Facts on File: Science Online - Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments. If you're using Science Online on your home computer, you'll have to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin.
GREENFILE - A collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. For high school and up. If you're using GREENFILE on your home computer, you'll have to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin.
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Ask A Scientist - See Everyday Mysteries, below.
Bitesize Science (KS3) VIDEO INTERACTIVE [Click on a topic, then click 'REVISE' for lessons] - 'Want to know about the details that make up all living things? You'll find out that they deal with energy, chemical and physical properties.' This British educational site offers basic lessons on organisms, behaviour & health, chemical & material behaviour, energy, electricity & forces, and rock types, astronomy, & the environment. Also includes activities and quizzes; for middle school students. See Bitesize Science (KS2) VIDEO INTERACTIVE [Archived page] [Click on a topic, then click 'READ' for lessons] for elementary school students. (British Broadcasting Corporation)
Calculators - See Scientific Calculator and related links, below.
Children's University: Science INTERACTIVE - Interactive science lessons and quizzes for K-6, covering the body & medicines, energy & the environment, earth & beyond, teeth & eating, micro-organisms, the brain & senses, and exercise. (2012; University of Manchester, UK)
Cogito AUDIO VIDEO - This website is designed specifically for young people who are interested in math and science. Cogito offers news and features on topics ranging from global warming and space science to mobile apps and biotechnology, plus interviews, discussion forums, book & movie reviews, 'Best of the Web' guides, webcasts & podcasts, and listings and reviews of summer and distance-education programs, internships, and academic competitions (John Hopkins University et al.). CurioCity VIDEO 'is a web-based meeting place where teens can connect with post-secondary students and science professionals to explore and discover the science, engineering and technology behind everyday life. Featuring insightful articles and videos that cover topics relevant to 13 to 17-year-olds - such as current events, health issues, technology, entertainment, sports and the environment - CurioCity is a wealth of interesting, accurate and credible information' (from Let's Talk Science, a Canadian charitable 'organization).
EurekAlert - The latest news in scientific research, directly from research institutions, universities, government agencies, and corporations; arranged by subject; searchable archives. For college or advanced high school students; site includes advertisements. There is now a separate Kids' page for middle school and up (American Association for the Advancement of Science). Futurity.org 'features the latest discoveries by scientists at top research universities in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia... in an effort to share research news directly with the public' (non-profit site, supported by dozens of university partners). On Open Science World, academic scientists post pieces about their research written in a style that is suitable for non-scientists (collaborative site based in Kyoto, Japan). Science 360 VIDEO presents news and videos from around the world on the latest cutting-edge discoveries and big science stories of the day. A related site, National Science Foundation Discoveries highlights the latest discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support, including projects in cybersafety, green energy, extrasolar planets, robotics, ecosystems, and much more; high school and up (National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency). Science News for Kids offers the latest scientific news, with experiments, puzzles & games, Web resources, recommended reading, and other useful materials, for ages 9 to 13 (Society for Science & the Public, non-profit organization; site includes advertisements). PBS NewsHour Extra VIDEO has science news videos and lesson plans for grades 7-12 (site includes advertisements). Inside Science VIDEO posts articles and videos on recent advances in science, engineering, mathematics, and related fields, produced for general audiences; search by keyword or browse by topic (American Institute of Physics; site includes advertisements). See also Nature and Science Podcasts, below.
Everyday Mysteries - Answers to many of life's most interesting questions, such as 'Did you ever wonder why a camel has a hump? If you can really tell the weather by listening to the chirp of a cricket? Or why our joints make popping sounds? Arranged by subject. Mostly for high school and up, though links may include good sites for younger students (2010, Library of Congress). You can also search for answers to your science questions (high school and up) in the Science Line archives (University of California), and on Scientific American's Ask the Experts and Ask the Brains pages (2015; site includes advertisements). Science Kids also provides 'answers to some of those perplexing questions about Science and Nature'; high school and up (Hany Farid, professor of computer science at Dartmouth College).
Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Museum website offering engaging interactive and multimedia presentations, with a focus on investigating the science behind the ordinary subjects and experiences of people's lives, and the historical and social issues that surround them. Includes the Exploratorium Digital Library, a collection of online science materials covering a broad range of topics, organized by subject. Appropriate grade level, elementary through college, is specified for each resource.
FOSSweb Science Fun INTERACTIVE - Interactive games and other science learning resources for students in grades K-2, grades 3-6, and grades 6-8 [NOTE: Free registration is required for full access, but you can choose 'Visit as a Guest' if you don't want to register]; (2000 - 2014; Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, and School Specialty, Inc.). The Concord Coalition's STEM Resources INTERACTIVE website features free, open source educational activities, models and software tools for elementary school through college; you can search by keyword or filter by subject, grade level and type (2010 - 2014; non-profit organization).
Great Amateurs in Science - Brief stories of ten amateur scientists who made enormous contributions to science. (1996 - 2002, WGBH / PBS; site includes advertisements)
History of Science - A brief overview of the history of science from 4000 BC to the birth of modern science in the 17th through 20th centuries; middle school and up (2002, WETA / PBS; site includes advertisements). Museum of the History of Science offers a collection of more than 30 online exhibits on numerous aspects of the history of science; for high school and up (1995 - 2014, Oxford University, UK). Doing Biology presents 17 historical case studies which explore the nature of scientific experiments, the role of culture or personality in discovery, interactions among alternative theories, and more. High school and up. NOTE: Each case study is presented as a PDF, slow to download/open (By Joel Hagen, Douglas Allchin & Fred Singer. Doing Biology was originally published by Harper Collins, 1996).
Interactive Simulations INTERACTIVE - A large collection of animated simulations covering dozens of topics in physics, biology, chemistry, earth science, math, and cutting-edge research. On the left-hand menu, you can select a topic or view sims by Grade Level, elementary school through university. JAVA is required to view sims (2006 - 2015, University of Colorado). Science Animations VIDEO INTERACTIVE provides links to dozens of movies & interactive tutorials, arranged by subject. Covers Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Animals, Plants, Ecology, Microbiology, Astronomy, Geology, Physics, and general science collections. Created in 2009 - expect some broken links. Grade level varies. (North Harris Montgomery Community College District, TX)
Inventors and Inventions - Selected links to the best websites on inventors and inventions. (South Plainfield Public Library)
K8 Science is now part of BioEd Online, below.
Nature: Science Videos VIDEO - Free online videos about recent research studies, featuring interviews with scientists behind the research, and analysis from Nature editors. Covers all the sciences. Nature also offers Nature News and Nature Podcasts NEW! VIDEO. High school and up. (2015, Nature Publishing Group, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited; site includes advertisements)
Nova Labs - The NOVA Labs website allows you to actively participate in the scientific process. 'From predicting solar storms and designing renewable energy systems to tracking cloud movements and learning cybersecurity strategies, NOVA Labs participants can take part in real-world investigations by visualizing, analyzing, and sharing the same data that scientists use. Each Lab is unique, and focuses on a different area of active research. But all of them illustrate key concepts with engaging and informative videos and guide participants as they answer scientific questions or design solutions to current problems. Experts in the field are available as well to answer users' questions and to propose new routes of investigation.' (PBS)
Ology INTERACTIVE - Colorful lessons with lots of fun activities to help you learn about archaeology, astronomy, biodiversity, earth science, Einstein, genetics, marine biology, zoology and more. Middle school and up. Resources for Learning offers hundreds of additional activities, articles, and analyses on anthropology, astronomy, biology, earth science, and paleontology. For all ages (American Museum of Natural History). You'll find more fun learning resources on Kids Only VIDEO INTERACTIVE; elementary through high school (Natural History Museum of London, UK).
