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The Adventures of Echo the Bat
An interactive story about a bat that introduces concepts of the electromagnetic spectrum, light, remote sensing, and biodiversity. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics
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)
Format: website/activity
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
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
The Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics
Get a better understanding of aeronautics and how aircraft work through a series of beginner guides to aerodynamics, propulsion, and the math and physics needed to make other flying objects work. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: NASA
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)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Brain Pop
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Center
A portal to all of your marine sciences needs. Find a handpicked list of links to professional development opportunities, lesson plans, data sets, virtual expeditions, grant information, and more. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
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)
Format: website/activity
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
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
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
Cosmic Journey: A History of Scientific Cosmology
Learn about the cosmos from the ancient people and their ideas and the tools they used to physicists of the present. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: American Institute of Physics
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
The Discovery of the Electron
Documents J.J. Thomson's important discovery and looks at questions physicists had about mysterious rays, Thompson's 1897 experiments, how he fine tuned his definition of the tiny particle from corpuscle to electron, and the legacy of his work in today's environment. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: American Institute of Physics