The Fortress of Fun
The Smithsonian Magazine's Kids' Castle is a colorful and entertaining hangout for young people. Whether you're into sports, travel, history or the arts, you'll be sure to find something that catches your eye. Cross the drawbridge at www.kidscastle.si.edu into a fortress of fun. The site's science section has photos, facts, discussions and experiments that you can use in a magic show. And if you are into animals, get ready to go swimming with a green sea turtle, or get sporty and sneak a peak at Pele's soccer uniform or a baseball signed by Babe Ruth! If the final frontier holds your interest, you'll love visiting the National Air and Space Museum. Invade the Kid's Castle today. Charge! (This site is no longer available.)

The Evidence Never LiesFrom crime scene investigation to drug analysis to document examination, forensic science allows detectives to analyze clues and convert them into evidence admissible in a court of law. At Evidence: The True Witness, you'll find detailed information about the different fields of forensic science. From ballistics (the study of the functions of firearms) to forensic entomology (the study of insects for legal investigation), you'll be sure to find a science that fascinates you. Tippy-toe out to http:// library.advanced.org/ 17049/ gather/ and take on the role of detective KC Rodgers, solving crime by analyzing the evidence you find. You'll use entomology, anthropology, fingerprinting, DNA analysis and more to sniff out the criminal element.(This site is no longer available.)

Popular Physics 101
From hitting a home run in baseball to learning the latest breakdance moves, an understanding of physics will always give you a jump start on your competition. Physics, the relationship between matter and energy, has always been full of adrenaline and excitement, and that drama continues today. At the physics' homepage for Kentridge High School, you'll soon find out why physics plays such a major role in popular activities like drag racing, skydiving and playing the piano. Brush up on your Newton, and let the magnetic pull take you to www.kent.wednet.edu/ staff/ trobinso/ physicspages/ PhysicsOf.html These young scientists will show you how physics dominates your favorite sports and hobbies. If you still don't understand the basics of gravity, skydiving out of an airplane should get you up to speed. Dive in while energy and matter are still on your side!(This site is no longer available.)

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