Week of March 16, 2003

Inventor Haven

Invention at Play at www.inventionatplay.org lets you peer inside the minds of people such as James McLurkin, who built his first robot at 15. Read about McLurkin’s and other inventors’ stories. The Invention Playhouse has four interactive games that stretch your imagination. Construct a track with objects such as coils, pipes and hammers, and experiment with ways to get the tinker ball to the goal. You can add to Word Play, an ongoing story about invention, or be a cloud dreamer and design a cloud.

Nominate a cool Web site at http://www.4Kids.org/nominations/

Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

What is Newman Darby’s invention, the sailboard, better known as?



What game uses a discoidal?

Chuck the key


Who designed the original plan of Washington, D.C.?
Pierre-Charles L'Enfant
Charles Childs
Charlie Cook



Found Around the Mounds

View life east of the Mississippi before Europeans came to America with The Mississippian Mound-builders and Their Artifacts at www.mississippian-artifacts.com. Century-old artifacts, including tools and beads, have been unearthed along the Mississippi River. You can read about ear and shell ornaments, pipes, pottery and points and implements of flint. Or learn about the discoidal, the most popular Mississippian artifact. After this excavation, you won’t look at a mound of dirt the same way again. (This site is no longer available.)

Preserving the Past

American Treasures of the Library of Congress preserves 121 million important items from America’s history at www.loc.gov/exhibits/ treasures. As part of its online exhibit, the library has the original copy of the Declaration of Independence. Thumb through the first Literary Journal for Women and view a sketch of Lincoln’s coffin. If aeronautics is your thing, you may enjoy the palm print of Amelia Earhart. Don’t miss Jefferson’s Library. The former president’s personal library became the core of the Library of Congress.

What woman, famous or not, is influential in your life, and how?


Speak Out Here!

Women’s History Month

March is the perfect time to reflect on the efforts and accomplishments of women, both past and present. Visit each of these sites to find information regarding the beginning of the women’s rights movement, the social living conditions of women in different areas of the world today, as well as information about present-day efforts to improve those conditions. Right on!

Women Pioneering the Future

Living the Legacy: The Women’s Rights Movement 1848-1998

Women’s Human Rights


Adventure Divas
www.pbs.org/adventuredivas (This site is no longer available.)


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