Web-footed Fun Party
Daffy Duck is throwing a birthday party, and you're invited. Daffy's 60 years as television's craziest cartoon duck are now being celebrated online. Bring confetti and party horns to http://looneytunes.kidswb.com and go back in time with Daffy and his Looney Tunes pals. You'll find his biography, filmography and trivia questions. For the games crowd, there's a Daffy puzzle and other multimedia challenges. There are also sound-bites of Daffy's greatest one-liners for you to download and play. Check out the Daffy Duck Web cards or the cyber calendar and help Daffy Duck party in style!
50 Years of the Transistor From baseball stadium scoreboards to your kitchen blender, the transistor is an essential component of virtually every electronic device. Now you can learn more about this fascinating technological innovation as it rings in another anniversary. Fifty Years of the Transistor allows you to explore the transistor's history, popular uses and inventors. Short-circuit out to www.lucent.com/ ideas2/ heritage/ transistor and come face to face with this component. With slick graphics and animations, you'll learn the basics of how the transistor works. The Frequently Asked Questions will fill you in on everything from semiconductors to vacuum tubes to germanium. And you'll meet the invention team that brought about this milestone development. Gather up all of your protons, because energy is of the essence in the world of transistors! (This site is no longer available.)
Birds of a Feather
The virtual parrot encyclopedia at www.ub.tu-clausthal.de/ PAhtml/ contents.html is the supersource for everything you could know about our fine feathered friends. Parrots aren't just those big talking birds in the pet stores, you know. There are lots of birds from around the globe in the parrot family: lovebirds, cockatiels and lories, to name a few. But the one thing they all have in common is bright colors and bright personalities. You might approach your parrot-mania from a scientific view, or maybe you just enjoy photographs of these exotic creatures. Whatever makes you fly, there's something for every bird lover in this online sanctuary. (This site is no longer available.)
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Dear Eddie: I think the Web is an awesome place to learn. You can find stuff really fast on just about everything from space to insects. But what I think is best is when I can try things out or do something to see how it works. A cool example is Escape from Knab at www.escapefromknab.com. It's a place where you can get a job, fill out the employment stuff and learn how to save or invest your money. Because it's like a game, it's fun. Teachers can use it, so school can be more fun, too. Check it out.
Dear Amy: Do you know how I can spice up our classroom homepage? Thanks!-Alex, Louisville, KY
Dear Alex: Because you can do so much on a Web page, it's hard to decide what to do. Check out Bright Sites at http:// scrtec.org/ bright_sites/ characteristics/ to help decide what characteristics - such as cool graphics, a school calendar, parent resources or student work - are best for you. You can see what other kids have done from the examples. If you want to get into the latest in Web design, surf to Project Cool at www.devx.com/projectcool/developer. The ideas are fresh and the tutorials on how to do it are great. (These sites are no longer available.)