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Timekeepers Issue Date: 03-31-2013

Cool Spots imageLiving Maya Time, maya.nmai.si.edu, looks into the fascinating culture of the Maya people, both past and present. The Maya were known as brilliant mathematicians and astronomers. They are most famous for their complex calendars, but did you know they also created a written language of hieroglyphs and the mathematical concept of zero? In Calendar, use the interactive tool to Read the Calendar Glyphs. Meet Felipe Tapia, one of several Maya who share their opinions on the meaning of 2012, the end of a cycle of the Maya calendar.

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Change the World Issue Date: 03-17-2013

Cool Spots imageJoin generationOn, generationon.org, and become part of a group of kids committed to improving their communities and the world. Watch "Get to Know Us" and learn what it's like to serve others. Now visit Kids and take a quiz to find out your Volunteer Style. What Do You Care About? If you like animals, you can volunteer at a shelter or help find good homes for pets. If you love to read, tutor younger kids after school. Some kids don't have enough food to eat; you can organize a food drive to help. Check out 65 Ways to get started today!

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Maps of the New World Issue Date: 03-10-2013

Cool Spots imageHistory comes to life in Mapping Colonial America, history.org/history/museums/mappingExhibit.html, as you study the detailed maps created by early explorers. Mapmaking might not seem like exciting work, but imagine making the first map of an area! Maps helped explorers and settlers travel to new lands to build colonies and facilitate trade. Including bodies of water allowed sailors to know what to expect and arrive at ports safely. If you are doing a project on U.S. history from 1492-1789, you will find graphics for illustration and stories about the men who discovered America.

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Military Mail Issue Date: 02-17-2013

Cool Spots imageThe mail must be delivered, whether to a submarine or a camp overseas. Find out how it happens in Mail Call, postalmuseum.si.edu/mailcall. Hearing from loved ones is important to our soldiers because it keeps them from feeling so alone. In Morale, watch an interview with a postal clerk about why receiving a package means so much to a soldier away from home. Did you know that military workers can send mail postage-free during wartime? Find out how the system has improved in the last 200 years when you explore The Mail Piece. Get Involved: Start writing letters yourself!

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Spirit of America Issue Date: 02-10-2013

Cool Spots imageTake a virtual trip back more than 200 years and view a stunning exhibit of paintings and objects depicting daily life and culture in Creating America, nelson-atkins.org/studio33/interactives/CreatingAmerica. Scroll over paintings in Work & Play to learn interesting facts about each one. Did you know that a common "profession" for working-class boys was selling newspapers? Of the two types of transportation featured in "On the Road," in Community, which is still used today? The Herter Bookcase may be the fanciest bookcase ever. Find out who carved it.

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