Science Resources and Links

ASTRONOMY

CHEMISTRY

EARTH SCIENCE

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & ECOLOGY

GENERAL RESOURCES

HISTORY OF SCIENCE

LIFE SCIENCE

PHYSICS

SCIENCE FAIR

 

ASTRONOMY

Astronomy Picture of the Day
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

Black Holes and Neutron Stars
http://www.eclipse.net/~cmmiller/BH/blkmain.html

Celestia
http://www.shatters.net/celestia/
Celestia is a free space simulation program that lets you move around the universe.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory
http://chandra.harvard.edu
NASA's website for x-ray astronomy

The Comet's Tale
http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/SegwayEd/lessons/CometsTale/com.html
Learn about comets and try to make your own comet.

The Hubble Heritage Project
http://heritage.stsci.edu
Browse through Hubble Space Telescope images

Kennedy Space Center
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperations/index.html
NASA's shuttle countdown website containing videos and images

Mars Pathfinder
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/default.html
Focuses on data collected from the Mars 1997 mission

NASA Home Page
www.nasa.gov

NASA Human Spaceflight/International Space Station
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov

The Nine Planets-A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System
http://nineplanets.org/

North American Skies
http://home.comcast.net/~sternmann/index.htm
Contains information on stars, planets, eclipses, meteor showers and other events visible in the sky

Space Calendar
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/calendar/index.html
Provides a calendar that highlights space-related activities and anniversaries for the coming year

Space Telescope Science Institute
http://oposite.stsci.edu
Contains links to information related to the Hubble Space Telescope

Stanford Solar Center
http://solar-center.stanford.edu/
Provides activities and information about solar flares, missions, and other recent developments from NASA, SOHO, and MDI

Stellarium
http://www.download.com/Stellarium/3000-2054_4-10072276.html
Stellarium is a free planetarium program with photo-realistic skies, moon and planets.

Windows to the Universe
http://www.windows.ucar.edu
Find information about our planet, solar system, famous scientists and more

CHEMISTRY

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaq.html

Chemicals in the Environment
http://www.epa.gov/chemfact/
"EPA has developed information summaries on selected chemicals to describe how you might be exposed to these chemicals, how exposure to them might affect you and the environment, what happens to them in the environment, who regulates them, and whom to contact for additional information" (EPA).

Chemical Profiles
http://www.scorecard.org/chemical-profiles/index.tcl
The Pollution Information Site allows you to search for "all the chemicals used in large amounts in the United States and all the chemicals regulated under major environmental laws" (Scorecard).

eMolecules
http://www.emolecules.com/index.php
Draw or search for information and drawings of chemical structures.

Household Products Database
http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/index.htm
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides health and safety information on household products.

The Macrogalleria
http://www.pslc.ws/mactest/index.htm
Explore polymer science and tour through a mall to see what products contain polymers.

Nobel Prizes in Chemistry
http://userpage.chemie.fu-berlin.de/diverse/bib/nobel_chemie_e.html

Organic Chemistry Resources Worldwide
http://www.organicworldwide.net/
Search for organic chemistry literature, synthesis planning, chemical sourcing, compound classes, synthesis strategies, reaction components, reaction activation, reaction set-up, safety, work-up and purification, structural analysis and detection, physico-chemical properties and more.

Periodic Table of Elements
http://www.ptable.com
This periodic table allows you to highlight elements by their aggregate state or group.

Periodic Table of Elements
http://www.popsci.com/files/periodic_popup.html
This periodic table provides a quick summary for each element.

Periodic Table - Web Elements
http://www.webelements.com/webelements/scholar/index.html
Pictures showing element structures and periodic properties

pH Tutorial: Acid and Base
http://www.chem.ubc.ca/courseware/pH/launch.html
Notes and self-directed quiz exercises help students understand the basic concepts of acid-base chemistry.

Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab
http://www.spartechsoftware.com/reeko/
Contains science experiments, book reviews, and tips

Simple, Common, and Interesting Molecules
http://www.reciprocalnet.org/edumodules/commonmolecules/index.html

 

EARTH SCIENCE

Dinosaurs
http://paleobiology.si.edu/dinosaurs
A Smithsonian website with engaging virtual tours of dinosaur exhibits

Dive and Discover
http://www.divediscover.whoi.edu/index.html
Explore expeditions to the sea floor through daily updates, interviews, slideshows, videos and activities.

Earthquake Hazards Program
http://quake.wr.usgs.gov
Find information on the latest earthquakes around the world and current earthquake research.

