This website endeavors to provide fun, accessible, and free resources to offset the “false and improverished version” of science as a simple, linear, and non-generative process that is taught in classrooms. The activities here are designed to improve students’ ability to critically assess scientific evidence and understand the strengths, limitations, and basic methods of science.
Terrific Science has directly reached more than 21,500 classroom teachers, providing them with the content knowledge, experience, confidence, and support they need to bring quality standards-based science instruction to their classes.
An award-winning, free digital resource for teaching and learning science.
This website offers interactive exhibits to make science fun. The multimedia articles and activities are of a higher caliber than many websites designed for kids – so it will cause visitors to stretch a little and broaden their knowledge painlessly.Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12)
This website is your one-stop destination for hundreds of ready to use on-line lessons for students PreK-12 across all the core subjects.
A webspace built for the latest health information that will educate and entertain kids and adults alike. Discover our other popular features such as Health Calculators, Kids Health(c), and the Breast Cancer Guide in addition to the Virtual Body.
This website developed by a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, encourages science literacy by providing free, family-friendly science experiments that you can do at home.: Age Range: 6-106
This Do-It-Yourself website provides a free and unique way for kids to learn science and engineering by building cool things using illustrations and instructions provided in comic-book format. Age Range: 8 and up
This website sponsored by the Energy Information Administration provides free energy-related lessons, games and activities, and research articles designed for classroom use in grades K-12.
This site provide some of the best natural science activities and ideas. : Age Range: All
This website, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory, archives the answers to over 20,000 science questions asked by students in grades K-12.: Age Range: 5-18
This website offers 12 fun science experiments that help to explain how electronic devices work. In the process of doing the experiments you’ll learn about electricity and simple circuits too.: Age Range: 9-14
This website (sponsored by the Exploratorium science museum) offers free lessons, activities, virtual field trips and access to webcasts that explain the science of food.:Age Range: 8-16
This is a worldwide, web-based science fair! Students can enter and compete (individually or in a team of 2-3) to win cool prizes. : Age Range: 13-18
The University of Illinois offers all kinds of free, multimedia, interactive science games that help kids learn about biology, zoology, meteorology, entomology, and more! : Age Range: 5-12
This site provides free science activities, lessons, videos, projects, experiments, cool facts, quizzes, and games. Students will learn about animals, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, weather, space science and more.: Age Range: 5 – 18
This site offers free chemistry puzzles, interactive quizzes, instructive molecular models, worksheets and fun activities designed to help you learn about chemistry in a fun and engaging way.: Age Range: 10-18
NASA sponsors this non-commercial website to show kids that science, technology, and learning about space are fun and within their grasp. : Age Range: 6-12
This site keeps you posted on the latest and greatest scientific discoveries and events in space. It’s free to subscribe, and you’ll get links to stories that you can read online that often include an audio narration or a video to watch on NASA’s YouTube channel.
This National Weather Service website provides extensive content and free lessons and activities designed to help everyone learn the science of weather.: Age Range: 6-18
“Cool Cosmos” makes the science of infrared astronomy accessible to students of all ages through a variety of free educational activities, web-tutorials, lessons, videos, experiments and resources that explain the infrared as well as the multi-wavelength universe.: Age Range: 5-18
This UK-based website provides free scientific fact sheets containing, “Everything You Ever Wanted To know About Our Solar System.” : Age Range: 9 and up
At this website you can take a brief virtual walk through a forest to learn all about tree species, animals, insects, birds, a bog, etc. This video tour is hosted by a guide who works for a sustainable forest industry company.
Gather the family around the computer for this free photographic “ARK-ive” of wildlife imagery that promotes understanding and appreciation of the world’s biodiversity and conservation of the world’s threatened species.: Age Range: All
At this website you can download Inquiry In Action a free book of activities that teach chemistry and physical science published by the American Chemical Society. : Age Range: 10-14
The American Physics Society offers free downloadable/printable comic books and coloring books that teach physics concepts to kids.: Age Range: 9 and up
The science projects & experiments, science fair projects & ideas, science articles.: Age Range: 5-13
This website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century. You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:
- Physical Science
- Life Science
- Earth & Environmental Science
- Math & Computer Science
- Behavioral & Social Science
Science NetLinks is a project of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
This site provides podcasts, news, and articles about every branch of science plus easy experiments you can do in your kitchen to help you enjoy science and have fun with it. *Articles – Access interesting and informative articles that explain the science behind everyday things. *Podcasts – Listen to radio programs about science that are designed to teach as they entertain. *Kitchen Science – Get instructions to conduct a variety of science experiments using common, household materials. *News – Learn about the latest discoveries and theories in every field of science. *Questions – Get answers to intriguing questions .
The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California, offers this website that is devoted to teaching biology and ecology by providing free, fun, and educational outdoor science activity guides. : Age Range: 10 and up
This website is a treasure trove of free, fun, and fascinating science experiments that will bring out the “mad scientist” in everyone.
This website, developed by a California Science Teacher, provides free access to hands-on, classroom tested, science lessons for a wide grade range.: Age Range: 5-22
This website offers fascinating, and fun science activities, experiments, and games that will entice and engage the most reluctant scientist in your family.
SportsmansParadise: Owl Nest Cam :This website provides Virtual Field Trip, but the action is just too incredible to make your students wait a single day longer!: Age Range: All
Online Science : Science Museum
This website provides free energy-related lessons, printables, games, and activities designed for classroom use in grades K-12.
This site provides a free virtual trip to a farm where you will not only see photographs of many farm animals and wild animals – but you will be able to hear the sounds they make as well! : Age Range: All
This website, sponsored by SaveNature.org provides free, downloadable Learning Guides to help kids understand insects and their importance to ecosystems and the diversity of life on Earth.: Age Range: 4-12
This is a click-and-learn table. Each element opens to its own page, maintained by the site that includes a description and photographs
This site includes a photograph of every element on the periodic table, along with a description of the element.
This website offer a free science video series titled, “Stuff to Blow Your Kid’s Mind.” The videos are as entertaining as they are educational and cover a variety of science topics.
This website is home to the internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects” developed by the Citizen Science Alliance. Parents and kids can have a great time together engaging in real science projects! :Age Range: 9 and up
Discovery Education and 3M Corporation sponsor this website that provides free, multi-media interactives including lessons and virtual labs to help students learn life science, physical science, earth science, and technology/innovation through real world connections. : Age Range: 5-18
This commercial website specializes in travel to Africa and includes a terrific, free virtual safari of East Africa and southern Africa using photos and interactive 360° panoramas of wildlife and landscapes.: Age Range: All
NASA and the American Museum of Natural History have produced a planetarium show about the stars in our cosmos including exploding stars, giant stars, dwarf stars, neutron stars, and even our own star, the Sun!: Age Range: 5-18
This site provides free information about weather, space, atmosphere and satellites through engaging multi-media animations, images, activities, games and downloadable teacher resources. Age Range 9-18 (Grades 4-12)
This Do-It-Yourself website provides a free and unique way for kids to learn science and engineering by building cool things using illustrations and instructions provided in comic-book format. : Age Range: 8 and up
This website archives free songs about physics that help students remember critical concepts and formulas in a fun and entertaining way.: Age Range: All
This online exhibit of the table is a photo-mosaic. If you click on any of the element cubes a new page opens allowing you to explore each element in the display.
Various Science Games and Learning Resources.
This website has the latest news on animal babies from zoos and aquaria worldwide : Age Range: All
This website is a collaborative effort between the New York Hall of Science, IBM Corporation, and TeachEngineering.org. It provides free, hands-on, project-based learning activities that require students to engineer solutions to problems by employing math, technology, and science concepts from more than one science discipline including physics, chemistry, and earth sciences.
Scientific American sponsors this website that “features a fun, new, science-related activity every Thursday that parents and their six- to 12-year-olds can do together.
