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A Sampling of Science-Related Websites

Listen to the sounds of more than 550 North American birds. "Find out what to look for in this week's night sky" by accessing Sky Guide 2001. Learn birding basics. Browse the National Audubon Society field guides which include over 4800 North American plants and animals. Subscribe to the "On the Wild Side" and "The eNature Observer" newsletters. Send ecards. Request free local wildlife guides. This site features all this and much, much more. This is a must-see site that you're certain to bookmark for future visits.

The Exploratorium
Who are the girls of summer? How do you slap a hockey puck 100 miles per hour? How can you improve your memory? How much would you weigh on Mars? Find the answers to these questions and many more at this site. You can search the Digital Library of over 10,000 pages or visit online exhibits such as "The Temple Illusion" or "Depth Spinner." You might prefer to learn how to create handmade paper or how to build a "Roto-Copter." There are certainly many options to choose from at this site. Features include the "Learning Studio," "Science Snacks" and "Ten Cool Sites."

The Field Trips Site
Visit the Sahara Desert, the Chihuahuan Desert Region and Death Valley National Park without leaving your classroom. Explore the ocean without getting wet. This site currently has nineteen science field trips as well as a Shakespeare field trip, an American Presidency trip, and eight other additional tours.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum
Did you know that there are two basic types of leaf patterns? That all spiders molt? "Braindrops" lets you "expand your knowledge of the science around you with a daily "braindrop." If you're looking for a bit more than a drop, the "Inquiry Attic" invites you to browse among the treasures that have been assembled for you by the Franklin Institute Science Museum. You can view an online exhibition of the heart, design your own aircraft, learn about Benjamin Franklin, or read about a day in the life of a meteorologist. Resources for educators are plentiful. You might like to start with "Pieces of Science" or "Melting Pot Math."

HowStuffWorks-Learn How Everything Works!
At this site, you can learn how just about everything works, including building implosions, bug zappers, photocopiers, inductors, computer memory, airplanes, cell phones and much, much more.

Inquiry Almanack—Rocks and Minerals
Visit the mineral gallery. Learn how gemstones are classified. View fluorescent mineral collections and more at this site brought to you by the Franklin Institute Online.

Inventors & Inventions for K-12 Education
This site certainly isn't the most colorful or visually pleasing site that you'll ever visit, but what it lacks in glitz it more than makes up for in content. The page is comprised of links, links, and more links, each of which lead to information about inventors and inventions. Although there is a focus on thirty-three individual inventors, some more familiar than others, there is also a list of general links. Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington Carver, Ada Byron, and the Wright Brothers are a few of the featured inventors.

Invention Dimension
Visit the video library, take the Invention Dimension Trivia Challenge, or link to the Inventor of the Day archives on this site brought to you be the Lemelson-MIT Program.

Iowa State Entomology Index: K-12 Educators' Recommended Sites
Here's another site that's not showy, but certainly gets the job done. Are you seeking direction as to how you might use live insects in your classroom? Would you like to learn more about the Adopt-an-Insect Page? If so, then this site has what you need and more. Links direct you to the University of Kansas Monarch Watch Program and the American Tarantula Society as well as many other locations which feature creatures that fly and crawl.

Do you want to find out more about school gardens? Read how other teachers have made their schoolyards bloom! Get advice from other teacher/student gardeners. Learn about gardening grant opportunities and contests. This site from The National Gardening Association even has a "Thematic Explorations Library [that] features scads of classroom stories, curriculum connections, ‘how-to' articles, related Web sites and more."

The Library of Congress
Web casts, the American Memory Project, online collections, and extensive historic photos and documents can be accessed at this site.

Monarch Watch
If you happen to be studying butterflies, particularly Monarch butterflies, you're in luck! The Monarch Watch site shares just about everything that you would need, or want, to know about Monarchs. The site has several research opportunities available for your students. There's also a multimedia gallery that features gorgeous color photographs, student essays, and classroom websites that highlight their work with Monarchs.

NASA Multimedia Archives
Access NASA's artwork, audio, video, and photo galleries.

This special NASA site is "dedicated to kids—kids of all ages!" Categories include "Astronauts Living in Space", "Creation Station", "Space & Beyond", "Rockets & Airplanes", "NASA toons" and "Projects & Games".

National Geographic Online
The site features maps, photography, travel, and much, much more.

Nearctica is "your complete gateway to the natural world of North America," bringing you the "best of the natural world on the web combining links to other sites with original material."

Weather Channel
Follow the top weather stories. View daily videos. Find out what the weather is like on the other side of the world.

The Why Files
The "Why Files" looks at the science behind today's headlines. The site keeps its information current by adding new stories on a weekly basis. You won't miss out on past stories or features, though, because you can browse the archives to see what you might have missed the first time around. The site, which is from the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, also features "cool science images."

The Wonderful World of Insects
This site introduces you to the 32 orders of insects.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9912078. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.