EDUCATION: Cells and Sleuths

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Science  24 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5496, pp. 1459
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5496.1459d

As many baby boomer parents know, children are often light-years ahead of adults in their instincts for using the Web. That's clear from a browse through finalists in ThinkQuest, an annual contest in which middle and high school students create Web sites. This year's crop of science sites, on topics from natural disasters to leukemia, could rival many professional sites with their clean design and technical bells and whistles. NetWatch especially likes Cellupedia, a site created by seniors from three high schools working through cyberspace: Besides providing basic information on cell organelles and processes, gorgeous images, and a multiuser variation of the Game of Life, the Web masters added depth with links to abstracts in MEDLINE. Other top sites are set up entirely as games: You can learn about carbon chemistry by playing a spy named Carbon Bond, for instance, or dig into paleontology by catching a dinosaur bone thief.

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