Just for kids


February 01, 2000

Be a 4Kids Detective

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

On what date was gold found at Sutter's Mill?

When was the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic?

Who was the first black American on a U.S. postage stamp? (Go to library.advanced.org/10320/ to find out.)


Relive one of the most exciting periods in American history, the California Gold Rush. Prospectors from all over headed for the West Coast in search of their personal fortune. Bring your picks and shovels out to www.museumca.org/goldrush/ to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in 1848. Brought to you by the Oakland Museum of California, this site delivers all of the details on this fascinating period of time, from the first gold finds to the boom towns that were built up around these deposits. You'll experience what it was like to be one of the "forty-niners," the miners who spent their days searching for the precious metal. Or feast your eyes on the art depicting this period, which shows everything from gold rush-era San Francisco to the diggers who got lucky. Along the way, you'll also learn about gold machines and the first tools and techniques that miners used. With tons of great photos and amazing facts, this site is a discovery in its own right. And remember: There's gold in them thar hills!


The past century has seen some incredible feats from the world of aviation, from the Wright brothers' first flight to the trans-Atlantic, airbound voyage of Alcock and Brown. Put your tray-table up and visit Flights of Inspiration at www.sln.fi.edu/flights/in-dex.html, the Web site dedicated to the history and science of flight. You'll learn all about the science behind flight and how aircraft are developed by engineers. You'll be amazed by Wilbur and Orville Wright's blueprints. Take the first cross-Atlantic flying trip with John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown. If you're ready to fly the friendly skies on your own, then buckle up because you can design and build your own aircraft and pilot it through the skies, too. Prepare for takeoff!

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