Week of March 2, 2003

Artsy Games

Join Artie playing Albright-Knox Art Games at www.albrightknox.org/ artgames. The activities at this interactive site teach kids about art and let them express themselves through art. Look closely at the Gallery to see if you notice anything unusual about the pictures. Splatter wild art designs in Your Own Studio. You’ll learn about works from artists such as Juan Gris and William Harnett, and you can send your friends an art e-card. With tons of games, Artie is sure to keep you busy learning and creating. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

A portrait is a painting of what?

a painting on a wall
a picture of animals
a picture of a person


What does ATP stand for?

adenosine triphosphate
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all terrain protein


An atomic nucleus can split into smaller nuclei during what process?
nuclear decay




Experiment with Dr. Saul’s Biology in Motion at www.biologyinmotion.com. Cartoon mini-lectures cover topics such as Enzyme Characteristics and Intestinal Gas. Use interactive Flash cartoons to learn the process of digestion. You are a living creature and need energy, so learn how your body converts food molecules into energy and stores it for future use. Also see the flow of blood in the heart before it exits through the aorta. Dr. Saul will get your biology in motion.

The Pluses and Minuses of Particles

Positively charge yourself for The Particle Adventure at http://particleadventure. org. You’ll understand how the universe is held together by learning about small particle physics and forces such as electromagnetism. You’ll find details about particle decay, half-life, radioactivity and bubble chambers. Take more than a particle-second to discover the theories about atoms. Then check out the String theory and other unsolved mysteries of the universe.

Should students have a say about consequences for breaking the rules?


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Festival of Colors

It’s March, and it’s time to celebrate Holi. According to the Hindu calendar, Holi begins on the night of the full moon in the month of Phalgun and continues through the following day. During the night of Holi, the people of India dance and sing around large bonfires. The fire stems from the tale of King Hiranyakasipu, his son, Prahlad, and the king’s sister, Holika. The king wanted absolute power, but Prahlad refused to give his father all of his allegiance. The king and Holika tried to destroy Prahlad, but the plan backfired, and Holika was burned to ashes. The people of India include the bonfire in their Holi celebrations as a remembrance of Prahlad’s triumph over evil.

On the next day, people take to the streets to colorfully decorate friends and family. During this exciting free-for-all, powder and balloons of colored water fly through the air to celebrate the beautiful colors of spring.

India’s Holi is one of the more original springtime festivals in the world. Check out http://meadev.nic.in/culture/festival/holi.htm for other fascinating details about Holi. (This site is no longer available.)

— Amy

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