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December, 1998


Cool Science for Curious Kids
http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience
GRADE LEVEL: K-3

CONTENT:
Check out this fun and interactive site that was created to help kids appreciate science.

AESTHETICS:
Cool Science for Curious Kids has great graphics and layout. It is concise and easy to read.

ORGANIZATION:
All the pages have a navigational bar at the bottom that will take you to the homepage or to any of the science projects on the site. It is an easy site for kids to navigate.

REVIEW:
Cool Science for Curious Kids consists mainly of five natural science projects for young children. These activities were developed by five museums that receive support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Several of the projects are interactive, while others involve simple projects that can be done at home or in the classroom. The first project teaches about the importance of observation in science; kids get to make their own "one inch square" through which they can observe the world. The second activity teaches about plant parts and includes a game that asks users to identify the parts of the plant that salad vegetables come from; it goes on to recommend a salad-making adventure. In the next project, kids can learn about dust in the air and make collectors so they can see what they are breathing. The fourth project is about classifying animals, and the last one is about the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies. The activities are charming and informative. This is a great site for younger children.