Science

Science

Bridge to Classroom
Learn about the causes and impacts of earthquakes. Once you've learned enough about preventative measures architects take, build your own bridge and see if it can withstand the pressures of a catastrophic quake. Learn what new technologies are being used to combat these forces in the last section of this site.

Faultline: Seismic Science at the Epicenter
Faultline's sections include Live Eye on the Earth, Great Shakes, Quake Basics, and Damage Control. Be sure to check out the Activities under Active Zone.

KidsAstronomy.com
International Astronomy Week is in April. This site was built for kids to help them understand astronomy and explore the universe. They can learn about the moons, planets, asteroids, and comets, as well as learn about deep space.

Climate Kids
Global climate change – what does it mean? What can you do to help? This is a fun website from NASA that gives a health report on our planet. Want to find a green career? Find out what's happening in our oceans? You can find it here. And, of course, don’t forget the games like Go Green, Missions to Planet Earth and Wild Weather Adventure.

Earth Day 2010
Earth Day is April 22 and is the 40th anniversary of the holiday. This Earth Day page from Kaboose includes crafts, projects, information, and games.

Whale Evolution Video
Scientists responsible for the discovery of an early whale species explain why the discovery helps bridge the gap in the evolutionary record of cetaceans (whales, porpoises, and dolphins). The video is presented by Nature science journal.

The Nature of Science Podcasts
This site offers a fascinating view of the world through the eyes of a young scientist and is great resource for anyone thinking about science as a career. It includes podcasts of eight scientists giving their opinions on what life is really like in their world.

Sci4Kids
This is a fun, busy site for kids to explore. Every picture tells a story. Students will enjoy the interactive visuals that lead to colorful information and facts. They will quickly become engaged in learning by clicking on a bee for info on insects, clicking on the pumpkin for facts about nutrition and clicking on the germ for facts about Weird Science. Find more simple facts on soil, the environment, animals, small towns and the role of scientists.

Climate Change Kids Page
Climate Change Kids Page Animations shows how global warming happens. Using this site your students can learn about the carbon and water cycles. They can also take online quizzes to test their knowledge on global warming, carbon cycle, and water cycle.

My Pyramid
September is National 5-A-Day Month. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Guide Pyramid has been recently revised to reflect the latest nutritional science. In fact, there is no longer just one pyramid. There are twelve different pyramids, depending on how many calories you need and how active you are. The easiest way to understand the new dietary guidelines is to watch the animated Inside the Pyramid. Click on For Kids to play the Blast Off! game, and to print a simplified food pyramid.

My Pyramid Match Game
Play the MyPyramid game from the Dairy Council of California to see how much you know about nutrition. "Build a Pyramid for Better Health!"

Build the Food Chain
On EcoKids’ interactive website Build the Food Chain, students learn why every plant and animal in a food chain is important. Make two food chains, a northern food chain, and a forest food chain by putting the plants and animals in order. Then, see what happens when a piece of the chain is removed. 

National Geographic: Animals
Great site for animal photos and information. Clicking on an animal in the Animals A-Z list brings up the animal's picture, profile, fast facts, multimedia, and other features. In the multimedia section, you can hear the animal's sound, look at a photo gallery, watch a video, and print a fact sheet.

Gorilla Quest
Students search for a family of gorillas in Rawanda’s jungle in the educational game Gorilla Quest. Learn about gorillas and other animals as you collect 5 clues that will help you track the gorilla family. Be careful to avoid danger along the way!

Science Mystery Stories
Solve six mystery stories online. Read the stories and test your scientific sleuthing.

ScienceNews
This is an online science magazine covering all aspects of science with current articles on many topics. Also, there is a link at the top for ScienceNews for Kids.

The Miracle of Fall
"Fall color starts in September with poison ivy and sumac and ends in November with the larches and weeping willows. Frost and freezing temperatures will stop the coloration process and blacken the leaves." Links include About Fall Color, Foliage Updates, Fall Fun, Fall Education, Foliage Cams, and more.

Simple Machines
Students use simple machines to solve problems on the Museum of Science and Industry’s educational website Simple Machines. Help Twitch collect the parts to repair a robot by using 4 different types of simple machines: an inclined plane, lever, wheel and axle, and pulley. Select the equipment that will use the least amount of force to solve each problem. Try again to see if you can use less force.

Reversible and Irreversible Changes
Students experiment with solutions, mixtures, physical changes, and chemical changes on the educational website Reversible and Irreversible Changes. What substances dissolve in water? Which changes can be undone? Find out with this virtual lab.

