Week of July 28, 2002

Rockin' Robotics

Robots come alive at The Tech Museum's Robotics Web site at www.thetech.org/robotics. Explore the fascinating history of robotics at Universal Robots. Machines and Man examines some tough ethical questions. If you are into making robots, you'll love the work of four California artists in Robot Art. At Your Command lets you navigate a remotely operated vehicle on Earth or on the moon with the help of a cool Shockwave-based game. You'll also find fun facts at the Robotics TimeLine.

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What was the name of the Russian vehicle used on the moon in 1970?

Red Dawn


What is the definition of a fraction?

square root
a whole
part of a whole


How much of the world's energy is supplied by fossil fuels?
90 percent
50 percent
25 percent




Me and My Math

Add to your math knowledge with Me and My Math at www.kidsolr.com/ math/ math.html. Here the four fundamental math skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are presented in easy-to-follow formats. Each topic offers helpful strategies and a quiz to measure your skills. After mastering the basics, move on to Fractions. Follow The Number Line and you'll be able to determine absolute value and opposites. Don't forget to obey The Rules of Arithmetic. This site really adds up.

Excited About Ecology

Even on a rainy day, you can venture outdoors at EcoKids Online at www.ecokids.ca. Eco-Info will excite you with fascinating glimpses at Energy and Environmental Issues. Learn more about Science and Nature with vivid pictures and puzzles. At Fun 'n' Games, you'll find coloring pages and cool interactive stories. Have Your Say on issues such as animals and the environment. Check out the monthly Eco-Calendar and stay up-to-date about your world.

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Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Why did the French give us the Statue of Liberty? -- Amber, Branson, Mo.

Dear Amber: France gave the Statue of Liberty to the United States in recognition of their friendship, which developed following the American Revolutionary War. According to www.ohranger.com/statue-liberty/history-statue-liberty, Edouard Rene Lefebvre de Laboulaye, a French intellectual in the 1860s, had the idea to give the Americans a "memorial to independence." Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi designed the statue, and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel designed the statue's skeletal framework.

Dear Amy: When I burn a CD of MP3s, some songs are louder than others. How can I fix this? -- Gary, Bloomington, Ind.

Dear Gary: People use various programs to create MP3s. For that reason, MP3s tend to have slightly different volumes. To ensure that the songs you burn on a CD have similar volumes, normalize your MP3s before burning them. You can find info about normalizing MP3s at http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-6450_7-5020876-1.html. Normalizing a group of random MP3s will take more time than normalizing music from a CD.

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