Site URL: Mind/Shift Summer Slide
Content: Part of the Mind/Shift site operated by National Public Radio's KQED, the “Summer Slide” section offers do-it-yourself (DIY) science and technology projects designed to keep kids from losing ground during the summer months. This section of the site also links to similar slide sets offering math and literacy activities. Each subject has a handful of well-thought-out projects.
Design: Since this isn't a full Web site, the design is more like that of an article. It's clean (though the overall page is a bit busy), and you won't have to hunt for what you want.
Review: The “Summer Slide” section of the Mind/Shift site offers decent ideas for projects, but aside from offering a few links, it doesn't really spell things out. These are basically starters or jumping-off points, not fully developed projects.
Bottom Line: A useful, albeit limited Web destination, the “Summer Slide” series offers some decent ideas, as long as you are willing to do a little work to expand the projects yourself.