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Reading by 9 is a project aimed at helping Baltimore-area students learn to read well by third grade. This section will offer advice, resources and stories designed to help parents and children have fun reading together.
4Kids: FEATURED SITE of the month
Exploratorium online exhibits
Head to Exploratorium Online Exhibits, an amusement park for your eyes, ears and mind at www.exploratorium.edu / exhibits / f exhibits.html. This interactive site allows you to explore fascinating science exhibits that play tricks on your senses. Kids and parents both will enjoy the optical illusions at this site, such as the Squirming Palm and the Fading Dot. Sports fans can try to hit a major league fastball in the Life Science section. This site will provide hours of amazing, entertaining science fun for the whole family.
Nozzminate a cool Web site at www.4Kids.org / nominations / .
Kid quest: What part of the face is most important when you try to recognize someone?
THE MYSTERIOUS MAYA
At its peak, the vast Mayan civilization covered large parts of Mexico and Central America. Now its realm has been relocated to the Lost King of the Maya Web site at www.pbs.org / wgbh / nova / maya / . Take a tour of Copan, an historic Mayan site in Honduras. Then relive the discovery of Mayan ruins in the Incidents of Travel section. Be sure to check out the cool Map of the Maya World.
Kid quest: How many numbers are there in the Mayan base numbering system?
LIGHT AND SHADOW
Combine lights, lasers and plants, and the result is LightForest: The Holographic Rainforest found at http: / / web.mit.edu / museum / lightforest / . Learn how rain forest foliage and other objects can be re-created as holograms using laser technology. Here you can find cool info about the artists who create holograms using a variety of lighting and shading techniques.
Kid quest: What object is used to break a laser beam into two beams?
To complete the Kid Quest Challenge, visit the Web sites in this issue to find the answers to the questions, then go to www.4Kids.org / kidquest / .