.Volume I, Issue 23, October 6, 1996

Interactive Science Experiments
There really is "Big Time Science Fun" waiting for you at www.ontariosciencecentre.ca when you click on the "Interactive Zone" button. Control your own experiments to simulate mixing colors with light or with crayons. You can listen to the beat of a healthy heart and compare it to a heart that has suffered a heart attack. OK, major yuk-the exploding zit! You'll need the Shockwave plug-in to play with all the experiments (see Ask Amy), but that's easy. There is a link to download it on the Web site if you need it.

You Can Vote!
Who says you're too young to cast a vote? Go to www.dayton.com/ kidsnet/ election.html become an educated citizen, and then cast your vote for the candidate you deem most fit for the job! Piloting the United States for the next four years is a huge responsibility, and you, as a future adult, need to know all about it. Did you know that even if a candidate gets the most votes, she or he can still lose the election? Who chooses the president if no candidate wins a majority of Electoral College votes? Find out, and don't forget to cast a ballot, at KidsNet Election '96, where your vote counts! (This site is no longer available.)

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Surfari: An On-line Treasure Hunt
Cyber hunters, check your trusty weapons. You'll need a vehicle (a computer) and plenty of ammunition, like deductive reasoning, logic and plain common sense, to solve these on-line riddles. Enter the jungle at www.cybersurfari.org and join the CyberSurfari '96 contest for individuals and school teams. Visit sponsors and outposts to solve puzzles and log in the hidden treasure codes. You and your school can win cash and prizes, from computers to t-shirts. The CyberSurfari '96 contest begins on Oct. 22. CyberSurfers have two weeks to find the treasure codes. Don't fear; with a little practice even greenhorns will discover how easy it is to play the digital treasure hunt! (This site is no longer available.)

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What time of day does the CyberSurfari start?

8:00 pm (e.d.t.)
9:00 am (e.d.t.)
3:00 pm (e.d.t.)
Who appoints the Electoral College?
The States
The President
Which country houses the "Big Time Science Fun" site?
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Dear Amy: I went to this Web page and some of the things I clicked on didn't work. The computer said I needed a plug-in. What's that? --Karin, Lynchburg, VA

Dear Karin: Some Web sites offer special downloadable files that are animated movies or sounds. They are very cool and worth checking out. Plug-ins are software that extend the capabilities of your browser software so these movies or sounds play within the browser window. Most of these Web sites have a link to a place where you can download what you need. Helper applications do the same kind of thing but they are like running another program in addition to the browser. There's a page that explains all the Netscape plug-ins and helper applications at http:// home.netscape.com/ comprod/ mirror/ navcomponents_download.html. (This Web site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: I am working on my school's Web page. Do you have any suggestions on what I should do? --Elliot, Lafayette, IN

Dear Elliot: There are lots of things you can do. Some basics are pictures of your school, the school's mascot or logo and maybe a description of your town or community. Lots of schools have calendars of upcoming events or a favorite links page made up of suggestions by your fellow students and teachers. To see what other schools have done or for some help, go to Web 66 at http://web66.coled.umn.edu. (This Web site is no longer available.)

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