Week of September 3, 2006

Wonderful Weather

Get wet and wild with Web Weather for Kids at http://eo.ucar.edu
. Read up on weather catastrophes and learn what to do when inclement weather happens in your neck of the woods at Safety. Pick your weather of choice, from hurricanes to thunderstorms, and learn how each is formed and how powerful they can be. Create weather yourself in Activities, where you will make fog or cause clouds to roll in. Before you leave, read real stories on the power of severe weather. Here's to hoping it's sunny!

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Hoggin' Energy

Join inspectors Hector
and Irene at
and put a hurtin’ on some energy hogs at Hog Busters Training Camp! Pick up your ID badge and let the Training Games begin as you oink your way to becoming an official Hog Buster. Read through the Handbook and then put your home to the test when you complete the Scavenger Hunt. What you find may surprise you. Get to know Penelope Pig, Boss Hog and the others so you will learn to detect energy hogs and become an expert at conserving energy.

A Past That Rocks

Dig deep into geology at www.childrensmuseum.org/
. Rex the Dino Detective will lead you through Geo Mysteries, where no rock, fossil or mineral is left unturned. Maybe you can figure out the secret of the floating rock or uncover the truth behind the origins of the golden cube. Time travel to the era of your choice in Timeline and examine fossils such as a giant shark tooth and ancient ferns. Tips on searching for fossils and equipment needs will help you discover your inner geologist at Field Tips.

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September to Remember

This year marks the fifth year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. soil. I remember exactly where I was five years ago when I found out what was happening in New York. I had just walked into school and televisions in the cafeteria were showing footage of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center.
It is hard to forget moments such as these. My parents said they remember exactly where they were when John F. Kennedy was shot in 1963. Tragedies have a way of taking hold of people and changing them. Not forgetting helps us to learn from mistakes and misfortunes.

The Smithsonian National Museum of History Web site at http://americanhistory.si.edu/september11 shows a collection of evidence documenting the attacks. History museums aim to preserve our past so our stories can be told in the future. This site invites viewers to share their own stories and accounts of Sept. 11. Sharing stories unites us as a country and helps to make s ense of the past while we hope for a brighter future.


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