Dear Amy: I would like to be an architect when I grow up. Are there any Web sites that can help me with my skills? — Aadarsh, Woodbury, Minn.
Dear Aadarsh: I've always thought it would be cool to be an architect. You'll need to get a degree in architecture, so it's important to do well in school, especially math and science. There are also lots of fun places on the Web to learn about architecture and see if it's something you want to pursue.
Learn about large structures such as skyscrapers, bridges and dams at Building Big, www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig. Once you've learned the basics, try The Challenges to test your new knowledge. Another cool site is Architect Studio 3D, www.architectstudio3d.org/AS3d/home.html, where you can learn about architecture, get to know the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and you can even design a virtual house and walk though it in 3D.
Finally, visit www.bls.gov/k12/build04.htm to get the scoop on what it takes to become an architect, what the job is like and facts such as how much it pays. You can also learn about similar careers like urban planner or landscape architect. Good luck!
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