Week of October 22, 2006

Medicinal Mystery

Kids of all ages can join the
interactive adventure in The Reconstructors at
, where you will travel into the future to solve medicinal mysteries. Blast forward to the year 2252 to play the role of scientist, geographer, historian and detective as you discover the harmful and helpful effects of drugs. Alpha Leader, Beta, Delta and Eureka are standing by with clues and advice, so be sure to pay attention. Have fun finding the secrets of good health.

Nominate a cool Web site at www.4Kids.org/nominations

Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

What is the Greek word for city?



What do phytochemicals do?

Fight disease
Help with reproduction
Create bacteria


What percent of public school students are minorities?



Fabulous Food

Climb the food pyramid when you visit Nutrition Explorations at www.nutritionexplorations.
. Winning Combinations show you if your meals are measuring up. Visit the Interactive Pyramid and click on any food group to see how much you should be eating. In the Kitchen, you’ll find kid- friendly recipes, like yummy fruit pops. Meet members of the Kids Panel and see what others are eating. Activities will keep you busy learning healthy tips and habits.

Crunch Time

Crunch, an online ‘zine at http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/
, needs you to help fill its pages with cool kid content. From creative writing essays to technology reviews, Crunch has all of your interests covered. Click on Feature, Arts Review, Tech Review or Show-Off to read the submissions of your fellow students. For a brain boost, check out Challenge, where you will find a new teaser every month. How to Submit gives future online publishers step-by-step directions on how to join the Crunch team. What have you got to lose, so submit your work today! (This site is no longer available.)

Do you think 16 is a good age to start driving? Why?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Where can I find a good site that explains cell division? — Albert, Wichita, Kan.

Dear Albert: Cell division is a complex process but with a little research it can certainly be understood. Cell division is important because it is the basis for all life. As cells divide, they create a new organism. After growth, cell division helps repair and take care of organisms. Find out more at www.biochem.northwestern.edu/
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Dear Amy: How can I become a scientist? — Haley, Tampa, Fla.

Dear Haley: Being a scientist sounds like really cool job. Liking science will make school a lot of fun too. There are many areas of science to choose from, depending on what interests you. For information about science careers, you should make sure to check out these sites:

Good luck with your studies and have fun planning your future career!

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