Music in the Air
You won't need to wear a tuxedo to get into this orchestra pit. Just tune up your Internet instrument to the sweet sounds at http://library.thinkquest.org/5116 and the symphony is all yours. Fiddle around with a fiddle or peer down into a tuba. You'll learn fun facts about each member of the orchestra. And with each instrument you get an earful of great sounds from the world's most famous composers. Just a mouse click gets you a private concert. You can also learn how to make a drum, a flute or a bugle. The conductor's tapping his baton. That means it's time to fill your house with beautiful music.
Explore the outer reaches of the universe at SpaceKids, the home base for
star gazers and future astronauts alike. Rocket out to www.space.com/spacekids for an adventure that's out of this world. The site features the hottest
space news. There are also interactive games such as Planet Pounds, where
you can weigh yourself on different planets. What is the sun made of? How
far is it to the moon? You'll get answers to these questions at the Space
Q & A. And show off your creative side by submitting your drawings and stories.
SpaceKids also has the scoop on the space shuttle, robots and asteroids. Time
to blast off. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)
As the landing spot for more than 12 million immigrants to the United States, Ellis Island remains one of the focal points of the American experience. Now you can relive the drama that unfolded on this island at the History Channel's Ellis Island Web site. Journey back in time to www.history.com/topics/about-ellis-island and experience the many hurdles that our forefathers had to overcome when entering their new country. Explore the many maps of the building and see where prospective immigrants were examined. Then take the "Who Are You?" exam for yourself to find out just how tough it was to pass the tests. There are also great video clips, such as the story of Annie Moore, a 15-year-old Irish girl who was the first person admitted to the immigration station in 1892. Also, check out the site's timeline, which takes you from the island's origins to the completion of the $156 million-dollar restoration in 1990. For many of our forefathers, this is the island where it all started. They were coming to America.
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Dear Amy: Do you have any good Web resources for high schoolers? --Pete, Columbia Heights, Minn.
Dear Pete: Of course, the Web is, or is fast becoming, the ultimate reference library for studying for school. But some of the information is either too advanced or for young children. A way-cool site for high schoolers is High School Hub at http://highschoolace.com/ace/ace.cfm. With a great reference desk, good selection of search engines and subject guides for English, math, social studies and science, you should be able to find information to answer all of your questions. Have fun on the Net.
(Note: High School Hub is now High School Ace.)