Week of January 22 , 2006

Essentials in Science

Everything you want to know about Science Essentials can be found at www.channel4.com/apps26/
. Choose Life and discover habitats, life cycles, plants and more. Find out about reversible and irreversible changes in Material World and how to keep warm in winter months. In Get Physical, observe forces in action and pursue a groovy gravitational activity. It is absolutely essential to visit this site. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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What does “absorbent” mean?

takes up liquids
soaks up gas
releases moisture


Where is OzGold from?



How old do you need to be to run for president?



Ice Ice Baby

Pull on your parka and embark on a polar adventure to Antarctica and Greenland with PRISM (Polar Radar for Ice Sheet Measurements) at www.ku-prism.org. In Virtual PRISM, get up-to-date on all the latest findings by reading Journals. Then learn what scientists did that day, view photos and videos from Greenland or create your own calendar with photos from Antarctica. In Bears on Ice, join OzGold and Berkley on polar adventures in Antarctica or Greenland. This site is cool as ice. (This site is no longer available.)

In the Hot Seat!

It’s your turn to play politics at eLECTIONS, Your Adventure in Politics at http://broadband.
. Start by brushing up on policy in Getting Into the Race. If you are up for the challenge, compete for your party’s nomination in The Primary Election Process. Learn how America Votes and discover the power the people hold in choosing their future president. Are you ready to be the next man or woman in the White House? Declare your platform and defeat your opponent with help from Game Strategy Tips. This whirlwind campaign will forever change your view of the democratic process.


If you could design a stamp, what would it look like?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How does electricity work if it only goes through cords? — Kaela, Farmington, Minn.

Dear Kaela: Electricity is a form of energy that is transformed into other forms of energy that are useful-heat, light and mechanical. Electrical cords, which are wires wrapped in rubber insulation, deliver electricity to appliances and machines. Since the electricity cannot go through the rubber it is forced to follow the path of the wires. To learn more about electricity and energy, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/kids.

Dear Amy: I was wondering where I could find some science fair project ideas? — Jocelyn, Brainerd, Minn.

Dear Jocelyn: Brainstorming for science fair project ideas may seem daunting at first, but if you think about your interests or things you are curious about, it will be a lot easier. You can do projects on animals and insects, food, health, weather and lots more. Visit http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/Getting-Started/idea-finder.html for possible ideas in several categories. Good luck!

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