Science links.

NBC Learn

We actually watched some of the Science of the Summer Olympics during the London games, but I didn’t realize at the time that it was part of a whole series.  So, check out NBC Learn’s free resources to find videos on the science of all kinds of sports, plus video series on Chemistry, Climate Change, […]

Kerbal Space Program

Here’s a fun activity if you’re studying space flight.  Kerbal Space Program is a downloadable PC game where players create their own space program.  Given a collection of parts, players must build a functional ship capable of taking their crew of Kerbals into space and bring them back alive.  There is a free demo version […]

Frontiers for Young Minds

Frontiers for Young Minds is a scientific journal on neuroscience with kid editors.  It’s a pretty cool idea.  Scientists write cool articles about neuroscience and kids edit them.   You can read about the scientists and the kid editors, or you can get involved and be an editor.  Great for upper elementary through high school […]

Kids Think Design

Kids Think Design is a great little site to start looking at design careers.  It covers 10 different design careers from Fashion Design to Architecture.  Each one has information about the career, examples and design project and links to other sites.  It’s a great place to start if your kid is interested in design.  Great […]

Virtual Labs

Virtual Labs is a site put together to help train students in basic lab techniques.  There are six labs, mostly covering topics related to food safety.  It’s not a lot, but if you’re looking for an interactive animation on how to use a microscope or on topics like pH and acidity, they’ve got you covered. […]

Fold It

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, we are big fans of PBS’s NOVA show, especially the NOVA Science Now series.  When we were watching one of their shows on technology a few months ago, we found out about the amazing story of Fold It.  I’d try to explain it to you in this […]

BrainRush

BrainRush is a great way to lean anything that requires some memorization, from the times tables to parts of speech to dates of the American Revolution.  Each game is set up to practice a skill until it is mastered, quickly and efficiently.  There are hundreds of games on all kinds of topics and if you […]

Science of Soil

Don’t let the title fool you.  Science of Soil is all about math and it’s use in science.  Put together to help undergraduates catch up on some concepts they might have missed, the animations and interactives cover dimensions, graphs and scale.  They are very cleverly done, and each one includes an interactive experiment, videos and […]

Seed

I was very pleased to run across this little educational site from a large corporation that my husband used to work for.  Seed has great experiment ideas and some really nice little animations on earth science, space, energy, health and even math puzzles.  Look under the Science tab at the top to find the content. […]

Periodic Table of Videos

What a great resource!  I wish I had found this when we were studying the periodic table last year.  Periodic Table of Videos has a video about EVERY element in the periodic table.  Even those ones you can’t pronounce and have never heard of!   This is a great addition to any study of chemistry. […]

Scientists @ The Smithsonian

You just have to love everything about The Smithsonian, the magazine, the museums, the website.  And here’s another to add to the list – Scientists @ The Smithsonian.   The site has videos and profiles of over 20 scientists – from ant farmer to dinosaur hunter.  If you have kids who are interested in science, […]

Science Friday

I have been a big fan of Science Friday on NPR for years.  Somehow, I missed the fact that they have a fantastic website until just recently.  The site has podcasts, videos and some really cool lesson plans.  With the menu down the left, you can search for stories by topic.  You could also use […]

NASA Education

NASA Education has lesson plans, videos, interactives, design contests and a lot more.  Search by grade level for content for K-12.  Anything you need to know about space is here.  Great for all ages and free.

NOAA Education Resources

If you’re studying anything to do with the Oceans or Weather, NOAA Education Resources has some great material.   Find out more about hurricanes, volcanoes, marine life, the tides and a lot more.  Each section has videos, multimedia, activities and real world data.  Great for all ages and free.

