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2. Sponsor’s Spot: Makes it Easy to Add Games to Your Site
3. Weekly Topic: Science Fair Projects
4. Note from a Subscriber
5. Related Games
6. Quote of the Week
7. Classified Ads
8. Subscription Management
#1. October 20, 2004
Anyone with teenagers is familiar with “the groan,” that unique guttural sound uttered by teenagers whenever their parents say or do something they think is completely ridiculous. I get it a lot. If you don’t I suspect it’s either because you don’t have teenagers or you are not talking to them enough.
This morning’s groan was about a book I am currently listening to “on tape.” (I put that in quotes, because in my case it’s not actually tape, but rather an MP3 file playing on my iPod.) So what “groan worthy” book am I listening to these days? The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz, edited by Dan S. Kennedy. Put it on your must read list, and on that of your teen.
With all the pressure put on our high-school students to perform well “to get into the right college,” the skills taught in this classic book could be invaluable. And if you can get your teen to read it, please let me know how you did it!
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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#3. Science Fair Projects
by Barbara J. Feldman
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Each year there’s another batch of science fair pleas in my mailbox. “Help! My daughter (or son) needs a science fair project. Can you suggest one?” Each year, my answer is always the same: no. I make a point of not doing my own kids’ schoolwork — so don’t expect me to do your children’s homework. But I do know where your kids can go for ideas that will get their own creative juices flowing. And that I’m very willing to share.
All Science Fair Projects
>From astronomy to zoology, All Science Fair Projects is a searchable database of 500 science fair ideas for all levels (elementary, middle and high school.) You can search by keyword (such as “bacteria” or “sun spots.”) Or browse by topic (biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and engineering.) Each individual project page then links to an sample project elsewhere on the Web. There is also a good resource section that includes links to a few of the large state science fair sites, such as California and Chicago.
Experimental Science Projects
This excellent guide from David Morano of Mankato State University in Minnesota, walks you through the all steps involved in an experimental science project. The first step is noticing something, wondering why or how, and writing down your ideas and questions. The process continues with information gathering and research. To top it all off, the last section of the page provides a reassuring answer to the frequently asked question “What if my science fair project doesn’t work?”
Science Buddies is a non-profit organization encouraging students to “improve their science skills” and “consider additional study or careers in science.” It’s also my pick-of-the-day site because of the Topic Selection Wizard, and the general excellence of all the guidance provided. Choosing a topic is often the most agonizing part of starting a science fair project. Use the wizard to guide you toward a topic that interests you. Be warned, however, you’ll have to answer a lot of questions to work your way through the wizard. Other great clicks are the list of bad science fair topics in the “How To” section, and the “Ask an Expert” online forum.
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#5. Related Games
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