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General Links

Science Netlinks really shines as a resource for the K-12 science educator. Let’s take a closer look, starting with the Lesson Index.

Science Online

is a compact collection of science interactive sites, worksheets, , lesson plans and more for K-8 students.

This month's issue of //National Geographic// is all about water. As usual National Geographic created some interactive elements on its website to complement the printed magazine. The Hidden Water We Use is one of those interactive elements. The Hidden Water We Use is an interactive display of water consumption rates for commonly used products, commonly consumed foods, and commonly consumed beverages. For example, did you know that creating one gallon of beer requires less water than creating one gallon of coffee?external image Picture+9.png

Science Experiments

some great sites:

Energy Kids

is a website produced by the US Energy Information Administration for the purpose of educating students about energy and its many forms. Energy Kids provides a wealth of easily accessible information about energy which students can use to play games, solve riddles, and take quizzes about energy. Some of the games students will find include Energy Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and riddles. Energy Kids also provides students of all ages with ideas and outlines for science fair projects around the energy theme. The science fair projects are available as free PDF downloads.
For teachers, Energy Kids offers dozens of free lesson plans that can be downloaded as PDFs. The lesson plans are arranged by grade level. Teachers will also find a wealth of links to other sites containing resources for teaching lessons about energy. If your students are looking for science fair project ideas, Energy Kids offers them a good selection of project ideas. Students needing to convert units of energy from one measurement to another, should find the Energy Kids energy calculator to be handy.

Kites Tap Wind Energy

I watched this short TED Talk twice today because I was intrigued by ideas for using wind energy as presented by Saul Griffith. The does a nice job presenting ideas for using wind energy. The first half of the talk is probably more accessible to middle school and high school students than is the second half of the talk. The kite-powered hydrafoil might inspire some neat science fair experiments. The talk is less than six minutes so it won't take much time to show in classroom.

Volcano Above the Clouds

is a NOVA program that chronicles an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro by a group of climbers and scientists. In addition to the video, Volcano Above the Clouds offers a large collection of materials and teaching guides for learning about volcanoes, glaciers, and climate change with Mount Kilimanjaro at the center of each lesson. As Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the Seven Summits of the world, NOVA provides a slideshow of the Seven Summits which puts Kilimanjaro into perspective relative to those other summits.
Volcano Above the Clouds could be used to teach lessons on climate change, geology, and ecosystems. The teaching materials also include short lessons about the equipment and safety measures taken when climbing a mountain like Kilimanjaro. The lesson ideas provided by NOVA are appropriate for middle school and high school students.


We are able to view all entities, from the microworld to the universe, from a single perspective. By setting them up against a scale, we are able to compare and understand things which cannot be physically compared.
Today, using the electron microscope and astronomical telescope, we can see the objects which we have not been aware of its existence before. Are you able to fathom, or even roughly grasp, these sizes?
See our Universcale and experience the sizes of various objects.

Climate Data

In December 2009, the UK Met Office released data from around 1,500 land stations throughout the world that are being used for climate monitoring. This data contained average monthly temperatures for each station going back several years.
GeoMe Labs made a tool that presents global climate data visually by consolidating these stations on a single world map. The number of locations is highlighted for every region of the world and clicking on the number shows the actual stations. Selecting any of these stations would display the data, the exact geographical location and a list of nearby stations.
For each station, the average temperature values are plotted on a graph and hovering over any point at the graph shows values for that particular point in time.

Inspiring Invention

Invention starts with inspiration and that's where great teachers play a part. Start with lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students. Then bring the famous inventors and their inventions into your classroom with biographies and historic documents. Inspired to invent? Make good use of the Tool Box to create a PSA with your students and enter the contest. You'll find tips and examples to get started.

Fuel Our Future Now

Resources focused on Energy

Science Netlinks.

