Mike's Your Cybersleuth From the newspaper offices of the Daily Rap at www.mikerofone.com comes Mike Rofone, a reporter who's sure to get the scoop before the competition. Born and raised on the Internet and a self-proclaimed soda freak, Rofone is a cybersleuth like no other. When he isn't chasing down leads, Rofone finds himself on a mission: to catch Viper Virus. You can join Rofone on his digital escapades, as he wanders around the world, stopping by computers from Dublin to Miami to get the latest tidbits from his loyal net-friends. From the Vipers Dungeon to the Dangerous Playground, your adventures with Rofone will be sure to serve up all the mystery, suspense and laughter that a young journalist could ask for. (This site is no longer available.)
Get In touch with your Creative Side What can you make with just salt, flour, water and alum? Almost anything you want. In the right amounts and mixed together, these four items make a clay that you can shape or cut into almost anything. At Arts & Crafts you can get a whole bunch of great recipes and directions to make tons of cool stuff. Most of the crafts use items that can easily be found around the house and there's a new project featured each month. Use the ideas on this Web site at www.earlychildhood.com/art.html to create gifts and decorations or just to pass the time on a rainy day. Now is the time to explore your artistic talents, and this place can really get you started. So log on and let your creativity start flowing. (This site is no longer available.)
This 4Kids Detective game has expired. To play the current Kid Quest Challenge, go to www.4Kids.org/kidquest.
1. Who created the Eastchester Middle School home page? When?
The first page of a Web site is often called the home page because it is the starting place for more pages. When you enter a URL into your browser, a Web page is sent to you from a server computer. You can make your own home page with any wordprocessing software, but you have to code the words, pictures and links using HTML (HyperText Markup Language). The Beginner's Guide to HTML, located at www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/ General/ Internet/ WWW/ HTMLPrimer.html is a great place to start. You'll also need access to a WWW server to store your home page file. Often, your Internet service provider can take care of that and tell you what it will cost. Let me know when you put it up. (This site is no longer available.)
Dear Amy: Is there a place on the internet that can help me with 7th grade pre-algebra? I do not understand it at all! --Alyssa, Woodbury, NJ
Dear Alyssa: You are not alone. We all can use some help with our homework now and then; even our parents! Fortunately, one of the more popular sites on the Web is B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper at www.bjpinchbeck.com. I checked it out and found a link for you called Ask Dr. Math at http://mathforum.org/dr.math. Hang in there.