Saturday, July 23, 2005


Sat., July 23, 2005 - Hotel Rwanda Teacher Guide

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[LIFE of Florida] World history: Hotel Rwanda Teacher Guide
Posted: 04-14-2005 11:12 AM

In 1994 almost one million people were killed in a systematic genocide in the central African country of Rwanda. As the world stood by, a handful of brave, resourceful and inspiring individuals did all they could to save Rwandans from brutal deaths. Paul Rusesabagina, whose story is portrayed in the powerful and hopeful film Hotel Rwanda, reminds all of us what one person can accomplish when moved to act.

Hotel Rwanda addresses a horrific issue: genocide. This is a difficult and upsetting topic. Yet, as the film shows, while people and governments chose to ignore the 1994 Rwandan genocide, one individual bravely risked his life and stood up to the horror, calling upon all of his resources to first save his family, then ended up saving 1,268 helpless refugees.

Terry George, Hotel Rwanda's director, takes us on Paul's journey, showing the country's struggle and how the world turned a blind eye. He leads us in the end to a place of hope and promise.

In cooperation with United Artists, Amnesty International USA has created a Hotel Rwanda teacher's guide intended for use by high school age students. It can also be used in the traditional classroom or a community setting.


The purpose of this educator's guide is to explore the history of the crisis and generate debate on strategies that could have been pursued to prevent the genocide. It is also a tool for analyzing what will be effective in the future as the international community confronts similar conditions.

This guide offers educators an opportunity to explore the idea of individual and collective responsibility. Two of the lessons included in this guide examine the role of the international community and the role of the media. The third lesson addresses the issue of transition - hope, accountability and how a country recovers from such a horrific event.

There are many questions that can be asked about how the genocide in Rwanda could have happened; the lessons in this guide seek to address some of those questions. A deeper and much more difficult issue to grapple with is that of the role of the individual. What moves any of us to action? What influences our actions and behaviors? How do we reconcile our inaction in the face of injustice? How do we mobilize others, and how do we tap into our own resources to create change?

Hotel Rwanda is now available for rent or purchase on DVD and VHS. We have heard the phrase "never again," yet again today we see evidence of human tragedies. As you watch this movie, I hope you are troubled by what you see. I hope you are inspired by Paul's actions, I hope you are moved and you do whatever you can to ensure that never again truly means never again.

Karen Robinson
AIUSA Human Rights Education Program
Learning is For Everyone, Inc.


Sat., July 23, 2005

Taken From:

PBS Teacher Previews: July 24-30, 2005

PBSOL> Elementary School

Log on and get a sneak peak at this Web site that will launch
in Fall 2005. The new EekoWorld Web site is geared toward kids
ages six to nine and lets them explore ecosystems,
environmental issues and conservation while playing two
interconnected online games.


"NOVA scienceNOW"
Middle / High School
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
Tune in for this third episode of "NOVA's" magazine series.
Lean about fuel-cell cars, the world's fastest-moving glacier,
the promise of RNA interference and more. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1

Check out our online clickable car; take a look under the hood
of a hydrogen fuel cell car and see what makes it go.
[NOTE: See guide from NOVA pasted at end. – Phyllis ]

Guns, Germs, and Steel: A National Geographic Presentation
"The Haves and Have-Nots" (part three of three)
TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Monday, July 25, 2005
10 - 11:00 pm
This three-part series looks at academic Jared Diamond's
theories about the rise and fall of societies through the lens
of geography, technology, biology and economics -- forces
symbolized by the power of guns, germs and steel. The first
episode proposes that a society's potential for advanced
development was not determined by race or creed, or by time and
experience, but by access to domesticated animals and
cultivated plants. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Jared Diamond sets out on the last stage of his quest to
discover what happened when guns, germs and steel came to
Africa. Join us for this tale of what happened when Europeans
reached out beyond their native lands in a bid for global
conquest. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Explore our online interactive map with hot spots illuminating
Diamond's theories.

Start your own PBS Program Club and discuss whether you agree
with Jared Diamond's theory that an accident of geography led
to European dominance.

Persuasion Analysis
Middle / High School

This site is for teachers and students and it provides some
simple ways to analyze complex persuasion techniques of modern
advertising and political rhetoric.