Planet Science INTERACTIVE - Science features, activities, experiments and online adventures, for age 11 and up. There are separate sections for kids under 11 and for parents & teachers. (2013, National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, UK)
Pulse of the Planet AUDIO - A collection of daily two-minute sound recordings, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide and blending interviews and extraordinary natural sound. (Jim Metzner Productions, funded by National Science Foundation)
Rough Science: Discover More - Includes 'A Brief History of Science' (with timeline), plus articles on 'The Art of Science' and 'What Science is All About'. Also offers hands-on activities for Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12. (2002, WETA / PBS; site includes advertisements)
School Science INTERACTIVE [Separate sections for Elementary school (Primary), age 11-14, age 14-16, and age 16-19. Use the toolbar menu to choose a grade level.] - Links to a wide range of science resources (mostly British) for students. Also includes resources for teachers. (2015, Association for Science Education, UK)
Science and Math Games & Puzzles INTERACTIVE - A collection of games & puzzles including math games, hangman, crossword puzzles, word scrambles and more. Middle school and up. (Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility)
Science and Space Photos - Do you need pictures for your science paper? This site has a great collection of photos on earth, space, health & the human body, archaelogy, and the prehistoric world (National Geographic; site includes advertisements). You can find microscopic images at Science and Photography Through the Microscope (by Dennis Kunkel, Ph.D.) and Microscope Imaging Station (formerly Life through the Lens) (Exploratorium Museum). Wellcome Images offers a wealth of images with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science; click on 'EXPLORE' to browse topics.
Science Concepts Explained VIDEO - These short videos explain some fundamental science concepts (density, float & sink, mass, mixtures, and states of matter) in a fun and entertaining way; middle school and up. (Baylor College of Medicine)
Science Net Links - Selected and annotated links to K-12 math and science lessons, tools, afterschool activities, and more; you can search by keywords, subject and grade level (American Association for the Advancement of Science). Science Education Gateway (SEGway) offers high quality educational websites on space science, sun/earth, and solar system, with suggested grade levels (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) and content standards provided for each. The site is 'designed to help teachers locate and identify the resources they can use best and that fit their local curriculum and National Science Education Standards' (2005 - 2008, University of California, NASA, et al.). AMSER (Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services in applied math & science, designed for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use.
Science Update Podcasts AUDIO - Daily 60-second audio reports on the latest discoveries in science, technology and medicine. Science Updates AUDIO are 60-second student-friendly radio programs presenting current science research, selected from the Science Update Podcasts. Science Podcasts AUDIO are weekly online audiocasts built around interesting stories in Science Magazine and its sister sites; high school and up. (The above sites are from the American Association for the Advancement of Science; sites may include advertisements). For more audio science news, see BBC Science in Action AUDIO (British Broadcasting Corporation), NPR Science AUDIO (National Public Radio; site includes advertisements); high school and up. A Moment of Science AUDIO is a two-minute radio program that answers thousands of questions about the world we live; middle school and up (Indiana University et al.).
Scientific Method - Step-by-step instructions on how science experiments are done (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Print out the Scientific Process Log [Archived page] to record each step of the scientific process used in a scientific investigation of your own (NASA).
Study Jams AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Colorful multimedia lessons on a variety of math and science subjects, with videos, slide shows, and songs to help you learn, and quizzes to test what you've learned. Elementary and middle school. (Scholastic.com)
Understanding Science 101 - Explains what science is, how it works, and why it matters, with advice on untangling media messages and public policies. For students and teachers, grades K-16. (2015, University of California at Berkeley et al.)
Veritasium VIDEO - 'A science video blog featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science.' (By Derek Muller, winner of the 2012 Cyberscreen Science Film Festival; hosted on YouTube; site includes advertisements)
Web Adventures INTERACTIVE - A collection of online games which explore microbiology, forensic sciense, drug & alcohol abuse, clinical trials, neuroscience, and science careers; middle school and high school. (2009 - 2015, Rice University)
Why Files INTERACTIVE - Articles about science and how it affects everyday life. You can browse by general subject (under Archives) or enter a specific search term such as 'mosquitoes,' 'cloning,' or 'global warming'. Includes interactives UPDATED LINK!. (2015, University of Wisconsin)
World of Science - Encyclopedias of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics. Includes linked cross-references. Mostly for high school and up, though middle school students may find the biography section useful; most biographies are short and include an image. (Wolfram Research / Eric W. Weisstein, with assistance from the internet community)
World Science Festival NEW! VIDEO - 'Brings together great minds in science & the arts to present the wonders of science and the drama of scientific discovery to a broad general audience.' Articles, videos, and images; high school and up. (2015, Science Festival Foundation; non-profit organization)
Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students - Advice, samples, and exercises designed to help students write effectively about science. Also includes materials for instructors. For college and advanced high school students (Michael Alley, Penn State University). See also Writing in the Sciences (University of North Carolina).
African-American Astronauts - See Women in Space and related diversity links, below.
Amazing Space Glossary - Definitions of terms from space science, astronomy, and related fields. High school and up (Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute). See also Imagine the Universe! Dictionary (2004, NASA).
Apollo 13, We Have a Solution - This article details the real-life events that led to the safe return of the Apollo 13 spacecraft in 1970, which was dramatized in the movie Apollo 13. High school and up. (2005, IEEE Spectrum Magazine, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; site includes advertisements)
Astronomy Center - Selected links to astronomy-related information, arranged by subject. Grade level varies, though the majority of resources are for high school and up. (2003 - 2015, American Astronomical Society et al.)
Astronomy News AUDIO VIDEO - For news about the latest discussions and discoveries in astronomy, see this companion site for Astronomy Magazine. Includes podcasts and video. High school and up. (Kalmbach Publishing; site includes advertisements)
Astro-Venture INTERACTIVE - 'Is the Earth unique? Is there another planet that could support human life? What are the requirements for human habitation?' On this interactive site, middle school students learn about Astronomy, Geology, Biology and Atmospheric Science by searching for and building a planet where humans could live. (2004 - 2012, NASA)
Auroras: Cosmic Light Show NEW! - Explains what auroras are, what causes them, why they are different colors & shapes, and more. (2009, Space Science Institute)
Black Holes AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - 'Black holes are places where ordinary gravity has become so extreme that it overwhelms all other forces in the Universe.' This interactive media site takes you on a Journey to a Black Hole. Site also includes an encyclopedia and glossary (2007, Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute). For a short introductory animated video for elementary/middle school students, see What is a Black Hole? (2015, NASA). See also Black Hole Primer (2010, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Challenger Accident - Astronaut biographies and other resources related to the January 28, 1986 the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger. You can also see a similar page on the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident. For information on other Space Shuttle missions, see NASA's Space Shuttle page. (NASA)
Chandra Observatory AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Articles, news, photos, podcasts, and videos on astronomy. High school and up. (Harvard University)
Comets - Basic definition with picture and links to more information. Elementary school and up (2009, NASA).
