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What does the H trophy stand for?
Helping Hand

What Disney story does “Briar Rose” remind you of?
Snow White
Sleeping Beauty

What does the Stroop Test measure?
Selective attention
Intelligence quotient
Reaction time

Peace Rules

Dusty and ChakaIt’s time to play the Cool School Game, coolschoolgame.com, where Dusty and Chaka take you through the magic doorway to a new world. A colorful collection of school supplies comes to life and demonstrates social scenarios at school. You can help them solve problems by making the right choices. For each correct answer, you earn a letter that stands for an important skill. This game is fun and will help you learn ways to get along with others at school. As you explore the buildings on campus, you will gather the skills you need to interact peacefully at school.

Play Sailboat Subtraction
Sailboat Subtraction

Stories Galore

Anna's HummingbirdIf you love stories, customize your reading experience at Storybud, storybud.org. Enjoy classic tales from around the world after you choose whether to read or listen to them, or do both at the same time. Visit See and Hear and pick an age group, or just begin searching. You might want to start with familiar stories like “Rapunzel” or “Beauty and the Beast.” Or perhaps you are in the mood for adventure, such as “Robinson Crusoe” or “Aladdin’s Lamp.” Enjoy this library of tales at your fingertips and feel free to suggest a story or submit one of your own.

A Future in Science

doctor with patientIt’s never too early to begin exploring Cool Science Careers, coolsciencecareers.rice.edu, where interactive games will help you investigate your options. Play Profession Pathfinder and answer questions that will indicate which careers match your interests. Once you’ve narrowed it down, you get to practice. For example, if neuropsychology interests you, take the Stroop Test or a memory test. Imagine Yourself as a toxicologist, then test samples and identify toxic chemicals in the virtual lab. Ask a Scientist about salaries and what kinds of classes you should take to prepare.

Speak Out

Which career in science do you find
most interesting? Why?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: I want to learn how to build robots. How do I get started? — Matt, Denver, Colo.

Dear Matt: Many companies sell robotics kits that include everything you need to build your own robot at home. The kits vary in price and required skill level, ranging from beginner to advanced. Many beginner kits are very affordable, whereas the advanced kits tend to be more expensive. To find out where to purchase robotics kits, visit spark.irobot.com/cool_stuff/kits/discover.

Another great option is to get involved in a robotics club or team in your area, or you can even start one yourself. Members of the team share the cost of a robotics kit, and you can work as a group to solve problems. Teams can also compete in robotics contests. To learn more about robotics competitions and contests, go to spark.irobot.com/index.php/educational_resources, choose your school level and click on Things To Do.

If you find that you enjoy working with robotics and want to turn it into a career, you’ll definitely want to study up on computer programming. Sites like MIT’s Scratch, scratch.mit.edu, make it fun and easy to learn basic programming skills.


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