Forces of Nature
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/forcesofnature
Explore the impact and causes of volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes. Build your own simulated natural disaster in the website lab.

Geologic Time
http://paleobiology.si.edu/geotime/main
A Smithsonian website that includes a geologic timeline and overview of different geologic ages

The Image
http://www.theimage.com
Contains hundreds of images and reference information about gemstones and minerals

Marine Geology and Geophysics
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg
National Geophysical Data Center highlights scientific stewardship, products, and services for sea floor and lakebed data.

National Weather Service
www.nws.noaa.gov
U.S. government weather website offering current weather, climatic data, weather news, and related weather information

Snow Crystals
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals
View pictures of snow crystals and snowflakes and find out what they are and how they are created.

The Virtual Cave
http://www.goodearthgraphics.com/virtcave/index.html
Explore different types of caves around the world.

Volcano World
http://volcano.oregonstate.edu
Learn about volcanoes and track current volcanic activity.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & ECOLOGY

ARKive
http://www.arkive.org/
ARKive is a collection of thousands of videos, images and fact-files illustrating the world's species.

Conservation Central
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/education/conservationcentral/
This habitat education program explores the temperate forest.

Eco-Index: Connecting Conservationists Across the Americas
http://www.eco-index.org/new/index.cfm
The Rainforest Alliance provides a searchable almanac of current and past conservation projects in Mesoamerica.

Endangered Species Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://endangered.fws.gov
This site provides information on the status of endangered species to educate the public in order to conserve and restore endangered and threatened species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

Environmental Inquiry: Authentic Scientific Research for High School Students
http://ei.cornell.edu/
Contains a collection of resources on environmental science

Environmental Protection Agency: Climate Change
http://epa.gov/climatechange/index.html
Find information about greenhouse gas emissions, health and environment effects, U. S. climate policy, and more.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping
http://www.floridayards.org/
Find plants native to Florida and learn how to create Florida-friendly landscaping.

Florida's Springs: Protecting Nature's Gems
http://www.floridasprings.org/
Includes photo galleries and stories about the flora and fauna, audio and video, an animated production about the water cycle and more

Global Warming: Early Warning Signs
http://www.climatehotmap.org/
Illustrates the consequences of global warming; features an interactive world map

GreenHouse Gas Online
http://www.ghgonline.org/
Provides frequent updates on greenhouse gas news and scientific publications

Water Science for Schools
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/
U. S. Geological Survey's website offers pictures, data, maps and more relating to water science.

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

Discovery.com
http://www.discovery.com
Links to Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Discovery School that include teacher resources

Eric Weisstein's World of Science
http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/
Contains definitions and explanations about various topics within the fields of astronomy, chemistry, math, and physics

FirstGov for Science
http://www.science.gov
Connects you to U.S. Government and Science

HighWire Press
http://highwire.stanford.edu
Large repository of free full-text life science articles hosted by a division of the Stanford University Libraries

How Stuff Works
http://www.howstuffworks.com/

Women's Adventures in Science
http://www.iwaswondering.org/
This fun, interactive website highlights a time travel timeline of women scientists, science-related games, and more.

 

HISTORY OF SCIENCE

American Museum of Natural History for Kids
http://www.ology.amnh.org/
Read stories about paleontology, astronomy, genetics, biodiversity and interviews with scientists and kids.

The Galileo Project
http://galileo.rice.edu/
A source of information on the life and work of Galileo Galilei

Inventors Dimension
http://web.mit.edu/invent
Inventor of the Week Archives and invention related links and resources

Inventors Hall of Fame
http://www.invent.org
Alphabetical listing of inventors

 

LIFE SCIENCE

Africa Geographic
http://www.africageographic.com/digimag/
Africa Geographic provides a new online resource: a digital magazine "packed with live video footage, superb photography and featuring the best in-depth coverage" (Africa Geographic) from their seasoned correspondents. Register and download the Africa Geographic digital magazine for free!

Animal Biodiversity Websites from The Wild Classroom
http://www.thewildclassroom.com/home/nav/animalsweb.html
The Wild Classroom provides several online resources covering different animals: Birds of the World, Bats of the World, Cetaceans (dolphins and whales) of the World, and The Snake Web.

