hit more dingers. Find out if you can hit a 90 mph fastball. Hint: You
will need to find the bat's three "sweet spots" if you're
going to stand a chance against the pros. Also, be sure to visit the Time
Machine and see legendary players' stats change in different baseball
eras. You can also check out the history of women's baseball and the popularity
of baseball in Japan. So step on into the batter's box. The boys and girls
of summer are set to play ball!
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