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ASPIRE: Astrophysics Science Project Integrating Research and Education
Interactive science labs and lessons for teachers and students. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: University of Utah
BBC: Science and Nature
This large interactive site has a tremendous amount of information in subjects that range from the human body to space travel. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: BBC
Bill Nye, Science Guy
Bill Nye is the enthusiastic, bow-tied scientist on the Public Broadcasting System. At this site you will find information about Bill Nye, a question of the week, and memos from Bill in the U-Nye-Verse section. When this site was cataloged this memo contained... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Nye Labs
Exploratorium Snacks
...are very nutritious! Miniature science exhibits that teachers can make using common, inexpensive, easily available materials. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Exploratorium Museum
FOSSWEB
Interactive science modules for K-2 and 3-6 focusing on topics such as weather, nutrition, animals, solar energy, and measurements. Interactive courses for middle school include the human brain, earth history, planetary science, and a lot more. Teacher registration... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Lawrence Hall of Science at Berkeley
Franklin Institute Educational Hotlists
Organized lists of quality Web resources that are useful in teaching students about science. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Franklin Institute
Franklin Institute Science Museum
For over 176 years, The Franklin Institute has been as much a part of the Philadelphia landscape as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. This is the on-line version of the museum. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: The Franklin Institute Science Museum
NASA Earth Observatory
This website sponsored by NASA from NASA. features current and evolvong information and resources about the condition and state of land, oceans, atmosphere, energy, and life on planet Earth. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NASA
NASA eClips
Looking for videos that address STEM topics for the classroom but you don't want them to take up too much class time? NASA has created short videos or eClips for K-12 students that answer that need. Just look for the appropriate grade level... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: NASA
NASA Multimedia Gallery
Experience NASA through their great selection of images, video, and interactive features. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NASA
NASA's Solar System Exploration
Sponsored by NASA, this site contains abundant resources about the solar system. Teachers resources and student activities are included with the content. QuickTime, MPEG or RealVideo is needed for the video selections. User friendly and easy to navigate. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: NASA
NASA's Space Place
Sponsored by NASA, this clever website features information about earth, space and technology through games, activities, and animation. The friendly, attractive interface will easily engage elementary and middle school children in the fantastic world of science.... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: NASA
National Geophysical Data Center
"NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) provides scientific stewardship, products, and services for geophysical data, from the Sun to the Earth and Earth's sea floor and solid earth environment, including Earth observation from space." This is a comprehensive... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NOAA
The National Science Foundation
Super scientific articles, audio clips, videos, and interactive features about a panopoly of innovations: the Internet, robots, artificial heart valves, frozen frogs, extrasolar planets, memory, data mining, and more. Get the latest news and classroom resources... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Science Foundation
Newswise: SciNews
A comprehensive, online database of science news from a variety of science and health publications and institutions. Spanning a wide range of topics such as genetics, disease, environmental studies, technology, energy, and space exploration, this site is a... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NewsWise
Newton BBS
Ask a scientist a question or browse the answers to previously answered questions in categories such as astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, mathematics, and zoology. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Argonne National Laboratory
NOVA scienceNOW
The timeliest developments and most intriguing personalities in science and technology are featured in this science magazine televised in five issues a year and published on this companion website. (Learn more)
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Provided by: NOVA
Science Vocabulary Hangman
This addictive game takes on a new life on the Internet. Choose from dozens of thematic lists in math, genetics, astronomy, the scientific process, atoms, chemistry, the elements, meteorology, oceanography, state capitals, and more. Teachers can create their... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Jefferson Lab
The Why Files
A webzine that focuses on the science behind the news.  You can read stories about current events and biology, earth & space, environment, health, physical science, social science, and technology.  There is a wide variety of information on the site due to... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: University of Wisconsin
Windows to the Universe
A user-friendly, colorful, and exciting learning system on the Earth and Space sciences funded by NASA, this site includes news articles at different reading levels, images, movies, animation, and data sets that explore the Earth and Space sciences and the... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NASA