Week of March 12 , 2006

Conservation Station

Discover energy when you visit Dr. E's Energy Lab at www.eere.energy.gov/kids. Breeze through Wind Energy and take a crash course in wind with Miller. Miller will help you construct a wind turbine and find out where wind comes from. Catch some rays with Solar Energy and visit Roofus' energy-smart house. Energy Efficiency Tips will help you save energy and protect the Earth. Play all five training games and become an official Hog Buster. This site is sure to energize the conservationist in you.

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Which type of energy uses very high heat to make electricity?



Which character is a serial number expert?

Hal Mark
Dr. Hopper


Where was
Pine Tree shilling made?



Conquest Awaits!

Plot your adventures on The Grid at www.tryscience.org/grid
. Enter the Think Tank and meet Team Planet, who can help you save the day using grid computing. Each team member is an expert in one area such as grid plotting, serial numbers and science. Dr. Grace Hopper will guide you through a grid-computing tutorial. Accept Your Mission and Take the Challenge. Warn people in Naples of a possible volcanic eruption or investigate cures for AIDS. Help solve world problems one grid at a time.

Pocket Change

Coins show interesting people, places and events. Have you ever wondered what those times or people were like? Hitch a ride for a Time Machine adventure at www.usmint.gov/kids/timeMachine, where coins are living history. Travel through 12 periods of history, which include the Colonial, Civil War, Great Depression, World War II and Civil Rights eras to solve coin mysteries. Strike it rich in the Colorado Gold Rush Era and discover the first gold coins, or Save the San Francisco Mint from going up in flames in the Progressive Era. Off you go on a journey though American history.


What are your plans for spring break?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: What is the avian flu?— Charlie, Peoria, Ill.

Dear Charlie: The avian flu is an influenza virus that affects birds and sometimes pigs. Unlike the normal flu, which passes from person to person, avian flu is spread by birds. Recently many birds have been affected by the avian flu in Asia. People who handle those birds can become sick and many of them have died. Experts are concerned that the virus will spread to other parts of the world. For more information visit www.kidshealth.org/kid/health_problems/

Dear Amy: I want some help with stamp collecting. — Rebekah, San Diego

Dear Rebekah: Check out a beginner's stamp collecting guide at http://members.aol.com/shobansen/#SITE. There are plenty of tips for you to discover how to enjoy your new hobby. Get help deciding what interests you by checking out the variety of stamps in America's 2000 Stamp Program at www.usps.com/images/stamps/
. You may even find some for your own collection. Good luck! (These sites are no longer available.)

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