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Over 1500 resources to take advantage of at FREE, ranging from primary historical documents, lesson plans, science visualizations, math simulations and online challenges, paintings, photos, mapping tools, and more.

This collection contains more than 2000 unique lesson plans which were written and submitted by teachers from all over the United States and the world. These lesson plans are also included in GEM, which links to over 40,000 online education resources.

A site geared toward hands-on science.  There are sections for science fair resources, a number of experiments that students can perform at home, and an “Ask Science Bob” feature.  The site also has lesson plans for teachers.

MERLOT, a collection of peer-reviewed simulations and animations in all areas of science and beyond.

Web portal for children, a good place to start to look for various online resources for kids.

The science sections of How Stuff Works.  Contains information on various topics in earth science, engineering, life science, physical science, space, and military.

Site containing numerous quizzes and movies on subjects in the areas of health, science, technology, and mathematics.  Aimed at middle school students.

Website that offers students a way to investigate the numerous careers that are available in math, science, or technology.  Also has games, quizzes, and resources.

DarylScience, a collection of links and low-cost demonstrations covering physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science from Daryl Taylor, who teaches high school in New Jersey.

The home of science "Snacks" - miniature science exhibits that teachers can make using common, inexpensive, easily available materials.

Discovery School -- This website offers various resources and activities in math and science.  Including links to over 700 homework help sites, study tools, games, clipart, a search engine for information about specific topics, and various learning explorations that allow you to explore everything from ancient sharks to the universe, you’ll be set with all of the information you need, and then some!

Science Surfing: With 10 search engines specifically designed for scientific information searches you’re bound to find what you’re looking for.  This site also includes searches based on various topics and subtopics, such as energy, light, sound, earth science, diversity, adaptation, genetics, natural disasters, water, maps, space, simple machines, and weather.

This site contains links to sites with all kinds of science experiments for kids.  You can also subscribe to a free newsletter.

Archives for the past year’s National Science Teacher newsletter.  Each month is devoted to a different topic, e.g. paleontology, genetics, careers in science etc.

Odyssey of the Mind is a year-long, academic commitment in which a team of students (with minimal help from a coach) solves a critical thinking problem in one of numerous categories.  One example is a structure problem, in which specifications for a structure are given which must hold a certain weight. It is a nationwide and international organization, and holds various levels of competition, ranging from middle school to college.

The homepage of the Boston Museum of Science.  Includes prices, times, and exhibit information, as well as the opportunity to buy tickets to the museum, IMAX and Omni Theater shows, and Duck Tours.

This site is based on the PBS kids show ZOOM.  There are a number of puzzles and projects for kids, as well as a special science section where kids can participate in ZOOM experiments.

Color blindness test

Homepage of the Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (CenSSIS).

This website has science activities for parents, students, and educators.

Site that offers lesson plans for science experiments aimed at grades 6-8.  They cover topics in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Find a collection of short, simple “Science Try-Its” designed to help kids investigate principles in various areas of science

Has links to several pages that offer ideas and resources for children including science resources.

National Science Teachers Association.  Need to be a member to access some of what the page has to offer, such as journal articles and teacher-to-teacher advice.  Has free news articles and online resources for elementary school through college.

Access Science magazine and other magazines by the same publishers dealing with careers, news, research, aging, and AIDS.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers grants and funding for pre-K to 12 science education.

Find ideas for experiments and science fair projects.  Has two interactive games that explore engineering and the science behind sports.  Also has an interactive science center and webcams from science centers worldwide.

Members have access to My SciLinks (
and SciGuides (

Science Objects coming in Sept. Will provide resources for teachers to brush up on content.

Education World
Tons of information ranging from professional development to lesson plans on any subject.

Center for Science Education
Science Education Divided by Grade Levels
One example is on-line Chemistry Simulations for High School

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Students
Great for Kids Kinetic City-- and

Discovery channel

Super Center
This page contains links to educational pages about science, math, computers, and other topics



The Boston University Physics collection (Physlets are Physics Applets designed for science education.). Browse physlets to use in your classroom at If you are interested in writing your own Physlets, there is a tutorial at

The main Physlets site at Davidson College.