Copyright 2005 PBS Online.

Taken From:
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 15:34:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [NOVA] "NOVA scienceNOW"
Next on NOVA: "NOVA scienceNOW"

Broadcast: July 26, 2005
(NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as
dates and times may vary.)

On the next NOVA, join news correspondent Robert Krulwich for the
third episode in NOVA's new magazine series, airing five times a
year. Among the topics Krulwich will cover are the latest in fuel
cell technology and a major breakthrough in gene therapy. Get ready
for another original, unpredictable, and entertaining hour of
science exploration. This episode's segments include:

Fuel cells
Hydrogen fuel cell cars promise pollution-free driving, but will
we see them anytime soon?

A wayward petunia leads to the discovery of a modest little
molecule with enormous medical promise.

Fastest Glacier
A glacier moving way too fast reveals how unpredictable the
effects of global warming can be.

Profile: Brothers Chudnovsky
The story of two brilliant mathematicians, a unicorn, and a
homemade supercomputer

The journey continues on the new NOVA scienceNOW Web site 365 days
a year. Watch the hour-long episode again, look under the hood of a
fuel cell car and see what makes it go, e-mail scientists from the
broadcast with your questions, find out what big science story
Robert Krulwich is thinking a lot about, and much more.



Sat., July 23, 2005 - Watershed Worries / Watershed Links / Spotlight Archives

Taken From:
Date Sent: Friday, April 15, 2005 5:39 PM
From: Power to Learn
Subject: Watershed Worries: Protecting the Quality of our Water

Watershed Worries[Shortened URL: ]
Teachers, Students, and Parents - Explore the key issues and action steps related to protecting water quality in our communities.
[NOTE: See Also: Watershed Links - Phyllis ]

Spotlight Archive


Sat., July 23, 2005 - Wetland Ecosystems

Ducks Unlimited

An index of supplemental wetland/outdoor activities listed by topic in alphabetical order.

Conservation lesson plans
DU has developed three units in the wetland ecosystems series. Each unit consists of an educator's guide and accompanying student journal for Grades 4-6 (Habitats, Communities and the Diversity of Life), Grades 7-8 (Interactions and Ecosystems), and Grades 9-12 (Evolution, Diversity and the Sustainability of Ecosystems).

Friday, July 22, 2005


Fri., July 22, 2005 - Dinosaurs

Taken from
Date Sent: Saturday, April 09, 2005 7:07 PM
Subject: Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter Issue 252

[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some were previously posted. – Phyllis ]

© 2005 Teachnology, Inc. All rights reserved


Fri., July 22, 2005 - WildFinder

Taken From:
Today's Cool Site of the Day - 7/6/2005

“WildFinder is a map-driven, searchable database of more than 30,000 species worldwide, with a powerful search tool that allows users to discover where species live or explore wild places to find out what species live there. Containing information on birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, WildFinder is a valuable resource for scientists, students, educators, travelers, birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., July 22, 2005

Taken From:
HLN Newsletter: Spring into Spring!
Week of 04-04-05

Irish History on the Web
Find detailed information about complex events in Irish history, such as the Famine and Emigration. View timelines and historical documents.

Kites and Kite Flying
Some good information about types of kites, kite history, and kite flying tips for beginners.

One Sky One World
World Kite Day is the second Sunday in October. Each year on that date the One Sky One World organization holds an international kite fly for peace. Learn more about how it all began and how you can participate.

Operation Migration
For over ten years, William Lishman and others have been learning to lead lost or orphaned geese and cranes on migratory routes using ultra light aircraft, part of which is documented in the film Fly Away Home. The Operation Migration home page describes their progress and the birds themselves.

Forces and Winds: Online Meteorology Guide
A great site for explaining wind as well as weather in general.
[NOTE: Home Page and other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

© Copyright Home School Learning Network, 2004. All Rights Reserved


Fri., July 22, 2005 - Journey Through Japan

Taken From:
Subject: Education World Site Reviews Vol. 9 Issue 15
Volume 9, Issue 15
April 12, 2005

Journey Through Japan
Discover Japan and its history online.



Journey through Japan provides resources and materials for K-12 educators including background readings, lesson plans, maps, an interactive timeline, and a photo gallery.

