Week of January 8, 2012

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Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

What is the Beacon Street Girls' dog's name?

What is the target number of paintings for Your Paintings?

How many red gumdrops do you need for Get Your Gummy Greenhouse Gases?

Girl Groups

Beacon Street GirlsBeacon Street Girls, beaconstreetgirls.com, is the perfect place for young ladies to celebrate their individuality. Avery, Isabel, Charlotte, Katani and Maeve are all very different, but together they are all BFFs. Walk down Beacon Street with the gang and see the neighborhood. Browse through Games to play dress-up, decorate your virtual locker, unlock cool outfits, play solitaire and more. Before you move on, check out the Free Stuff for Girls to find awesome offerings. Share this site with your friends.

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Paintings Mount Up

Monet paintingBBC's Your Paintings, bbc.co.uk/arts/your
, has a huge collection of paintings – 79,000 at last count – awaiting your discovery. Navigate the extensive database of images, where you can search by artist or items that are found in the paintings. Many famous painters, such as Claude Monet and William Blake, are featured. Art is all about inspiration, and you are sure to find some here. So check out the amazing works in these virtual galleries, and then investigate if any art exhibits are showing in your area.

The Space Place

boy scoutNASA's Space Place, spaceplace.nasa.
, has an exciting assortment of special science projects that will put you in touch with the great unknown. Begin in Space, where you can make tasty cookies or find cool wallpaper for your computer. Learn how to build a CD Saturn and meet the King of the Ice Dwarfs in Solar System. Then move on to People and Technology to discover original ways to stump your friends and keep them guessing for hours. There are tons of games to choose from in Earth, so select a few to play and have some out-of-this-world fun.

Speak Out

What is your favorite winter sport?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: I keep seeing advertisements with special codes you can scan with a smartphone. What are they used for? — Jason, Wichita, Kan.

Dear Jason: These codes are called Quick Response codes, or QR codes. They are similar to a bar code but have more advanced features, such as faster scanning and error correcting. QR codes can be used to store lots of different kinds of information, such as a URL, contact information or a text message. All you need to read a QR code is a smartphone with QR reading software installed.

QR codes were originally used to track vehicle parts during manufacturing, but today people are finding lots of new and creative uses. An advertisement might use a QR code to link to a website or a promotional video. A business card with a QR code could be used to quickly add contact information into your phone.

Want to try making your own QR codes? Go to zxing.appspot.com/generator, choose a type of information to encode and, with a parent’s permission, generate your own QR code that you can download or link to online. For more information, check out blogs.howstuffworks.com/2010/11/04/how-qr-codes-work-and-how-to-make-your-own-qr-code.


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