Cry Freedom Travel to South Africa and meet the larger-than-life Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, and a hero to humankind. The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela is a complete look at his life, character and leadership. Answer the call to freedom at www.pbs.org/ wgbh/ pages/ frontline/ shows/ mandela and walk in Mandela's shoes as a boy, revolutionary, political prisoner and president. With discussions, maps and profiles on the man and his times, the site shows how Mandela fought against apartheid in South Africa. You'll read personal letters that show what it was like to be a political activist in the South African underground. There are also great interviews with Nelson's friends and fellow activists, including the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. This is a story of personal courage you won't soon forget. (Disclaimer: This site contains advertisements.)
I'm BoardFrom Bart Simpson to Tony Hawke, skateboarders are dead serious about their ride. And thanks to Exploratorium's Skateboard Science, you'll learn how to get your footing on this high-flying sport. Drop into the half-pipe at www.exploratorium.edu/ skateboarding and get the hard facts on tricks, tips and more. Through a live Webcast, you'll better understand the physics of skating, and how pros like Matt Fields and Dustin Dollin take advantage of gravity to crank out McTwists, ollies and railslides. Trick Science shows how skating and science come together as one, from jumping to ramps to midair maneuvers. Skateboard Science is a wild ride. Just be careful with those grinds and fakies!Go West, Young Woman! We're taking a trip out to the Wild West! But this isn't your typicalkind of cowboy story-thisadventure is all about the roles of the women who have helped to make the Americanwest a legendary place. Set your compass on http://theautry.org/research/women-of-the-west and head out across the plains toward the Rocky Mountainsand the Women of the West Museum. From the historic "little house on theprairie" kindof settlers to modern-dayfarmworkers and artists, you'll meet all sorts of trailblazing girls andwomen. Find out what it was like to live in a sod house with dirt for walls andfloors. Or take a ride with a ranch hand. Or learn from the Native American womenwho have seen their land change drastically over the decades. Enjoy that virtualropin' and sod bustin', y'hear?
1. When did Mandela become president of South Africa?
Dear Amy: I'm doing a report on a "Web site." Where can I find a good site?--Jenny, Bloomer, Wis.Dear Jenny: There are thousands of awesome Web sites on the Internet, but finding one for school may be difficult. A great place to start is at the Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web at www.sil.si.edu/ SILPublications/ Online-Exhibitions. The list started at the University of Houston and is now maintained by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. It includes hundreds of online library and museum exhibitions. You can find an exhibition about anything from Albert Einstein to Yellowstone National Park. Good luck with your report!