Week of November 28, 2004

Flying Beauties

Flutter your wings with the butterflies of the Field Museum at http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/butterfly. The collection contains some 200,000 butterfly and moth specimens from all over the world. In 1908, the museum purchased its largest moth and butterfly collection from Herman Strecker. The Butterfly Basics will help you understand the difference between butterflies and moths. You can also learn about their life cycles and bodies. To view these radiant creatures in your back yard or on your next vacation, read up on butterfly habitats.

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Wonderful Sights

Take advantage of the opportunity to see the best the ancient world has to offer at www.cleveleys.
. For their early time period, the unusual size and characteristics of the Seven Wonders of the World make them special. Scale the Great Pyramids in Egypt or visit Olympia where the mighty Zeus sits. Did the Hanging Gardens of Babylon really hang? Whether you travel to Egypt, Greece or Asia Minor, the Seven Wonders are sure to impress.

Sunshiny Day

Ready to be blown away? At www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ whatisweather, you can learn all about weather, the science behind it and how it affects people all over the world. In About Weather, watch short cartoons or play games involving wind, precipitation or sunshine. Visit Weather and People to see what kinds of sports kids play in different climates. You can pack a suitcase for an international vacation and check out houses from countries around the world. You’ll also find information and games about the climates and weather patterns from five different countries.


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Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Where can my daughter find a safe Web site to get a pen pal? — Fiona, Cardiff, Wales

Dear Fiona: Finding safe Web sites for their children to visit is a frequent concern for parents. For a pen pal site, try Kids’ Space Connection at www.ks-connection.org. The site asks for minimal information to participate, and parents must give their permission for children under 13 to register. If it makes you more comfortable, you can sign into the site as a guest prior to allowing your child to register. That way you can check the site out for yourself to see if the site is appropriate for your daughter.

Dear Amy: When did the first computers come out and where did they come from? — Monique, Kansas City, Kan.

Dear Monique: There is much debate over which invention can be actually called the first computer. However, a plausible answer seems to be the EDSAC, the first practical stored-program computer, assembled by Maurice Wilkes at Cambridge University in 1949. To find out more about the beginning of computing, visit the Computer History Museum at www.computerhistory.org.

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