WASHINGTON, Feb. 2--With today's launch of its newest
World Wide Web site, "Ciencia Para Niños," the
Agricultural Research Service expands
its information outreach to include Spanish-speaking Hispanic youth. The site
is a Spanish translation of Sci4Kids, the agency's year-old web site for
children ages 8-13 and up.
Sci4Kids in both English and Spanish is a series of interactive
stories based on research conducted at ARS, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief
scientific research agency. It provides a fun way for kids to learn how
agricultural science connects to everyday life and how scientific research
helps solve everyday problems.
Last winter, ARS first made its daily news items available in
Spanish. Over 100 Hispanic print and broadcast media now subscribe.
"Making the Sci4Kids web site available in Spanish is an
important next step in an ongoing initiative to make information available to
the Hispanic community," said Gonzalez. "Today's children are tomorrow's
farmers, scientists, policymakers and consumers. So it's important that all
children have access to information about agricultural research that is
significant and timely, as well as enjoyable."
Gonzalez encourages educators to use Ciencia Para Niños
as a tool in interdisciplinary programs to help students gain a greater
awareness of and appreciation for the role of agricultural research. Because
the site is also available in English as "Science for Kids," both could be used
in bilingual education programs or language classes.
To date, Ciencia Para Niños features about 18 creative
stories--plus ag science project ideas and a special section on careers for new
scientists. At the site's colorful home page, kids can click on a cow to read
about animals, a tractor for soil, a pumpkin for nutrition or choose high
tech, satellites, or aquaculture.
"Dr. Watts"--another feature of the site--answers e-mail
questions about the stories--in either English or Spanish.
The English version of Science for Kids may be viewed at: