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Earth Science

Description
This site supported by the NASA enterprise will make everyone enthusiastic about the different aspects of the Earth as a living planet. NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise is dedicated to understanding the total Earth system and the effects of natural and human-induced changes on the global environment. The vantage point of space provides information about Earth’s land, atmosphere, ice, oceans, and biota that is obtainable in no other way. Children will enjoy the informative games and videos on the different things that affect the Earth such as air, water, earthquakes, the solar system and other environmental factors. Questions are answered concerning the environment and things that may affect not only the environment, but the people living in it in different parts of the world. This website will be a great site for research and also for fun. It invites students to experience scientific phenomena first hand and even to witness how things such as earthquakes and landslides start. Some parts of it are activity-based and some parts are inquiry based. This certainly adds to the richness of the Website. In addition to this, the website offers links to other websites that will be of interest in areas such as environmental pollution, remote sensing, etc. Even a 5 minute visit to this site will be very educational.
Appeal and User Friendliness
The site is easy and fun to navigate. Pictures and words serve as links to more information on the picture or word.
Sample Problem
Children get to see how clouds are formed and to draw and color pictures of the event.

 
Energy

Description
This award-winning website has a plethora of information on energy, its sources, uses and conservation. It also contains extensive resources for teachers and students about the many facets of energy. Different materials and resources on environmental education can also be found. Students will enjoy the science projects such as the “Peanut Power Experiment” that demonstrates how chemical energy is released from the peanuts we eat to create energy in our bodies. There is also a forum where students can get help with homework on energy-related questions or problems.
 
This site is geared towards educating students on the different uses and sources of energy and specifically with a view to teaching an ‘energy ethic’ to conserve finite resources. Students will discover new means of energy production and innovative ways to use less energy. This is done through the different experiments that can be carried out at home or at school with or without the supervision of an adult. These experiments are meant to spur creativity through critical thinking. Students are also allowed to come up with their own solutions to the different problems that are presented concerning energy.
Appeal and User Friendliness
Parents, teachers and students will enjoy learning about energy at this interactive website. The colorful homepage has many clickable items that lead to different parts of the website. Each item is a link to an aspect of energy. Professor Questor guides users through the necessary information they need to obtain.
Sample Problem
How can you use a peanut to heat a cup of water? This is an experiment that can be done either at home or at school but with the supervision of an adult. Each experiment comes with detail directions and reasons for performing the experiment.

 
Environment

Description
This website is set up to facilitate the exploration of basic weather concepts through the gathering and posting of local data, data comparisons and communicating with mentor scientists and peers. Its original inquiry-focused resources facilitate tens of thousands of learners, including teachers, middle school students, and volunteer atmospheric scientists, to collaboratively share their understandings and predictions of atmospheric science events, both past and current. This website is bound to stimulate further investigation on weather data collection and reporting, causes of pollution and ways of preventing it.
 
Creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills are bound to come up as students learn about the different aspects of weather and how to measure them. They will also find out what causes certain changes in weather and will learn how they can be controlled or prevented.
Appeal and User Friendliness
This website in set up to accommodate or be of easy access to students of all ages, parents and teachers. From the homepage, users can easily access information on current projects, information on the website and other weather and animal related internet resources that may be useful for further study or investigation.
Sample Problem
The Hurricanes program is a series of projects that give students opportunities to explore science concepts related to weather, communicate with others, and track live storms along with expert Hurricane Scientists. Participating classes gain access to several resources, including, a Hurricanes CD-ROM that contains many pictures, movies and other interactive resources, an electronic Message Board for communication with One Sky, Many Voices students, teachers and scientists, internet addresses to help you and your students search for hurricane related resources on the Internet, resources to help you explore and interpret current data (e.g. satellite imagery, hurricane tracking map, weather map, etc.) related to hurricanes. Students participating in the Hurricanes project will become familiar with the details of hurricane tracking and forecasting as well as the use of computers and the Internet in modern science and communication.
Website
groundhog.sprl.umich.edu [website no longer active]

 
Physics-Solar Energy

Description
This is a useful site for information on solar energy, how to harness and use it for household activities. The SolarNow Project is set up by the United States Department of Energy and it’s focus is on educating the public about the use of alternative energy sources. Its main emphasis is on photovoltaics. It is a good site for teachers and students. The site has a “Kids Corner” with a glossary of terms. There are also two activities that should be suitable for elementary school kids (i.e., the solar oven). Teachers can get information on solar energy, learn more about an actual solar energy system, obtain information about teacher workshops and find out about SolarNow’s educational resources.
Appeal and User Friendliness
All information in and on this site is accessible on the homepage. Each topic is a link to further information.
Sample Problem
What stores energy best? How can I make an oven out of a Pizza box? These are samples of the experiments that are included on the Website. Each experiment comes with specific instructions and guidelines. It also offers provides an analysis of the experiments.