This website offers a FREE, live Science : Age Range: 8-14
This website offers free “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities : Age Range: All
This Lab provides programs and resources designed to help educate the public in science and technology, including a free “Science Series” of engaging lectures that are video-recorded and archived at the website for viewing. Plus, the Lab offers free learning resources including activities, worksheets, games, and more!: Age Range: 11 and up
This YouTube channel offers free, short, entertaining videos that explain biological concepts.: Age Range: 12 and up
This ad-supported website help kids understand the science of weather, and provides terrific explanations of natural weather phenomena as well as an archive of free, fun weather science experiments to do at home.: Age Range: 6-14
This website provides some great science explorations and activities themed around snowflakes that are fun whether you live where it snows or not.: Age Range: All
This website offers over 25 free “Nutrition Lessons” for homeschoolers that engage learners in discovering the science of nutrition. : Age Range: 7-16
This website provides information about the science, history, and symbolism of color.
This site offers some fun and free activities all about outer space! There is information about the planets, astronomers, and various spacecraft. You can also design a space station!: Age Range: 4-13
This website, presented by Chabot Space & Science Center, offers free fun missions and activities that increase climate literacy and teach strategies to reduce energy consumption.: Age Range: 6-16
STEM resource supported by 3M
This website provides close to 200 free videos featuring astronomers, physicists, and other scientists and experts, who explain the strange letters and squiggles used by scientists, and the concepts they represent.: Age Range: 10 to 110
This website is an archive of classic “old school” science experiments from the early to mid 20th century. The experiments are easily made with stuff you will find around the house — especially in the kitchen. : Age Range: 10 and up
The Boston Museum of Science offers this free online exhibit with activities to explore the life, times, and scientific inventions of DaVinci.: Age Range: 9-14
This website, sponsored by the University of Virginia, offers free virtual science labs. Learn about nanotechnology, electricity, magnetism, and more through virtual animated tours of various laboratories.: Age Range: 10-18 and up
This website allows students to learn about 15,000 of the world’s endangered species through photos and videos along with scientific information on what makes them special and why we should protect them.: Age Range: 5-18
Make toys at home with common household materials, often in only a few minutes, that demonstrate fascinating scientific principles.
This website with hundreds of cool cartoons that will have you conducting science experiments with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more! : Age Range: Varies
This non-commercial site is for people of all ages who like hands-on, do-it-yourself science toys that teach scientific concepts and investigation.: Age Range: All
KET STEM Resources
This collection of STEM instructional resources focuses on all things Kentucky. Topics include life sciences, geometry, and biology.
This animation demonstrates the mathematical formula for a scientific law as it applies to light. <Grades: 6-12>
This animated segment demonstrates one of the ways calcium, a naturally occurring mineral derived from limestone, enters a horse’s diet to give it an advantage in bone strength. <Grades: K-5>
This video chronicles the incredible engineering effort that built the tunnel through Cumberland Mountain as well as the challenges posed by the geological composition of the area. <Grades: 6-12>
This shows how the Green River has remained unusually clean and why it is home to several endangered aquatic species. <Grades: 6-12>
How far will your car travel once you decide you need to stop? This video explains the biology and physics involved in individual reaction time and provides cautionary information for young drivers. <Grades: 6-12>
In this video segment from Louisville Life, high school students in Louisville, Kentucky describe the benefits of creating rain gardens as a solution to non-point source water pollution. <Grades: 6-12>
This describes how scientists control pollination of one of the few remaining American chestnut trees to develop blight resistant trees. <Grades: 6-12>
This video examines one of the largest exposed fossil beds in the world, found at the Falls of the Ohio River, near Louisville, Kentucky. <Grades: 3-12>
This animation illustrates the mathematics of creating color in individual pixels in a television or computer screen. Adjusting the values of red, green, and blue forms different colors. <Grades: 6-12>
This video illustrating how caverns and sinkholes are formed from water dissolving limestone underground. <Grades: 6-12>
The following are a collection of almost 200 single concept lessons. for each subjects. These lessons may be freely copied and used in a classroom but they remain the copyright property of the author(s) and the directors of the SMILE program.
Science Fair Project Guide
Doing Background Research
Constructing a Hypothesis
Testing Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
Analyzing Your Data and Drawing a Conclusion
Communicating Your Results
This website provides some of the best natural science activities and ideas ever. It’s “a national program to inspire and empower families to play and explore in nature,” so that kids of all ages, “will be happier, healthier and smarter.”