Dark Energy UPDATED LINK! - Learn about the mysterious energy causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate (2009, NASA).
Dark Matter - Q & A about mysterious 'dark matter' whose existence cannot be confirmed by the usual methods of observation. High school and up (2010, Harvard University). See also How do we know dark matter exists if we can't see it? AUDIO and Imagine: Dark Matter UPDATED LINK! (2011, NASA).
Field Guide to the Universe INTERACTIVE - Descriptions (with images) of the sun and planets in our solar system, plus info on spacecraft and brief biographies of astronomers from ancient times through the present. Also includes a 'Design a Space Station' interactive. Middle school and up (2010, Children's Museum of Indianapolis). StarChild AUDIO is another good basic astronomy site for kids, covering the solar system, universe, and space travel, plus a glossary of terms. Two separate section, Level 1 for elementary school students, Level 2 for middle school and up (NASA). See also Planets and NASA's Space Place, below.
Hispanic-American Astronauts - See Women in Space and related diversity links, below.
History of Cosmology - From the ancient Greeks to the present, this site presents 'the story of the colorful individuals, startling ideas and ingenious tools that brought us knowledge of the vast and strange universe we inhabit. Written by leading historians of astronomy, richly illustrated.' (American Institute of Physics)
Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Resources for exploring the mysteries of the universe. A sister site, Amazing Space, offers a variety of online astronomy learning resources, including Interactive Explorations of stars, galaxies, comets, black holes, etc., a monthly stargazing show, astronomy trivia quiz, and more. Middle school and up. (2000 - 2015, NASA)
Mars Rover Curiosity Discovery Guide VIDEO INTERACTIVE - 'Fun facts and activities to learn about Mars and all the innovations that make the Mars Science Laboratory mission and its Curiosity rover one of NASA's most exciting space missions.' Middle school and up (2012, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Mars Science Laboratory VIDEO provides additional background info, mission images, and the latest news about 'Curiosity' (2015, NASA). See also Return to Mars VIDEO, an archive of 2012 webcasts that followed Curiosity's landing and initial exploration of the red planet, with stunning images and expert commentary by staff and visiting scientists (2013, Exploratorium).
Mercury MESSENGER - Information about MESSENGER, the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury. Includes FAQs, images, an interactive mission timeline, mission design, spacecraft, instruments, mission team, and Student Activities & Resources AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE. (1999 - 2015, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)
Meteors and Meteorites - Explains meteors, meteor showers, and meteorites, plus news and related topics; for middle school and up (2014, NASA). See also What causes a falling star? for elementary school and up (1999, NASA).
NASA's Space Place INTERACTIVE - Games, animations, projects, and fun facts about Earth, our Solar System, space and technology, for elementary school kids. NASA for Students VIDEO provides homework help and other resources in separate sections for elementary, middle, high school and college students. Also offers extensive resources for educators. See NASA History and NASA's home page AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE for even more. (2015, NASA)
Planets: What is a Planet? NEW! - Examines the history of defining what is a planet, and outlines some of the differences between a planet and a dwarf planet (2015, NASA). For information about specific planets and other objects in our Solar System (and beyond), see the main Solar System Exploration: Planets page (2015, NASA), and Field Guide to the Universe and related resources, above.
Skylab - Facts and history of the Skylab project, missions 1 through 4. (2003, NASA)
Skywatching (EarthSky Tonight) AUDIO - Star charts and other night sky information for each day, plus skywatching tips and links (2015, Earth and Sky radio series; site includes advertisements). Tonight's Sky AUDIO VIDEO offers great monthly flash videos to help you learn to recognize constellations and other objects in the night sky (2015, Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute). Another excellent radio series available online is Stardate AUDIO, which includes a beginner's guide to the night sky, constellation guide, weekly stargazing tips, and lots more; use the lefthand menu to navigate (2015, University of Texas). More advanced students may also be interested in Current Sky Information (2015, Harvard University).
Solar Sail - News on the LightSail project, an effort to demonstrate that sunlight can propel a spacecraft in Earth orbit (2015, Planetary Society AUDIO). See also Solar Sail Demonstration (The Sunjammer Project) (2013, NASA).
Solar System - See Field Guide to the Universe and related resources, above.
Space Photos - Need pictures for your report? This site has lots of photos of astronauts, spacecraft, planets, and other space-related subjects. (2014, NASA)
Space Station VIDEO - Watch the videos to see how the crew eats, sleeps and exercises on the International Space Station. You can also learn about how the space station works, and take a 360-degree online tour (2007, NASA). For the latest news on the Station, see International Space Station. (2015, NASA)
Space Weather Center INTERACTIVE - Articles and interactives on our dynamic sun and space weather. Topics include plasmas, the solar cycle, solar wind, magnetic shields, auroras, and more. For elementary and middle school. (2010 - 2014, Space Science Institute)
Stellarium - 'Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.' (2015; created by Fabien Chéreau et al.)
We Choose the Moon VIDEO INTERACTIVE - 'Each stage of this interactive online exhibit allows visitors to follow the historic moon landing minute by minute and explore archival photos and footage of President Kennedy's pioneering space efforts.' Site may be slow to load fully. (2009, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library)
Women in Space AUDIO - Timeline describing the history of women in space from 1960 to 2005. Middle school and up (2005, NPR; site includes advertisements). See also NASA History: Women in Space, Women @ NASA, Women of NASA, Latina Women of NASA, and NASA Women of STEM NEW! VIDEO (2012 - 2015, NASA). For more on diversity in the space program, see NASA's African-American Astronauts Fact Sheet NEW! (2012) and Hispanic Astronauts (2013).
WorldWide Telescope NEW! VIDEO - 'A visualization environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope - bringing together imagery from the world's best ground- and space-based telescopes for the exploration of the universe.' High school and up. (Microsoft Research)
Ask a Biologist AUDIO - 'For students who ever had a question about biology or what it's like to work in the biology field, Ask a Biologist lets them ask the experts - biologists themselves. Designed for students in grades preK-12, this website also features interactive and educational activities for students, teachers and parents.' Includes an audio podcast. (2010 - 2014, Arizona State University)
Atlas of the Human Body - A basic illustrated anatomy of the human body (1995 - 2015, American Medical Association). Body Basics explains how each body system, part, and process works, and what happens when things go wrong; for teens; How the Body Works is a similar page for younger kids (1995 - 2015, Nemours Foundation Center for Children's Health Media). Bartleby.com has a searchable, chapter-by-chapter E-text of the classic Gray's Anatomy; illustrated; high school and up (site includes advertisements, pop-ups). The Body Explained VIDEO offers brief, entertaining online videos that answer puzzling questions such as 'What Causes Goose Bumps?' 'What Causes Hiccups?' 'What Causes Blushing?' 'What Causes an Ice Cream Headache?' 'What is That Little Thing That Hangs Down in the Back of Your Throat?' or 'Why Do Onions Make You Cry?' For all ages (2004 - 2011, Baylor College of Medicine). For more on health, see Homework Links: HEALTH & FITNESS (South Plainfield Public Library).
Bacteria - The Virtual Museum of Bacteria 'brings together many links on bacteria, bacteriology, and related topics available on the web. It also provides crystal-clear information about many aspects of bacteria.' Use the left-hand menu to choose a topic. (1998 - 2013, by Trudy Wassenaar).
