Reader Reviews

March 2002

The NASA “Why?” Files

March 27, 2002 -- From Heidi, a reader from Virginia, who is affiliated with the site

The NASA “Why?” Files web site features Problem-Based Learning and targets students in grades 3-5. Problem-solving skills are put to the test as young detectives search for solutions to real-world problems. The interactive site builds content knowledge in science, mathematics, and technology through its online problem scenario which highlights NASA research, missions and experts.


familyrapp – ezine to help you enjoy family life

March 26, 2002 -- From Cathy, a parent from London, England, who is affiliated with the site

This site is a wonderful one-stop reference point for parents. It has informative parenting articles as well as directories of days out, family holidays, book reviews, drug help, education, recipes, health and shopping. The format is clear and easy to use which means less frustrating time spent on the Internet. A must for all parents.

h.i.p. pocket change

March 26, 2002 -- From a reader from the USA, who is affiliated with the site

The H.I.P. Pocket Change (HPC) Web site was launched in July 1999 by the U.S. Mint. HPC is designed to be a fun, educational tool — for students and teachers — that generates interest in coins, the Mint, and U.S. history.

The Wright Brothers

March 26, 2002 -- From Kathleen Casterline, a teacher from Farmington Hills, MI, who is not affiliated with the site

This is an excellent, “kid appropriate” site on the Wright Brothers. You can read about their childhood, their cycle shop and their first flight. You might also want to check on a chronological listing of the important dates in their personal history as well as our American history.

PBS – Misunderstood Minds

March 25, 2002 -- From Eric Ward, who is affiliated with the site

Includes strategies for addressing various learning difficulties, tools for educators and parents, background on current issues surrounding the topic, resources to learn more.

The Infrared Zoo

March 24, 2002 -- From Linda, a reader from Pasadena, CA, who is affiliated with the site

What do animals look like in the infrared? Actually “see” the differences between warm and cold-blooded animals and learn how animals use fur, blubber and feathers to insulate themselves.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

March 23, 2002 -- From Richard Lenat, a reader from New Jersey, who is affiliated with the site

The EServer at the University of Washington has a new online edition of Franklin’s Autobiography, with an introduction and timeline, and links to other Franklin sites. The goal of this project has been online readability.

Women in Engineering Organization Web site

March 21, 2002 -- From Ellen, a reader from Massachusetts, who is affiliated with the site

An important site to help advance the number of girls entering the field of engineering. One-stop clearinghouse of local and national educational and career programs for female engineers categorized by age (kindegarten through college)and their parents, as well as educational programs and information for their teachers, counselors, and program directors. Site also features an awards program and an easy user interface to register programs. Developed by Tufts University’s School of Engineering in conjunction with the Society of Women Engineers and the Women’s Engineering Advocacy and Program Network and funded by a grant from the GE Fund.

Women in Engineering Organization Web site

March 21, 2002 -- From Ellen, a reader from Massachusetts, who is affiliated with the site

An important site to help advance the number of girls entering the field of engineering. One-stop clearinghouse of local and national educational and career programs for female engineers categorized by age (kindegarten through college)and their parents, as well as educational programs and information for their teachers, counselors, and program directors. Site also features an awards program and an easy user interface to register programs. Developed by Tufts University’s School of Engineering in conjunction with the Society of Women Engineers and the Women’s Engineering Advocacy and Program Network and funded by a grant from the GE Fund.

Fatherville – Where Fathering is a Man’s Calling

March 20, 2002 -- From Michael, a parent from Boise, Idaho, who is affiliated with the site

This site is for fathers…by fathers and about fathers. The goal of this site is simple. We exist to help equip men to become better fathers through the sharing and application of ideas. Fatherville is a online community where fathers from all walks of life can learn from one another. It’s only by relating our own personal tips, tricks and traps that we can learn about some of the pitfalls to be avoided. So, if you are a father, a step-father, a male role model, or just a man who knows a kid who needs help then Fatherville is for you.