Week of October 1, 2017
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What is the process of making pictures of the sea floor called?
Which household activities use the most water?
Long showers
A leaky toilet
Running tap while washing dishes

Who was the inventor of the first true
Henry Ford
Walter Chrysler
Karl Benz

Mapping the Sea Floor

sonar seafloor mappingThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), tiny
, wants kids to learn about Sea Floor Mapping. Have you ever been on a boat? If you have, you might be aware of the hidden dangers such as rocks, shipwrecks or shallow water that can interfere with safe navigation. Before sea mapping, many shipwrecks could have been prevented if captains had known the locations of underwater hazards. Learn how nautical charts, sonar and other tools guide ships over the millions of miles traveled on the ocean. See how nautical charts are created in How Do We Map the Sea Floor?

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Be a Water Saver

Water SaverDid you know that letting the water run while you brush your teeth can waste up to 8 gallons? Conserving water is important because its supply is limited. WaterSense, tinyurl.com/y8g33zuy, teaches kids how to use water efficiently at home. Flow is the water-saving hero of the game. Meet the Water Wasters you will have to watch out for as you play. This arcadelike game requires you to navigate the maze while avoiding creepy creatures like Drainiac and Sogosaurus. Earn points for answering questions correctly. You’ll have to play fast, because the game is timed, and you only have three lives!

Fossil Fuels

Fuel EngineClimate Kids presents Carbon’s Travels, climatekids.nasa.gov/menu/carbons-travels, the history of fossil fuels and their impact on Earth’s environment. The Story of Fossil Fuels begins with Coal. Find out where it was discovered and what its original use was. In Part 2, you will read an amazing story about the first long-distance automobile ride and learn how a pharmacy became the world’s first gas station. While we all benefit from fossil fuels in some way, there are also concerns about pollution, oil spills and the possible relationship of fossil fuels to global warming that we must consider when using them. To learn more, check out What is the Big Deal With Carbon?

Speak Out

Have you ever entered a
writing or arts contest?

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Student Contests

Have you ever entered a contest? Everyone has a skill or activity they enjoy. Have you ever thought about putting your skill to work by competing in contests that award scholarships? For instance, if you are an artist, you might consider entering the annual Doodle 4 Google contest, doodles.google.com/d4g. The contest is open to grade K-12 students, and awards scholarships in every state and territory in the United States.

Are you a writer? Check out the Betty Award, thebettyaward.com, a writing contest for kids ages 8-12 every spring and fall. Author Brock Eastman, brockeastman.com/contests, sponsors monthly contests for kids in grades K-8. Mrs. P’s Be-A-Famous-Writer Contest, contest.mrsp.com, is open from October through December each year. Winners receive books and money for their schools.

Whether you are an aspiring scientist or a talented chef, it’s good to test your skills in a competitive environment; it could be Jif’s annual Most Creative Sandwich Contest or a local science fair. Ask your parents to help you research local contests in your areas of interest.


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