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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
Andrei Sakharov: Soviet Physics, Nuclear Weapons, and Human Rights
Photos, primary resources, and audio recordings accompany biographical text that explores the major periods of this Soviet physicist's life. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: American Institute of Physics
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
Biology Corner
This site provides resources for biology and science teachers, including lesson plans, web lessons, web quests, images, and quizzes. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Shannon Muskopf
Brain Pop Free Movies
Free animated movies explaining hiccups, hurricanes, the Harlem Renaissance and more. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Brain Pop
Building Big
Uses a variety of challenges and activities including simulations, building challenges, and interviews to support information that makes the story of the world's engineering wonders understandable. (Learn more)
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Provided by: PBS by WGBH Boston
c.o.o.l. classroom
Students will predict a plankton bloom, determine the displacement of a boat adrift at sea, predict good fishing days, and more while improving basic skills training, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Find video, printable teaching guides, and... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Rutgers University
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)
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Provided by: Stevens Institute of Technology
Cool Cosmos
Cool Cosmos communicates the world of infrared astronomy and the multi-wavelength universe to audiences as varied as kindergarteners to amateur astronomers.The site includes short videos about astronomy and infrared light and posters... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Infrared Processing and Analysis Center and the SIRTF Science Center, Cal Tech
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
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)
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Provided by: PBS
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
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)
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Provided by: Library of Congress
Jefferson Lab: Science Education
Online activities and references for middle school students on atoms, the elements, math, and more. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Jefferson Lab
MicroWorlds: Exploring the Structure of Materials
Interactive tour of current research in the materials sciences at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Berkeley Lab
Molecular Expressions - Science, Optics and You
This valuable site presents microscopy in detail and is broad in scope. Included in the content are images, interactive tutorials, and activities for students and teachers. The site is well organized, user friendly and easy to navigate. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Florida State University, Center for Integrating Research and Learning
MSTE Resources
This is a collection of educational resources for math and science content. Included are lessons and practice that utilize interactive features to enhance the education process. User friendly and easy to navigate. (Learn more)
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Provided by: The College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Museum of Life and Science
Packed with highly interactive exhibits, the Museum of Life and Science showcases aerospace, weather, geology, Carolina wildlife, farmyard, train rides, traveling exhibits, gift shops, café and more culminating with the tropical Magic Wings Butterfly House... (Learn more)
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