Fun Science Resources
Especially for Students

Animal Kingdom Animal Kingdom Inside Your Body Inside Your Body
Creepy, Crawly Critters Creepy, Crawly Critters Lost in Space Lost in Space
        Animals Extinct Animals Seriously
        Science Seriously Science
Flying Friends Flying Friends Today’s
        Forecast Today's Forecast
        Among Us Fungus Among Us The World
        Around Us The World Around Us
NASA for Students NASA for Teens NASA Kids Club            

Animal Kingdom

lobster All About Lobsters - Lobster activities and links, life cycles and boats, and even how to eat lobsters!
All About Turtles - Learn about turtle species, parts, defenses, and how to build a pond for turtles
Animal Bytes from SeaWorld - pictures and info on all kinds of animals
  Animal Resources from SeaWorld - from Clydesdales to gorillas to walruses
extinct ibex Animal Sounds Library from SeaWorld
Croak - What’s killing the frogs? Read the interactive mystery and unravel the clues, then e-mail your answer! [An Access Excellence Science Mystery]
Endangered & Extinct Animals
Endangered Means There's Still Time - a slide show on animals in trouble
frog Frogland - lots of cool info on frogs!
The Froggy Page - frog sounds, pictures, and more
Toledo Zoo - information about animals and exhibits, plus learning kits and visits available through EdZOOcation Outreach
turtle Tour de Turtles: A Sea Turtle Migration Marathon
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - information about endangered and invasive species; image library
Whale Net - about whales and marine research; links to other whale sites
whale Whale Songs - Learn about whales, their “songs,” and migration patterns, and enjoy a variety of lessons and activities.
Whale Watching Web - virtual whale watching and much more!
Wildlife Fact Sheets from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Creepy, Crawly Critters

spider O. Orkin Insect Zoo Virtual Tour
River of Venom - What has happened to researchers in the Amazon rainforest? Killer bees? Vampire bats? Read the interactive mystery and unravel the clues, then e-mail your answer! [An Access Excellence Science Mystery]
worm S. K. Worm answers your questions about soils and stuff.
Yucky Roach World - Wonderful world of bugs and insects! Learn bug anatomy, life cycles, and facts, and even spend a day in the life of a cockroach!
Worm World - worm body parts, jokes, art, and poetry; learn how to create a worm bin and recycle your kitchen scraps!

Extinct Animals

dinosaur   Dinosauria On-Line - great pics, photos, and info about dinos
Dinosaur Illustrations - an index of links to great dinosaur and other prehistoric art
  Endangered & Recently Extinct Animals

Flying Friends

bat The Adventures of Amelia the Pigeon
The Adventures of Echo the Bat
All About Birds
  All About Hummingbirds
butterfly Butterflies and Moths of North America
The Journey North - Take an annual Internet-based adventure to learn about wildlife migration and seasonal changes. Track patterns of whales, robins, monarch butterflies, manatees, or loons! You can also help to track the arrival of spring in your area.
Monarch Watch! from the University of Kansas - track migrating monarch butterflies
parrot Video of African Greys - Dr. Pepperberg's intelligent parrots
National Audubon Society: Birds and Science
SeaWorld’s Birds of Prey - info about birds, from dietary needs, to communications, to behavior, to habitat preservation

Fungus Among Us

  Fun with Lichens - examine the friendly alliance between algae and fungi, who live together as one organism
 mushroom   Introduction to Fungi
Fun Facts about Fungi
MycoElectronica - World of Mushrooms
Mycological Resources on the Net - WWW Virtual Library

Inside Your Body

handprint Arctica - What killed members of the stranded Arctic expedition of 1834? Read the interactive mystery and unravel the clues, then e-mail your answer!  [An Access Excellence Science Mystery]
Blackout Syndrome - People are suffering from a mystery disease! What is it? Where did it come from? How can it be stopped? Read the interactive mystery and unravel the clues, then e-mail your answer!  [An Access Excellence Science Mystery]
hamburger Nutritional analyses of fast food
Tour of the Basics of Genetics
  Inside a Cell
brain Neuroscience for Kids - activities and experiences about our brain and nervous system
Seeing, Hearing, and Smelling the World - Great information about how we see millions of shades of colors, recognize a friend, hear the faint rustle of a leaf in the wind, and detect over 10,000 different smells.

