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Cool Science for Curious Kids Features Activities From Leading Museums


New HHMI Web site provides hands-on activities for elementary school students.

Hands-on science activities from five children's and science museums come to life on a new Web site produced by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The site, "Cool Science for Curious Kids," is targeted at elementary school students and located at http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience.

The activities were developed by five museums that receive support from HHMI's Precollege and Public Science Education Program. HHMI supports hundreds of innovative science education projects at museums and other institutions nationwide, complementing its primary mission of carrying out biomedical research with its own scientific teams.

"Cool Science for Curious Kids" uses animation, sound, quizzes and other techniques to encourage kids to explore science, such as by building a model of a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, or identifying which parts of plants belong in the family salad bowl.

The Web site adapts proven activities from the Chicago Academy of Sciences, the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose, the Children's Museum in Boston, the Minnesota Children's Museum, and the Scotia-Glenville Children's Museum in New York.

"Cool Science for Curious Kids" is currently featured on a "Back-to-School" section on HHMI's home page, http://www.hhmi.org, with other online activities for students and teachers. The HHMI site also includes extensive information about advances in biomedical research.

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