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The WorldWatcher Project - a scientific visualization environment for the investigation of scientific data.  Provides a downloadable version of the ClimateWatcher software that has been in use in K-12 and college classrooms since April 1996.  Students explore, create, and analyze scientific data.

The Why Files -- a resource for students to explore the science and technology behind the news of the day.

Kindergarden  --  provides many approaches for designing activities where children interact with plants and the outdoors.

Brucie's Buddies -- a club for children age 4 to 14 with the motto of "Kids Caring for the Environment."  Teaches students about the environment using online activities.

EELink -- provides resources consistent with the key principles of environmental education for K-12 students.

EnviroNet--Monitoring Projects for 1997-8 -- contains environmentally-oriented Internet projects, for example, the monitoring of acid rain, bats, birds, coyotes, insects, the ozone, and plants. Project aims to enhance environmental science education for middle and high school students through telecommunications.

WhaleNet -- a collaborative telecomputing project that connects student investigators with other students and scientists, both nationally and globally.  Web site also contains resources and activities for 4-12 grade students and teachers.

Give Water a Hand -- a national watershed education program provides elementary and middle school teachers with resources for implementing an action-oriented project to involve students with water issues.

Science Activities -- provides elementary teachers with activity-based science resources.

The Galileo Project -- an awarding winning informational site on Galileo's life and work.  Appropriate for grades 3-12 and teachers.  Site created and maintained by Rice University.
National School Network Science Online -- exhibits K-12 students' science projects nationwide.

Hurricane Storm Center -- contains hurricane resources for elementary teachers; topics include inside a hurricane, survivors, weather instruments, and killer storms.

MendelWeb-- contains resources about the origins of classical genetics, introductory data analysis, elementary plant science, and the history and literature of science for teachers and secondary level students.  Created by Roger B. Blumberg at Brown University.

Neuroscience for Kids -- contains information, activities, and experiments for students to explore the nervous system.

KIE - University of Berkley -- web-based learning environment designed for middle and high school students to explore science.

The Contributions of Women to the United States Naval Observatory: The Early Years --
provides the history and background of women's contributions at the United States Naval Observatory before the 1920's.

Regional Planetary Image Facility -- a collection of more than 300,00 planetary images and data obtained from planetary missions. A great reference for K-12 students and teachers.

The Space Educators' Handbook -- part of NASA's Multimedia Space Educators' Handbook, this site provides more than 2,000 files for K-12 students and educators. Also check out Quest, NASA's K-12 Internet Initiative

The How Far Does Light Go? Debate -- problem-solving activity for middle and high school students.

Learning Through Collaborative Visualization Project (CoVis)-- a distributed learning environment for high school students to learn about science using the same tools and thinking processes of scientists.

Nanoworld Image Gallery -- contains pictures taken by a scanning electronic microscope pictures of a variety of objects.

Scanning Electron Microscope Image Gallery -- contains images of insects and spiders,  plants samples, and synthetic substances like Velcro.
Discover how a scanning electron microscope works.

Ebola Outbreak: A Talk with Teachers -- high school students can read a transcripted interview with Dr. Donald P. Francis, a leading AIDS researcher, about the Ebola virus.

Introduction to the Viruses -- hypertext resource for high school students and teachers.

Micro-Units for Science: Biology - Grades 9-12 -- developed by the National Science Teachers Association. Search the Micro-Units by National Science Education Standards categories or subject areas or by grade level

Biology Resources Page -- provides microscope and scanning electron microscope images of cell structures.

Mike's Herpetocultural Homepage -- provides photographs and information on reptiles of the Shawnee National Forest. Check out this site listed on Mike's page Herp and Reptile Pictures -- provides links to additional resources and  more than 200 photographs of crocodilians, frogs, lizards, turtles, tortoises, and snakes.

Green Algae -- contains information and links to related resources for high school students.  An additional Marine Life web site for high school students Cnideria: Jellyfish, Corals and Sea Anemones.

In Search of Giant Squid -- 4-12 grade students can follow an expedition to track down a giant squid off the coast of New Zealand, and web site provides a comprehensive resource of information and related links.

