Week of November 23, 2003

H2O Archaeology

Dive deep into the world of Underwater Archaeology at www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/
. In Discoverers, you’ll swim past diving suits, including one that allows archaeologists to spend 30 minutes in deep water. Searching for treasures in the sea fills in the blanks in stories about shipwrecks. You can learn the techniques used in excavation, such as clearing the terrain using a water lance. If museums and labs interest you, meet people who identify and catalogue the items found at a site.

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What is the greatest depth humans have reached underwater?

100 meters
300 meters
500 meters


What common spice made Bantam rich?

chili powder


Who invented lithography?
Aloys Senefelder
Pierre Bonnard
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec



East India Company Impact

Can you imagine an England without tea or cricket? The East India Company had a tremendous effect on both Asia and Britain from 1600 to 1834. Trading Places, at www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/ trading/world1.html, takes you inside the trading empire that put London on the map. Read about Bantam, a cosmopolitan kingdom in Southeast Asia that has all but disappeared. In Impacts, you’ll discover some of the company’s unsavory effects, such as two opium wars that tore China apart. (This site is no longer available.)

How Does Your Printer Go?

Have you ever asked, “What is a print?” If you have, then go to www.moma.org/ whatisaprint/flash.html. Woodcutting was the earliest technique used for printmaking. Learn about four printmaking processes: screenprint, woodcut, lithography and etching, each with interactive Flash demonstrations. The Gallery provides examples of prints made using the different printing methods as well as a short bio of each print. Now, start printing.

Should students be held
back in school if they don’t
pass one subject?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Where can I learn about building bridges?
— Manon, Delray Beach, Fla.

Dear Manon: There are five types of bridges: arch, beam, cable-stayed, cantilevered and suspension. The PBS site Super Bridge, at www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bridge, shows examples of four types and has a game that you can play to help you understand which one is best suited for different situations. Another site at www.faculty.fairfield.edu/jmac/rs/bridges.htm addresses four structures as well, and it includes information about using more than one type for a single bridge.

Dear Amy: Where can I get ideas about foreign countries to visit? — Troy, Eloy, Ariz.

Dear Troy: A cool place to read what other people said about their trips to foreign countries is www.topics-mag.com/travel/ pages.htm. If you have something specific in mind that you want to experience during a visit to a foreign country, such as hiking through the mountains or trekking through an exotic forest, go to your favorite kid-friendly search engine and look for a place that has what you want. Using your Web-sleuth skills, you’ll be able to find information about visiting anywhere on Earth. You could even find out about a trip to outer space.

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