Kitchen Chemistry
Students learn about acids and bases by doing virtual science experiments with Zoom on the educational website Kitchen Chemistry. Find out which items around your house are acidic, basic, or neutral by conducting two different experiments with each item. Observe color changes in the cabbage juice experiment. See which household items will cause baking soda to fizz and shoot a plastic bottle into the air in the cork rocket experiment.

Cyber Tiger
On the educational website Cyber Tiger students play the role of a zookeeper about to receive the zoo’s first Siberian tiger. Siberian tiger’s are endangered, so zoos are trying to do their part to keep the species alive by breeding them. Before the tiger can come to your zoo, you need to prepare a habitat that meets his safety, nutrition, and entertainment needs. Read the wild file for tips.

A Walk in the Forest
Students can do some field research in a virtual forest with the interactive educational website Walk in the Forest. There are six different educational walks to take. Learn about how different trees prefer specific types of soil and pH. Find plants and animals living from the treetops to under logs. Use leaves, branches, and fruit to identify trees. Observe how plants and animal react to the cold. Observe the effects of non-native insects on plants, and find out how trees keep ponds clean.

NASA Images
"NASA Images" is a service of the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library. It was created under a Space Act agreement to offer unprecedented access to NASA media (including images, video, and audio), functioning as a free online library for all of NASA's multimedia content. Users can search for material by keyword or theme (such as Earth, Astronauts, Solar System, or Universe), or they can browse through several featured collections. The site is constantly growing with the addition of current media from NASA, as well as newly digitized media from the archives of the NASA Centers.

Stop Disasters!
In the educational simulation website Stop Disasters, students are civil engineers helping a town plan and prepare for a natural disaster. Your goal is to reduce the human, physical, and financial costs of the disaster. You can choose from 5 interactive scenarios: a tsunami in Asia, a hurricane in the Caribbean, a wild fire in Australia, an earthquake in the Mediterranean, or a flood in Europe. Select the difficulty level easy (small map), medium (medium map), or hard (large map). After the disaster has hit, look at how well your planning worked. Try the simulation again to see if you can improve your defenses.

Habitat Adventure: Panda Challenge
Students can trek through a cartoon Chinese forest reserve as conservationists with the educational website Habitat Adventure: Panda Challenge. Work with experts to protect the habitat of the giant panda. Set up a core area for endangered animals, choose the best habitat corridor, look for carnivores, and help find alternative sources of income for community loggers. Collect data from plant samples, photos, tracks, and sound recordings to identify plants and animals using the field guide.

Secrets at Sea
In Secrets@Sea, students take on the role of an investigator trying to solve the mystery of what is causing unusual killer whale behavior.  On their way to solving the case, kids learn about the ocean by completing interactive activities, watching newscasts, and visiting oceanography experts.  The website uses colorful cartoon graphics and fun tasks to engage kids in learning about science.

KBears
Students can explore various subjects through fun interactive activities including KB Farm, Dino Reserve, Science World, A to Z Animals, Geo World, and more.

NASA Kids'Club
This is an interactive section of the NASA website where kids can learn about space and what it’s like to be an astronaut. The games are fun, while helping students learn science. Buzz Lightyear makes an appearance in a game where students help Buzz prepare to head out into space.

The Earth's Orbit
December 21st was the first day of winter. By following the activities in this site, students can understand how the Earth's motion affects the changes in seasons. Included are recording daily temperatures, observing the sun's path over several weeks, tracking sunrise and sunset times, and measuring angle of sunlight. Diagrams make lessons easy to follow.

Learn About Color
How many colors can you make by mixing red, yellow, and blue? Sudents learn about color by painting a hippo named William.

Great Turtle Race
Race your turtle by moving through underwater levels, trying to get as far as you can before your turtle runs out of time or energy. Click on How to Play for directions.

Popcorn Science
January 19 is National Popcorn Day. On this site from Jolly Time, students can learn how popcorn goes From Kernel to Popcorn, Why Popcorn Didn't Pop, The History of Popcorn, Experiments, and more.

A Balanced Diet
This concise site discusses the basic nutritional needs of people - proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.  A test is included to assess mastery of the material. The reading voice sounds like a computer, but the information is good.

Sungazer
You can't usually stare at the sun, but here, you can. This site provides several ways to see the sun close up. Includes images, equipment needed, resources, and podcasts.