Ocean Link -- an interactive web site containing  Marine Science information for 5-12 grade students and teachers.

Whales: A Thematic Web Unit -- an integrated unit for K-8 grades.

Mutant Fruit Flies -- explains the basics of DNA mutation using fruit flies. Good starting point for 6-12 grade students.

Glacier -- middle and high school students learn concepts of earth science, ecology, and environmental science by exploring Antarctica and its important environmental role.

Science House -- contains an annotated list of many useful resources for science educators.

Computational Science Textbook-- a web-based textbook and teachers' manual for teaching a high school course in computational science.

SCORE Science -- contains links to K-12 quality science resources for students and teachers.

Scientific American Frontiers School Program--Free Teaching Materials and Interactive Website.

A complete biology text on-line written by the page's author.

The visible human

The Academy Curriculum Exchange--within this metasite you can find a good website for science activities for kids. This site has 130 science activities for kids in grades K-5 and is provided by the Organization For Community Networks.

Arachnology: The study of arachnids (spiders and their relatives)--if you want to explore spiders, this site provides numerous informational links.  Audience: K-6 students and teachers.

Dinosauria Online--cool links to dinosaur articles, pictures, all kinds of information relating to excavations, evolution of dinosaurs, fossilization, paleontology, and lots more. Audience: K-8 teachers and students.

Earth and Sky--supported by the National Science Foundation this website provides information on topics related to the earth and sky like daily reports on what stars can be seen. Also provides links to a broad range of related topics, links to school stuff including lessons plans and other ideas on how to use the website.  Audience: K-12 teachers and students.

Science/Nature for Kids--ideas, field trips, resources and more for K-12 students, parents and teachers.

Teacher Developed Earth and Space Science Lessons and Classroom Activities--great site for science lesson plans and activities for K-12 teachers.

Virtual Frog Dissection Kit--interactive dissection of a frog and links to a Virtual Frog Builder Game, which can be used to test high school students' knowledge of frog anatomy. Audience: Secondary Science teachers and students.

Auroras:Paintings in the Sky - Exploratorium--great site for learning about auroras. Provides suggestions for using the site in classrooms. Audience: Secondary Science teachers and students.

Africanized Honey Bee Lesson Plans--lesson plans for K-12 students designed to familiarize students with honey bees and bee safety issues through a variety of interesting activities.

Chem 101--great site for chemistry educators features a searchable online textbook, experiments, videos, chat rooms, and a newsgroup. 

The Internet Webseum of Holography--information on the history and creation of holograms. The Hollo-Kids section is designed for younger students. 

Whales--an integrated thematic web unit designed for K-5 classrooms. 

International Arctic Project--gopher site on the International Arctic Project (IAP) expedition; learn about the Arctic region by reading the team's accounts online. Audience: 6-12 teachers and students. 

Liftoff--interactive Space Shuttle Mission thematic website. Audience: K-12 teachers, students, and parents. 

The Field Museum--website of Chicago's renowned natural history museum. Audience: K-12 teachers, students, and parents. 

Wolf Haven International--website devoted to wolf conservation. Audience: K-12 teachers, students, and parents. 

The Froggy Page--a fun interactive site filled with informational resources for all ages. Audience: K-12 teachers and students. 

The Weather Unit--provides an integrated thematic unit featuring interconnected lesson plans across a broad range of subject matter. Audience: K-6 teachers and students. 
The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System--provides an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Audience: K-12 teachers and students. 

Fun Science Gallery --website designed to support science education, help make science a fun activity, and assist teachers with science projects. Audience: 3-8 teachers and students. 
Sea Turtle Survival League (STSL)--provides information and insight into the plight of the sea turtle in the Caribbean basin and the Costa Rica rainforests. Have your class adopt a turtle as a class project! Audience: K-12 teachers and students. 

BLM Resource Explorer--go on location with Bureau of Land Management scientists and ask questions while they're conducting research. Excellent environmental education material. Audience: 4-12 teachers and students. 

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