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Which three spoken languages are the “voice” of Maya hieroglyphs?
Kaqchikel, Ixil and Achi'
Yucatee, Cho’lan and Cho’rti’
Itza', Chuj and K'iche'

What are the four steps to college?
Research schools, apply to college, hope you get in, enroll if you do
Study hard, improve your grades, save your money, hope for the best
Be a pain, push yourself, find the right fit, put your hands on some cash

What is hand-finishing the bronze to perfection called?
Chasing
Sanding
Patination

Timekeepers

Mayan feathered serpentLiving Maya Time, maya.
nmai.si.edu
, looks into the fascinating culture of the Maya people, both past and present. The Maya were known as brilliant mathematicians and astronomers. They are most famous for their complex calendars, but did you know they also created a written language of hieroglyphs and the mathematical concept of zero? In Calendar, use the interactive tool to Read the Calendar Glyphs. Meet Felipe Tapia, one of several Maya who share their opinions on the meaning of 2012, the end of a cycle of the Maya calendar.

Play Sky Chase
Sky Chase

Plan Your Future

college campusIt’s never too early to begin thinking about college. KnowHow2GO, knowhow
2go.org
, tells kids what it takes to get there. First, Explore Your Interests to narrow down your goals. Did you know that it’s better to have a lower GPA in tough classes than a higher GPA in easy ones? Are You Ready for College? Take the quiz and find out. Take the Tour of campus to learn how to prepare for college. Visit the admissions and financial aid offices, then have some fun decorating your dorm room. Save information in Your Notebook to print or email later.


A Unique Artist

sculptureVisit French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s Studio at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, interact.nelson-atkins.org/
rodin/create/#/home
, and witness his mastery in creating bronze sculptures. Using his technique to create a masterpiece of your own, first choose existing plaster pieces to build a sculpture based on an emotion. Then create an impression of it and fill it with fireproof clay and wax. Watch the video to see the intricate steps in creating a cast bronze sculpture, including heating it to more than 1,000 degrees. Once the process is complete, pick a place in the art gallery to display your original statue.

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Dear Amy: What is open-source software? — Michael, Gainesville, Fla.

Dear Michael: Open-source software is becoming very popular, because people can download and distribute it for free. If you’ve ever used the Mozilla Firefox web browser or a computer running a Linux-based operating system, then you’ve used open-source software. In addition to being free of charge, open-source software follows other rules defined by the Open Source Initiative, opensource.org/docs/osd. For example, open-source software must include source code, and users may modify the code.

There are even open-source software titles made just for kids! Tux4Kids, tux4kids.alioth.debian.org, has two games, TuxMath and TuxTyping, and a fun paint program called TuxPaint. Qimo, an operating system for kids, is based on the open-source Unbuntu Linux operating system. To learn more about Qimo, visit qimo4kids.com.

Although open-source software is free to download and use, it still costs money to host and maintain a software project. If you really like using open-source software, consider making a donation to help keep your favorite applications available to everyone.

—Amy

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