Become a Virtual Surgeon To get a real insider's look at a frog's organs, skin and muscle tissue, bring scissors and scalpel over to http:// curry.edschool.virginia.edu/ go/ frog/ menu.html If photographs of real frogs make your stomach start to turn, the Virtual Frog Dissection Kit uses only drawings to illustrate the frog's anatomy. At http://froggy.lbl.gov/virtual you can be the surgeon and decide where to make the incisions. Once here, you'll have the opportunity to test your skills on an ever-changing animated frog. You can even make your own frog dissection movies on the fly to play back for all your friends. And if you're really feeling green, you may want to play the Virtual Frog Builder Game. (The first site is no longer available.)
A Different New Year Did you know that Jan. 1 is not New Year's Day all over the world? Many countries follow different calendars and celebrate different holidays. One of the most famous festivals is Chinese New Year. At http:// peacock.tnjc.edu.tw:80/ ADD/ TOUR/ keep1.html learn why the Chinese bring in the new year with a bang. Find out about other cool Chinese holidays, like the Dragon Boat festival and the Birthday of the Goddess of the Sea. You can also explore the unique crafts that make these festivals special. This year, have your own Chinese New Year celebration! (This site is no longer available.)
Explore the Fantastic Forest The forest holds a mystery and to discover it requires a keen sense of nature and an appreciation of the environment. You'll use these skills when you hike through National Geographic's Fantastic Forest on the World Wide Web. In order to answer the forest's mystery question, you'll need to explore natural habitats, including caves, logs, burrows and streams. Use the trail map to discover hidden creatures and features. Along the way, you'll run into salamanders, woodchucks, groundhogs and bats. You can even throw a birthday party for a tree. Just keep an eye out for the sly Mr. Fox! If you can answer the mystery question at the end of the trail, it will be your turn to create your own Fantastic Forest. Ready for an adventure? Then blaze a trail of your own out to www.nationalgeographic.com/ modules/ forest. (This site is no longer available.)
This 4Kids Detective game is no longer available. To play the current Kid Quest Challenge, go to www.4Kids.org/kidquest/.
1. What is the National Geographic's magazine for young explorers called?
Dear Angela: My older sister said Collegescape at www.collegescape.com is awesome. Now you don't have to wait for the applications to be sent to you by snail mail. You can apply online to more than 200 colleges and university programs and print them out free of charge. What's really cool is the way your answers to some of the common questions are inserted into other applications automatically. Also, if you just want some information, it's a good place to start. You can chat online with other college applicants or listen to guest speakers at scheduled times. (This Web site is no longer available, but you can go to www.collegeinfo.com.)
Dear Amy: My school is having a science fair next month and I can't think of a good project. Got any ideas? --Nick, Rapid City, SD
Dear Nick: I know a good place to start. Surf on over to www.fi.edu/qanda/spotlight1/spotlight1.html and look over all their ideas on creating great science fair projects. There's a whole section on tips for completing your project, too. If you want to see what other kids have done, click on the link to the sample projects. Good Luck.