Science Netlinks offers dozens of lesson plans and online learning activities. The lessons and activities are cover a wide variety of science topics. All of the lesson plans are sorted by grade level, but you can also sort the lesson plans by science benchmark standards. A series of icons also indicates if each lesson plan has a printable worksheet, e-worksheet, or is an interactive experience.
Science Netlinks provides science teachers with a good collection of lesson plans aligned to the benchmarks for Science Literacy. In addition to lesson plans, Science Netlinks offers a selection of reviewed resource websites for K-12 science teachers.
Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
The Why Files - The Science Behind the News
Planet Science - Science Games and Lesson Plans
Science Projects and Posters for Elementary Schools

The Best Science Visualization Videos of 2009

is a collection of videos depicting visualizations of some really interesting science concepts. The videos in this collection demonstrate concepts in biology, physics, and chemistry.

Environmental Graffiti

An interesting with a mix of articles and photos sets based on a range of science and environmental topics.

Science Hack

Search for science videos

Virtual science comes alive

Lights at Night

Explore the Earth at night. Zoom in on your hometown or places far away. Compare images from 1993, 1997 and 2003 to infer changes in population, energy consumption, energy efficiency and economic activity. Read more about energy issues at Energy Resources from the National Academies. What patterns of human activity can you find?

Science Museum

See how much the world has changed in just 100 years, with our mini history of the Science Museum and the world of science...

Shape It Up

Shape It Up is one of many good educational games and activities on Kinetic City. Shape It Up is an activity that would be good for use in an elementary school Earth Science lesson. The activity presents students with "before" and "after" images of a piece of Earth. Students then have to select the force nature and the span of time it took to create the "after" picture. If students choose incorrectly, Shape It Up will tell the student and they can choose again.

Coaster Creator - Learn About Energy

external image Picture+5.pngOne of the great things about blogging is that almost everyday someone contacts me with a website or a service that they want me to look at. On Tuesday, I shared a post about Amusement Park Physics and not long after that post went live I got an email about Coaster Creator.

Coaster Creator is an interactive lesson about potential and kinetic energy. Coaster Creator provides a audio/ visual tutorial in which students learn about the physics behind roller coasters. After completing the tutorial, students can design and test their own roller coasters. If the roller coaster is designed improperly it will either crash or stall out.external image Picture+6.png

One of the things that differentiates Coaster Creator from Amusement Park Physics is the audio component of Coaster Creator's tutorials which is something not offered on Amusement Park Physics. If you don't have enough computers for your students, Coaster Creator's tutorials can also be downloaded and printed as PDFs.

Planet Science

Free & fun Science resources for children, young people, teachers and parents.

Science Online

Science Museum Key Stage 3

These classroom and homework resources are designed to support learning for children age 11 to 14.

11 Extinct Animals That Have Been Photographed Alive

The current rate of extinction is 100 to 1000 times higher than the average, or background rate, making our current period the 6th major mass extinction in the planet’s history.
Although fossil reconstructions or pictorial representations can sometimes be difficult to connect with, it’s impossible to ignore the experience of seeing a photograph of an animal on the brink of extinction.
Thus, what follows is a list of 11 extinct animals that were photographed while still alive.

Interactive Simulations

Click on the name of any simulation to download the simulation to your computer. To run the simulation, double-click it. If you have difficulties, please see our technical support page.
You may copy the simulation to any place on your computer. You may also copy the simulation to a CD-ROM Drive, USB Drive, or shared network location.


ARKive, a unique collection of thousands of videos, images and fact-files illustrating the world's species.
You can explore and search ARKive's continually expanding multi-media collection via the
navigation bar at the top of every page.
ARKive’s ready made educational resources make it simple to integrate into your science, geography, or general classes. The resources are ready made PowerPoint presentations (which incidentally also open nicely in Keynote which we use). The resources bring learning to life with images, videos, facts, and some interactive pieces.

ARKive’s ready made resources can be downloaded on classroom computers for use by small learning groups as a center, downloaded to a lab of computers for individual student exploration, or used with a projector and an interactive whiteboard for whole class learning and exploration. The ARKive site itself is a wonderful place for students to explore and learn more about animal species and life on Earth. This would be a great place for students to collect information, images, and video to create their own presentations. The games provided on the ARKive site are fun for students and teach them as they play. For example, students who are studying habitat can play the Design a Habitat game and gain an additional opportunity to interact with the concepts they are learning. Older students can dig into the facts provided on ARKive and learn about animal classification and species of the world. ARKive images could be used in the language arts classroom as a story starter or creative writing prompt.

