Internet Resources Sampler
The Internet provides a wide range of resources -- especially for things technical. When searching the net, add the word "tutorial" or "introduction" to find introductory information.
FactMonster provides a good, "easy read" overview of Computers and the Internet.
HowStuffWorks includes a number of good articles on the workings of computers. How Bits and Bytes Work describes the basic element of computer technology -- 1's and 0's.
Solving Rubik's Cubes
Saurabh Narain is 12 years old, in 7th grade, and created a robot out of Legos and a microchip controller that can solve any Rubik's Cube in about 2 minutes.
Turn loose your student's creativity and see what they can create.
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How does a cloud form? What's a sunspot? Why is climate changing? You can explore these questions and more online at the UCAR Center for Science Education's Learning Zone.
UCAR is the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. It provides access to work from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Netcraft tracks the current state of the Internet. While much of their findings are of a technical nature, they track the current number of Internet Web Sites -- almost 1 billion.
This HowStuffWorks page talks about the magic chip that changed everything.
Fact Check has received many awards as a neutral and non-profit group. Located within the Annenberg Center at the University of Pennsylvania, it assesses the accuracy of U.S. political news.
Computers and the Internet have become integral parts of all our lives. Understanding how they work allows us to appreciate the tool for what it can (and sometimes cannot) do.