Engage Games

Engage is the outcome of a consortium of universities and government agencies who want kids to be more involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities.  These games have been developed to encourage kids in PreK-3rd grade to develop STEM skills.  These games are engaging, entertaining and educational.  I’m not saying they’re going to […]

Quandry

Here’s another cool game to add to your arsenal with Urgent Evoke.  Quandry is an online game where kids 8-14 lead a new human colony on a distant planet.  Difficult decisions must be made.  Students must filter opinion from facts and make ethical decisions that could impact the planet, the colonists and themselves.  There are […]

Climate Kids

The folks at NASA have put together a great website to help kids learn about Global Climate Change.  Climate Kids has videos, games, articles and teaching resources on topics like climate, energy, oceans and weather.  There are lots of great activities to try here.  This site alone would provide all the material you would need […]

Energyville

Studying energy?  Energyville is a cool little game to help students learn about the trade-offs between cost, environmental impact and security when choosing sources of energy.  Kids can play with the mix of sources to power a city and see how their choices affect cost and the environment.  They can also learn more about each […]

Project Noah

If you are looking for a meaningful way to include more Nature in your homeschool, take a look at Project Noah.  I just love ideas like crowd-sourced research and citizen scientists – these are opportunities for you and your kids to do real research that will be used by scientists in their studies.  In Project […]

National Geographic Education

NatGeo has a wealth of information over several websites.  If you’re looking for good educational content to add to a science or geography lesson, the National Geographic Education website is probably the easiest place to find it.  Search for videos by subject and grade, download coloring pages, find a map of any place from any […]

Teach Engineering

This unassuming little site has some of the best lesson and unit plans I’ve seen for engineering.  Teach Engineering‘s curricular units have lesson plans, activities and links to online resources that add up to great interactive and hands-on learning.  Just take a look at the Asteroid Impact lesson or Moon Colony (can you tell I’m […]

Cosmeo

If you just can’t bring yourself to pay the money for the Discovery Education Streaming, or if you just want to try it for a few months, take a look at Cosmeo.  It is a pared-down version of Discover Streaming.  It still has 30,000 videos and 150,000 reference articles, along with pictures, math tutorials and […]

BBC Bitesize

BBC’s Bitesize site has a whole British plethora of learning material.  Here’s a little key to help you navigate: KS1 – ages 5-7 KS2 – ages 7-11 KS3 – ages 11-14 GCSE – ages 14-16 TGAU – only if you speak Welsh Standard Grade and Intermediate 2 – High School in Scotland Otherwise, just browse […]

We Choose the Moon

I used this today with my boys and it was great!  We’re studying Space Flight this week and we’ve been watching When We Left Earth (an excellent documentary series on the US Space Program).  Today was the episode where Buzz and Neil land on the moon.  We Choose the Moon is a simulation of the […]

MicroObservatory

I love it when Science and Art come together and give each other a big hug.  The MicroObservatory is a great example of this.  Using their telescopes, students can take pictures of objects in space.  Pictures are emailed within 48 hours.  Then, using their free, downloadable software, students can enhance their images.  You can also […]

Computer Science Unplugged

I am loving this idea!  It’s hard to teach those abstract Computer Science ideas – binary numbers, algorithms, procedures.  And actually using a computer, where all these processes are invisible, doesn’t help.  Well, now there’s Computer Science Unplugged, where students learn about computer science concepts while NOT on a computer.  Using post-it notes, string, crayons, […]

Bootstrap

Bootstrap is an awesome free, online curriculum that teaches game design through Algebra.  Here’s your chance to answer that question “When am I ever going to use this?” AND give your kid some real-world skills in programming.  Bootstrap has two classes with about 10 lessons each (about 20-25 hours of instruction per class).  There are […]

MapMaker Interactive

MapMaker Interactive is an interactive world map provided by National Geographic.  You can overlay ocean currents, active volcanoes, population density, CO2 emissions and about a million other things.  You can zoom in to a specific region or country and even draw, place markers and label things.  This would be a great tool for a geography […]

NOVA Labs

Just when you thought PBS’s NOVA couldn’t get any cooler – they come out with labs!  NOVA Labs offers three labs (Sun, Energy and Cloud) with more on the way.  Each lab is an interactive research program using real data and asking real questions.  There are videos to give you the background information that you […]

