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Table of Contents
2. Sponsor’s Spot: How to Add Games to Your Site
3. Weekly Topic: Science of Light
4. Note from a Subscriber
5. Related Games
6. Quote of the Week
7. Classified Ads
8. Subscription Management
#1. April 21, 2004
Like the straw that broke the camel’s back, it is often the little things that get to us. In my case, it was a tube of sunscreen. Here’s the story.
Over spring break, I took my daughter and two nieces for a two-day visit to Disneyland and California Adventures. I gladly paid the $49 entrance fee for each of us. I gladly paid $39 for pizza lunch for four. I gladly paid $2.50 for water whenever we got thirsty. But when they wanted $10 for a teeny, weeny bottle of sunscreen, I gladly burned instead. In retrospect, it wasn’t necessarily a healthy decision, but it was where I drew the line.
The girls, by the way, had put their sunscreen on in the car, so they were not at risk. In fact, I’m quite sure if it had been for the girls, I would have bought that tiny tube of $10 sunscreen. But at some point, I just needed to dig my heels in. My shoulders and the back of my neck are burned.
How was your spring break? Let me know at:
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Sponsor’s Spot: How to Add Games to Your Site
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#3. Science of Light
by Barbara J. Feldman
Science of Light Printable (** for premium members only)
Optics, the science of light, is studied by both scientists and engineers. It includes defining light, learning how it is produced, how it travels, and how it is measured. Today’s picks run the gamut from simple science for K-3 students, to sites appropriate for high-school physics research reports.
Exploratorium: Science Snacks About Light
Science Snacks are “miniature versions of some of the most popular exhibits at the Exploratorium” science museum of San Francisco. These fifty easy-to-do-at-home experiments involving light are arranged in alphabetic order from Afterimage to Water Sphere Lens. That should keep you busy for awhile, but when you are ready, you’ll find more Science Snacks, organized by subject, at http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/snacksbysubject.html .
GE Lighting: Science of Light
“In this lesson, you’ll learn that light is very unusual even scientists think so. You’ll separate light into its component colors, bend it, bounce it, and learn how our eyes use it to see.” This student site from GE Lighting is comprised of four lessons: Science of Light (“What is Light?”), Technology of Light (“Types of Light Bulbs”), Math of Light (“What’s Watt?”), and History of Light (“Biography of Thomas Edison.”) Best clicks are the animations sprinkled throughout, and the interactive quizzes for each lesson.
Optics for Kids
This excellent site for elementary students (along with its sister site Optics for Teens) is produced by the Optical Society of America, a professional organization of scientists, educators and students. Both sites explore careers in optics and the science of light (in What is Optics? and Educational Articles) and have printable study guides for K-12 classrooms. But Optics for Teens, besides having a more subdued color scheme, has two don’t-miss-them sections with interactive experiments: Optical Illusions and In the Lab.
#4. Note from a Subscriber
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#5. Related Games
Optics Word Search
Printables Optics Word Search
http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables/Word_Searches/optics-ws.pdf (** for premium members only)
Optical Illusion Jigsaw
Optical Illusion Scrambler
(Learn how to make games just like these with my step-by-step manual. )
#6. Quote of the Week
A Minute of Inspiration: Light a Fire Movie
Daily Education Quote via Email
“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” ~~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) British playwright
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