Biochemistry Animations INTERACTIVE - A collection of interactive animations designed to help students learn about biochemical processes such as cell structure, cloning, DNA replication, nucleotides, photosynthesis, and many more. Also includes concept reviews, quizzes, tutorials, and links. College level (2002, John Wiley & Sons Publishers, Inc.). See also Chemistry of Life for problem sets and tutorials in biochemistry (1996 - 2003, University of Arizona).
BIODIDAC - A collection of printable photos & line drawings for zoology, botany, human anatomy, and more. (University of Ottawa)
BioEd Online AUDIO VIDEO - 'Reliable, up-to-date information and educational tools in life, physical, and earth/space sciences appropriate for grades K-8.' Includes lesson plans & demos, nature news, audio podcasts, video, and other science education resources. (Baylor College of Medicine)
BioInteractive VIDEO INTERACTIVE - A collection of free learning resources for science teachers and students, including articles, interviews, animations, videos, and interactives; high school and up (Howard Hughes Medical Institute).
Biology Learning Resources- Links to selected online instructional materials on a wide variety of subjects in Biology, including Bioethics, Genetics, Evolution, Ecology / Environment, Neuroscience, and more. Grade level varies. (National Association of Biology Teachers; site includes advertisements)
Biology of Plants VIDEO - Step-by-step explanations of how plants grow, make food, reproduce, and adapt to the world around them. Well illustrated; middle school and up. (2006, Missouri Botanical Garden)
Biology / Paleontology Glossary - Brief definitions of terms used in Phylogenetics, Geology, Biochemistry, Cell biology, Ecology, Life history, Zoology, Botany, and Paleogeography; many definitions include links to additional information. You can browse the glossary alphabetically or by subject. High school and up. (1995 - 2009, University of California Museum of Paleontology)
BioScience Issues - A large collection of articles describing current bioscience issues such as biotechnology, biodiversity, environment, genomics, and evolution, and examining how they affect your life. Sidebars summarize key points for each article, and most articles includes links to related information; many also offer educator resources. Mostly for high school and up, though some links for middle school are included. (2015, American Institute of Biological Sciences)
Brain Facts - Explores the basics about the brain and how it works, and posts brain-related news from around the web (2015, Society for Neuroscience). Brain Power VIDEO looks at new tools and techniques for increasing our understanding of the brain (2014, National Science Foundation). Neuroscience for Kids has Q & A, experiments, activities, games, and links to help you learn about the brain, spinal cord, neurons and the senses. High school (1996 - 2012; by Eric H. Chudler, University of Washington). Lobe-Oratorium INTERACTIVE is an interactive game to help you understand how different parts of the brain work; a PDF transcript is also available; middle school and up (2012, National Institutes of Health). See also Brain: The Inside Story ; middle school and up (2011, American Museum of Natural History et al.) and The Learning Brain; for grades 3 - 12 (2015, Baylor College of Medicine).
Brain Maps INTERACTIVE - An interactive digital brain atlas & virtual microscope showing high-resolution scanned images of both primate and non-primate brains. Includes complete brain atlas datasets for Macaca mulatta, C. aethiops, Felis catus, Mus musculus, and others. For college or advanced high school students (2005 - 2013, University of California). Comparative Mammalian Brains NEW! offers images and information for the brains of over 100 different species of mammals, including humans (2010, University of Wisconsin et al.).
Cells Alive! VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Interactives, animations, images and descriptions for cell biology, microbiology, immunology, & microscopy. For college or advanced high school students. (1994 - 2015, by biologist/photographer James A. Sullivan; site includes advertisements)
DNA from the Beginning VIDEO - This online tutorial explains classical genetics using text, animation, image gallery, video interviews, problem, biographies, and links. High school and up (2002 - 2011, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory). Learn Genetics VIDEO INTERACTIVE offers helpful instructional animations on genetics (University of Utah). For additional resources, see GeneEd: Genetics, Education, Discovery INTERACTIVE; high school and up (2012, National Library of Medicine).
Encyclopedia of Earth VIDEO - 'An electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society.' Features articles, news, videos, images & other resources, contributed and reviewed by experts. Style is intended to be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, and the general public. High school and up. (2015, National Council for Science and the Environment et al.; site includes advertisements). For more links on environmental topics, see our Homework Links: ECOLOGY, WILDLIFE, PLANTS & ANIMALS and Homework Links: WEATHER & DISASTERS pages.
Environmental Health INTERACTIVE - Links to homework resources and online activities that explain how the environment can affect human health. A few short videos are included. Appropriate grade level (K-12+) is indicated for each resource. Elementary and middle school students should also check out the Kids' Pages for experiments, activities, games, jokes, songs, quizzes, and more! (2014, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
Evidence: How We Know What We Know INTERACTIVE - This case study in human origins - exploring how scientific evidence shapes our current understanding of what makes us human, and how we got this way - is used as a starting point to examine the scientific process, revealing the ways in which ideas and information become knowledge and understanding (2009, Exploratorium Museum). For more on human evolution, see Human Beginnings, below. For more on evolution generally, see Evolution, below.
Evolution [Archived page] - Explains Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and how it was developed; for middle school and high school students (2014, British Broadcasting Corporation). NOVA's Evolution Project offers 'online lessons, videos, and a library of multimedia resources for use in coursework, special projects, and independent study' for high school students; updates may be found at NOVA Evolution (2001 - 2015, WGBH, PBS and Clear Blue Sky Productions). Understanding Evolution is designed 'to help you understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time.' Includes teaching resources for K-12 (2015, University of California Museum of Paleontology et al.). See also Darwin: The Man and the Theory AUDIO VIDEO; high school and up (2005 - 2006, American Museum of Natural History). For online texts of Darwin's writings, see The Complete Works of Charles Darwin (2002 - 2015, University of Cambridge et al.). For more on human evolution, see Human Origins, below.
Eyes Have It [Archived site] - 'Eyes can be simple light-sensitive cells that don't see images, or complex organs that see light, shadow, color, shape, and depth.' On this site you can learn the fundamental facts about vision, eyes and eye anatomy. Includes related resources. High school (2011, San Diego Natural History Museum). Listen AUDIO VIDEO offers short videos, lessons, games, and other activities about sound and hearing, and about how listening helps us navigate our world (2006, Exploratorium Museum).
Health Science Education Resources VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Free resources include booklets and websites on topics like cell biology, genetics, chemistry, pharmacology, computational biology and structural biology; Findings, a twice-yearly magazine showcasing vibrant and diverse scientists who do cutting-edge research; interactive games & puzzles; a scientific image gallery with downloadable photos, illustrations and videos; a monthly electronic newsletter that highlights recent scientific advances; and a series of articles about the science of health. Mostly for high school and up (2015, National Institute of General Medical Sciences). NIH Educational Resources UPDATED LINK! is a selection of links to high quality health science learning resources, browsable by grade level: elementary, middle, or high school (2013, National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education).
Human Genome Project - A collection of archived resources about the Human Genome Project (HGP) and related issues (2014, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science). See also Genomics Definitions and Terms (2007 - 2014, University of Kentucky). High school and up.