Open Source Physics: The next project spear-headed by the Physlet guys, Wolfgang Christian and Mario Belloni, involving freely-available Java simulations.

Easy Java Simulations by Francisco Esquembre in Spain. You define the variables, how the variables evolve, and how you want to view the motion, and the program writes the Java code for you and sets up a web page. It even has three-dimensional capabilities.

Boston University Physics Demonstrations includes a list of over 400 demos and web pages describing almost each one in some detail. Contact Christian Murphy ( 

Project PHOTON (materials for middle school, HS and CC photonics experiments) and career choices

Applets on photonics and optics, from the National Science Foundation

The Year of Physics

Chromaticity diagram applet for color rendering



The website of the American Society for Engineering Education.  Find the most effective engineering education resources available to the K-12 community, all in one place. Information ranges from comprehensive data on outreach programs to career guidance materials to hundreds of links and readings related to engineering education.

Pre K-12 Engineering. This website is a free resource for educators and administrators who are looking to integrate engineering concepts and activities into pre K-12 classrooms.

Teach Engineering has lots of lessons for engineering classes:

Massachusetts Engineering Frameworks (interactive).  Contains curricula outlines and suggestions for grades from pre-Kindergarten to high school.

Engineering topics, cartoons, from Agilent Corporation

Homepage of the Building Big PBS television series. Find information on building projects like skyscrapers, domes, and tunnels.  The site has a number of activities, including interactive labs on forces, materials, loads, and shapes, as well as challenges where students can design their own skyscrapers and other projects.

BU Photonics Center

National Science and Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP)

Designs and delivers educational programs:
1. TechXplore®– innovative, online mentoring program and competition focused on solving a real world science and technology issue
• NSTEP’s signature program. Innovative virtual education program and competition (middle & high school)
• Pairs teams of students and teachers with technology industry mentors
• Solve real-world science and technology problems and explore careers.
• Students develop their own web site to display their project solutions.
2. TechXtra®– First of its kind electronic publication for middle and high school students, teachers, and guidance counselors.

The link to very famous software from the West Point Bridge program.  This software will introduce you to engineering through an authentic, hands-on design experience.  It  provides the tools to model, test, and optimize a steel highway bridge, based on realistic specifications, constraints, and performance criteria.



Lego Mindstorms homepage.  View Mindstorm products and accessories, access the community forums, and get tech support.

FIRST Robotics sponsors the FIRST Robotics Competition and the FIRST Lego League, for students from 9-14 years old.  Students build robots out of Lego Mindstorms in the junior competition.  The site contains valuable resources and information for those interested in joining a team.

KISS institute for practical robots.  Site has various robotics resources, including a link to the BOTBALL robotics education program.

NASA Robotics Education Project.  Has information on robotics competitions, a link to the Robot Hall of Fame, and robotics news.

Surfing the net with kids investigates robots.  Offers an interactive program where kids can design their own robot.  Has links to several other interactive programs and sites



The University of Arizona Biology Project -- This excellent website has numerous activities, problem sets, tutorials, informational pages with great pictures, etc. for any biology class

This site includes information on general biology, cell and molecular biology, ecology, microbiology, human biology, marine biology, and immunology.  The site also offers an AP Biology review section, information on teen health and nutrition, and biology career information.  If there is a topic in biology that you are interested in you are certain to find information on it here!

The homepage of the American Physiological Society, an organization aimed at integrating the life sciences from molecules to organism.

The Tree of Life project website, a collaboration of hundreds of scientists that has resulted in an extensive evolutionary tree that contains information about phylogeny and biodiversity.

Homepage of the National Association of Biology Teachers.  The association holds an annual conference for biology teachers.  The site also provides links to web resources.

Carolina Biological also has a site with ideas for classroom activities:



Cells Alive!  This amazing website has an extensive collection of still images and videos of cells in addition to interactive pages (animal cell, plant cell, mitosis, etc.).

Nature’s “Genome Gateway,” an entirely free, comprehensive web resource devoted to genetics.

Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah.  Has lots of information on the basics of genetics and why it’s important to medicine.  Also has a section with hands-on activities involving DNA and enzymes.

National Human Genome Research Institute.  Has answers to frequently asked questions about genetics, as well as information on policy and genetic research.

