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How many objects can Inch push at one time?

How many kilowatt-hours do most U.S. homes use each month?

What do the tall plank masks represent in Cosmic Connectors?
Connection to the gods
Reaching toward the heavens to bridge earth and sky
Locations of stars in important constellations

Brain Benders

dot puzzleUse your brain for fun and games at Zoopz.com. Build a maze to help Mr. Oscar Arlington reach his target in Maze Craze. Are you ready for a space adventure? Take a Galactic Journey to find the asteroids on your mission as Magnetron Operator. This mission is timed, so think fast! Try to get to Level 20 in Frog Jumpin, where discovering patterns is the key. Help Inch reach home in Worm 2, a challenging game that requires you to use your problem-solving skills to succeed. You’ll have to avoid the traps to win. It’s harder than it looks!

Play Island Chase Subtraction
Island Chase Subtraction

Get Smart About Energy

energy star under magnifying glassEERE Kids, eere.energy.gov/
, want to make sure there is enough energy to last a long time. Turn your home into an Energy Smart Home with a few simple steps. Did you know that keeping doors shut helps your air conditioner, heater and appliances operate more efficiently? This saves energy. Read all About Renewable Energy, then take the Fun Energy Quiz. Energy Elf needs your help to stop the Power Gobblin’ in Games! Explore the house and try to find the items that waste energy before the timer runs out.

Celestial Creations

Great Pyramid and SphinxThe National Museum of African Art presents African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, africa.si.edu/exhibits/cosmos, an exhibit featuring art inspired by the sun, moon and stars. As you travel through the exhibit, read the history of famous structures, such as the pyramids at Giza, that were built using knowledge of solstice sunrises and movements of specific stars. Explore the universe using a virtual telescope at Astronomy in Africa. Did you know that movements of stars can be transformed into soundwaves? Visit Star Sounds and listen to the unique sounds created by vibrations in the stars.

Speak Out

If you could name a star,
what would you name it?

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Cinco de Mayo Celebration

With all the parties, delicious Mexican food and festive music on Cinco de Mayo, many people in the U.S. assume that today is the most important Mexican holiday. That’s why I was surprised when I learned that Mexico’s biggest holiday is actually its Independence Day, September 16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, which was fought on May 5, 1862. To learn more about the Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo, visit latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/thehistoryofmexico/a/Cinco-De-Mayo-For-Kids.htm.

If you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate, check out the ideas at spoonful.com/cinco-de-mayo. You’ll find recipes, crafts and instructions for making piñatas. Another great way to observe Cinco de Mayo is by learning about Mexican culture and history. Did you know that there are pyramids in Mexico? Discover the Maya pyramid at Chichén Itzá, exploratorium.edu/
. Then find out more facts about Mexico at factmonster.com/ipka/A0107779.html.


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