Human Beginnings [Archived page] INTERACTIVE - Describes the evolution of humans, with articles about cavemen, neanderthals, and the development of human intelligence; includes an interactive quiz. Middle school and up (2014, British Broadcasting Corporation). What Does It Mean To Be Human? VIDEO is 'dedicated to bringing you the excitement, latest findings, and profound implications of the scientific exploration of human origins.' High school and up (2010 - 2015, Smithsonian Institution). The Human Spark [Archived page] VIDEO is a three-part video series exploring the questions: 'What is the nature of human uniqueness? Where did the Human Spark ignite, and when? And perhaps most tantalizingly, why?' You can watch video clips on specific topics (Neuroscience, Primates, Human Evolution, and Child Development), or view the entire series online (2010, WNET / PBS; site includes advertisements). Becoming Human AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE offers an interactive multimedia documentary that tells the story of our origins, plus related classroom materials, games & activities (2008, Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University). Surviving: the Body of Evidence AUDIO VIDEO is a multimedia presentation explores the past and possible future of human evolution, our place in the natural world, and more. High school and up (2008, Penn Museum).
Hyper Heart VIDEO INTERACTIVE - An interactive animation/movie demonstrating the processes of a normal cardiac cycle. Also includes an electrocardiogram and heart sounds graph. 'Tutorials are provided for each phase of the cycle and interactive functions can all be utilized within the animation itself. For detailed instructions of the controls please use the HELP button (question mark).' High school and up (Dr. Don Blumenthal et al., University of Utah; date unknown).
Life Sciences CyberBridge - Reviews biology and chemistry concepts that are fundamental to success in introductory college Life Sciences courses. CyberBridge is divided into several topic areas - math in biology, bonding, DNA, Mendel's laws, population genetics, and mitosis & meiosis - each with a tutorial and an assessment quiz. For college freshmen or advanced high school students. (2007, Harvard University)
Microbe World AUDIO VIDEO - Discover the wonderful world of fungi, bacteria, viruses, molds and other slimy things - what they are, where they live, and how we use them. You can also perform experiments, investigate microbes in the news, and learn about careers in microbiology. Includes audio and video podcasts; formerly Stalking the Mysterious Microbe. For middle school and up (2009 - 2015, American Society for Microbiology). Another good microbe site is Microbe Zoo, featuring DirtLand, Animal Pavilion, Snack Bar, Space Adventure, and Water World (2002, Michigan State University). Blackwell Publishing offers a Glossary of Terms [Link opens a PDF document]; for college or advanced high school students (2004).
Microscope Imaging Station VIDEO - A range of high-resolution images and movies showing the diversity of what can be seen with light microscopes, plus feature articles and suggested learning activities. (2004, Exploratorium Museum).
Phylogeny of Life - Online exhibits exploring the relationships which connect all organisms, past and present. Evolutionary Trees offers related information (2009, University of California Museum of Paleontology). See also Travels in the Great Tree of Life (2009, Yale Peabody Museum). High school and up.
The Scientist Magazine VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Feature articles, news, and opinion on a wide range of topics in cell & molecular biology, genetics, and other life-science fields. 'Through innovative print articles, online stories, and multimedia features, the magazine explores the latest scientific discoveries, trends in research, innovative techniques, new technology, business, and careers... Written by prominent scientists and professional journalists, articles in The Scientist are concise, accurate, accessible, and entertaining.' High school and up. (Now published by LabX Media Group; site includes advertisements)
Scitable - A free library of articles, currently concentrating on genetics and cell biology, including 'evolution, gene expression, and the rich complexity of cellular processes shared by living organisms. Scitable also offers resources for the budding scientist, with advice about effective science communication and career paths.' High school and up. (2015, Nature Publishing Group, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited)
Secrets of the Sequence VIDEO - Fifty of the best videos from the public television series, Secrets of the Sequence. Each 8- to 10-minute video is focused on a particular biology topic such as anatomy, bacteria, bioethics, biotechnology, botany, life sciences careers, DNA, evolution, forensics, genetics, human health, and insects. All the videos have an accompanying classroom-tested lesson which includes background information, curriculum standards, discussion questions & answers, teacher notes, and a classroom activity. Click on a topic to see the list of videos, click on a video title for a description and link to downloadable lesson. High school. (2012, Virginia Commonwealth University et al.)
Virtual Cell Website INTERACTIVE - Allows you to get a close-up view of several organelles in 3-D. Choose an organelle within the cell and manipulate it by zooming in, rotating the image, and dissecting several organelles to view their contents. If you have trouble, see instructions (1998 - 2004; created by high school & university faculty and students).
Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table - Part of an online textbook which is 'designed to provide a thorough, in-depth treatment of this topic at the first-year college or advanced-HS levels, with a special focus on the underlying concepts.' Covers quanta; light, particles & waves; Bohr atom; quantum atom; atomic electron configurations; and periodic properties of the elements (2005; by Stephen Lower, a retired professor of chemistry at Simon Fraser University). See also Periodic Table, below.
Chem 1 Virtual Textbook - An online general chemistry textbook designed for first-year college or advanced high school students (2014; by Stephen Lower, a retired professor of chemistry at Simon Fraser University). See also Concept Development Studies in Chemistry (2012, John S. Hutchinson, Professor of Chemistry at Rice University).
Chem Matters VIDEO - An online magazine featuring articles and videos that teach you about the real-world applications of scientific concepts you learn in the classroom. For high school students; includes a teacher's guide and related material. (2015, American Chemical Society)
Chemistry in History - Biographies of more than 100 chemists from the 17th century to the present, with explorations of related themes such as Atomic & Nuclear Structure, Petrochemistry & Synthetic Polymers, Pharmaceuticals, Public & Environmental Health, Microelectronics & Nanotechnology, Chemical Engineering and more, plus hands-on classroom activities to help bring chemistry to life. High school and up. (2010, Chemical Heritage Foundation)
Chemistry Now VIDEO - An online video series that explains the chemistry of common objects such as cheeseburgers and chocolate or soap and plastics. The series also looks at the lives and work of scientists on the frontiers of the 21st century. (2011, National Science Foundation, NBC Learn, and the National Science Teachers Association)
Chemistry Review VIDEO - A review of basic concepts and principles of chemistry, including water, physical change in solids, physical change in liquids, dissolving, chemical change, states of matter, and density. Created for K-8 teachers, but useful for anyone who needs a review of basic chemistry. (2009 -2015, American Chemical Society)
Chemistry Tutorials - This online tutorial contains reviews of a dozen introductory topics, plus practice problems and practice quizzes; use the lefthand menu to navigate. For college or advanced high school students. (2006, Washington University)
Chem Spider - 'A free chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 32 million structures from hundreds of data sources.' There is also a free app for Android or iOS devices. (2015, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK; site includes advertisements)
Color - Why is the sky blue? Why is fire yellow? All the colors in the universe originate from fifteen fundamental physical causes, summarized in this online exhibit. High school and up. (2008, Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement, non-profit organization)
Distillations Podcast AUDIO - 'An award-winning science podcast that brings you extracts from the past, present, and future of chemistry.' Middle school and up (2015, Chemical Heritage Foundation). See also American Chemical Society Podcasts AUDIO VIDEO; high school and up (2007 - 2015).
