Week of September 1, 2002

Got Tech?

Get techie with GetTech.org at www.gettech.org. Reviews of GetTech Careers explain the details of more than 40 professional career paths, such as architecture and psychology. Discover why Math and Science are the fundamentals for any career related to technology. You'll find everything you need to Be an Organizer who gets kids excited about technology. Test Your Tech with a multiple-choice quiz, or have fun playing GetTech Games. Finally, click on GetTech Kids and watch three cartoons about recent technological advances.

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During what stages of construction are architects involved?

Construction stage
Every stage
Clean-up stage


What do zooplankton eat?



In financial terms, what is a recession?
Three consecutive quarters (nine months total) of the economy not doing very well.
One quarter (three months total) of the economy not doing very well.
Two consecutive quarters (six months total) of the economy not doing very well.




Bringing the Poles Together

Bundle up before you visit The Poles at http://library.thinkquest.org/27084. A Short Intro explains the difference between the North and South poles. You can follow the History of more than 15 explorers and their expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica. See how the search for a shortcut to India and prospects for money sparked people's interest in the poles. Explore Nature at both poles, and learn about the lives of the Inuit. Then find out how Politics is protecting the poles. (This site is no longer available.)


Money doesn't grow on trees, but it will grow with the kind of investing discussed at www.strongkids.com. StrongKids.com offers a Toolbox full of gadgets to help kids think realistically about using money to make money. Climb the ladder or inch along the tape measure to reach your financial goals. A hard-hat quiz will test your knowledge of mutual funds. You can see how money multiplies in mutual funds and learn about stocks and bonds when you visit the Library. While you are there, open the dictionary and get up to speed on investment jargon. This site proposes methods of making and investing money that are easy for beginners to understand. Starting Out won't be a problem if you set goals and learn how to reach them. (This site is no longer available.)

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Falling Into Autumn

The month of September brings with it the autumnal equinox on the 23rd. Like the vernal equinox in the spring, the autumnal equinox is a day with an equal amount of daylight and darkness. Also, it is designated as the first day of fall, which just so happens to be my favorite season.

As the sun moves toward the southern hemisphere, the temperature in the northern hemisphere grows more temperate. I enjoy spending lots of time outside in the cooler weather.

I also like spending time outdoors when the leaves are changing colors. Most trees sense the changing weather and begin making preparations to go dormant for the winter. As www.esf.edu/pubprog/brochure/ leaves/leaves.htm explains, the trees cease producing chlorophyll, which makes leaves green and which allows other pigments, such as orange and red, to show.

Finally, I look forward to seeing the constellations that cannot be viewed during the summer. Pisces and Taurus are just two constellations that will soon be in view.

— Amy

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