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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)
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Provided by: American Institute of Physics
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
Eighth Grade Sci-ber Text
Eighth Grade Sci-ber Text is a science webpage provided by the Utah State Office of Education for students in the eighth grade. The website follows a theme of "change" and covers the following topics:MatterEnergyForcesMachinesEarthTopics... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Utah State Office of Education
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)
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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
Exploratorium — the museum of science, art and human perception
Interactive, multimedia online exhibits that incorporate hands-on activities, audio, video, images, webcasts, and more that will teach you and your students about such topics as satellites, astronomy, Earth, machines, biology, languages, the human body, and... (Learn more)
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Provided by: The Exploratorium
Exploratorium Snacks
...are very nutritious! Miniature science exhibits that teachers can make using common, inexpensive, easily available materials. (Learn more)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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
From Stargazers to Starships
An online course book on astronomy, physics, space and related mathematics. It also contains non-mathematical courses on the magnetism of Earth and of space around it. (Learn more)
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Provided by: David P. Stern
Heisenberg/Uncertainty Principle
This site presents biographical information on Werner Heisenberg, along with discussion of his work as a physicist, with particular focus on his uncertainty principle. Information is mainly provided as text, but is interspersed with digitized images of photographs... (Learn more)
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Provided by: American Institute of Physics
Interactives: Annenberg Media
This site provides a number of interactive learning modules for students in the curriculum areas of math, language, history, science, and art. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Annenberg Media
Investigations: Dirtmeister's Science Reporters
Science is all around us — from a bicycle brake to a pine cone to a flag pole. In "Dirtmeister's Science Reporters," students lead their own investigation in observing, identifying, and describing the science found in their world — then write about... (Learn more)
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Provided by: Scholastic
IPPEX
A multimedia, interactive site incorporating web-based activities and experiments with chapters on matter, electricity, magnetism, energy, and, most importantly, fusion. Use your new knowledge to analyze actual data with the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
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