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A Science Odyssey Grades 6 to 12

This retrospective on 20th century scientific advances is particularly strong in its information on the scientists who made the discoveries. Teachers interested in presenting the scientific process by which these advances were made will find the information here a useful addition. Good information; not a lot of “whiz-bang.”

A Walk Through Time Grades 6 to 12 NIST

The NIST Physics Laboratory offers this condensed history of time measurement, which chronicles the evolution of time-keeping from ancient calendars through the establishment of time zones and atomic clocks. The text is readable and the graphics are interesting while still loading quickly. Depending on the amount of detail you want to absorb, this one would work well for upper elementary through secondary students.

Airline History Grades 4 to 12

Here’s an interesting, though oddly-constructed, history of commercial aviation in Britain and the U.S. The narrative is detailed and the photos are instructive, though users will find the site easier to use if they scan it first to see where everything lives. While some sections appear incomplete, interested upper elementary and middle school students will find this story just the ticket.

Alaska Science Grades 6 to 12 Privately Published

An Alaska native explains the northern lights (aurora borealis) and other peculiarly Alaskan scientific phenomena.

Albert Einstein Grades 6 to 12 American Museum of Natural History

From an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, this site offers an introduction to Einstein’s work that mere mortals can understand. Einstein set the world of physics and cosmology on its head by showing that forces like time and gravity are variable, not constant. The implications of these discoveries let to the creation of entirely new sciences. There is much to learn here.

Amazing Space Grades 3 to 8

The folks at NASA offer an on-line collection of Shockwave enhanced games and explanations about comets, galaxies, and space exploration. Younger students can browse the basic elements; older ones can dig more deeply into the explanations. Attractive images and movement make this an attractive starting point for an outer space discussion.

American Museum of Natural History Learning Resources Grades 4 to 12 Smithsonian Institution

This site allows presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum’s site. You can browse the web-sites, activities, and experiments by sub-topic, grade level, or resource type. Current subtopics include anthropology, astronomy, biology, earth science, and paleontology. Special collection exhibits present theme-based activities that cover additional topics such as Biodiversity, Antarctica, and deep sea explorations. This is a great site for sorting out all the wonderful resources the museum has to offer.

An Inquirer’s Guide to The Universe Grades 1 to 12 Franklin Institute


Angry Red Planet Grades 6 to 8 Access Excellence

This interactive science-based mystery engages students with an opening challenge: Disaster threatens a simulated mission to Mars – unless you can figure out what’s going wrong! As Mission Control System Monitors, students must read, research, analyze and problem-solve to arrive at a solution before it’s too late. Use as a cooperative activity in the computer lab.

Apollo 11 – 35 Years Later Grades 4 to 12 NASA

It’s July 20, 1969 and millions of Americans are glued to their television watching Neil Armstrong take that first historic step on the surface of the moon. This multimedia NASA site recreates that Apollo 11 mission, from its launch to its splashdown. Students can view vintage photographs, listen to the missions audio recording, browse news articles, and tour the video gallery.

Aspire Science Resources Grades 6 to 12 University of Utah

The University of Utah offers a science site that provides a number of lessons about the cosmos, solar rays, and the interactions of stars, planets, and moons. These use a combination of Flash and Java. There is also information on science fairs, an “ask a scientist” section, and a section for teachers. Secondary science teachers will likely find one or more elements of this one useful.

Astrobiology Grades 6 to 12 NASA

This site provides a sampling of activities from a larger web-based curriculum on Astrobiology. Developed in conjunction with NASA’s astrobiology institute, this site provides a detailed teaching guide alongside activities aimed at creating a dynamic curriculum through internet resources. The site’s activities include an exploration of different types of stars, and possibility of life in different parts of the galaxy.

Astrobiology – The Search for Life Grades 6 to 12 Exploratorium

The Exploratorium does it again. Their site about the search for life beyond earth does a stellar job of profiling the science, scientists, and surprisingly diverse methods being used to expand our search for life forms elsewhere in the universe. The site includes plenty of links for further exploration.

Astronomy Grades 4 to 8 American Museum of Natural History

From cosmic connections to gravity and the planets, this unit presents an engaging, animated introduction to astronomy and the study of the stars. Students can try a Flash-based planets game, take an interplanetary quiz, and do several other activities. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology” series that explores different aspects of the life sciences.

Astronomy & Space Lessons Grades 4 to 12 Univ. California Berkeley

This collection from the Science Education Gateway at U.C. Berkeley includes lessons for elementary and middle school students that use the web to introduce concepts such as measuring the temperature of the sun and tracking the orbits of satellites. As a group, they introduce serious science in an approachable manner. Students will need Internet access to use most of the lessons.

Astronomy Daily Grades 6 to 12

Here’s a well-executed astronomy tool that tailors its offerings to your location on the globe. A free registration (it captures no personal information) determines your location, and then the system offers up astronomical observations, almanac data, and the like that match what you can see out your window. This one’s truly slick!

Astronomy Picture of the Day Grades 2 to 12 NASA

NASA offers a constantly changing selection of pictures from its various space exploration on this site, which changes daily. Great stepping-stone to study of other aspects of space and space exploration.

Astrophysics Lesson Plans Grades 6 to 12 NASA

Created by the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center which is located within the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics (LHEA) at NASA/GSFC. This is an incredible site. It gives easy to read tables of previously taught background necessary for the students to successfully complete the experiments, necessary materials (for both teacher and students), and copy ready data tables.

AstroWeb Grades 6 to 12

This site offers a collection of astronomy-related resources. Includes a searchable database of resources to choose from including telescope data and imagery.

At Home Astronomy Grades 2 to 8 UC Berkeley

This is a well organized collection of ten simple experiments that demonstrate principles and phenomena of astronomy. Each includes complete illustrations, narrative, and instructions on how to perform the experiment and what it shows.

These experiments would work equally well in most classrooms as a nice way to bring a complex topic down to earth.


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