Environmental Graffitti

Environmental Graffiti is a good website for environmental science and or geography teachers to explore.


Online activities, online exhibitions, webcasts, hands on activities, science news etc on a wide range of science topics / themes

National Science Digital Library (USA)

Wolf Quest

Can you survive the call of the wild?
Learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Play alone or with friends in on-line multiplayer missions, explore the wilderness, hunt elk, and encounter stranger wolves in your quest to find a mate. Ultimately—in Episode 2, coming in 2009—your success will depend on forming a family pack, raising pups, and ensuring the survival of your pack.

Morphie's Great Water Ride Adventure

Learn about the water cycle

Science Bob

Experiments, videos and Science fair ideas

Science Related Flash Animations

Topics are:
Environment: Cycles of Nature, Hurricanes1 and 2, Greenhouse effect, Global warming, Recycling waste, Water cycle1, 2 and 3, Robocow, Water shortage, Earthquakes, Food chain, Petroleum Renewables: Wind, Sun, "Greener" house equipment Science & Tech: San Andreas fault, Hybrid car, Calories, Key finder, Global flyer, GM food, Stephenson's rocket, Lift toilet, The Meatrix, The Internet, Fuel cell1, 2 and 3, Burying CO2, Fitness, Tuberculosis, Fowl food Space Exploration: Ariane launcher, Lunar eclipse, Discovery, ISS, A review, Voyager, Messenger Slideshows: Robots, Solar Cookers, Wright Bros
Here is an example:
This is a great interactive animation of a simple food chain with extensions on the
theme to see the impact of removing elements from the chain.
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The Environmental Intelligence Unit

A learning game about the environment. Players are sent on various missions to respond to environmental problems.

Face of the Earth

In this website, students explain how physical processes have shaped and affected landforms of plains, valleys, plateaus, hills, mountains, loess, and glaciers, the rock cycle of sedimentary rock, metamorphic rock, and igneous rock, and the processes of erosion, weathering, and plate tectonics.

Global Warming Simulation

From National Geographic.

Breathing Earth

Displays the carbon dioxide emission levels of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates- all in real time (as a simulation). Very interesting!

Green Planet Search

It’s a search engine for environmental websites, plus the site and its host is solar-powered.

Savage Earth Online

From the legendary fury of Mt. Vesuvius in the year 79 A.D. to the devastating convulsion of Kobe, Japan, in 1994, this four-part series -- narrated by actor Stacy Keach -- tells the stories of these great natural disasters, the scientists who struggle to understand and predict them, and the people whose lives are forever changed by their merciless force. ....
Information about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsnaumis etc

The Dynamic Earth

From Natural Museum of Natural History

Try Science

Find some science fair experiments
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Hunkin's Experiments

Welcome to Hunkin's Experiments. Cool cartoons that will have you experimenting with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more!! Hundreds of cartoon experiments from cartoonist, broadcaster and engineer Tim Hunkin.

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Wild Sanctuary

is a neat web application that shows you the world with different “spots” in most continents. Clicking on each one will show you some basic information on that wildlife area along with audio of the sounds found there.

Anatomy Arcade

Anatomy Arcade makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome free flash games and interactives. They have games and resources that cover human anatomy. Its a fun interactive and captivating approach that will assist students and teachers alike.
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American Museum of Natural History


a unique collection of thousands of videos, images and fact-files illustrating the world's species.You can explore and search ARKive's continually expanding multi-media collection via thenavigation bar at the top of every page.

Alien Empire

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Although this website is primarily aimed at kids there is so much information here about the alien empire that is the world of insects that adults will want to explore it for hours! You may want to take a look at how insects are designed and how they go about the sometimes dangerous act of reproduction. There is a look at the wars that go on among insect communities and it also features the ways we and the bugs co-exist - or not!

The Universcale

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Size matters, or so this website will have it. This amazing site shows you scale as you have probably never seen it - from the smallest speck to the largest asteroid and beyond. Fantastic graphics will give you a real idea of your place on the planet - or indeed the universe.

