As science teachers prepare to go back to school for the next school year, some have already returned, they are always looking for good online resources to supplement their lessons. It’s always nice when someone helps you preview science websites and makes recommendations.
The best science education websites are interactive, allowing students to make changes or manipulate variables to observe what is happening and share with others. This falls within the limits of inquiry-based teaching and learning. Students are developing their own experiments, observing the results, and reporting their findings.
The following websites have been previewed and meet the criteria for interactive and query-based:
FOSS website – is designed to support the Full Option Science System (FOSS) Science K-8 science kits, but anyone can use the interactive activities for grades K-8.
Volcano chambers – provides real-time views of volcanoes around the world. Students can observe volcanoes and perform their own experiments using these virtual cameras for grades 5-12.
Explore eLearning – provides simulators for all science concept areas for grades 3-12.
Real-time stream flow data across the country – The United States Geological Survey (USGS) provides real-time data that is typically recorded at 15- to 60-minute intervals and transmitted to the United States Geological Survey offices every four hours. Data can be selected by state and county for grades 8-12.
Real-time water quality data across the country-by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) provides real-time water quality data that is returned directly to field instruments. The data is updated in intervals of five minutes to one hour. Data can be selected by state and county for grades 8-12.
Design a roller coaster – allows students to design their own roller coaster. They are building a conceptual roller coaster using the same physics concepts that are used to design actual roller coasters for grades 6-12.
Human Anatomy Online – allows students to explore human anatomy. Each topic has animations, hundreds of graphics, and thousands of descriptive links, for grades 4-12.
Children crossing the earth and the atmosphere – allows students to explore water, atmosphere, and weather for grades 3-8.
Recycle city – allows students to explore many ways to see how city residents recycle, reduce, and reuse waste for grades 3-8.
MBG Net – allows students to explore biomes, freshwater systems, and marine systems of the world for grades 6-12.