Just for kids

January 18, 2000

Be a 4Kids Dectective

When you know the answers to these questions, go to www.4Kids.org/detectives/

In what year did the first robot appear on stage?

Which subjects did Alexander Graham Bell teach? (Go to www.att.com/technology/ forstudents/brainspin to find out.)

What collector's tool will help stamps to not get dirty?

ROBOT MUSEUM

Whether your taste in techno-beings leans toward R2D2 or RoboCop, there's a fascinating online exhibit for fans of robots. The Amazing Robot Museum, which is marking the 75th anniversary of robots in entertainment, has a Web site dedicated to these wired wonders. Plug into www.the-robotman.com/ museum.html for a great rundown of some famous bots, their roles in movies and television and their continuing influence to this day. You'll check in with shows such as "Lost in Space," "Star Trek" and even "The Love Boat." And of course, you'll read all about those comical, lovable robots from "Star Wars." Don't miss out on visits with Johnny 5 from "Short Circuit" and those smart alecs Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, from "Mystery Science Theater." With great photos and facts, this robot museum exhibit definitely computes -- and promises to never self-destruct.

SPECIAL DELIVERY -- STAMP-EDE!

Stamp out boredom in your life by visiting the United States Postal Service's site just for kids. Stamp Stomp is your ultimate source for information on these sticky wonders. Make a special delivery out to www.usps.gov/kids/, where you'll even get the chance to design your own postage stamp. Keep an eye out for stamps of Frankenstein, Superman and Tweety Bird, too. Thinking of starting a stamp collection of your own? This site has all the details on how to build a winner. Just remember to use tweezers. The United States Postal Service's kids' site is one you're going to stick to.

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