.Volume I, Issue 3, May 19, 1996
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The Exploratorium
The Exploratorium houses over 650 interactive exhibits demonstrating strange scientific phenomena and tricks of illusion. You can play hand puppets at the "Colored Shadows" exhibit or use sound to light up the "Enchanted Tree." The exhibit pictured to the left, called "Floating Symmetry" is simply a large flat mirror where you can learn about symmetry in very funny ways. Go to: www.exploratorium.edu.

Could You be an Explorer
Finding your way around the Internet may seem tough to you, but imagine what the early explorers experienced. In their parties were cartographers, who made maps for future travelers. This Web site will help you locate everything from mapmaking methods to physical maps. You'll even encounter a pirate's treasure map! Start your trek at http:// loki.ur.utk.edu/ ut2Kids/ maps/ map.html to map out your path to fun on the Web. (This site is no longer available.)

What Do Aliens Look Like?
What do you call a creature with 10 eyes? Can you draw it? Or, more importantly, can you describe a living creature from another planet? Submit your alien vision, and perhaps it will get posted on the World Wide Web. Beam yourself over to http:// www.elk-grove.k12.il.us/ schoolweb/ highland/ highland.stvsp.html and find out how you and maybe even your whole class can participate in this other-worldly project on the Web. (This site is no longer available.)

Wangaratta School - Australia
Listen to the awesome sound of the kookaburra. Do an Aussie animals word search. Color a rainbow lorikeet with the kids from Wangaratta Primary School in Northeast Victoria, Australia. They would like for you to come and explore their interactive World Wide Web site at http:// www.ozemail.com.au/~wprimary/wps.htm So, open your ears and eyes to the sounds and sights of the Land Down Under! (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: Our class has just finished our school's home page. It's really cool, but the problem is, no one seems to visit it. How do we get people to come and see it? Nicole, Little Rock, AR

Dear Nicole: One of the best ways to get people to visit your school's page is to have it listed in a Web database. Then, your school's URL will be among those found when someone does a search. A great database of school homepages is Web 66. Go to: http:// web66.coled.umn.edu/ schools.html Click on the link that says "register your home page here" and follow the instructions. (This site is no longer available.)

Web Words of the Week:
URL - an acronym that stands for Uniform Resource Locator. The URL is the address for a site on the WWW. It's all the characters you type into your browser software when you want to visit a site. Remember that a URL cannot have a blank space so sometimes you'll find an underscore between two words in a URL (see the URL in today's article about The Exploratorium).

FAQs - an acronym that stands for Frequently Asked Questions. When you go to a new Web site and have a question, it's a good idea to read through the FAQs. You might find that the answer to your question is already there waiting for you.

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