Week of May 16, 2004

The Roman Empire

When in Rome, do as The Romans did at www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/
. The Roman Empire began with two twins and the building of Rome. Soon after the city was founded, it started to expand. Be a rebel and read about Boudicca, the leader of the Celtic uprising. She decided to fight back when the Romans asked for taxes and her throne. In Families and Children, find out what Roman students wrote about. Be sure to catch the fun facts in every section, and try the printable activities that’ll keep your brain trained like a gladiator.

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What did Romans burn to get the stench out of smelly buildings?



What does astrobiologist Kelly Snook study?

Moon craters


What instrument did da Vinci use to create realistic 3D spaces in his paintings?
perspecto- scope
perspecto- graph
perspecto- glass



Astro-Venture Training

The U.S. Space Program has recently made discoveries on the planet Mars that suggest once there may have been life outside of planet Earth. Help scientists search for another habitable planet at Astro-Venture at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/projects/ astrobiology/astroventure/avhome.html. With Astro Ferret as your guide, get trained in astronomy, geology and biology. You’ll learn from NASA professionals and work with the tools of the trade. After completing the missions, design your very own home away from home.

A Detective for da Vinci

You walk into a candlelit room full of art supplies and drawings of Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci. Soon you find yourself swept up in Leonardo’s Workshop: An ArtEdventure at www.alifetimeofcolor.com/play/leonardo. You and Carmine Chameleon are on a quest to go back to 1505 A.D. and find the culprit who made da Vinci’s painting disappear. Armed with a bag and a handbook, you’ll discover many extraordinary facts about Renaissance art. Find out why da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” was actually a disaster. It may have been a case of too many kinds of paint. (This site is no longer available.)

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Why Study Mars?

To discover the meaning of life, of course. OK, not really. Scientists have found that, out of all the planets in the solar system, the conditions on Mars are the most similar to the conditions on Earth. This means that by studying Mars, we can actually learn about our own planet. Also, a lot of the data collected on recent Mars missions has been helpful in further understanding the beginning of the solar system. Do a little Mars studying for yourself with these sites.

Mars for Kids

Mars Team Online Photo Gallery

Exploring Mars
www.cnn.com/TECH/9706/pathfinder (This page is no longer available.)

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