Animal Facts from National Geographic
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/facts/?source=NavAniFact
Contains information on amphibians, birds, bugs, fish, invertebrates, mammals, prehistoric animals. and reptiles

Animal Planet
http://animal.discovery.com/animals/
Provides guides to wild animals, butterflies, endangered species, mammals, wild birds, and zoo animals, which include photos and videos

AntWeb
http://www.antweb.org/florida.jsp
Contains information and detailed photos of ants around the world, including every single species in Florida

The Biology Project
http://www.biology.arizona.edu/
Covers many topics in biology including biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, human biology, Medelian genetics, immunology, and molecular biology

Centre of the Cell
http://www.centreofthecell.org/
The London museum's website contains links for students to access to further cell understanding.

eNature
http://www.enature.com/home/
Learn about more than 4,800 species of plants and animals, listen to bird calls, or ask experts about different species.

The Encyclopedia of Earth
http://www.eoearth.org/
Maintains and provides access to a free collection of scholarly, peer-reviewed articles about "earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society" (EOE)

Guided Tour of the Visible Human
http://www.madsci.org/~lynn/VH/tour.html
Over 9,000 digitized sections of the human body

Human Genome Project Information - Department of Energy
http://www.ornl.gov/hgmis
Contains a wealth of general research information on genetics and bioethics; legal, social and ethical issues are discussed

Insects
http://www.insects.org/
This site contains an Entophiles index, which categorized insects by their order and provides bios and photos of the insects. It also provides information on butterfly wing patterns.

Kids Biology
http://www.kidsbiology.com/animals-for-children.php
Learn about hundreds of different animals in this animal database.

MadSci Network: The 24-Hour Exploding Laboratory
http://madsci.org/
MadSci Network covers topics in astronomy, the biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, and physics.

Mayo Clinic
www.mayoclinic.com
Reliable information for a healthier life

National Wildlife Federation
http://www.nwf.org/
Check out the status of America's waters and critical wildlife habitats from the National Wildlife Federation whose mission is to "help protect, connect and restore habitat to ensure a wildlife legacy for our children" (NWF).

PLANTS Database
http://plants.usda.gov/
The United States Department of Agriculture PLANTS database provides information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverwort, hornwort, and lichens of the United States.

Sea World
http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/index.htm
Animal information database

Species in Parks: Flora and Fauna Databases
http://www.ice.ucdavis.edu/nps/
"This browsable, searchable page links to databases of vertebrates and vascular plant occurrences (Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Mammals, Reptiles, and Plants) in selected National Parks. Information is given about the order, family, latin name, common name, presence, documentation, resident status, and abundance" (IPL).

Tree of Life Web Project
http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html
"The Tree of Life Web Project (TOL) is a collaborative effort of biologists from around the world. On more than 10,000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their evolutionary history (phylogeny), and characteristics" (TOL).

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program
http://www.fws.gov/endangered/
Find out more about endangered species by searching for them by their common or scientific name, or by selecting a state to view a list of endangered species by geographic location.

U.S. National Library of Medicine
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hinfo.html
Links to health related sites

Virtual Museum of Natural History
http://www.curator.org/

WebMD
http://www.webmd.com/
Provides numerous links to health information

World Biodiversity Database
http://www.eti.uva.nl/tools/wbd.php
"The World Biodiversity Database is a continuously growing taxonomic database and information system that allows you to search and browse a number of online species banks covering a wide variety of organisms" (WBD).

 

PHYSICS

Amusement Park Physics
http://www.learner.org/interactives/parkphysics/
Find out how physics laws affect amusement park ride design and design your own roller coaster.

Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics
www.physics.ucla.edu/~cwp/
Archive of data on 20th Century women who have made original and important contributions to physics

Convert Plus
http://convertplus.com/en/
Online weights and measurements conversion

A Dictionary of Units
http://www.cleavebooks.co.uk/dictunit/dictunit1.htm
Includes definitions of units and conversion calculators

HyperPhysics Concepts
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hph.html
HyperPhysics enables students to explore concepts in physics through concept maps and other linking strategies.

The Physics Classroom Tutorial
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/
Provides definitions of physics terms and explanations of physics principles

Physics 2000
www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/index.pl
"An interactive journey through modern physics! Have fun learning visually and conceptually about 20th century science and high-tech devices" (Physics 2000).


SCIENCE FAIR

Discovery Channel School: Science Fair Central
http://school.discovery.com/sciencefaircentral

Science Fair Central
http://www.homeworkspot.com/sciencefair/

Science Fair Projects on the Web
http://sciencefairproject.virtualave.net

Science Fair Websites - From Start to Finish: Taking you through all the steps
Internet Public Library Resource Guide
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/projectguide/

Successful Science Fair Projects
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/fair.html