Week of May 29 , 2005

Matters of State

Are you in the know with what is going on in the U.S. Department of State? With Future State at
http://future.state.gov, you can familiarize yourself with the Who, What, Where, When and Why of the department. Experience world events through others' eyes, or learn what it is like to be a kid in a different country in Who We Are. The Secretary of State is out of the country again. Time to put your geography skills to use as you piece together clues to find out Where in the World is the Secretary? To keep up on current issues in the Department of State, visit News and Events. The future depends on you.

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Who is the Secretary of State?

Paula Dobriansky
John R. Bolton
Condoleezza Rice


How often does Old Faithful spout?

once every 80 years
once every 80 minutes
once every 80 days


What does ROV stand for?
Ranging Optical View
Remotely Operated Vehicle
Random Order Varification



Make a Splash

Begin one of many Fantastic Journeys in Yellowstone at http://travel.national
. Put on your scuba gear and Plumb the Depths of the Grand Prismatic Spring to see the Magma Chamber located below. During your dive, you can discover why the spring has a turquoise center. Then, take a breather and watch a QuickTime Virtual Reality clip that allows you to Catch a Geyser anytime, day or night. Later, you can Scout About Yellow- stone National Park, and check out a Fumarole or Traveltine Terrace. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Dive! Dive! Dive!

Grab your gear and take a dive into Underwater Exploration at
. Explore the illustrated Underwater Exploration Timeline where the history of diving comes to life. In Cool Science, familiarize yourself with Sea Grant Research and other projects the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute is currently working on. In Diving, you can learn underwater Diving Hand Signals or the six principle Types of Diving. Different types of diving require different types of equipment. In Tools and Gear, educate yourself on which equipment is used and when. You'll flipper over this site.

Would you prefer to be homeschooled or attend school with other kids? Why?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: What is a blog? — Alexander, Madison, Wis.

Dear Alexander: “Blog” is an abbreviation of the phrase “Web log,” which is an online journal anyone can post for others to see. The author of the blog can post pictures, stories, articles, hyperlinks and much more. With parental consent and assistance, you can even have your own blog. To learn more about blogs, visit www.designwritingresearch.org/public_pages/how.html#blog. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: Who invented the World Wide Web? — Maya, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Dear Maya: The inventor of the World Wide Web is Tim Berners-Lee. This invention in 1989 has made a huge contribution to the progression of technology today. Creating the World Wide Web continues to help people obtain and share the same information on computers all over the world. Currently Berners-Lee directs the World Wide Web Consortium, which helps companies and organizations use the Web to its full potential. To read his biography and discover how he came up with the idea for the web, visit www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee.

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