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The Back Fence

For those new to the Internet...

Kid Sites


by: Ken Russell

Growing Up In Guelph

Guelph Museums has put itself on the International cybermap with an interactive virtual museum website following the timeline and activities in the hands-on Rogers Hi-Speed Internet Growing Up In Guelph Children's Museum.

With financial assistance from the Department of Canadian Heritage through CHIN, the Canadian Heritage Information Network, the website took over a year to create and the talented web developers of Barking Dog Studios, a local Guelph web design firm, have a winner on their hands. This site is going to attract lots of children from far and wide to learn all about the Royal City.

Offering three language selections, English, French and Ojibwe and two access windows, high-speed and dial-up, the pages are very easy to maneouvre and the site mascott "Hoobert", the wise owl, is always present with instructions on navigation. Instant help screens appear by clicking the "Hoobert" graphic from anywhere in the Museum.

Features abound with historical stories of children's lives in print and voice, a tram ride through the streets of Guelph at the turn of the century, a fishing derby detailing the change in fish population and types over the years in the Speed River, and my favourite the Guelph of the Future where exciting changes to our skyline can be created by inquisitive minds. Children can also send e-cards to their friends worldwide from the site.

Congratulations is in order for all involved in this venture, the most refreshing new site for all ages of children and parents to come along in a long time and it's right here in Guelph.

www.virtualmuseum.ca

At Home Astronomy

Rockets away! Kids have been building backyard rockets since Sputnik, and at UC Berkeley's At Home Astronomy, families are shown how and why to make rockets, astrolabs and other fun space stuff with household items like balloons, string and straws.

Hands-on science experiments from the Center for Science Education include Shadow Dance, an experiment with shadows and light sources, and instructions on how to make a simple astrolab, which kids can use to measure altitude and the height of objects in the sky. Ten experiments include lists of what you need, what you should know, simple illustrations and links to other web sites to learn more.

cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/AtHomeAstronomy/

Ken Russell - Publisher

The Back Fence
Guelph, Ontario, CANADA

 

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