General Chemistry Online INTERACTIVE - This college-level chemistry site includes a searchable database of over 800 common compound names, formulas, structures, and properties; notes and guides for first semester general chemistry; an interactive toolbox; tutorials; quizzes; and a searchable, annotated database of over 500 general chemistry Web resources. (1997 - 2010; by Fred Senese, Frostburg State University)
Learn Chemistry AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Thousands of chemistry learning resources for students and teachers. You can narrow the selection by resource type (videos, handouts, worksheets, games, articles, websites etc.), age group (from age 7 through graduate level), and by subject or context. (2015, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK)
Mahjong Chemistry INTERACTIVE - A free game to practice your chemistry knowledge using classic Mahjong gameplay! Covers basic concepts including matching elemental names to symbols, naming polyatomic ions, assigning oxidation numbers, learning electronic configurations, and understanding metric prefixes. For college or advanced high school students. (2012, Stetson University)
Middle School Chemistry VIDEO - 'What happens when solids, liquids, and gases are heated and cooled? Why is one substance more or less dense than another? What causes certain substances to dissolve in water? What happens when a chemical reaction takes place? These questions and many more are explored in Middle School Chemistry, a resource of guided, inquiry-based lesson plans that covers basic chemistry concepts along with the process of scientific investigation.' Materials on this site are mostly for teachers. Related sites for students include Explore Chemistry / Science for Kids INTERACTIVE for K-8; and Student Programs and Resources INTERACTIVE for all ages. (2010 - 2015, American Chemical Society)
Online Chemistry Games INTERACTIVE - Free interactive games and quizzes to help build your knowledge of the elements and the periodic table. Middle school and up. (2010, Sheppard Software; site includes advertisements)
Periodic Table INTERACTIVE - These interactive lessons take you through the periodic table piece by piece to help you understand how it works, and how and why elements interact to make the world you see around you. High school and up. (2014, Annenberg Media)
Periodic Table of the Elements AUDIO VIDEO - Click on any element for a picture, basic facts, and detailed description; now with audio & video, too! Middle school and up (2011 - 2015, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK). The The Photographic Periodic Table includes photos and descriptions (2013; by Popular Science columnist Theodore Gray et al.; site includes advertisements). It's Elemental offers descriptions & data only, no pictures (site maintained by Steve Gagnon, Thomas Jefferson Lab National Accelerator Facility; date unknown).
Strange Matter AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Games, experiments, videos and more offer a fun way for students to learn about the four big things materials scientists study: Structure, Properties, Processing, and Performance. For grades 5 - 8. (2003 - 2012, Ontario Science Centre and Materials Research Society)
Dynamic Earth Interactive INTERACTIVE - With these interactive lessons you can delve into the earth's interior, learn about its tectonic plates and their movements, and discover how mountains, volcanoes, and earthquakes are formed. Middle school and up. (2007, Annenberg Media)
Earth Like a Puzzle - Explains the process of plate tectonics - how the continents and oceans move across the surface of the earth. Middle school and up (2000 - 2001, Scripps Institution of Oceanography). For world maps showing how the continents looked during each geological time period - and how they might look in the future - see Earth History (2000 - 2010; by Christopher R. Scotese, University of Texas).
Encyclopedia of Earth - See Encyclopedia of Earth listing, above.
Energy Resources (petroleum, coal, etc.) - See Energy Facts for Kids and related links, below.
Geological Time - See Dinosaurs, Fossils, & Prehistory: Geologic Time
Geology: USGS Primary Education Resources - Earth studies resources for teachers and students, grades K-6. Covers a wide range of topics in Biology & Ecosystems, Geography, Geology (Plate Tectonics, Rocks & Minerals, Earth History, Natural Hazards, etc.) and Water (2015, U.S. Geological Survey) . See also K-5 Geosource, a collection of resources for elementary science education, including content, activities, services and links. Covers Fossils, Weather, Water, Rocks, Soil, and Climate, with images, activities, career information and more (2006 - 2015, American Geosciences Institute). For grades 7-12, see USGS Secondary Education Resources. (2015, U.S. Geological Survey) [NOTE: Use the left-hand menus to choose a topic.]
Geology Images - Photos of different types of rock and other geologic formations, with brief descriptions. (2000; by Allen Glazner, University of North Carolina)
Geosciences Math - Instructional modules on math topics that are important in introductory geoscience courses. Each topic includes a page for the instructor, quantitative information for the students, a set of practice problems and quiz. For college or advanced high school students. (2007 - 2013, Carleton College)
Mineral Matters [Archived site] - Learn how to identify minerals, grow your own crystals, or build a collection. Also includes FAQ, puzzles and games. For high school or advanced middle school students (2011, San Diego Natural History Museum). Mineralogy for Kids explores the world of mineralogy, including crystals, mineral groups, mineral properties, and minerals in your house. For high school or advanced middle school students (2015, Mineralogical Society of America).
Minerals, Gems, & Rocks: GeoGallery - Photos and brief descriptions of gems, minerals, rocks, volcanoes, and meteorites (2009, Smithsonian Institution).
Rock Cycle INTERACTIVE - An interactive Web site where you can learn how rocks can be identified, how they are formed, and how they change over time. Middle school and up (2007, Annenberg Media). See also Rock Cycle Animations VIDEO, a small collection of simple flash animations illustrating metamorphic rock formation, clastic sedimentary rocks formation, igneous rock formation, and igneous rocks classification (2013, Carleton College; compiled by Mark Francek at Central Michigan University).
Schoolyard Geology - 'Wish you could take more field trips? You can! Your own schoolyard is filled with great geologic features! This website is filled with activities and examples of what to look for to turn your schoolyard into a rich geologic experience.' Grades K-12, but mostly for elementary and middle school students (2005 - 2013, U.S. Geological Survey). The USGS Corecast AUDIO VIDEO includes audio and video podcasts on a wide variety of earth science topics such as wildlife, climate, natural resources, floods & earthquakes, water pollution, and more (2011 - 2013, U.S. Geological Survey).
Accounting Tutorial - Online review of essential concepts in accounting. (2004, Gerald F. Manahan Jr., Student Learning Assistance Center, San Antonio College)
Algebra in Simplest Terms VIDEO - A 1991 video instructional series which 'explains how algebra is used for solving real-world problems and clearly explains concepts that may baffle many students. Graphic illustrations and on-location examples help students connect mathematics to daily life.' High school & college level. Free registration required. This and other online math video series VIDEO (many free) for students and teachers are by Annenberg Media. For tutorials covering all College Algebra concepts as well as prerequisites to College Algebra, see Virtual Math Lab: Algebra (2011; by Kim Seward, West Texas A&M University).
Bitesize Maths (KS3) [Archived page] [Choose a topic, then click 'REVISE' for lessons.] VIDEO INTERACTIVE - This British educational site offers basic lessons on numbers, algebra, data, measurement, shape and space. Also includes activities and quizzes; for middle school students. See Bitesize Maths (KS2) [Archived page] [Choose a topic, then click 'REVISE' for lessons.] VIDEO INTERACTIVE for elementary school students. (British Broadcasting Corporation)
Calculators - See Scientific Calculator and related links, below.
Calculus on the Web INTERACTIVE - A set of online interactive textbooks teaching pre-calculus, calculus, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and number theory; Click here for help with the site (2013; by Gerardo Mendoza and Dan Reich, Temple University). For selected links to additional calculus help, see the Calculus Page (2012; by Joel Hass et al., University of California).
