For some children, science is as palatable as brussels sprouts. To elevate the topic in the minds of primary and secondary students, the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia and the Science Museum of London have collaborated to publish an online science gallery entitled "Pieces of Science," www.fi.edu/pieces. The 16 featured objects, from a beginner's guide to genetic engineering to the story of the mold Sir Alexander Fleming discovered and transformed into penicillin has its own its Web page, complete with history, and both online and offline activities geared to students. The museums provide lesson plans and resources for teachers. "We want to use the past to motivate the future," says Karen Elinich, director of educational technology programs at the Franklin Institute. Elinich believes the Web makes an excellent showcase. "This project is part of the movement where many museums are using technology to bring their collections to the public,"...
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