Lost In Space

space shuttle Amazing Space - Interactive games and lessons from the Hubble Space Telescope: Galaxies Galore, Astronaut Challenge, Hubble Deep Field Academy, and more!
Earth and Moon Viewer - View a map of the Earth and see how it looks right now, or choose to view the Earth from various locations, including a satellite orbiting the Earth.
  Exploring Planets in the Classroom: hands-on activities to explore geology, the Earth, and planets
  Great Images in NASA - a search engine for space-related photos
Mars Exploring Mars!
Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station - Long-duration geology and biology field exploration operations in a Mars-like environment
Haughton-Mars Project - See how tools, clothing, vehicles, robots, and even people are standing up to the harsh environment of the only crater known to lie in a in a polar desert environment, similar to what would be found on Mars.
About Haughton Crater - More about experiments in the far north of Canada at the Haughton Impact Crater.
Mars Desert Research Station in Utah - Spaceward Bound is a two-week training and research mission to which majors in an engineering or scientific fields are welcome to apply.
NASA Mars Team Online - Explore the Red Planet with NASA’s Mars Team
Virtual Field Trip - an immersive multimedia application (software you download) to explore areas on Earth that are like regions on Mars [from NASA]
NASA logo Imagine the Universe - High-energy astronomy for middle and high school students, satellite data, and "Ask an Astrophysicist"
Life on Mir - From 1994–98, American astronauts spent nearly 1000 days living in orbit with Russian cosmonauts. Read stories about Space Station Mir, including the dramatic and dangerous fire and collision in space!
NASA Quest Challenges are FREE Web-based, interactive explorations designed to engage students in authentic scientific and engineering processes. The solutions relate to issues encountered daily by NASA personnel.
NASA’s Missions Finder lets you explore the archives of past, current, and future missions
Women of NASA - news, biographies, field journals, photos, and more
  Satellite sightings! NASA, Heavens Above, and GOES-R all tell you to exactly when and where to look from your city for the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle, and many satellites passing overhead.
Moon The Nine Planets - A multimedia tour of the solar system, complete with the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets.
Solar System Live - View the entire Solar System or just the inner planets. A series of controls allow the student to pick the time, date, viewpoint, and observing location.
Star Trek badge Star Child - NASA Learning Center for young astronomers, activities and info about the Earth, the solar system, and the universe
SETI at Home - be part of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Get and run this program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data when you would normally be running a screen saver. There's a small but captivating possibility that your computer will detect the faint murmur of a civilization beyond Earth.
SETI Institute - find out all the exciting breakthroughs in the search for extraterrestrial life.
telescope Windows to the Universe - Documents, data sets, movies, and images about space and the Earth
Your Sky - Use this interactive planetarium to produce sky maps for any time, date, viewpoint, and observation location. Students can also track asteroids or comets.

Seriously Science

  Bill Nye the Science Guy - about his PBS TV shows, science demonstrations and activities you can do at home
DNA Biology-4-Kids - Learn lots about biology, from cells and the scientific method to how scientists classify every living thing on the planet.
Cells Alive - info on all kinds of cells, including interactive models, puzzles, and quizzes
Chem-4-Kids - Learn lots about chemistry, from basic terms and the periodic table to elements combining to make compounds. Find tips for learning and remembering concepts like electron orbitals and bonding. Have fun learning about “matter,” which is everything you can touch, see, feel, or smell!
microscope ExploraNet from San Francisco's Exploratorium Museum - wide variety of science and human perception ideas, experiments, and information
Interactive Table of Elements - find out the characteristics, history, and uses of elements, and where they get weird names like "ununoctium"!
Holoworld - visit HoloKids for a simple explanation of how holography works, see the difference between holograms and 3D images, follow experiments in making holograms with laser pointers, and more.
  Nanoworld Image Gallery from Australia - photos of very tiny things, including Mystery Images whose identity you can guess the
prism Newton’s Apple from 3M and KTCA Public TV - science activities for all ages, including We Answer Your Science Questions
Optics for Kids - All about light, lenses, and lasers; also available in Spanish, French, German, Italian, two kinds of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
atom The Particle Adventure - An interactive tour of the inner workings of the atom and the Tools for Discovery
Physics 2000 from the University of Colorado - an interactive journey through modern physics! Learn how 20th Century science has helped create some of our high-tech devices.
Visual Physics - discover principles and concepts of Physics through a series of simulations. Also includes a dictionary of terms and links to other sites.
labware Science Fair Projects
Our Quick & Easy Science Activities
Our Science Lessons
Science Fair Project Resource Guide from the Internet Public Library
Science Fair Projects: A Resource for Students and Teachers
Spotlighting Science Fairs
Step-by-Step Science Fair Success - Be sure to click on every part of this chart for wonderful, detailed guidance
  Science4Kids - ugly fish, living fossils, stupid plant tricks, etc., from USDA Agricultural Research Service
  Science Friday Online - audio and video science news from NPR
magnifying glass Explorelearning! - hundreds of interactive online simulations to teach basic science concepts; there is a charge for use, but you can try it free for 30 days.
YAHOO! KIDS Science and Nature and Around the World directories of science and social studies news, information, videos, projects, and activities

