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View Resource TERC Center for Education Partnerships Initiative: Online Science-athon

"The Science-athon offers elementary and middle-grade students opportunities to discover science in their daily lives." Second and third grade students can take part in a fun project to measure their heights. Fourth through eighth graders can participate in a marble roll, collect sunshine, and melt chocolate with a solar cooker. Created by TERC Center for Education Partnerships Initiative, this...
View Resource Science Friday (Last reviewed in the Scout Report on October 31, 1997)

As their tagline notes, "Every day is Science Friday." With a deep archive of past programs and video clips, the website for NPR's Science Friday program is quite a find. The program is hosted by Ira Flatow, and each week he and his colleagues "focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand." Recent segments...
View Resource Fun Science Gallery

The Fun Science Gallery Web site "promotes laboratory activities such as performing scientific experiments or building instruments. It makes an effort to supply the information and methods to create fully functional instruments and to carry out genuine research activities to which people might become dedicated for the rest of their lives." Educators will find a wide array of lessons and articles...
View Resource Compendium of On-Line Soil Survey Information

D.G. Rossiter from the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation has compiled the Compendium of On-Line Soil Survey Information. The Soil Survey Institutes & Activities page contains information about and links to soil survey institutes from around the world and the digital soil geographic databases they offer. Example institutes include Scotland's Macaulay Land...
View Resource National Science Foundation: Classroom Resources

The Classroom Resources section of the National Science Foundation's website has a collection of materials for school teachers, students, and parents of students. The lessons are suitable for grades K-12, higher education, and lifelong learners, and they are drawn predominantly from the National Science Digital Library. Visitors can choose from the range of research topics by clicking on the...
View Resource The Dirt on Soil

The latest from (last mentioned in the February 22, 2002 NSDL Life Science Report) is the extensive and very well done Web lesson -- the Dirt on Soil. The Down and Dirty portion of the site describes the different layers of soil, how they are formed, what they usually consist of, soil particle size comparisons, and more. The field guide link contains photographs and...
View Resource National Science Foundation: Multimedia Gallery

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports the work of scientists from the Monterey Peninsula to Maine. Along the way, these dedicated individuals take photos, shoot video, create animations, and so on as part of their work. In the multimedia gallery section of the NSF's site, visitors can peruse over 250 images, videos, and audio clips that document everything from black holes to the science...
View Resource Science in Focus

Sumanas Inc.'s website offers a wide range of material, such as animations of scientific processes, for a range of scientific disciplines, but here visitors will find their "Science in Focus" section of the website. Some of the topics that are brought to life with animating technology are antibiotic resistance, stem cell research, malaria, anthrax, gene therapy, and peptic ulcers. Click on "Go...
View Resource Smithsonian Science Education Center Screenshot

Created through a unique partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academies in 1985, the Smithsonian Science Education Center is committed to improving "the learning and teaching of science in school districts in the United States and throughout the world." The materials on the site are divided into areas that include Books & Kits, Innovation & Leadership, and Smithsonian....
View Resource New York Academy of Sciences

Started in 1817, the New York Academy of Sciences works to bring together a broad range of scientists with the hope that they will "advance the understanding of science, technology, and medicine, and to stimulate new ways to think about how their research is applied in society and the world." First-time visitors to the site will want to begin by perusing the "Academy Spotlight" site which offers...
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