K-12 Science Education
After reviewing these sites, you may wish to visit the Science page for other excellent resources.
Space Astronomy basics and teaching tools.
Chemical Society This site offers programs, activities and services developed by
professional chemists and educators for teachers to use in their classrooms.
- Ask A Scientist
Courtesy of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a team of 150 scientists
and researchers to answer questions on a variety of biological and
science-related matters. Submit a question via e-mail and receive
response within two weeks.
Engineering K12 Center Do you want to make math and science come
alive for your students? Learn how K-12 teachers and industry are using
engineering as a vehicle to teach science and mathematics.
Optics This site's stunning pictures illustrate the strange and
beautiful phenomena created by light, weather, and our atmosphere.
- Bad Science This Web
page shows teachers and students examples of the "bad science" often taught in
schools and featured in popular articles and textbooks.
- BioEd Online
Presentations and slide sets, current biology news and quick
activities. Great resource for bio teachers.
Corner The Lesson Plans section
contains classroom activities, labs and worksheets. The Webquest section
contains inquiry based projects that utilize the internet.
Biology Flash Cards Users can find flash cards or create and share
their own original flash cards
- The Catalyst
This site has been developed specifically
for the secondary education/high school level teacher, as a resource for
finding relevant information for use in the teaching of chemistry.
- Cell Biology Lab Manual
- Cells Alive This "microscopy of living
cells and organisms" site is packed with information and images of viruses,
parasites, bacteria, and even "foodborne pathogenic microorganisms."
- Journal of Chemical
Education Find any article ever printed in their publication.
- Chem4Kids A
captivating site that takes the mystery out of chemistry. This
site does an excellent job of simplifying complex topics.
- Chemistry is Fun This site includes
Chemical of the Week, salutes to interesting compounds and elements; home experiments on
bending water, fireproofing balloons and imploding aluminum cans.
- Chemistry Videos on YouTube Developed by a
chemistry teacher in Brisbane, Australia, videos include
Properties of Metals and Non-metals,
Teacher's Guide to Balancing Equations,
Teacher's Guide to the Periodic Table of Elements, &
Teacher's Guide to Energy and Change
Chemistry Worksheets Based on the New York State Chemistry Regents
Curriculum, this site is a great resource for chemistry teachers.
- Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Easy
to navigate site describes many of the current exhibits. Links to teaching materials
associated with its extensive holdings.
CLEA -- CONTEMPORARY LABORATORY EXPERIENCES IN ASTRONOMY--
develops laboratory exercises that illustrate modern astronomical
techniques using digital data and color images.
Extraction - Extract your own DNA using household
Element Song Great song performed by Tom Lehrer
El Nino Theme Page
Play amateur meteorologist at this heavy-weather site. Everything there is to know about
El Nino is here.
Brain and Mind Brain basics. Sensing, thinking and behaving.
Diseases and disorders. The facts are all here.
- Fermilab Education Office K-12 Science Resources
with emphasis on physics and prairie ecology.
Forensics in the Classroom This free and exciting program
offers different cases for middle and high school students to solve.
Institute Science Museum Browse the inner workings of the human heart or
experiment with model rockets. Much more.
- Gene Almanac
Information about genes for education. What is
the "genetic code"? How does the cell process the
information encoded in our DNA? The answers can be found at this
- Genetic Science
Learning Center A partnership between
Scientists and Educators -- focusing on Genetic Science Education. Plenty of classroom
appropriate activities and projects.
Global Warming Website An environmental photographer has been
photographing evidence of climate change for more than 10 years. His
collection of images from around the world show the effects of global
warming in vivid detail. Explanatory text from climate scientists accompany
- Hands on Science Centers Worldwide
Public museums with a strong emphasis on interactive science education.
Heat, Ice, Air & Water - A Teacher's Guide to Weather Lessons -
Interactive and fun lessons for middle school students.
- Helping Your Child Learn Science
This site lays out ways parents and educators can help children learn more about science.
You'll find experiments to perform at home and suggestions for out-of-the-house activities
like museum tours and nature hikes.
(Kid's Guide to) How the Brain Works A guide to learning more
about the brain in simple terms.
I Can Do That!