The site is engaging and user-friendly. Various areas of the site are clearly identified on the main page. Internal area pages have a top navigation bar and a menu of choices for that area. There is also a hand onsite search tool. Macromedia Flash Player is needed.

Journey through Japan offers students and teachers an opportunity to explore Japan right from the classroom using interactive maps, photographs and in-depth articles written by leading scholars and experts on Japan. The site explores Japan through its places and spaces, daily life, people, and culture and society. All of the materials can be adapted to the needs and interests of your students. Special features include information and photos about eight of Japan’s cities, an interactive timeline of Japanese history, a photo gallery of cities, architecture, temples and shrines, and snapshot tours that “pair images and video clips with informative captions and descriptions in taking you on behind-the-scenes journeys of sites and activities.” Educational resources include lesson plans, online resources, maps, timelines and more in a searchable database.

Education World®

Thursday, July 21, 2005


Thurs., July 21, 2005 - Kids Astronomy / Literacy Connections

Taken From:
Lesson Planet Newsletter 4/08/05

Subject Area: Science
Title: KidsAstronomy
Grade Level: K-12
Rating: * * * * *

Get everything you need for the stargazer in you and your students at
KidsAstronomy! There are sections on outer space, deep space, up-to-
date astronomy news, our solar system and space travel. There is also
a great Astronomy Dictionary with information for the clueless to the

Subject Area: Language Arts
Title: Literacy Connections - Promoting Literacy and a Love of Reading
Grade Level: K-12
Rating: * * * * *

Want to know when (or if) to stop reading aloud to your students? In
need of some tutoring tips? Looking for language resources for Spanish
speaking families? Have a use for some free downloadable readers?
Come check out the Literacy Connection. Learn about Reader's Theater,
using music to promote literacy, great reading lists for various ages
and get ideas for teaching whole language, phonics, sight words and
word families.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., July 21, 2005 - The Solar System

Taken From:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
04/08/2005 - Updated 09:43 AM ET

The Solar System
They always told you in school that the plastic model of the solar system you saw in the science classroom didn’t accurately represent the distance between the Sun and its various planets, but you haven’t quite assimilated what that means until you check out this amazing page, which represents both size and distance to scale. Humbling. — HSS
[NOTE: Must scroll to the right to see the planets. – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2005 USA TODAY


Thurs., July 21, 2005 - Astronomy Workshop

Taken From:
Recent Additions to TeachersFirst - Week of June 27, 2005

Astronomy Workshop Grades 6 to 12 University of Maryland
Supplement an astronomy unit with the clever tools provided on this site. Students can take advantage of a variety of solar system calculations, watch animations of solar objects' orbits and simulations of the seasons, create a virtual solar system model, and much more.

Copyright © 2001 by the Network for Instructional TV, Inc.
All rights reserved.



Thurs., July 21, 2005 - Planetarium / Kids' Crossing

Taken From:
2 April 2005 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"

PLANETARIUM,, (suggested by David Robin, Wilson, NY),
this highly interactive site allows you to use your mouse to look around
the sky (click to start/stop moving). Pointing at stars shows their
name, magnitude and constellation. You can also change the date, time
and latitude for a different sky view.

KIDS' CROSSING, NCAR, (suggested by Holly Devaul, DLESE), this site offers links to educational weather and science resources for a primary to middle school audience. There are games and activities on clouds andlightning, the water cycle, hazardous weather, and our changing globalclimate. A Fun Fact of the Month provides weather-related trivia.

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography and Earth Science
Central Michigan University

Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Wed., July 20, 2005 - Healthopedia / Meaning of Food

Taken From:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences ===
======== April 15, 2005 ===
======== Volume 4, Number 8 ======

The mission of "is to be the Internet's most trusted and
extensive information resource for health and medical content." The site
features a Medical Encyclopedia with information about a plethora of health-
related topics organized under broad categories like Diseases and
Conditions, Diet and Nutrition, Surgeries and Procedures, and Injuries and
Wounds. The site also contains a large collection of medical images which
are sorted into such categories as Cardiovascular; Bone, Joints, and
Muscles; Dental and Oral; Ear, Nose, and Throat; General Anatomy, and more.
The site contains a Health News Center with links to recent news stories as
well. [NL]

PBS: The Meaning of Food

This PBS documentary companion website on the Meaning of Food describes
itself as "an exploration of culture through food. What we consume, how we
acquire it, who prepares it, who's at the table, and who eats first is a
form of communication that is rich with meaning." The site shares stories,
recipes, beautiful images, and more under the headings: Food & Life, Food &
Family, and Food & Culture. The website addresses such subjects as kosher
food, the Slow Food Movement, pet food, and heirloom seeds, to name a few.
In addition, the site provides a bibliography; a simple, downloadable lesson
plan for educators; broadcast times for the Meaning of Food documentary
series; a small collection of cartoonish desktop backgrounds; and several
related links. [NL]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout
Project 1994-2005.


Wed., July 20, 2005

Taken From:
ResourceShelf Newsletter
Number 208 April 14, 2005

Source: Gale
A New Free Resource from Gale: Poet's Corner
"...a free Web site packed with biographies, poems and activities to help families, students and teachers celebrate National Poetry Month. This year, a special day-by-day downloadable calendar highlights important events in poetry."

Drug Abuse
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration
Drugs of Abuse
"We are pleased to introduce the 2005 edition of Drugs of Abuse. This DEA magazine delivers clear, scientific information about drugs in a factual, straightforward way, combined with scores of precise photographs shot to scale."
Printable version available in PDF (4.2 MB)

Health Information
Source: Medical Library Association
"Top Ten" Most Useful [Health] Websites

Sexually Transmitted Diseases--Glossary
Source: American Social Health Association
STD Glossary
"Explains medical and scientific terminology relating to sexual health and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)."

The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf


Wed., July 20, 2005 - BrainPOP: Steroids

Taken From:
T.H.E. Newsletter for April 13, 2005

BrainPOP: Steroids
BrainPOP, the award-winning site that features smart, effective and funny animated educational movies developed according to national standards, has released a new free movie that explains what steroids are and how they can be used as medication for some afflictions. Animated characters Tim and Moby also explain the reasons why some people may abuse steroids and the harmful side effects of doing so. BrainPOP also provides a 10-question interactive quiz following the movie to test students on what they've learned. [Limit: 2 free movies/day. Subscription required for unlimited access. ]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Copyright © 2005 ETC Group LLC.


Wed., July 20, 2005

Taken From:

This is neat and useful, even though it's far from new. The teaching materials for a course about chance includes an archived newsletter about items in the news that illustrate risk and probability, activities, datasets, computer simulations, articles, and video and audio lectures by faculty from several universities
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Deciphering Medspeak [Medical Library Association]
Unlike many medical dictionaries, the brief glossary here explains medical terms in language most of us could understand. The site also includes a guide to the words doctors use when writing prescriptions. Also provides a medical shorthandguide, a list of recommended Web sites, and tips for evaluating online health care information.

Ethics Updates
A terrific term paper resource. "Ethics Updates is intended to provide updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics." Includes video lectures, primary documents, readings, bibliographies, etc., on hot issues like euthanasia, abortion, the death penalty, and more.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Internet Broadway Database: the official source for Broadway information
"IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. Details include pertinent people involved as well as interesting facts and production statistics."
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Living History sites
"Over 550 places in the United States where you can see life as it was." Browse by state, or use the site index to find travel, lodging and museum guides. Its Resource Guide (which is not as easy to find as it should be -- ) allows you to browse for specific kinds of attractions: historic districts, reenacting resources, battlefields, IMAX, convention bureaus, etc.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2005.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Tues., July 19, 2005 - The Eyes of Nye

Taken From:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites

04/07/2005 - Updated 11:38 AM ET

The Eyes Of Nye

Admit it, geekdom: You love Bill Nye. He’s back in this 13-episode collection of shows geared toward older kids and adults, and he’s folding in not only recent developments in science but thoughts on policy, society and culture as they affect and are affected by science and tech. The site’s got synopses, clips, information on when you can see the show on TV, and other fine stuff. — HSS

[NOTE: After Launching the Site, from the Menu, select “Useful Links” – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2005 USA TODAY


Tues., July 19, 2005 - ScienceIQ

Taken From:
Date Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 7:41 PM
Subject: EdTech Resources Newsletter #255