Cyberchase Games INTERACTIVE - Math games for kids aged 8 - 11. (2014, PBS)
Figure This! Math Challenge - Cartoon characters present interesting mathematical challenges that students can do at home with their families. Each challenge includes complete solutions, and related support materials and resources for further exploration. Middle-school. (2004, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
Fractals - Explains the special properties of geometric figures called fractals, with activities and links to additional resources. For elementary / middle school students and up. (2007; by Cynthia Lanius, Rice University)
Fun Mathematics Lessons INTERACTIVE - Fun lessons in counting, fractions, ratios, graphs, beginning algebra & geometry, and more; mostly for elementary / middle school students. (2008; by Cynthia Lanius, Rice University)
Geometry: 3D Shapes INTERACTIVE - A collection of fun interactive lessons to help you learn about some of the many three-dimensional geometric shapes commonly found in the world around us. Middle school and up, with some materials for teachers, too. (2007, Annenberg Media)
History of Math - Describes the history of mathematics in various cultures (ancient Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, Arabic, Chinese, etc.) as well as the history of different branches of mathematics; arranged by topic. Also includes a glossary, math chronology, biographies of mathematicians from 1680 BC to the present (including female mathematicians), and biographical timeline. High school and up (2000 - 2013, University of St Andrews, Scotland). See also Biographies of Women Mathematicians (1995 - 2015, Agnes Scott College). Ancient History Math Mystery [Link opens a PDF] looks at ancient number systems, including Egyptian, Babylonian, Roman, Chinese and Maya numerals. Other activities cover circumference, radius, area and perimeter; converting percents, decimals and fractions, and problem solving. Middle school and up (2013, Penn Museum).
InterActivate INTERACTIVE - Math lesson plans (with interactive lessons), arranged by grade level or subject. Covers number & operations, algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, modeling, and more (1994 - 2015, Shodor Education Foundation, non-profit organization, and Computational Science Education Reference Desk [CSERD], National Science Digital Library).
Math Glossary - Brief definitions of math terms, arranged A to Z. High school and up. (2000, University of St Andrews, Scotland)
Math in Daily Life - Do you find math abstract and boring? This site shows you the importance of numbers in games of chance, money management, cooking, decorating, and other everyday activities. High school and up (2014, Annenberg / CPB). Math and Cultural Designs VIDEO INTERACTIVE examines cultural designs such as cornrow hairstyles, Native American crafts, & break dancing, which are based on mathematical principles. It provides tutorials and software to help you learn mathematics by simulating the original artifacts and developing your own creations. Middle school and up (2003 - 2014, Ron Eglash, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). Get the Math VIDEO INTERACTIVE 'is about algebra in the real world. See how professionals use math in music, fashion, video games, restaurants, basketball, and special effects. Then take on interactive challenges related to those careers.' (2012, THIRTEEN / WNET).
Math Readiness INTERACTIVE - Interactive exercises to improve your skills in mental arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, exponential & logarithmic functions, and other math topics most needed by college-bound high school students. For each topic, a green dot is for easy, yellow dot for medium, and red for difficult exercises (2002, University of Saskatchewan).
Math Textbooks Online - Links to dozens of free online math textbooks. College level. (2014; by George Cain, Georgia Institute of Technology)
Plus Magazine - 'An internet magazine which aims to introduce readers to the beauty and the practical applications of mathematics... Plus provides articles and podcasts on any aspect of mathematics, covering topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology and sport, a news section, showing how recent news stories were often based on some underlying piece of maths that never made it to the newspapers.' Also includes ebooks, interviews, book reviews, and puzzles. High school and up. (2015; edited by Marianne Freiberger and Rachel Thomas; University of Cambridge, UK)
Scientific Calculator INTERACTIVE - Performs quick online conversions for Mass, Speed, Time, Power, Volume, Area, Length, Energy, Temp, Force, and Pressure (Aspen Labs, publisher of EEWeb Pulse Magazine). Uniteasy INTERACTIVE does conversions for angle, area, density, energy, electricity, light, magnetism, radiation, torque, viscosity, and much more; high school and up (author unknown; site includes advertisements). The Drexel University Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library offers additional selected links to conversion tools and other sites related to measurement. How Much Is It? INTERACTIVE is a simple length, weight, and volume converter for younger kids (Math Cats).
Statistics VIDEO - 'Against All Odds,' a video instructional series. 'With an emphasis on 'doing' statistics, this series goes on location to help uncover statistical solutions to the puzzles of everyday life.' High school & college level (2013, Annenberg Media). Online Statistics Education NEW! VIDEO INTERACTIVE is an online resource for learning introductory statistics, with material presented in textbook format and as video presentations. There is also an e-Pub (e-book) version and an Interactive e-book for iPad and OS X Mavericks (2014; David M. Lane, Rice University, et al.). [NOTE: To run the simulations on this website, you will need to add the site to the list of exceptions in your Java Control Panel security settings.]
Success in Math - 'Tips on how to study mathematics, how to approach problem-solving, how to study for and take tests, and when and how to get help.' There is also a printable version. Advice is aimed at undergraduates, but should be helpful for high school students too. (1993, Saint Louis University)
Astronomy, Planets, and Space Flight
Aeronautics - Online tutorial explaining the basic principles, tools, and methods for the study of flight. High school and up. (2012, NASA)
Amusement Park Physics INTERACTIVE - 'How do physics laws affect amusement park ride design? In this exhibit, you'll have a chance to find out by designing your own roller coaster.' Also covers bumper cars, carousels, free fall, and pendulum; includes a physics glossary. Middle school and up (Annenberg / CPB; date unknown). Coaster Crafter NEW! INTERACTIVE is an online game where you can design, build, and share virtual roller coasters in a fun, carnival-like environment; for grades 6-12 (ca. 2010, Cable in the Classroom).
Atoms Family INTERACTIVE - This fun site offers hands-on activities to help you understand different forms of energy, including light, wave, particle, kinetic and potential energy. Middle school and high school. (1997, Miami Museum of Science)
Calculators - See Scientific Calculator and related links, above.
Color - Why is the sky blue? Why is fire yellow? All the colors in the universe originate from fifteen fundamental physical causes, summarized in this online exhibit. High school and up. (2008, Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement, non-profit organization)
Einstein Light VIDEO - These multimedia modules present the basic concepts of relativity, plus related links for more complete explanations, with or without mathematics (2005 - 2010, University of New South Wales, Australia). At Einstein's Big Idea AUDIO you can listen to audio clips of top physicists describing Einstein's equation to non-physicists. (2005, WGBH / PBS NOVA; site includes advertisements). High school and up.
Electricity & Magnetism: Magnet Academy UPDATED LINK! AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - 'Whether you're a student, a teacher or just plain curious: You've come to the right place! Featuring demonstrations, videos, activities and more, this site answers your questions about all things electric and magnetic.' Ages 5 through adult. (Florida State University et al.)
