Week of June 2, 2002

Think Ahead

Through the power of modern technology, you can communicate with your great-grandchildren. The KEO project at www.keo.org is sending out a satellite time capsule filled with messages from people all over the world. The satellite will return to Earth in 50,000 years, ready to deliver our messages to future generations. KEO's Adventure examines how Earth's technology has developed and changed and what lies in store. The Keomag has articles about how the project was formed and how it has evolved since its inception. Offer your insight at KEO.

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How long ago did humans start creating art?

10,000 years ago
50,000 years ago
100,000 years ago


How many species become extinct each year?

between 1 and 5
between 3 and 7
between 5 and 9


According to Kids Running, what number should you count to when stretching?
at least 10




Biodiversity: A Web of Life

Investigate Biodiversity at www.conservation.org/
and find out why Earth is unique in our solar system. Biodiversity Basics explain how a complex web of life spreads over the globe and why that web may be in danger. The Expeditions will take you from the swamps of Indonesia to the mountains of Guyana. Be a scientist and develop a Science Fair Project with seven helpful steps. You can do research for your project with Resources such as books, articles and educational materials.

Running Around the Block

Lace up your running shoes and make a mad dash for Kids Running at www.kidsrunning.com. This site advises kids and adults to exercise and have healthy eating habits. Read poetry and literature written by kids about staying active. Kids Running News updates you on the latest press releases and feature articles about running and health. Check out the columns written by health experts about their experiences with athletics and staying active. This site is sure to get your legs moving and your heart pounding.

How do you plan to spend your free time this summer?


Speak Out Here!

Monthly Names

Some girls are named after months of the year, especially April, May and June. But how did the months get their names? Who are they named after? According to www.crowl.org/Lawrence/time/
, the 12 months in the Julian calendar have different origins.

January, March, April, May and June were named after Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. January and March got their names from the Roman gods Janus and Mars. April, May and June were named after the goddesses Aphrodite, Maia and Juno. July was once called Quintilis, but it was renamed in honor of Julius Caesar, and Augustus Caesar changed Sextilis to August.

The original Roman calendar had 10 months in a year. September, October, November and December were numbered as months seven through 10. Numa Pompilius, the second ruler of Rome, added January and February to the calendar. February was named after Februa, the Roman festival of purification. Pompilius also made January the first month instead of March.


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