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Albert Einstein
The Walking Classroom kids teach about the famous physicist Albert Einstein. They discuss his life history, his theory of relativity, and his many contributions to science. They also highlight his beliefs in social justice and the importance of accepting others’...
Format: audio/podcast

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The Atoms Family
Contains educational activities relating to different forms of energy and they are presented by famous horror characters. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Miami Museum of Science
BBB Schools - Science Clips
Thirty-six science topics for students age 5-11 are explored through interactive activities and quizzes. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: BBC Schools
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
Brain Pop Free Movies
Free animated movies explaining hiccups, hurricanes, the Harlem Renaissance and more. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Brain Pop
Center for History of Physics
The Center for History of Physics preserves and makes known the history of modern physics and allied fields including astronomy, geophysics, optics, and the like. Recognizing the pressing need for reliable history, in 1961 the American Institute... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: American Institute of Physics
The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education
A New Jersey-based organization whose mission is to provide "real world" resources for classroom education in engineering and science. Professional Development opportunities in New Jersey available. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Stevens Institute of Technology
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)
Format: website/general
Provided by: U.S. Department of Energy and University of California
DragonflyTV
Does chasing a tornado or swimming with dolphins sound like fun? Check out this science website to conduct cool science experiments and have a chance to be on this popular PBS program. Teacher's Guides are filled with ideas! (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: PBS
Energy Quest
An animated multimedia website takes kids on an energy journey through chapter stories, games, and energy library to learn about how things work, how to save energy, and even the latest on alternative fuel vehicles. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: California Energy Commission
EurekAlert!
Find articles on a variety of science topics such as archaeology, agriculture, education, atmospheric science, chemistry and physics, and earth science. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress
Learn the science behind everyday phenomena on topics that range from the human body to inventions. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress
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
Fermilabyrinth
Online "video" games demonstrate properties of physics. Use the games to learn about accelerators, particles, particle interactions, particle detection as well as how patterns in particle collision reveal some of nature's secrets. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Leiderman Science Center
Flights of Inspiration
Read the stories of the Wright brothers' first flight and Alcock and Brown's transatlantic flight. Learn how to design and test your own model aircraft using the concepts you learn about in these accounts. Teacher's Zone includes ideas for using this material... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Franklin Institute Science 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
Free Online MIT Course Materials
At this site MIT provides a number of great resources for high school teachers and students. These include video demonstrations, AP level practice problems and exam questions, hands on learning examples, and links to further resources from MIT education outreach... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: MIT