Math/Science Nucleus

Math/Science Nucleus is a non-profit in California that runs several museums and educational programs.  They have a  free, complete, online science curriculum for K-6.  The Elementary curriculum is organized into six units of six weeks each.  The cycle is repeated each year with increasing depth.  Each unit comes with slide shows, story books, activities and […]

Exploring Earth

If you’re planning Earth Science this year (which I am), Exploring Earth could be your textbook.  It is the interactive component to a high school textbook published by McDougal Littell.  You could buy the textbook to go with it (currently going for under $5 used on Amazon), or use it with a different one.  It covers […]

HippoCampus

HippoCampus has been around for a while.  I’d heard about it many times, but it just came back onto my radar.  Wow.  I’m going to have to go back and put more stuff in my lesson plans for next year!  There’s a lot to see here: videos, simulations, interactive lessons.  They cover Math, Science, Social […]

SAS Curriculum Pathways

At the risk of overloading you with too much information, I give you SAS Curriculum Pathways.  SAS provides interactive resources in Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies and Spanish for Middle School and High School.  The resources range from interactive, virtual labs to investigations using primary source documentation to web research projects.  Many projects require […]

NOVA Elements

If you are planning a chemistry unit this year, this is the site for you.  NOVA Elements is an interactive tool from our favorite science show, NOVA ScienceNow.  Last fall, when we were studying chemistry, the NOVA episode “Hunting the Elements” came out.  We watched it and loved it!  It’s such a great, in-depth and […]

Youngzine

I like discussing current events with my kids.  So once a week, they pick something from Youngzine to read about and then we discuss it while we take a walk.  Youngzine is an ad-free online magazine where kids can read about world events, science, technology and the arts.  There are also comics, videos and contests. […]

Educade

Do you have a tween/teen who is just obsessed with games and gadgets?  Have you ever thought “If I could just tap into that interest, and use it for education, my job would be soooooo much easier”?  I think this every day.  And now I have Educade.  I thought I was all the bomb when […]

Filament Games

I know cheap, cheesy games when I see them, and so do my kids.  And there are tons of them out there.  That’s why I love finding really well-done games like Filament Games.  They have about a dozen games available that range between $0.67 and $9.99 to buy.  Games cover physics, chemistry, biology, thermodynamics, algebra […]

Wolf Quest

Wolf Quest is an immersive, 3D wildlife simulation game that lets players learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Players play alone or with up to four friends in on-line multiplayer games.  As a wolf, you can hunt elk, search for a mate, find a den, establish […]

Conservation Central

Conservation Central is part of the website of the Smithsonian National Zoo.  They offer interactive learning modules to learn more about the habitat of the Great Panda and the Black Bear.  You can design a panda habitat or take a walk through the temperate forests of West Virginia.  On the forest walk, you will test […]

Wise

Wise, based out of UC Berkley,  provides web-based, inquiry science projects for grades 6-12.  Each project is an exploration into a topic that is meant to be done over several days.  There are informational slides, questions to answer and thoughts and ideas to be generated and assessed.  It’s not very flashy, but the projects are […]

Spongelab

I can’t believe I went through science units on Chemistry and Physics before I found this site.  It is truly a plethora of high-quality science stuff.  Stunning is the word they use, and I agree.  I can get lost in here.  Seriously.  Spongelab is a collection of animations, games, interactive lessons, lesson plans and pictures […]

Design Squad Nation

This show never came on our local PBS station that I’m aware of, but I’m so glad I found it online.  Design Squad Nation was a PBS show for upper elementary/middle schoolers about engineering.  All the seasons are online along with a huge amount of other projects and lesson plans for integrating some engineering into […]

Ecology.com

Ecology.com provides a wealth of resources in the areas of Earth Science, Ecology and Biology.  The site is divided into Earth, Air, Energy, Water, Humans and Species.  Each section has videos and text on a variety of topics.  There is also an Ecology Kids section and a magazine/news section.  Videos and other content are very high […]