Week of July 24, 2011

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What kind of animal is the Adocus?
A turtle
An owl
A dinosaur

What kind of contraption is the Marble Machine?
Creative ball-run contraption
Motorized contraption
Chain reaction contraption

Which animal is guarding the tuba’s mouthpiece?
The hippo
The giraffe
The lion

Choo Choo!

dinosaur wavingTravel back to a lost land when you hop on board the PBS Kids Dinosaur Train, http://pbskids.org/dinosaur
. The Field Guide is full of colorful images that you can X-ray for a look at their skeletons. You can also learn more about what kinds of foods they like, and fun facts on the animal of your choice to share with your dinosaur-loving friends. Check out the brochures in Games for brain teasers such as Hatching Party and Hungry, Hungry Herbivore. Before you click away,watch videos on the T-rex, Mud Pit, Ned the Quadruped and more.

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Tinker and Test

light bulb on circuitThink it through at Exploratorium's The Tinkering Studio, http://tinkering.
. This site features lots of great demonstrations of interactive experiments in science, art and technology. Challenge your family with a chain reaction game theme such as “love” or “Texas”, and see what they can come up with. You can also shock your senses with a homemade circuit board, but try this one with an adult. This site will surely provide you with enough inspiration to fill any rainy day with lots of fun.

Making Music

music safariWelcome to The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, http://listening
. Violet and Uncle Ollie invite you to “try out” in the Practice Round. Once you understand the game and how it works, help Violet on her musical safari. Listen closely to the instruments being played and do your best to collect them. There is also a book full of helpful tips that will have you hitting all the right notes in no time. Have fun venturing through the brasslands, discovering dancing giraffes, and be sure to save the antelopes by sounding the trumpet.

Speak Out

What is your favorite musical instrument?

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Dear Amy: What happens to recycled electronics? — Troy, Fort Worth, Texas

Dear Troy: A lot of different things happen to recycled electronics. For example, a working laptop that is only a few years old could be refurbished and resold or donated to a local school. Older electronics and items that no longer work are broken down to retrieve valuable materials that can be used to make new electronics. This needs to be done safely, because many electronics have toxic materials in them. Televisions and computer monitors with a cathode ray tube (CRT) contain lead in the glass. Many other electronics also contain lead, mercury or other toxic substances.

Unfortunately, many electronic waste items picked up for recycling are never actually recycled. Items are sometimes shipped overseas, where workers will remove any valuable parts and discard the rest in a landfill. To make sure this doesn't happen to your recycled goods, be sure to only donate to recyclers with sound recycling practices. Find out more about recycling electronic waste at www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/ecycling/faq.htm. Together we can make a difference!


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