Energy Facts for Kids - Explains the different sources and uses of renewable and nonrenewable energy; also offers an energy quiz, and biographies of historic pioneers in energy from Isaac Newton to G. E. Alcorn. Middle and high school students (2001 - 2013, U.S. Department of Energy). Watt's Up? The Lowdown on Energy examines the availability, costs, technologies, advantages & disadvantages of coal, oil, natural gas, hydroelectric, geothermal, nuclear, solar, wind and biofuels; for middle and high school students (2015, American Geosciences Institute). The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides educational resources about renewable energy & energy efficiency technologies, including hands-on projects and curriculum suggestions for elementary school, middle school, and high school students (2015, U.S. Department of Energy). Definitions of energy terminology are available in the Glossary of Energy Technology. This site also debunks some common Energy Myths; for middle and high school students (2015, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). The WhyFiles offers an examination of the Nuclear Waste issue (2008, University of Wisconsin). From the Ground Up: The World of Oil explains the geology of oil exploration, how oil is formed, and the history and uses of oil; middle school and high school (2009, Paleontological Research Institution). Extreme Oil examines the history and technology of oil, extraction as well as the processing and transport of petroleum; also delves into the political and environmental aspects of oil; high school and up (2004, WNET / PBS; site includes advertisements). Discovery & Innovation offers articles which describe new developments and discoveries in energy technology and related fields; high school and up (2015, U.S. Department of Energy).
Explore Physics - Type in a keyword such as 'freefall' or 'relativity' and enter your age and/or knowledge level to find links to recommended resources on that topic, including websites, videos, and experiments; for elementary school through graduate level. See the related page Discover Physics VIDEO INTERACTIVE for more hands-on activities and interactive games. (Institute of Physics, UK)
Light and Optics NEW! VIDEO - Selected links to videos, hands-on activities, and other learning resources about light, optics, optical illusions, lasers, and more; for K-12 students. (2015, International Year of Light, United Nations)
Nanotechnology - A useful introduction to 'the science of the extremely tiny.' See the related page, Emerging Nanotechnologies for information about the latest developments on nanotechnology in specific applications (2005 - 2015, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts). High school and up. Nano.gov offers Nanotechnology 101 and links to additional K-12 resources (2007 - 2015, National Nanotechnology Initiative, a U.S. government research & development initiative).
Physical Sciences Resources - A large searchable directory of high-quality resources in general physics and its various branches, including Astronomy, Optics, Thermodynamics, Electricity & Magnetism, Oscillations & Waves, Quantum Physics, and more; for elementary school through graduate level. Part of Compadre Digital Library, a network of free online resource collections supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Physics and Astronomy Education at all levels. Includes student activities, tutorials, lesson plans, career info, and more. Use the advanced search function to search by topic, resource type, target grade level, and/or target role (2003 - 2015, American Association of Physics Teachers et al.).
Physics Simulations INTERACTIVE - A collection of interactive simulations demonstrating various concepts in physics, including thermodynamics, mechanics, waves, electricity & magnetism, and light & optics (2015, University of Colorado). A related site, Physics Flash Animations INTERACTIVE, illustrates dozens of concepts in physics. Includes animations on chaos, classical & quantum mechanics, electricity & magnetism, optics, relativity, waves, and more, sorted by category (2002 - 2011, David M. Harrison, University of Toronto). Multimedia PhysClips AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE combine animations with audio/video explanations for added clarity (2007 - 2013; Joe Wolf, University of New South Wales, Australia).
Citizen Science Links - 'Citizen science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by non-professional scientists. People just like you have helped look for asteroids, track migrating birds, and analyze fossilized shark teeth. If you enjoy doing science and would like to make important contributions to the scientific community, consider participating in one or more of these exciting citizen science projects.' (JASON Learning; nonprofit organization affiliated with Sea Research Foundation and National Geographic Society). See also Zooniverse NEW! (2013 - 2015; Citizen Science Alliance, a collaborative community of scientists, software developers and educators).
Dirtmeister Investigations - Fun hands-on science experiments on matter, sound, light, electricity, ecology and more; includes links and teachers' notes. Elementary and middle school students. (Scholastic Publishing; date unknown)
Exploratorium: Explore, Play, Discover NEW! - Science activities, experiments, videos, websites, and more. Arranged by topic; grade level varies. (1996 - 2014, Exploratorium Museum)
Iron Science Teacher UPDATED LINK! VIDEO - This fun take-off of the Iron Chef TV show gives science teachers five minutes to cook up a math or science demonstration using an everyday item such as a plastic bag, a milk carton, or a nail... After watching the Webcasts, cook up some activities of your own! (1995 - 2014, Exploratorium Museum)
Kids' Science Challenge - 'A free nationwide competition for 3rd to 6th graders to submit experiments and problems for scientists and engineers to solve. Play science games, watch videos, and enter to win awesome prizes and trips!' (2008 - 2014, Jim Metzner Productions, Inc. and National Science Foundation)
Mad Science Experiments - An assortment of simple science experiments you can do at home; some are edible! Appropriate age group is listed at the beginning of each experiment, as well as whether or not an adult should be present when it is performed. (1995 - 2006, by the MadSci Network, a collaborative academic project; site includes advertisements)
Marvin & Milo Hands-on Experiments - 'Explore physics the exciting way, by trying out a simple and fun experiment.' Instructions are presented in cartoon form; elementary school and up. (Institute of Physics, UK)
Online Science Activities - Step-by-step instructions for more than two dozen science experiments. Age level not specified, but most appear to be suitable for middle school or high school. A related page, Summer Brain Games, offers eight weeks of free and fun at-home experimentation that will help you learn more about the world around you. Experiments can easily be performed at home by all ages, with a little adult supervision. (2015, Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago)
Paper Plate Science VIDEO - Inexpensive, hands-on, simple-to-complex science activities that use paper plates to supplement lessons in astronomy and other studies; age level varies. (2011, Chuck Bueter, DePaul University)
Planting Science - 'A learning and research resource, bringing together students, plant scientists, and teachers from across the nation. Students engage in hands-on plant investigations, working with peers and scientist mentors to build collaborations and to improve their understanding of science.' Students can get involved through a participating class project, or can use the Resources for Science Investigations independently. (2013, Botanical Society of America et al.)
Science Buddies [Free registration required.] - To find a great science project idea that can hold your interest, use the Science Buddies' interactive 'Topic Selection Wizard'. Site also offers a 'Project Guide' how-to section with detailed guidance and examples, 'Ask an Expert' feature, and other science project resources. High school. (2002 - 2015, Kenneth Lafferty Hess Family Charitable Foundation)
Science Fair Central - A step-by-step handbook for creating a science project, plus a list of project ideas, links, recommended books, and tip sheets. Middle school and high school. (2013, Discovery Education; site includes advertisements)
STEM Programs and Projects - Links to 'a variety of international, national, regional, and local programs and projects that can help you explore career paths in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine. By participating in these projects, you can also develop a network of other students with similar interests and goals. They also provide opportunities for teamwork and many students earn recognition for their skills through awards and sometimes scholarships.' The site also offers links to Precollege STEM Summer Programs and Camps. Middle school and high school. (2013, Sloan Career Cornerstone Center, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)
Steps in a Science Fair Project - A brief summary of the steps you need to take to complete a science fair project; for middle school students. There is also a related collection of Science Activities & Resources NEW! VIDEO INTERACTIVE, including the video series, How to Do a Science Fair Project VIDEO; for best results, download the full video before viewing. (2015, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Try Science INTERACTIVE - 'Your gateway to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide.' Elementary through high school. (1999 - 2006, New York Hall of Science et al.)