Listed below are web sites that you might find useful in
doing an independent, extra credit project, report or web quest for your InterActions class,
or for a related activity like a science fair. When you cite on-line or off-line sources in
your work, follow the guidelines in the Citations &
References guidelines (pdf).
General Science Sites
- Exploratorium. The Exploratorium web
site has a number of good articles and activities for students. For articles, the Explore
section has a number of useful subsections, especially Faultline, Solar Max,
Solar Eclipse, and the two subsections below:
- Global Climate
Change. This site discusses the subject of global warming/climate change in a
student-friendly way. The site discusses the research, the evidence, and the possible
- Exploratorium Sports
Science. Remember all the sports examples in InterActions? This site stresses
the connection between sports and science.
- How Stuff Works. This site has
lots of information about how different machines work, along with tons of other information. See
especially science stuff, electronics stuff, home stuff and auto stuff.
- Science News for Kids.
This site has current science news articles on physics, chemistry, the environment, technology
and more, along with games, puzzles, and a science fair zone with news and tips. Updated weekly!
- The Science Spot. This is a general site
for middle school or junior high lessons and science-related links, including a number of
interactive links. See especially the Science Spot Kid Zone.
- Scientific American. This is the web site
for America's leading non-specialist science magazine. The site has plenty of current science
news articles. In addition, you could use this as a site to look for a topic to research. For
the magazine itself, check out your school library or your public library.
- Smithsonian Education: Science and Nature. This site has some InterActions-related
topics. The best part is the Lemelson Center's Invention at Play
site, which is interactive and uses some InterActions-related ideas and lessons.
- Wikipedia, the On-line Free
Encyclopedia. This site is good place to begin searching for information on a wide
variety of topics, including numerous scientific topics and history of science topics. Because
almost anyone can contribute to Wikipedia, you should be a little wary of the information you
get from Wikipedia, and try to avoid using Wikipedia as a primary source.
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"Hands-On" Science Sites
- Bill Nye the Science Guy. The best part
of the site is a number of home labs and experiments that you can do.
- Science Bob. Science Bob shows how to
conduct several experiments at home. Some well-known young actors are featured doing science
- ZOOM! Science Activities.
Connected to the popular PBS show ZOOM!, this site has some activities that tie in directly to
Energy, Environment and Space
- Energy Kid's Page. The
U.S. Department of Energy's site for kids. Information and activities related to energy
resources. See particularly "Related Links" page.
- Energy Quest. This is a student
site sponsored by the State of California. This site is concerned with energy resource
education, but it also features a set of more general science
and environment links, which students doing web-based research might find useful.
Global Warming Site. This site provides an overview of the causes of global warming and some
of its possible side effects.
- NASA. For science articles,
the Universe and Life on Earth. These two pages have some
science articles on the main page.
- Nine Planets. This site offers
introductions to the eight planets, their satellites and other Solar System objects, including
Pluto (the "ex-ninth planet"), asteroids, comets and Kuiper Belt Objects.
Cavendish Experiment. This page explains the Cavendish Experiment in
- Fear of Physics. The
name of this site ought to elicit interest just by itself. This site helps explain several
physics ideas addressed by InterActions, and others that are extensions of InterActions,
like the Doppler effect.
- Physics.org. This site is useful for
its search engine. You need to register, but registration is free. When doing a search, first
set age to "11-14" and knowledge level to "School (basic)". If this doesn't
turn up any articles (or nothing useful), reset age to "14-16" or knowledge level to
"School (intermediate)," and try again.
History of Science/Science Biography Searches
- Ancient Greek Science (Google)
- History of Astronomy ( Google)
- Origin of the Periodic Table (Google,
- Discovery of Infrared Radiation (Google)
- History of Earthquake Research (Seismology) (Google,
- Discovery of Conservation of Energy (Google)
- Julius Robert von Mayer (who first stated the idea of energy conservation) (Google)
- James Prescott Joule (who made the idea of energy conservation well-known) (Google)
- Edward Alexander Bouchet (first African-American physics Ph.D) (Google)
- George Carruthers (astrophysicist, inventor; involved with Apollo Moon missions) (Google)
- Henry Cavendish (Cavendish Experiment) (Google)
- Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (astrophysicist, black holes) (Google)
- Marie Curie (chemist, researched radiocativity) (Google)
- Albert Einstein (physicist, relativity) (Google)
- Galileo Galilei (astronomer, physicist) (Google)
- Shirley Ann Jackson (physicist, policy maker; specializes in subatomic particles) (Google)
- Maria Göppert Mayer (nuclear physicist) (Google)
- Isaac Newton (physicist, Newton's Laws, gravity) (Google)