- Lawrence Hall of Science Many
original units, lesson plans and publications. Terrific
educational and interactive games and home activities.
London Science Museum Use handy search engine to
find science feature stories, a photo gallery and interactive vision experiments.
- The MadSci Network You can
ask questions about science subjects. The questions will be answered by science educators
- Medline Plus A
service of the National Library of Medicine. The site features health
topics, drug information, a medical dictionary and directories of
doctors, dentists and hospitals.
Molecules with Silly or Unusual Names Here you'll see some
molecules that have unusual, ridiculous or downright silly names. Good for
some comedic relief.
- Mount Wilson Observatory The Mount Wilson
Institute is devoted to realizing, for public benefit, the maximum scientific and
educational potential of the Mount Wilson site and facilities. This site links scientists
and students to databases containing many different papers.
Institute on Climate & Planets Columbia's NASA Goddard Space Institute
is a research, science education and minority outreach program. This
site contains data, articles and lessons for physics and atmospheric science
National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Established in 2000,
this site is an online resource of 1.5 million science, math and
engineering services on the Internet. Resources have been vetted for
accuracy and educational appropriateness.
Neuroscience for Kids
Interactive games, puzzles, quizzes, and do-it-yourself experiments (for middle and high
school students) show how human and animal nervous systems work.
- News Scientist
Jargon-free science news with special sections on everything from
neurology to astrophysics to artificial intelligence.
New York Academy of Sciences
The Academy has developed a website to
promote their new initiative for science educators. Excellent 'one-stop
shopping' site for events at the Academy and around New York City.
Kids' Page National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences site encourages young children to develop an interest in
health sciences. Kids can have fun learning about
vermicomposting by playing Feed The Worms, develop reading skills
with Sing Along Tunes, learn science words in the Science Spelling
Ocean Color The "color" of the ocean is determined by the
interactions of incident light with substances or particles present in the
water. Many links to relevant web sites.
- Ocean Color Data and
Resources This site provides access to Ocean Color Data It
provides access to data and a web-based tool to analyze earth science data.
- Pacific Science Center The Seattle, WA science
center has many exhibits. You will find yourself walking through their many
Paleontology for Kids 30+ links to very useful palenontology
Adventure This site allows even the most scientifically
challenged person to explore the world of particle physics through
interactive tours of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, dark matter and
other intriguing particles. Also available in Spanish, Polish, French,
Slovakian, Italian and Portuguese.
- Pathfinder Science The motto of this site is 'creating student
scientists, not just science students.' Pathfinder offers interactive
online science projects that require students to participate in data
- Performance Assessment Links in
Science This site is an online, standards-based resource
bank of science performance assessment tasks indexed via the National
Science Education Standards (NSES) and various other standards
Philosophy of Science Resources
Includes sites pertaining to ethical issues, sites in philosophy of mind and
cognitive science, and sites dealing with social issues surrounding science.
Mad Scientist Lab Contains almost 40 projects
including cohesion, flotation, pressure and sound. Skill levels
- Resources for Involving Scientists in Education
A National Academy of Sciences project. Examples of most effective U.S. K-12 programs
involving scientists and engineers.
- Rocketry for Educators This website provides useful information
about using model rockets in classrooms.
- Science a GoGo
This site is essentially an online clipping service for
science-related articles in the news. Every day you'll find a
new science article at this site, as well as an online forum for
Science and Alcohol
This site, aimed at middle school,
explains the short- and long-term effects of alcohol on the mind and body.
Materials include background information, a detailed lesson outline,
research questions, and related resources on the physiological effects of
Science Education and You A website chock full of resources
developed by the Democratic Science Education Committee in Congress
Science Fair Guide (for Teachers) Prepared by Holt Science
Technology, the guide helps the teacher with their science fair project
through all stages of development and preparation.
- Science Search Engine Bone
up on hot topics with this search engine devoted to science.
Science Club: Kids' Science Projects Experiments and
activities divided into three sections: Simple Projects, Medium
Difficulty Projects & Advanced Projects.
- Science Fair
Step-by-Step Guide Self-titled "The Ultimate
Science Fair Page" assists students by describing the steps to
preparing a good science fair project.