Google Sky

Universe Sandbox

An Interactive Space Simulator DOWNLOAD
Smash planets together, introduce rogue stars, and build new worlds from spinning discs of debris. Fire a moon into a planet or destroy everything you've created with a super massive black hole.
You can simulate and interact with:
Our solar system: the 8 planets,160+ moons, and hundereds of asteroids
Nearest 1000 stars to our Sun
Our local group of galaxies
An unlimited number of fictional scenarios

World Wide Telescope

Takes a while to load and then you need to download the software


Solar System Visualiser

SSV shows the motion of a primary object's satellites. All distances are to scale with respect to the radius of the primary object. The sizes of the satellites are (quite clearly) not to scale.

The Planet

An interesting sit looking at the future of the planet.

Sunny Meadows

A simulation about ecosystems
In every ecosystem there is a food chain. In the food chain, species can be consumers (who eat other species), or producers (who are eaten by other species) or both. In this game, there is a simple food chain of foxes, rabbits and plants.

PestWorld For Kids

What are pests? Think of them as animals out of place. Out in nature, they're just doing their jobs. But when they move into our homes and yards, then we call them pests. So come explore the world of pests. Then you can use your knowledge to outwit the pests in your world.
The site is incredibly well constructed, with vibrant interactive Flash applications that will captivate while they educate (another solid resource for those with interactive whiteboards!). There is a complete “For Teachers” section with terrific K-5 lesson plans ready to go (online or offline!) The site is loaded with fun facts that would make excellent Webquest material. For example, pillbugs are the only crustacean that has completely adapted to spending life on land. Who knew?!? If you are studying insects you need to visit this site.

Landcare research

education page... lots of interesting activities

Science Online

Science Online is an innovative project that emphasizes the use of technology to deliver the Tennessee science curriculum for grades K-8.


We are the Internet's science learning web site, for students, parents and teachers. We offer a friendly environment to support public & private school science education and home learning. ScienceMaster is chock full of information, news, links, pictures, products and services, with the best content from NASA, the USGS, the EPA, NOAA & leading colleges & universities.
ScienceMaster is the place to learn about the universe, or space, find information on volcanos, and global warming, explore plants, animals or microbes, and study physics or chemistry.
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National geographic kids

.... play the game on the right to really earn some rice to feed people!


home page - If you are interested in finding out gruesome facts about your brilliant brain

Strange Dead Bird

Can you solve the Wetlands mystery? This is an online science game.

Science Games

Games with a science focus from the British Science Museum. Try Building Bonanza, where the player has to build an energy efficient house. This activity provides text and audio support.

British Science Museum

Subjects covered are: Art, Current Science, Environment, Physics and Maths, Chemistry, Everday Things, Energy, Space, Communications and Computing, Engineering, Medicine and Biology, and Transport.


A place to play, share and think with other kids. You need to register to enter the site.

Free Pinhole Camera

What it is: CreativeTechs Tips did a post yesterday about some free pinhole camera templates. Corbis is offering free PDF templates for real working 35mm pinhole cameras. These cameras are perfect for the sunny days ahead! There are six great artistic templates to choose from for an almost one of a kind camera.
How to integrate Free Pinhole Camera into the classroom: Teach your students about science, photography, and art in one shot by having them print out and create their own pinhole camera. Pinhole cameras work wonderfully on a bright sunny day…perfect as you head into summer. This is a great science project that your students will love…how many kids can say that they made their own camera?!
Tips: After the students have created their camera use them to teach the basics of photography and hold a mini photo contest in your classroom.

The Eco Zoo

Buzz LightYear in Orbit

A NASA site - Follow along as Buzz joins the Discovery Space team. Lots of space games at different levels.
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Science Museum - Launchball

Physics and control through a fun game


Hosted by Otago Museum and IBM
SciCity is a rich learning environment that utilises innovative new technology to engage young New Zealanders in ongoing interactive experiences.
SciCity has direct links to the revised New Zealand curriculum. It achieves success by approaching many hard to reach curriculum areas in a fun and creative way.
Scicity is here I’ve used it in ICT sessions last year, so ask if you need help. Meet your class in Scicity!

