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This section of sciencelines will share information about online resources including dial in, telnet sites and WWW sites. We'll also include information about projects in which you and your students may want to participate. If you locate some outstanding sites you wish to share, please contact the Teacher Resource Center.

If you do not currently have access to the Internet, you do have options. Come use the NCREL Demonstration Site computers in the Teacher Resource Center. You may want to attend the Internet Awareness Science Adventure.

The Why Files is on the Web at http://whyfiles.news.wisc.edu. This site is a product of the National Institute for Science Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is designed to illuminate the science, math and technology that lurk behind the headline news. It is updated bi-weekly. Past "issues" remain available. A section on how you can use the files explains for teachers, students and everyone else where The Why Files may take you. For teachers there are lesson plans that suggest activities linked to the acticles. Anyone can contribute their feelings and thoughts about controversial topics. Really shows the STS connections!

Looking for science fair resources? Check out the January issue of in Quiry Almanack at: http://sln.fi.edu/qanda/qanda.html. inQuiry Almanack is part of the Franklin Institute Science Museum's Web site. The science fair section includes ideas for a project, tips for completing a successful project, sample projects and a few online science fairs. inQuiry Almanack is archived back to March 1995 so you're sure to find many more science resources in addition to the science fair items mentioned.

Science and the Environment is another good site for the connections between current science in the news, particularly environmental issues and the classroom. Science and the Environment is produced by Voyage Publishing and can be accessed at http://www.voyagepub.com/publish. A section, "How to Use Voyage News Summaries in Your Classroom" includes "5 Easy Steps to Applying Science and the Environment to Your Curriculum." Editors have reviewed over 500 magazines, specialized journals and newspapers for the summaries of articles included and list source lists for future reference. All stories are available for photocopying and distributing to the classroom.

Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University has a site by Jamie Larsen who is serving as a Wright Fellow. Jamie's pages include "Slam Dunk Science," a program developed to teach kids about the sport research involved in basketball shoe design. It was done with the assistance of a shoe company, the Phoenix Suns and presented at NSTA and as an article in Science Scope. This site includes sample activities, resources for downloading including a video analysis and an interactive sport research database. Connect to Jamie's site at:
http://www.tufts.edu/~jlarsen.

Appetizers and Lessons for Math and Reason
is based on three books by Alan Selby and began in June 1995. The "appetizers" are starters for math lessons ranging in levels of complexity from kindergarden to post-secondary. The site includes other links to math sites also. The logic lessons can be used as starters for integrating math into other curriculum areas. "The Logic Classroom" includes five logic puzzles that can be used for a variety of levels. A link in the "Mathematics Classroom" has four points to read about the how, why and what of learning mathematics including "How to Read Well." Very interesting activities. Connect at: http://www.cam.org/~aseby/lesson.html .