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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.

 
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 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.