Today’s Forecast

sun and cloud Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms at University of Oklahoma
CNN - information and weather stories in the U.S. and around the world
raindrop Hurricane: Storm Science from Miami Museum of Science
Weather World at Penn State University - meteorological and oceanographic Web pages
umbrella Penn State Weather Page - information, curricula, and career options
Weather Underground - check the weather right now anywhere in the world, or review historical records of weather there on any date

The World around Us

  The Black Hole Gang - Each member of the gang offers science links to their particular interests: caves, sports, inventions, the planets, butterflies, and much more! Also suggests books to explore these topics.
  Earth Science Enterprise Just for Kids - NASA site exploring tropical twisters, El Niño, and more
quake Earthquakes!
EarthForce - What is an earthforce? Learn about the interactions of the Earth’s core, crust, and water and how they cause earthquakes, tremors, volcanoes, tsunamis, and floods.
Earthquake Information from the U.S. Geological Survey - Current earthquake activity around the world, information, and links, and how to prepare for an earthquake.
Geologic Hazards - from the U.S. Geological Survey - earthquakes, landslides, debris flows, etc.
Southern California Earthquake Center - contains seismological data recorded in Southern California and information about major earthquakes in this region.
recycle Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, MI - 20 things we can do to reduce pollution
Get Smart about Soil with The Answer Worm
  Global Earthquake Response Center - Find information on earthquakes happening around the world and on past major earthquakes.
  Grand Canyon Explorer: Virtual Visit, Virtual Raft Trip down the Colorado River, and Geological Tour
  Groundwater: Nature’s Hidden Treasure - Everything you ever wanted to know about groundwater!
  Journey through Tikal - Virtually explore these ancient Mayan ruins, with sound and panoramic views
  The Living Africa - Enjoy photos and info about animals, people, and the land of Africa on a virtual safari.
pawprint Ranger Rick - environmental lessons, games, virtual tours, apps, and activities from the National Wildlife Federation
  Science Web Quest Lessons 97 - Explore different web sites through lessons developed by teachers in areas ranging from marine life to volcanoes to how to build a robot.
  Science Web Quest Lessons 98 - More lessons, ranging from viruses to ocean waves to how nutritious fast food really is.
  Science Web Quest Lessons 99 - Emperor Penguins, Properties of Light, Physics of Skateboarding, more.
  Science Web Quests 2000 - Cosmic Chemistry, Homing Pigeons, Inherited Traits, more.
  Science Web Quests 2001 - Tornadoes, Volcanoes, Composting, California Gold Rush, more.
  Science Web Quests 2002 - Bats, Bones, West Nile Virus, more.
  Science Web Quests 2003 - Cells, Stars, Light, Gas Laws
penguin Terra Quest virtual expeditions
Virtual Antarctica - relive the excitement of a polar explorer team’s adventures
Virtual Galapagos - Join an explorer team as they sail the Galapagos and learn about wildlife, the islands’ delicate environmental balance, and problems being created by humans.
  Tree Identification - gives several places to start in identifying species. Specifically designed for Michigan's Upper Peninsula but useful for others, too.
Earth view Views from Space! - Go to TerraServer, type in your address and zoom in on your house (or on Area 51 to look for UFOs!) with satellite photos. Also, try Google Maps satellite view and Bing Maps bird’s eye view
  Virtual Field Trips - visit parks, the rain forest, botanical gardens, and observatories from the comfort of home
volcano Volcano Observatory from the U.S. Geological Survey - News and information on volcanoes in the Cascade Mountain Range; includes photo archives, reports and maps, plus other links. Also has a great Mount St. Helens page!
Volcano World - including what’s erupting now, Volcano Finder, games, and more
  Virtual Cave - collects images from around the world for a ideal virtual cave containing examples of every major type of speleothem. Let your mouse do the crawling!

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Last updated 27 Mar 12