Week of February 20, 2005

A National Journey

Buckle your seat belt and get ready for a ride through time with America on the Move at http://americanhistory.si.edu
. The site explores the role transportation has played in the United States as a whole and in its individual communities. In Exhibition, journey across the country in a covered wagon, take a ride on the railroad or cruise along Interstate 10. In Games, match vehicles with their destinations, or step behind the camera to play director in your own movie featuring the vehicle of your choice. Enjoy your journey through America's past.

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Which state became the first to register vehicles?

New York


What does CAD stand for?

Computer-Aided Design
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Creative Activity Director


What is a jury that cannot agree on the outcome of a case called?
hung jury
fixed jury
dead locked



The Engineering Mind

Breaking Through: The Creative Engineer at www.eweek.org/2002/nbm explores how creativity is expressed through the work of modern engineers. The site's case studies are organized into such themes as connecting, visualizing, collaborating, harmonizing, improvising, reorienting and synthesizing. You can discover how engineers protect buildings against ground-shaking events and reshape environments by designing bridges. Brace yourself: You're about to build a wealth of architectural knowledge. (This site is no longer available.)

And the Verdict Is...

Take part in the American judicial process at www.andersonkill.com
. This extensive mock trial introduces you to a famous court case involving a victim of the Titanic disaster of 1912. Begin with the basic facts of the case at The Trial. Then, study the stories of both parties in Plaintiff and Defendant. You can read the perspectives of each witness and view all of the case evidence under Witnesses. After reviewing all sides of the case, read the Jury Charge and continue to the Verdict Sheet to make an informed decision about the outcome of the case.

Should parents limit the time kids spend surfing the net? Why?


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Fire, Wind and Ice, Oh My!

In “The Wizard of Oz,” a tornado sent Dorothy up in the air and plopped her down in the midst of magical Munchkinland. Here in our world, tornadoes and other natural disasters are dangerous forces that destroy homes and claim lives every year. However, the more we know about these forces and the more precautions we take, the less scary they will be. So be prepared in case a tornado tries to whisk you off to Oz, too.

FEMA for Kids

Risk Watch: Natural Disasters

Twister: The Tornado Story

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Tropical Twisters


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