Express Yourself -- Write If you like to read, then maybe you like to write, too. Some kids turn writing into a lifelong passion, using their skills to tell tales, entertain people, and inform the public. If you want to learn about writing for cartoons, magazines or the theater, there are tips and tales here just for you. The Young Writer's Resource contains advice from professional writers along with a forum for young writers to talk to each other. It also tells you about writing opportunities for kids across the globe. Bring a pen and paper to www.interlog.com/~ohi/ inkspot/young.html and find out if you're a poet or a playwright, or both! (This site is no longer available.)
Beam Me Back to the Stone Age, Scotty With a click of the mouse, you can send yourself to http://museums.ncl.ac.uk/flint/menu.html. and head back to the Stone Age. Take the timeline link and read a scroll of Stone Age accomplishments to find how far back in history you've gone. Then imagine a time when large ice sheets covered the land and the sea. In order to survive, you had to hunt for game and gather fruits and berries along with the herds of animals your tribe followed. Do you think you would make a good gatherer of food? Which berries or mushrooms taste good and are nutritious? Beware, some of them are not safe to eat. Staying alive takes more wit than simply digging through the refrigerator for a snack. This site clubs the myth that Stone Age people were the dim-witted, hairy brutes we have been lead to believe. (This site is no longer available.) Examine It, Build It, Fly It -- Yes Mag You can hear the breaking news about politics and get all the sports scores from the boob tube, but do you know where to get the scoop on science and technology? If you said Yes, you're right! The Yes Mag at www.yesmag.ca has news briefs on what's happening in the sci and tech world from outer space to the rain forests and under the ocean. The Yes Mag asks and answers questions like: What do birds, ants, beavers and spiders have in common? Answer, they all build structures. At Yes Mag, you can do things, too. Check out "Build a Leaning Tower of Pasta." If you are born to build, perhaps your spaghetti and marshmallow tower can hold a baseball, a basketball or even a cannonball!
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1. Who wrote The Possible Dream?
Dear Grant: Everyone says the Internet is like having free long-distance calling, but, you're right, someone is paying for it. We all pay a tiny bit of the total cost to our Internet service providers (ISPs) each month. But the big question is who pays for the long-distance to all the faraway places like Hawaii, Australia and Japan? Governments and major communication companies lease the major overseas cabling and satellite bandwidth to the Internet service providers. The ISPs own the server computers that transfer all of our e-mail and WWW files back and forth around the world. Dear Amy: What kind of things can you put on the Internet, and what kind of pictures can you put on your own Web page? --Emily, Mt.Vernon, IA
Dear Emily: As you know, you can put pictures and words on your homepage. You can make a list of links or insert hypertext links that can send readers to more of your pages or off to another Web site altogether. The World Wide Web is so cool, there seems to be no limit to the things you can do. There are precautions and practices you should know about before publishing your homepage. So check out http://web66.coled.umn.edu to see what other kids have done. (This site is no longer available.)