AboutKidsHealth
This teaching tool contains age-appropriate animations for kids on many different health topics including nutrition, how the body works, diseases, and more. The information and articles on AboutKidsHealth are based on current medical evidence and contains an extensive collection of information on child development, common health problems, and health care, as well as regular expert columns, news, and features on the latest in child health research.

Science For Kids
"Everything you see and touch has the ability to change. Sometimes substances change to form new substances. This is called a chemical change. Other times substances change but keep the same identity. This is called a physical change. Try these activities to learn more about chemical and physical change."

The Fish Olympics
You be the judge for the Fish Olympics: click on an event (camouflage, strength, eating, and speed) then click on one of the four fish photos to read information about each one. Choose the fish you think is the winner, then find out who won the gold! Click on "Skip the games," for interesting information about fish, lists of books, magazines, clubs, and sites.

 

Nutrition Explorations: Kids
Explore the World of Nutrition with information, activities, puzzles, recipes, fun links, and more.

 

Energy Kids
Meet Energy Ant. He can help students find out what energy is, what the sources of energy are, how to save energy, and much more. They can also find energy calculators and a glossary to help with homework. There is a For Teachers section with age appropriate lesson plans.

LearningScience.org
This website offering free science resources was developed by learningscience.org, an organization dedicated to sharing the emerging tools of science education: real-time data collection, simulations, inquiry based lessons, interactive web lessons, micro-worlds, and imaging. Click on categories including Science Inquiry, Life Science, Earth and Space, The History and Nature of Science, Tools to do Science and more.

Small Step Kids
Find out cool stuff about food and what it can do for you. What does "Being Healthy" really mean? Eating a variety of nutritious food gives you the stuff you need to keep your body going. Exercise your brain with this short quiz and take the Small Step Challenge. Kids from all over America have sent in their ideas for staying healthy. See if any might work for you! This site is also available en español.

Energy Star Kids
For thousands of years our planet has given us energy, lots of energy! But in the process, we’ve put our planet under stress, and now it needs our help. If we want to keep our planet healthy, we must find better ways of getting and using energy. You can make big changes! There’s tons of stuff we can do everyday to save energy and our planet. Find out what you can do.

Fish Kids
Fish are a healthy food, but some fish may not be safe to eat because they are contaminated with chemicals. Before you go fishing or go to the market, look for fish advisories that tell you which fish are safe to eat. Explore the activities on this site for fun ways to learn about fish in our diet.

Way Out!
Can you help a cow plot a path out of the Milky Way? This hilarious space game is for all ages and is offered by HubbleSite. Users may pick their level of expertise and can choose from novice, pretty smart about space, or an astrobrainiac.

Sammy Salmon
Learn about Pacific salmon from Sammy Salmon and his friends. Come along with Starfish as he follows Sammy the Salmon's life cycle. Authors provide links to other fun sites such as a salmon story, games, information about Sammy and more. There is also a section on Internet safety for kids.

Scrub Club
Kids learn how to keep themselves clean, kill bacteria, and stay healthy all year long by washing their hands and under fingernails with warm soapy water. Then they can enjoy the "6 Steps Game," meet the "villains" that cause illness (and learn how to combat them), and discover where harmful germs are hiding. Downloads for teachers include Teacher's Guide, Do You Have the Cleanest Classroom?, Handango Clean Hands Activity and more.

Freeze Frame: Historic Polar Images
"The Scott Polar Research Institute in the University of Cambridge holds a world-class collection of photographic negatives illustrating polar exploration from the nineteenth century onwards. Freeze Frame is the result of a two-year digitisation project that brings together photographs from both Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Here you can discover the polar regions through the eyes of those explorers and scientists who dared to go into the last great wildernesses on earth."

FSA Kids
The USDA Farm Service Agency provides a collection of informative and entertaining ways for students to learn more about the importance of farming and food production. Find coloring books, games, interactive and static, and other fun activities that center around food and agriculture.

Phases of the Moon
Find all 8 phases of the moon by using your mouse to move the earth around the sun, while listening to the Native American Cree legend of the moon.

Kosher Dill Current
This is an interesting experiment on how to turn a pickle into a battery. It should be a demonstration for younger students. Older students could do the experiment with supervision.

Climate Kids
Global climate change – what does it mean? What can you do to help? This is a fun website from NASA that gives a health report on our planet. Want to find a green career? Find out what's happening in our oceans? You can find it here. And, of course, don’t forget the games like Go Green, Missions to Planet Earth and Wild Weather Adventure.

Earth Day 2010
Earth Day is April 22 and is the 40th anniversary of the holiday. This Earth Day page from Kaboose includes crafts, projects, information, and games.