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We're pleased to announce three new online learning sites and games about history and science:

Texas Independence
History game on the Texas Independence web site
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
and The Star of the Republic Museum

In the winter of 1836, Texas were involved in a life or death struggle for freedom from Mexico. As they fought on the battlefield, they also sent representatives from every municipality to a constitutional convention in the small town of Washington. In two tense weeks, these Texans declared independence and created a constitutional republic based on the democratic principles they all held dear.

The Texas Independence Web site offers a rich variety of activities and resources about these historic events, from dramatic animations to timeline and storytelling interactives to primary source documents and lesson plans. The centerpiece of the site is "In Washington Town," a Web-based 3D game in which players explore a virtual recreation of Washington in March 1836. Over the course of the game, players meet key figures in the independence movement while discovering why ordinary Texans came to support this risky path.

Go to Texas Independence

WolfQuest: Survival of the Pack
Raise pups in WolfQuest: Survival of the Pack
Minnesota Zoo

Return to Yellowstone and play this latest expansion of our WolfQuest learning game, where you can now establish a den and raise your ownp pups! Survival of the Pack includes both the original episode of the game, Amethyst Mountain, in which players explore the wilderness, hunt elk, and encounter stranger wolves in a quest to find a mate. and a new episode, Slough Creek, in which players find a den, establish a territory, raise pups and defend them from predators such as coyotes, grizzly bears and other stranger wolves. The game is a free download for Macintosh and Windows computers.

Go to WolfQuest

How Things Fly: Controlled Flight
Using control surfaces for controlled flight
National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Whether flying in air or in space, pilots must have good control of your craft--or else! In this 3D simulation, take the controls of three aircraft and one spacecraft and try to master the art of moving in three dimensions. Learn how aircraft and spacecraft controls apply physics principles to achieve controlled flight, then tackle a nerve-wracking series of aerobatic and orbital maneuvers!

Go to Controlled Flight