"We deliver fascinating and engaging science facts daily to your email, and offer an extensive archive of science facts on line. Our topics are diverse and range from the human mind to nanotechnology, and from basic scientific concepts to the latest discoveries. Our science content is made for teachers, students, parents, hobbyists, and lifelong learners, ages 5 to 105."
[NOTE: See Also: Links: – Phyllis ]

All previous issues of EdTech Resources are archived for members to view at


Tues., July 19, 2005 - Energy Websites / Science Websites

Taken From:
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 08:31:26 -0400
From: Cynthia Grady gradyc@SIDWELL.EDU
Subject: Re: [LM_NET] energy websites Anyone?
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

National Science Teachers Association

[NOTE: See also: National Science Teachers Association Science Websites (by subject area) - Phyllis ]

American Petroleum Institute-- go to "About Oil and Natural Gas"

Cynthia Grady
All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.


Tues., July 19, 2005 - National Energy Foundation

Taken From:
Education World Site Reviews Vol. 9 Issue 12
March 22, 2005

National Energy Foundation
Site for students and teachers on all things related to energy.



The National Energy Foundation (NEF) is a non-profit educational organization that provides resources and information related to energy, water, natural resources, science and math, technology, conservation, and the environment

The site is designed for educators and students and has a top menu bar with links to these areas. The left side of the page contains links to particular sections of the site as well as to for purchase materials and programs.

The National Energy Foundation (NEF) provides teaching and learning resources pertaining to natural resources, technology, conservation and the environment as well as teacher training and student programs that supplement their work. The student section contains four individual sections that address such topics as earth science, energy conservation, environmental stewardship and the promotion of positive action through better energy education. Educators will find useful links to lesson plans and activities, NEF’s catalog of teaching materials, workshops and professional training, and questions and answers on such topics as National Board Certification and No Child Left Behind. Included is a links page with links to many other science-related resources.

Education World®

Monday, July 18, 2005


Mon., July 18, 2005 - U.S. History

Taken From:
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 11:03:47 -0500


Scrutinizing Naval Warfare during the Civil War: The Ironclad

Exploring How the Civil War Began

Developing Campaigns: The Art of War during the Civil War

Debating Who Actually Won the Civil War

Examining the Beginnings of World War II

World War II Comes to America: Pearl Harbor

Escalating the Vietnam War: The Tet Offensives of 1968


Mon., July 18, 2005

Taken From:
Family First - Beyond the Stone Wall (4/7/05)

April 07, 2005
Beyond The Stone Wall

I first visited this site several years ago, and was impressed enough by it to feature it as a Family First Site. Not only the subject matter intriguing, but also the way it was presented. It's rather unique way of conducting an online tour is one that hopefully will become more commonplace in the future. The site has grown in the past year, and now is a great time to revisit it.

It is called Behind the Stone Wall, and is a guided tour of the several Civil War battlefields. All the sites are national parks, and present their moment in history quite well. But not everyone can be physically visit these sites. So through the magic of the multimedia Internet technology, you can take a unique cybervisit. What makes it so unique is that instead of static photographs, there are collections of 360 degree panoramas of the major scenes of the battlefields. The images load automatically and then start rotating. You can stop them and manually move them, allowing a closer inspection of a particular area. This helps give a 3-dimensional feeling to the pictures, increasing awareness to what the battlefield was and really is like. There are also previews of works in progress, such as the Shiloh battlefield, and the Andersonville prison.

Having visited a few of these sites, I can say that this site captures the feeling and essence of the spirit that is our nation's history. It is very moving to go to the scene where Lincoln gave his Gettysburg address, where John Brown made his infamous raid, and where Jackson stood like a stone wall, and see what the physical locations are really like.

