WINDOWS ON THE ART WORLD
Microsoft revolutionzed the computer world with its Windows software. Now you can find out how Microsoft has also opened windows on the art world with the Microsoft Art Collection at www.microsoft.com / mscorp / artcollection / . Since 1987, Microsoft has been collecting eclectic pieces of art to brighten its work environment. Microsoft shares its artwork on this exciting Web site. You can view current or past exhibits or take a stroll through the recent acquisitions. To date, Microsoft has collected 2,700 works displayed in 74 Microsoft employment locations. Enjoy this site where art and technology live in harmony.
Nominate a cool Web site at www.4Kids.org / nominations / .
KID QUEST -- What is the name of the first piece of art acquired by Microsoft?
THE VIRTUAL ZOO
If you like animals but there isn't a zoo in your area, you can always visit The Virtual Zoo, a ThinkQuest Web site at http: / / library.thinkquest.org / 11922 / . You'll find exhibits about all your favorite animals, such as bears, amphibians, African animals and more. Be sure to visit the Reptile House, Monkey Island and the Amazing Aviary.
KID QUEST -- What is the wing span of the Great Blue Heron?
EARTH SCIENCE EXPLORER
Middle-school students will love the Earth Science Explorer at www.cotf.edu / ete / modules / msese / explorer.html. Come ponder the mysteries of dinosaur extinction, plate tectonics, biomes, geologic time and much more. Explore the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic Periods in the Meet the Dinosaurs section. And be sure to learn how scientists think in the Problem Solving room.
KID QUEST -- Glaciers, icebergs and icecaps belong to which of Earth's spheres?
To complete the Kid Quest Challenge, visit the Web sites in this issue to find the answers to the questions, then go to www.4Kids.org / kidquest / .