 
Science Mega Site

Description
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis website is set up basically to augment or the support the museum’s activities but will also serve as a very good resource for parents, teachers and students. The site has information about bones, dinosaurs, and the circus. Their exhibits are useful in teaching science and will be lots of fun for students.
 
Among the contents of the high-tech section of the site are background information and a Quicktime Video on the different bones in the body, how they are linked to each other and what their functions are. Other online and offline activities include activities on balance, colors and patterns (camouflage), movement, and evolution theory. This website can be used as a classroom resource/activity, or as a follow-up to a classroom lesson. It is bound to jump start creativity, and critical thinking skills in students of all ages.
Appeal and User Friendliness
An easy to navigate interactive website.
Sample Problem
Click on Paleo Prep Lab, then click on ‘dinosaur facts’ in the Dinosphere to be able to see a fossil of Bucky, the first juvenile T-Rex ever discovered on Earth.

 
Science Mega Site

Description
This website is supported by the Discovery Channel Network and it offers a lot of options to students, teachers and parents. Students will be able to find lots of links for Homework help in different subjects and teachers and parents will be able to find lesson plans and sample activities to perform both at school and at home. The categories include learning experiences for students in Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12. Featured lesson plans in science include Astronomy/Space, Earth science, Life science and many other topics. The site also includes learning activities games and puzzles that could be done at home or in class.
Appeal and User Friendliness
Even though this is a huge website it is extremely easy to navigate. For example in the For Students section, there are easy links to Science in Action, where you can follow students who have won the Discovery Channel Science Contest and have gone on exciting expeditions all over the world.
Sample Problem
Click on For Students and locate Science Fair Central. This portion of the website provides everything students need to know to create a science fair project. A handbook and project ideas provide excellent guidance.

 
Science Mega Site

Description
This website is a resource center of information for kids, parents and teachers. It contains lots of activities in different subjects including science and math that are bound to stimulate problem solving and creativity through critical thinking. Such activities include lateral thinking games, brain boosters, and real life problem situations in the form of games and adventures.
 
It is an exemplary multimedia resource with tools such as quiz and puzzle makers, searchable lesson plans, materials to support Discovery Network programming, and Kathy Schrock’s guide to educational sites.
Appeal and User Friendliness
This is an easy website to navigate.
Sample Problem
From the homepage, click on Telescope – Upside down,. This link accesses information on how to make a home made telescope. There are also other experiments that can be performed at home in different subjects such as Biology.

 
Science Mega Site

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This is another website that offers multiple curriculum ideas for teachers and parents. It is among the strongest proprietary interactive K-12 curriculum materials on the Web, including the original Logal science simulation, Destination Math, and EDVantage Language Arts, with lesson plans and assessment tools correlated to major textbooks and state standard. It subject resources are classified by grade level, hence all information on a specific grade level can be obtained by clicking on it. However, a subscription to Riverdeep will give full access to its great products.
Appeal and User Friendliness
This is an easy website to navigate as all information is just a click away.
Sample Problem
Make a Story with Timmy!
Kids can make their own story, in English or Japanese, about Timmy’s adventures in Japan. They can also hear their story read aloud to them!

 
Science Mega Site

Description
The New York Times Learning Network is a very comprehensive website that offers lots of current information and help to both students and teachers. For students, it proves to be a very useful forum for research development and design and for teachers, it offers tips for curriculum and lesson plans by subject. There are a myriad of subjects to select from and each is classified or subdivided by grade. Students will be able to experience first hand scientific phenomena and are invited to discuss them too. The website also has news on current events in different areas of the country and economy.
Sample Problem
Why do whales beach themselves? Students get to read the news on this recent occurrence and to hear what the experts have to say about it.