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Our brain uses depth cues to help us perceive and make sense of the world around us. Artificial manipulations of these cues can cause us to think we are seeing something that isn't there! This web site is full of optical illusions and other visual 'manipulations;' you can also learn about concepts like size constancy and gestalt effects and other phenomena.
Virtual Keyboard (for this one you need to enable Adobe Flash Player)
This virtual keyboard allows users to play one octave of notes. With the click of a mouse, one can select from piano, organ, saxophone, flute, and many other instruments. There is also a chord feature, and six different drum beats; you can make your own music in no time at all!
Ever wanted to tour somewhere like the United States Mint in Denver, Colorado, or the National Braille Press in Boston? This site has over 500 factory tours listed by state. What a great way to discover interesting factory tours in this area or anywhere in the United States!
Make your own Comic (Even in a Foreign Language!)
Using the icons on this site, you can create characters, move objects, and write stories for your own comic strips! You can even print or email your finished product to a friend!
No matter how much you like logic puzzles, number puzzles, word puzzles, party puzzles, and more, you'll never run out of things to explore on this site!
Let's see if you've 'got rhythm!' Program the kick drum, hihats, snare drum, and stick to write your own custom beat...even including your own unique drum solo!
Searchable database of thousands of everyday heroes—stories of real kids and adults who have ‘stuck their neck out’ for the common good and made a positive difference in their communities, regions, and to the world.
What is the difference between a ‘spread’ and a ‘bid’? What do banks do with the money that you deposit and what does the FDIC have to do with it? How is coin and paper money really made? Find the answers and more here; this website includes tips on creating a budget, how the stock market works, and more.
According to Gifted Child Today, if the movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian whetted your appetite to learn more about the Smithsonian Museum collection, this website will get you even more excited about the 142 million objects in the museum! Along with interactive displays including an Apollo 11 mission page and spiders in space, this website includes tips for starting your own collection.
This artist creates sculptures of such small proportions that you need a microscope to see it. Really!! Each piece usually sits within the eye of a needle or on a pinhead. Willard started making minute pieces of art in order to deal with dyslexia at school.
Are you interested in composing your own music? Do you want to know more about different musical instruments? On this site you can search composers by country, look for a particular composer on a timeline, listen to famous musical pieces, and play various musical games including an opportunity to compose your own music.
According to their website, "BrainBashers is a collection of brain teasers, puzzles, riddles, games and optical illusions. BrainBashers has thousands of puzzles and brain teasers, and with new material added every single day, including games and optical illusions, you can be sure there is always something to do. With over one hundred awards, BrainBashers is the place to spend a boring Monday afternoon training your brain." Sounds interesting!
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