Homepage of Boston University’s CityLab.  Find information on the CityLab summer program, science fair projects, and research opportunities.



This website provides an extensive look at the brain and nervous systems.  It also includes neuroscience history, career possibilities, nutrition information, sensory system information, neuroscience methods and techniques, information on the affects of drugs on the nervous system, and information about neurological disorders.  If you ever wanted to know anything about the brain or nervous system this is the place to find it!



Whether you’re a fanatic or just looking for information, this site has it, and then some!  Includes up to date sea news, information on aquariums for the beginner to the expert, information about ocean exploration and sea life, a sea lab and photo gallery, and even games and additional sea links. 

Homepage of the award-winning Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Has a number of online activities and games for kids.  Find information on aquarium careers.  Explore their Jellyfish exhibit online and view the aquarium’s live webcams.

The website of the New England Aquarium.  Buy tickets or take a virtual tour.  Has special interactive sections for kids, parents, and teachers.



Have you ever wondered about the science of hockey, football, baseball, basketball, or any other sport?  Find out about it here, as well as information about equipment, footwear, activities and so much more.  And, to top it all off, if you can’t find what you’re looking for you can ask an expert your questions and get the answers you need!

Ever wonder how basketball players, even the shorter ones, are able to jump high enough to slam dunk a ball?  How about skateboarders and their ability to stay on their boards even in mid-air?  If you’ve ever wondered about these things, or any other aspect of physics in general, this is the place to get your information.  From exam help to games and interactive explorations to amusement parks to matter and energy, this site has it all.  It even includes information on physics constants and conversions if you’re looking for some extra help.



This site includes information on general chemistry, periodic tables, organic chemistry, and laboratory experiments.  The site also features information on radioactivity and includes an interactive periodic table for your learning enjoyment!

American Chemical Society

Kitchen Chemistry Experiments



This website has information on ecology, geology, astronomy, and meteorology.  It also includes various learning activities and additional resources if you want even more information.



With information on current events, the cosmos, space exploration, and even astronomy tips for the expert as well as amateur, if you’re interested in “the sky” look no farther than this site!  It also includes a sky lab, a photo gallery and additional sky links if you need more information.  And, if you’re just in the mood for some fun, there are also many sky games and activities available to you! 

Site that shows the locations of all satellites in 3D images around earth 

NASA’s kids site.  Offers a number of games, activities, art and stories.



This site features various online resources for homework help, math activities and games, and even offers exam review help.  With information on algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus you’ll have all the fun and help you need.  The site also offers a complete section devoted strictly to “Fun with Math,” and offers links to scientific calculators and other tools you may need. 

The official homepage of the School Science and Math Association.



The website of the National Association of Health Science Education Partnerships (NAHSEP).  It has information on national K-12 health science education projects. 

Homepage of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).  Contains news and information on a number of products regulated by the FDA.  Has a section for kids where they can take a food safety quiz, learn about vaccines, or do a food and drug word search.  Also in the kids section is a link to a number of articles that cover health information for teens.



Homepage of Olympus MIC-D Digital Microscope, the latest in teaching microscopes.  Has a digital image gallery and an online demo. 

Prentice Hall website.  Offers textbooks in a number of science topics. 

Purchase The Active Learning System online. 

Fun and relatively short science fair experiments for elementary school students; however, they must be purchased. 

A site geared to home schooling students. They offer a full range of science teaching and learning tools for grades K-12 including science curricula, supplies, kits and science fair materials.  An excellent (and cheap) site where you can get supplies for virtually any demonstration/lesson/activity

Teachers’ Paradise offers hundreds of teacher supplies and resources  in all subject areas, including math, science, and computers.  Target audience is elementary students.

WARD’s Natural Science sells materials for Biology, Earth Science, Physical Science, Environmental Science, and Chemistry. sells science and nature textbooks in the following areas: The Universe, Earth Sciences, Animals, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Technology.

The website of Geospiza, Inc. – retailers of software for molecular biology.

Modellus, an incredibly powerful interactive modeling tool mainly for physics and mathematics. It costs $5, but that's pretty cheap.

*Online evaluation resource library (NSF)



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