Biology Animation Library

Secondary level

Simply Science

ICT & Science
Units of Work
For Kids
Science Starters
Science Sites
Flash Bits
Blogs & Furls

Crayon Physics Deluxe

Crayon Physics Deluxe is a sequel to the popular freeware game Crayon Physics.

Tox Mystery

Welcome to WHAT'S WRONG IN THIS ROOM, a ToxMystery activity. Enter the house by clicking on the front door.
Learn about chemical hazards for grades k - 6

Science Learning Network

EXPLORE! Visit our international network of museums for the best inquiry resources on the web.FLASH! Browse this month's "Ten Cool Sites."INQUIRY! See the winner of "The Unisys Prize" for 2003.

Science Animations

Animations, Movies and interactive Tutorial Links

From Andrew Churches


Natural Cycles
Here’s not one but three embedded animations, that present and explain Global Warming, the Water Cycle and the Carbon Cycle to children. I found them very clear and pleasant, and fun too, since you can take quizzes to make sure you understand evrything.
Download 3 Flash files (284 Kb) : : Download 3 quizzes

(173 Kb)
Hurricanes 1 : : Hurricanes 2
The first animation with Tim and Moby is basic but clear and pleasant (I’d say Collège level) at 300Kb, while The Guardian Interactive offers 2 (successively) which give a more comprehensive approach. 130Kb
Download Flash file 1 (Tim & Moby) or file 2 (Guardian)

Basic facts about the causes and consequences of the greenhouse effect. 48Kb
With comprehension worksheet.
Download Flash file

The World of Chemistry

The Comic Books Periodic Table of the Elements


Interactive Periodic Table

The highlight of this site is the interactive periodic table. Some other sites have more in depth information on chemistry, but I double-dog-dare-you to find anyplace with a better interactive periodic table.

Zero Footprint

Kids Calculator. Follow the questions to see if you are environment friendly.



Science Teaching Materials is a teaching resource providing lesson plans, worksheets, and activities for upper elementary and middle school science teachers.
Life Science, Space Science, Earth Science , Physical Science

Interactive Body

Human Mind and Body from BBC

Science Teaching Resources

This page links you to internet sites for teachers, including lesson plans on almost every possible science topic. In addition, there is a sampling of virtual field trips on the internet that are designed for children.

**Moon Phase Calendar**

external image worldtime.bmp **World Time**: Real time map showing day/night

**Cool Science for Curious Kids** Importance of observing, testing.

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Whelmers Online plans for fascinating science activities!

external image mare.gif Build a fish that will survive and thrive in its environment! Grades 4-8.

**The BBC**'s interactive life science games and quizzes.
**Fabulous cell biology animations!**
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**Interactive body!**
external image atlas.gifInteractive maps of our nation's climate, biology, water, environment.

external image nemo.jpg **NeMO** Interactive dives to the sea floor! Includes gallery of creatures, lesson plans. Grades 9-12.
external image celestia.bmp Celestia Downloadable 3-D simulation of the universe!!

external image nasa.png Satellite images and maps of storms (current events), city lights, volcanos and much more.

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Interactive periodic table

Photosynthesis animations from [[|Nova Online]]
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Windows to the Universe interactive science site
Realtime data projects
Learn how to use a microscope with these interactive online demos: Microscope Parts Virtual Microscope

Extensive resources for MS-SS units in physical, life, and Earth sciences

Ask a Scientist
Discovery Channel - Science
National Geographic
Animals, environment, space ...
Grade 7 Science Bookmarks

An interactive game that puts you in charge of meeting the energy needs of a city

Science Alive wiki
A variety of topics available here.

Science Museum - LaunchBall Online

Play and create

PhET - Interactive Science Simulations

Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado. A range of science and maths tools


2D Physics sandbox.
Phun is a free game like 2D physics sandbox where you can play with physics like never before. The playful synergy of science and art is novel, and makes Phun as educational as it is entertaining.
Phun is a fantastic toy for children, where they can learn and appreciate physics, science and simulations in an open ended gameplay with rich creative and artistic freedom, including colorful freehand drawing. DOWNLOAD.

Science Up Close

Grades 1 - 6
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KScience Animations (UK)
Here are some flash animations produced for my own teaching and free for you to download and use as you wish. Biology, chemistry, physics and general science.