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What: Robot Constructor
Why: Its a fantastic exercise – players construct their own robots and set off on a treasure hunt to collect gold cutes. Its not as easy as it sounds. The robots navigate their way avoiding hazards and making sure they have enough energy by periodically recharging or refuelling. Along the way players will learn about mobility, hazards, sensors and power tools.
We say: Great for introducing older kids to science, technology and design concepts. Also, no pop-ups! You will have to install one of the required Shockwave players to load the game.
Why: Here, kids will find an array of information on science, technology, art, music, movies and more. Its quite simply a phenomenal site with mind-blowing graphics to boot. And with over 100 000 visitors per month, there’s something worse clicking on here.
We say: Let your kids subscribe to the newsletter when they register.
What: How Stuff Works
Why: If your child is as curious as George, this is the site for him. Here he can find out how anything works. All those ponderous questions can now be answered: why people blush, why the sky is blue, how Nintendo Wii works, how an engine runs and more... loads and loads more.
We say: Fascinating stuff for kids and adults – after all, you’re never too old to start learning.
What: National Geographic Kids
Why: For a plethora of educational games, activities, videos and fascinating pictures, NG Kids is something to behold. The graphics are bold, the instructions and layout are simple and the activities are so enjoyable your child won’t even think of it as “educational”.
We say: Don’t hog the computer, this site is for kids!
What: Kids’ Astronomy
Why: A simple and effective site on the basics of astronomy. The home page features a list of topics related to astronomy. Click to bring up easy-to-understand facts about the sun, moon, starts, comets, meteors and more.
We say: Log on and reach the stars.
Reference: Your Child magazine March-April 2008 – page 42
Hi, I am a newbie here. Another useful website that I have recently discovered and have my 3rd grader use regularly is Math Buddy (http://www.inhomeacademy.com). They have a Question of the Day feature which my son loves to do every morning.
Proud homeschooling mommy of Edwin (8)