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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cool Science and Alcohol Sites for Kids

It's not easy to find sites that will help kids learn the science of alcohol but we're trying. I've been reviewing and researching sites and here's what I've found.

The Cool Spot
Washington, DC
Created for kids ages 11 to 13 by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the site, which is colorful and uses cartoon drawings of kids to get its points across, has a lot of good, clearly written information for kids. Created by the NIAAA, there is a section for teens to tell their stories.

If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak," you've come to the right place. KidsHealth is a general health site that includes valuable information for younger children and teens about alcohol and science. http://kidshealth.org/teen/drug_alcohol/alcohol/alcohol.html

BBC Science and Nature: Human Body and Mind
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/index_interactivebody.shtml - This excellent web site provides activities to learn about each body system. Check out the organs game, muscle game and skeleton game.

This site has 15-17 minute videos of each body system. The information is very good even though your child may not be willing to sit through more than one of them. Start with the one on the CNS. http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/20869-human-body-systems-the-nervous-system-video.htm

Neuroscience for Kids
Created by Dr. Eric Chudler, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and director of education and outreach at the University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials in Seattle, WA, this site focuses primarily on neuroscience. Check out the section on neurons which show how they work within the human body.

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