The Story of the Throps
and the Squallhoots
Although the primary objective is to entertain, the story also touches on many topics and subjects that are not only unique to the polar regions, but also reflect life, conditions and events on our planet.
The EDUCATIONAL FEATURES of this site fall into the following basic categories:
8.Languages | 9.Internet | 10.Calculators | 11.Search | 12.Educational Games | 13.Topics for Discussion
1. ARCTIC LIBRARY
Features a comprehensive list of Arctic topics, listed both ALPHABETICALLY and by CATEGORY. Ideal for students. Arctic information is also featured in our DAILY ARCTIC FACTS, with a new fact presented each day (double-click any word on those pages for a "pop-up" definition).
2. STORY GLOSSARY
Both the GLOSSARY and the STORY pages feature "pop-up" information boxes on topics related to the story and the polar regions.
3. GUIDE TO ARCTIC SUNRISE AND SUNSET
Our guide to daily sunrise and sunset times in the Arctic, Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, and the Summer and Winter Solstices.
Our "links" section provides links to sites featuring information or activities related to the Arctic and the story.
Double click on any word in the Athropolis ARCTIC LIBRARY or STORY and a new window will open with the definition from Merriam-Webster's Student Electronic Dictionary at Word Central. This is a valuable feature to help kids increase their reading levels - or to assist older children and adults who are learning English as a second language.
6. ARCTIC MAPS
Maps with pop-up information and weather reports for Arctic locations and events: detailed maps, maps of Arctic definitions, the Northwest Passage, explorer's routes, cold areas and even a view of the Arctic from space! If this isn't enough, we've got a whole page of Arctic map LINKS.
7. ARCTIC WEATHER
Get current weather reports from Arctic locations. What's the temperature today in Igloolik, Nunavut, or Barrow, Alaska, or Murmansk, Russia? Try the pop-up locations (click the yellow location buttons) on our ARCTIC MAPS - in particular our BIG MAP OF THE ARCTIC and map of NUNAVUT. For a general report on key Arctic locations, get the COLD REPORT.
8. FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Translate words, phrases, web pages or e-mail with Athropolis TRANSLATION. Learn to say and pronounce HELLO in over 40 LANGUAGES (as well as many other useful phrases) and learn about the world's major languages.
9. INTERNET HELP
Internet help for the whole family - explore the World Wide Web together. Learn HOW HTML CODE WORKS or how to BUILD A WEB PAGE. Lots of information about search engines, downloading, mp3, audio players, instant play, browsers and more about your computer system.
Learn about metric measurements, measurement conversions, area, mass, time, distances, speed, temperature, currency, percentages, downloading and much more with our section of pop-up calculators and reference tables.
Want more information on the topics included on this site? Search the Athropolis WEB SITE, the WORLD WIDE WEB, our ARCTIC LIBRARY or our LINKS section - all from right HERE!
12. EDUCATIONAL GAMES
The Athropolis GAMES section includes educational games related to the Arctic.
Try: THE NUNAVUT GAME | KNOW YOUR ARCTIC COUNTRIES | COLD PLACES | ARCHAEOLOGY GAME.
13. TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
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It is our objective to provide entertainment that encourages a better level of understanding throughout our fragile and multi-cultural world as this is an important step towards co-operation, tolerance, the breakdown of prejudice, and ultimately - a safer and more peaceful planet.
The drifting iceberg called Athropolis is like a simplified version of Earth - with many of the same situations, conflicts, attitudes, fears, prejudices and problems that we encounter or hear about almost every day. The conflicts of cultures and nations; a deteriorating environment; overcrowding; fear of things we don't understand; the arms race - they are all represented on Athropolis.
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