Week of July 13, 2003

Get Rolling

Strap on your helmet, climb onto your bike and peddle to the Illinois State Police Bicycle Safety Command Center at www.state.il.us/ kids/isp/bikes. You’ll find tips and rules on how to cycle safely. Also find out why wearing your helmet is an excellent idea. You should keep your bike up to code because a police officer can and will pull you over. Cycling laws are important too, so brush up on your knowledge about biking legally. The safety test is a great way to find out if you’re a bicycling know-it-all. (This site is no longer available.)

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What does every approved helmet contain?

a dense line
a metal plate


Offshore bars protect beaches from what?

spilled oil


What Egyptian god protects the lungs once they’re placed in a canopic jar?



Catch the Ocean Spray

Catch a wave and ride it to the Office of Naval Research’s Science and Technology Focus: Oceanography online at www.onr.navy.mil/focus/ocean. Splash into Ocean Regions, where you’ll find interactive maps of littoral zones and other helpful diagrams of details on the ocean floor. Ocean Life has information about marine mammals such as dolphins and the California sea lion. ALVIN, Trieste and other research vessels are important tools for underwater research. Be sure to swim carefully so that you don’t get cramps.

Mummies From the Inside Out

Find out why You Wouldn’t Want to Be an Egyptian Mummy at www.salariya.com/web_books/mummy. This comical site reveals the ins and outs of making your own Egyptian mummy. Follow the steps closely, from collecting the body to removing the organs to wrapping the body in linen. Don’t forget to read the Egyptians’ speech bubbles. They’ll give you silly insight into the mummification process. Have fun, but remember that the only way to gain immortality as an Egyptian mummy is through horror films.

What are four new
things that you’ve tried
or done this summer?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Where can I get help creating a Web site?
— Winona, Quezon City, Philippines

Dear Winona: Creating a Web site is both fun and frustrating. Fortunately, the Web has information that helps keep the frustration to a minimum. If you already have access to a host server, check out 1st Site Free at www.1stsitefree.com. It will walk you step-by-step through planning, designing, coding and uploading your Web site. If you don’t have a host server, try Yahoo! GeoCities at http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/geo/tour/tour-01.html where you’ll find a similar step-by-step guide to creating a site, and Yahoo! GeoCities will give you free access to a server. (The second site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: How will computers be used in school in the future?
— Missy, Ames, Iowa

Dear Missy: Each week brings about a new hardware device or software application that makes schoolwork easier. An article about a study by Palm at www.palm.com/education/studies/ study44.html discusses the use of handhelds in the classroom. Because they are small and more affordable for schools than desktops or laptops, they are great tools for teachers and students. Check out the article and see what you think about using handhelds in school. (This page is no longer available.)

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