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Fun Sites & Field Trips

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 Fun Sites
Here are a few selections for young children from the "Fun for Kids" section in the Recreations category of the Resource Types area of the Forum Internet Mathematics Library, where you'll find a more complete, annotated list.
Dragonfly Web Pages
Dragonfly is an inquiry-driven magazine published bimonthly during the school year, inspiring children to join with their peers and with scientists in national and international investigations. Dragonfly also publishes poetry, autobiographies, natural history essays, humor, artwork, and other creative expressions by children and by scientists. Such interdisciplinary explorations as Small and Tall (watch Danielle grow from 5 to 17 in 5 seconds) link math and science in ways children will enjoy. more>>
Math Cats - Wendy Petti
A site for children that promotes open-ended and playful explorations of important math concepts. Start with the magic chalkboard, then enter Math Cats MicroWorlds (interactive projects); explore the world of polygons, polyhedra, large numbers, magic squares, lissajous, and more; view and submit artwork for the Math Cats art gallery; or enter the Math Cats' Attic (an archive of past questions and answers from the magic chalkboard). Children are invited to e-mail the site drawings, story problems, questions, or ideas. more>>
The Counting Game - Chris Malumphy
A game for children starting to count, showing a number of objects and asking you to click on the correct number button. A thermometer graphic tells you when you have correctly answered ten questions. more>>
Thinking Fountain Shape Cluster - Science Museum of Minnesota
Activities, images, and experiments relating science, math, and language arts. The shapes and math cluster features shape walk, I C shapes (finding circles, squares, and triangles in everyday objects), soap bubble geometry, pyramids and cubes (building straw structures), and tans (tangrams). Other clusters include tropical rainforests, students as designers, and air. more>>
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 Museums and Field Trips
Here are a few field trips that might interest you if you like math. There are much longer lists of sites with descriptions in the Museums and Field Trips categories in the Resource Types area of the Forum Internet Mathematics Library.
The Exploratorium
Home page of San Francisco's museum of science, art and human perception. Online exhibits, cool sites, archives, sport and science, and the digital library (the Exploratorium A-to-Z). more>>
Franklin Institute Science Museum - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The online entry point for the Philadelphia science museum, featuring in-depth multimedia virtual exhibits and explorations, resources for teachers, and guides to the real-life museum and its programs. more>>
Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets
In this online exhibit, the study of symmetry is used to analyze patterns in Oriental carpets. A joint venture of the National Textile Museum and the Math Forum. more>>
Smithsonian Institution
An independent trust instrumentality of the United States holding some 140 million artifacts and specimens in its trust for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge," and a center for research dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences, and history. more>>
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