Fair Learning Studio This thoughtfully written site takes
students through the entire science fair continuum, beginning with a
discussion of good vs. bad science and culminating in a guide to
searching the web. Resources for teachers and parents also available.
- Science Fair
Project Resource Guide For students planning to enter a
science fair. This Internet Public Library site has links to
everything needed, from how to pick a project to how to put it
- Science Learning Network
K-8 library of science
subjects. Easy to use search function.
Net Links offers
teachers a comprehensive guide to science, technology and mathematics
web sites and a growing library of Internet-based learning activities
that draw upon the AAAS Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy.
- Science Surplus The
site offers a unique mix of industrial, military and educational
items, with an emphasis on science and education. Wander around our
site and you are sure to find some unusual or hard to find items (some
say bizarre stuff) perfect for the hobbiest, tinkerer, artist,
experimenter, home educator, do-it-yourselfer, and bargain hunter.
Science Teacher Stuff Lots of links to useful sites
Technology Education Program web addresses of organizations
and other sources of information concerned with science education.
Whatzit The staff of the Oregon Museum of Science &
Industry (and other scientists) have answered, then archived,
questions submitted by visitors to this site. Topics range from earth
and life sciences to physics and space. The thought provoking
answers will inspire more questions from young scientists.
Scuttlebutt (Marine education resources) is a forum for marine
educators to talk informally about marine education ideas, issues, and
- Sea Education Association SEA's K-12 Lesson plans have recently
been awarded the prestigious StudyWeb® Academic Excellence Award as "one
of the Internet's premier sites for educational resources for students
Common, and Interesting Molecules This site will let
allow you to examine the structures of a variety of interesting
molecules. Most data is obtained from crystallographic sources,
although some of the simple structures are calculated using
molecular mechanics techniques.
Star Child For young
astronomers, ages 4 through 14. This site covers the solar system, the universe and
general space topics.
- Stem Cell Resources
This educational website created by New Jersey educators, will help you
and your students keep current on stem cell research and regenerative
Engineering The TeachEngineering digital library offers
teacher-tsted engineering content for K-12 teachers to use with existing
science and mathematics curricula, and these hands-on activities are aligned
with the content standards for all 50 states.
- Teacher Tube
The site allows
teachers to model their lessons for colleagues everywhere. There are more
than 54,000 videos available for viewing.
Telescience Journal for High
School Teachers Journal articles and lab manual.
- Top Science A twice a year publication
dedicated to science teachers. Helpful hands-on activities worth checking out.
- Try Science.com
Conduct experiments online using short Shockwave simulations or learn
about experiments you can do in the classroom or at home.
Experiments are discipline specific, including: earth science,
biological science, mathematics, physical sciences, space sciences,
technology and engineering, chemistry, social sciences, and medical
and health. The field trip section allows you to locate science
centers all over the WORLD.
U.S. Geological Survey Learning
Web Incredible amount of information. An excellent section for teaching
global change, earth science and understanding maps.
Biochemistry Laboratory This site consists of several
'rooms." Each focuses on a particular method in biochemistry.
In the lab you can perform experiments and listen to lectures. You can
also take "Nobel Challanges," since this is housed on the Nobel website.
WatchKnowLearn Teachers and students can search through and
download thousands of free videos, arranged by subject. Videos include user
ratings and appropriate age ranges. Videos are available without
registration or fees for teachers to use in the classroom or for students
to use at home.
- (The) Why Files
National Institute for Science Education has created this site to explain the
science behind all kinds of phenomena. Get the insider's take on tomatoes, Mad Cow
disease, electric cars, and amber -- all delivered with humor and clarity.
Women in Science Learning Series (grades 4-6 but can be modified for
higher grades). Bring women scientists into your classroom for
the ultimate in field trips.
- (The) World of Benjamin Franklin
Teacher resource and children's site. Connections to the Benjamin Franklin Science Museum
World Wide Web Virtual Library
History of Science, Technology and Medicine.
features an interactive geography museum with exhibits
keyed to the National Geography Standards, a collection of
standards-based lesson plans, special interactive Family Xpeditions,
Blue Ribbon Links to outstanding geography sites, resources for
teachers and parents and a global atlas of outline maps specially
designed for print out.