K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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Amusement Park Physics
Learn about physics by designing a roller coaster that must pass a safety inspection. Also find physics terms in a glossary and read about the history of roller coasters. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Annenberg Media
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)
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Provided by: BBC
Did You Ever Wonder?
Questions (and answers) from laboratory scientists on a variety of issues from dark energy to cells and cancer to toxic waste. (Learn more)
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Provided by: U.S. Department of Energy and University of California
EurekAlert!
Find articles on a variety of science topics such as archaeology, agriculture, education, atmospheric science, chemistry and physics, and earth science. (Learn more)
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Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
NASA's Quest Project
NasaQuest includes chat and webcast sessions to put students in touch with the current efforts in space science. NASA Quest is an excellent site for teachers and media specialists working to integrate information and technology skills into their curriculum.... (Learn more)
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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)
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Provided by: NASA
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)
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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)
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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)
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Provided by: Argonne National Laboratory
WISE - Web-based Inquiry Science Environment
This is a consortium funded by the National Science Foundation. The consortium works to build and maintain classroom activities and lesson plans that increase students' interest in science education. (Learn more)
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Provided by: University of California at Berkeley