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Here you will find links to all kinds of sites that will help you on your journey into the world of science. Check out sites with interesting books to read that your whole family will enjoy, helpful hints and resources for the science fair, and amazing videos, articles, and information that will feed your passion for science.

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Any of the information gained from these sites would be a valid and appropriate source for your science fair research.

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Reading for Fun! Great Books for Middle School Students Many of these titles are best for older readers, either because they are terrifying (The Hot Zone, for example) or challenging (A Short History of Everything). There aren't many great books on science written just for middle schoolers. But we thought you might be willing to take these risks in order to discover how amazing, weird, terrifying, and wonderful our world and universe(s) can be!  
Reading for Fun! More great science books for kids k-12 from NSTA Reading science trade books is the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning science content. The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children’s science trade books. They were chosen by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC). 
Science Fair Help Science Buddies The award-winning, non-profit Science Buddies empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology. Whether your goal is to find a fun science activity for your kids or win the international science fair, puts comprehensive, scientist-authored tools, tips, and techniques at your fingertips. 
Awesome Science Sites Sci-Girl SciGirls is a new show for kids ages 8-12 that showcases bright, curious real tween girls putting science and engineering to work in their everyday lives. Each half-hour episode follows a different group of middle school girls, whose eagerness to find answers to their questions will inspire your children to explore the world around them and discover that science and technology are everywhere! 
Awesome Science Sites Brain Pop! Founded in 1999, BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. All of your teacher at UCS use Brain Pop in the classroom. Ask your teacher for the code to access this awesome site from home. 
Awesome Science Sites Amazing Space Learn about astronomy, space, telescopes, stars, discoveries. Includes “Tonight’s Sky” constellations, deep sky objects and planets. 
Awesome Science Sites ARKive Ultimate multimedia guide to the world’s endangered species. Includes films and photos by the world’s best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists, and scientists. 
Awesome Science Sites Building Big Explore large structures and what it takes to build them with BUILDING BIG™, a five-part PBS television series and Web site from WGBH Boston. BUILDING BIG explores the history behind some of the worlds greatest feats of engineering and the ingenuity of the engineers, architects, and builders who designed and built them. 
Awesome Science Sites Chem4Kids A brief overview of chemistry, the study of matter and how it changes and interacts with other matter. Covers matter, elements, atoms, reactions, and describes different types of chemistry ranging from biochemistry to physical chemistry. 
Awesome Science Sites Energy Kids Learn about energy and try some fun games and activities. Discover what energy is, where it comes from, how to use and save energy, and more! Also includes fabulous content for teachers and classrooms. 
Awesome Science Sites Engineer Girl The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. 
Awesome Science Sites EPA Environmental Kids Club Whats the air quality index? How does the water cycle work? Find the answers to these questions, and many others related to pollution, global warming, and recycling, at this site from the Environmental Protection Agency. 
Awesome Science Sites Eyes on the Solar System Control space and time with real NASA mission data. You can fly with NASA's Voyager or even hop on an asteroid all from the comfort of your own home or classroom.  
Awesome Science Sites Farmers Almanac for Kids A children’s version of the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Contains facts about weather, star gazing, history and more. 
Awesome Science Sites Frontiers for Young Minds Frontiers for Young Minds focuses on the field of neuroscience featuring peer -reviewed articles whose editorial panel are kids.  
Awesome Science Sites Fuel Up to Play 60 A program founded by the National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with USDA, that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday healthy changes in their lives. 
Awesome Science Sites Exploring Nature-Educational Resource A natural science reference site for students and educators. Site includes resource databases in the areas of wildlife, biomes, adaptations, environment, trees and flowers, human anatomy, farm animals and space. Databases for younger children include fun mazes and habitats. This site helps educators with information on how to bring naturalists to your school for visits, as well as activities, nature trails and a science store from which to order materials. 
Awesome Science Sites The Exploratorium, San Francisco An online version of a hands-on museum in San Francisco that permits you to do your own cow’s eye dissection or learn the science behind a home run. Be sure to visit the “Learning Studio.” 
Awesome Science Sites Climate Kids Climate Kids offers kids clear answers to questions on global climate change through sections on weather, air, the ocean, fresh water, carbon, energy, plants and animals and technology. Includes educational games, activities, crafts, videos and information on green careers. 
Awesome Science Sites BBC KS2 Bitesize Science Gripping games and awesome activities help children studying living things, materials and physical processes. 
Awesome Science Sites Science Toy Maker This website has lots of instructions for classic science toys you can make at home. 
Awesome Science Sites Dragonfly Dragonfly is a science news show on PBS where kids investigate and report on their own scientific findings. You can watch the episodes online, but the site also has some cool science - based online games, experiments and activities and more. 
Awesome Science Sites Exploring the Solar System with NASA A wealth of information on everything you ever wanted to know about space. 
Science Fair Help Science Fair Guide from IPL (Internet Public Library) If you’ve never done a science fair project before, DON’T PANIC! The IPL’s Science Fair Project Resource Guide will help you through the whole project by guiding you to a variety of excellent web resources. 
Science Fair Help Science Fair Central from Discovery Education A great resource for ideas, support, and research help. 
Science Fair Help Ask an Expert This site allows you to ask an expert a question about your science fair project! Be sure to do a proper citation for the information received in your answer. 
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