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Enter the Fold Issue Date: 01-09-2000

Cool Spots imageLearn all about the wonderful art of paper folding at Pieces'n' Creases, a terrific Web site dedicated to the beautiful pastime of origami. Travel east to the Orient at http://library.thinkquest.
and get ready for some fun folding action. There's no shortage of activities here, including games, quizzes and puzzles. You'll even get to make a butterfly, crane or jumping frog. And rookies have nothing to fear, as the site is full of origami terms, tips and tricks. Be sure to go back in time to learn the history of this craft, from its origins in China, to the recent works of Akira Yoshizawa, Japan's "father of modern origami." In addition to its beauty, you'll learn about origami's other uses, from entertainment to math lessons to physical therapy. Plus, you'll meet fellow kids who are also mastering this fun hobby. It's time to find yourself some good folding paper and put your fingers to work.

Visit: http://library.thinkquest.org/5402
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Go Fly A Kite Issue Date: 07-27-1997

Cool Spots imageThe Virtual Kite Zoo at www.kites.org/
is a great place to discover all there is to know about kites. Take the guided tour to see the different types of kites from single line to quad line, in all different shapes and sizes. You'll be surprised at how many different kinds there are and the many things kites can be used for. The site has descriptions and pictures. It also gives lots of sources for obtaining plans for your own building project. Keep your feet firmly planted and give your Web browser a little more line to sail over to the Virtual Kite Zoo. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Visit: www.kites.org/zoo
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How Do They Make Stained Glass? Issue Date: 07-06-1997

Cool Spots imageThe Kokomo Opalescent Glass company has put a tour of its glass plant online and invites you to visit. Come on over to www.kog.com click "Take the Tour", and watch these skilled workers make beautifully colored glass for use in lamps and all kinds of other things. Workers use ladles-a long, handheld, spoonlike tool weighing approximately 35 pounds-to measure ingredients and carry the molten glass. From your computer you can stay cool while you watch these artisans work with glass as it comes out of ovens where the temperature gets up to 2400 degrees Farenheit. Who says that you can't go on any more field trips since school's out? You won't even have to pack a lunch.

Visit: www.kog.com
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Where Does Paper Come From Issue Date: 07-14-1996

Cool Spots imageThe first "paper" writing surface (and where paper got its name) was papyrus. The ancient Egyptians took papyrus reeds and . . . hey, we don't have to tell you. You can find out all you ever wanted to know about Egyptian papyrus at http://odyssey. lib.duke.edu/papyrus/texts/world.html. When you've read all about paper's nearest relative, go on over to the American Museum of Papermaking and take a virtual tour. This electronic museum at www.ipst.edu/amp will tell you more about the history and evolution of paper. (The second site is no longer available.)

Visit: http://odyssey.lib.duke.edu/papyrus/texts/world.html
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Oh, Go Make a Kite Issue Date: 07-14-1996

Cool Spots imageWith paper, tape and string, you can make 20 kites from 20 pieces of standard typing paper. Fly over to the Big Wind Kite Factory in Molola'i, Hawaii http://
for the complete plan and instructions, or you can build the Basic Sled Kite with the instructions from www.ex.ac.uk/~jastaple/kites/projects/sled/sled.html. Advanced kite making instructions can be found at http://moreinfo.com.au/aks/
. (Disclaimer: The first and third sites are no longer available.)

Visit: www.ex.ac.uk/~jastaple/kites/projects/sled/sled.html
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