Week of September 25, 2011

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In what year did Spirit arrive on Mars?

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When did Raymond Massicotte learn to whittle wood?
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Spirit Award

Mars roverJoin in the celebration of the Mars rover Spirit's accomplishments at Spirit: Mars Mission Complete, www.nasa.gov/externalflash/
. NASA's rover roamed all over the red planet to make amazing discoveries that you can now witness for yourself. Check out the Photo Gallery to see some spectacular sights, such as the surface of Mars and “home plate.” Now move over to Rover and take in this super machine in its entirety. Mouse over new terms and click to read up on the rover’s makeup. Finally, visit Panorama and prepare to be amazed.

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Extremely Cool

mooseExtreme Mammals, www.amnh.org/exhibitions/
, will school you in often overlooked animals. Begin by choosing a mammal, such as the sugar glider or the kangaroo. Each animal is accompanied by a wealth of valuable and sometimes surprising information. For example, did you know that the bat uses sound to find its way around at night and that the platypus lays eggs? The kangaroo's capabilities are sure to raise a few eyebrows, too. See what new discoveries you can make today.

From the Heart

dog statueHeart and Soul: Quebec Folk Art, www.civilization.ca/cmc/exhibitions/
, will capture your attention with creativity and sparkle. Did you know that most folk art can be considered either traditional or non-conformist? See if you can spot theses themes as you browse through art such as nativity scenes and original metal works. Artists Worth Knowing will give you a crash course on who's who in the folk art world and why they do what they do. This is a great site for school projects on culture and art, so bookmark it for future use.

Speak Out

What is your special talent?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Where can I learn to take better pictures and edit them so they look good? — James, Seattle

Dear James: Photography is a great hobby for beginners and experts alike. All you need is a camera and a little artistic vision. Beginning photographers might find it helpful to take a class to learn some skills, but you can also learn just from practicing. Take lots of pictures and see which ones look the best. Did you do anything special such as shoot from an interesting angle?
You can also find great photography ideas online at BetterPhoto for Young Adults, www.betterphoto.com/photography-for-kids.asp. First, check out the Top Ten Photography Tips. Then get tips for specific situations, like shooting a family portrait or taking vacation photos. You can also visit virtual photo galleries to get inspiration for your own photos.

Ready to edit your masterpiece? Picnik, www.picnik.com, is a free photo-editing site that makes it easy to fix photo flaws and decorate with special effects. You can also make collages and slideshows to share with your friends. If you prefer to download editing software, Picasa is a great free option at http://picasa.google.com. Have fun!


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