A Soldiers Boy's Diary Book


Mon., July 18, 2005 - American Civil War

Taken From:
Date Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2005 3:09 PM
Subject: Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter Issue 251

American Civil War
[Shortened URL: ]
[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some of the sites listed were previously posted. – Phyllis ]

© 2005 TeAchnology, Inc. All rights reserved


Mon., July 18, 2005 - Battles of the American Revolution

Taken From:
Date Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 7:06 AM
Subject: About Secondary School Educators: Battles of the American Revolution

Battles of the American Revolution
For all you history teachers out there, here is a great section on the American Revolution. From the Battle of Bunker Hill to Yorktown, these links provide great resources. Excellent information and maps for the major battles of the American Revolution. [NOTE: Be sure to scroll past the advertisement for more links.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Sunday, July 17, 2005


Sun., July 17, 2005 - Roman Architecture / The Colosseum

Taken From:
ENC Weekly Update for Math and Science Teachers (04/21/2005)

ARCHitecture -- Roman Style,1819,189,00.shtm?ls=eu#web_res

The Colosseum
This site is filled with interesting material about the Colosseum. In the Architecture section, numerous diagrams and photos show how the building was constructed. For something a bit different, take a look at the models, which you will also find in the Architecture section. If you are practicing your Latin, check the Other section, where you can link to a passage by Pliny the Elder that describes how amphitheaters were invented. Besides the usual history that you would expect, the History section contains a page of excerpts about the Colosseum written by famous authors. Just about every place you go on the site, you'll find intriguing information.

Walking Tour
[Shortened URL: ]
Grades 6-12. Students can amble through the Colosseum in this virtual tour. Before beginning, be sure to point out the instructions that tell you how to maneuver through the photographs.
[NOTE: Previously posted, but no longer active. This link is from the
The Internet Archive Wayback Machine – Phyllis ]


Sun., July 17, 2005 - I4uuu Online Museum

Taken From:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
04/20/2005 - Updated 12:30 PM ET

I4uuu Collection Online Museum
[Select: English, then “Online Museum”]
You feel as if you ought to spend more time (any time at all would be a start) at museums, but frankly it's all a bit much, and once you find parking… oh, stop it. A brief weekly visit to the I4uuu's weekly-pick page is an amount of museum attendance that'll suit just about anyone. This online collection is beautifully curated for maximum browsing pleasure, or you can spend just a few moments with the weekly curator's choice if you're truly strapped for time. — HSS

Copyright 2005 USA TODAY


Sun., July 17, 2005 - Extreme Textiles / National Design Museum

----------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance

Today's site, from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, explores the "convergence of science, technology and design" in the textile industry. Gentle Subscribers may be surprised by some of the amazing components of this online exhibit."

... the first major museum exhibition to present technical textiles and their applications, showcases some of the most inventive uses of these products in a broad range of areas, including aeronautics, medicine, apparel, sports, agriculture, transportation and civil engineering. The future of design lies with these models of innovation as textiles push boundaries, eliminate borders between traditional disciplines, and continueto be a foundation of our physical world." - from the website.

The exhibit, divided into modules of "stronger, faster, lighter, smarter,safer" presents various items in each category. The space tether, for example, in the "stronger" section, includes information about its creation and its intended uses, along with a brief but riveting video explaining its production and how it will be used in space. Other sections highlight such items as the Vanguard Vector Racing Dinghy, with its hull and deck composed of, among other things, "a woven, knitted, unidirectional, and random glass fiber"; the Atair flexible wing suit with a video of "flying testers" -- in which the parachute opening has been omitted, presumably for dramatic effect -- and the Nike ACG Comm Vest, with its built-in communications system, designed to be used in extreme conditions such as mountain rescue. Even the slightly mundane "Storm Zippers" focus on the future creation of improved gas and chemical resistant bio-hazard suits and shelters.Travel to the site for an eye-opening exhibition on truly extreme textiles at:

A.M. Holm

[NOTE Related links: – Select: Collections – Phyllis ]


Sun., July 17, 2005 - Papercrafts

Taken From:
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
From Riverdeep:

BUILDINGS OF THE WORLD ASSEMBLY PACKETS: you been to the Parthenon lately? What about the Taj Mahal? Create the Eiffel Tower in your classroom, the Roman Colosseum, a Trojan Horse, or many others with these printables to download and assemble.

This volcano is not one of the exploding models, but it does nicely demonstrate how a volcano develops and forms. Background information is also included with this printable download for your students to study and assemble.

[See Also: Origami

Native Costumes

Several other categories on the tabs at the top of the page. – Phyllis ]

Brenda Barron, Editor

(c) 2005 Riverdeep. All rights reserved.

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