That's Artrageous!
Whether it's in the form of paintings, sculptures or photography, art can be an adventure like no other. If you are just learning how to use a brush, you'll love the Art Room at www.arts.ufl.edu/art/rt_room/index.html. It's a virtual playground designed just for kids! The site has just about everything, from art "sparkers" that give your brain a jump-start when you're looking for an idea, to historical facts and trivia from the world of art. Test your knowledge of famous artists by playing art scrabble. You'll learn how to think like a true artist by using your dreams, shadows and everyday life as inspiration. There are even visual exercises to sharpen your mind's eye. If you're the browsing type, be sure to stop by the site's gallery to view artwork created by kids from around the world. There's even an art library containing reviews of books written for kids about art and artists. It's time to apply your imagination. (This site is no longer available.)

Here Comes the Sun Sure, it's in the sky every day, but we sometimes don't realize how the sun affects almost every aspect of our lives. Obviously, it helps plants grow and keeps us warm, but did you know that it can cause hurricanes or make people sick? Take off to the molten ball of fire at http:// hyperion.advanced.org/ 15215 and see what's hot. Thatıs the point of this great interactive site: to explore how the sun is the friend AND foe of humans. Explore our very own star, or bask in the art and music dedicated to the sun by everyone from ancient Egyptians to the Beatles. It's so hot, it's cool. (This site is no longer available.)

Interactive Science
If you thought wild science experiments could be carried out only in the laboratory, guess again! At the Ontario Science Centre's Interactive Zone, the magic of science is delivered straight to you. Journey out to www.ontariosciencecentre.ca and check out all kinds of way-cool projects you can try at home. Learn how to stand like a stork to understand your sense of balance, or experience the marvelous exploding zit! You'll find out what heartbeats can tell you about health, or how your eyes and brain can work together to make you see things that arenıt there. Don't forget to stop by Colour Play to be dazzled by the interplay of pixellated primaries and far-out light sensations. The Interactive Zone is extreme and experimental!

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Dear Amy: I'm tired of dumb chat sites. Where's the best place to write to kids my age? I'm 16.--Angelica, Pensacola, Fla.
Dear Angelica: One of the most awesome places where kids are writing online is the Diary Project at http:// www.diaryproject.com The inspiration for the Web site came from a young girl by the name of Zlata Filipovic, author of "Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo," about her life growing up there in the war. On the Web site, all kids are encouraged to write. Most of the diary entries are about serious issues such as violence, racism and relationships. What's awesome is that other kids write back with advice.

Dear Amy: Where can you get screen savers for free?--Terry, Abilene, Texas
Dear Terry: I'm into screen savers, too. The computers section at Yahooligans has a good download list at http://kids.yahoo.com. I change mine about every week just for laughs. People make them for fun, and sometimes businesses make them to advertise movies or toys. You can install a screen saver to protect your monitor from "burn-in" or install "wallpaper" as a background on your desktop. Make sure you download the right screen saver for your computer.

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