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:
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
Sports Science. Remember
all the sports examples in InterActions? This site stresses
the connection between sports and science.
Works. This site has lots of information about how different
machines work, along with tons of other information. See especially science
stuff, home stuff and auto
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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"Hands-On" Science Sites
Nye the Science Guy. The
best part of the site is a number of home labs and experiments
that you can do.
Bob. Science Bob shows how
to conduct several experiments at home. Some well-known young
actors are featured doing science experiments.
Science Activities. Connected to the popular PBS show
site has some activities that tie in directly to InterActions.
Energy, Environment and Space
The U.S. Department of Energy's site for kids. Information and
activities related to energy resources. See particularly "Related
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
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.
For science articles, check Exploring
the Universe and Life
on Earth. These two pages have some science articles on the main
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.
Experiment. This page explains
the Cavendish Experiment in some detail.
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
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
Greek Science ( Google)
of Astronomy (Google)
of the Periodic Table (Google, Yahoo)
of Infrared Radiation (Google)
of Earthquake Research (Seismology) (Google, Yahoo)
of Conservation of Energy (Google)
Robert von Mayer (who first stated the idea of energy
Prescott Joule (who made the idea of energy conservation
- Edward Alexander Bouchet (first African-American physics Ph.D) (Google)
- George Carruthers (astrophysicist, inventor; involved with Apollo
Moon missions) (Google)
- Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (astrophysicist, black holes) (Google)
- Marie Curie (chemist, researched radiocativity) (Google)
Einstein (physicist, relativity) (Google)
Galilei (astronomer, physicist) (Google)
- Shirley Ann Jackson (physicist, policy maker; specializes in subatomic
- Maria Göppert Mayer (nuclear physicist) (Google)
Newton (physicist, Newton's Laws, gravity) (Google)