Educational Resources

The CoolStuff newsletter from Arbor scientific is packed with teaching ideas, product information, lesson plans, and sometimes free downloads. Regularly check the archives library or sign-up for the free subscription. CoolStuff is published 10 times throughout the school year and is a valuable resource for educators trying to punch up a new topic or breath life into an old one! Sign up now!

Free Graphic and Interactive Animations This is a great free resource from Crocodile Clips, the makers of Crocodile Chemistry and Crocodile Physics simulation software. Use the search tool and browse hundreds of graphic images and interactive animations you can use with your students.

Science Inquirer A complete list of free science teacher resources and great slow motion physics videos.

Science Misconception Podcast Covers misconceptions that students have that will prevent them from learning the correct explanation for science phenomena. Most episodes explain the misconception, give ideas for crushing the misconception, and then give the correct explanation. As of November, 2008, there are 46 podcasts covering 75 misconceptions. You do not need an iPod to listen to podcasts. They are simply MP3 files.

Thermal Energy What is thermal energy? Thermal energy is the kinetic energy of the movement of atoms and molecules. Laws of Thermodynamics definitions and activities.

AskNumbers.com is an online conversion site to convert any type of units of weights, length, pressure, volume, currency and more. You'll want to bookmark this site for future use.

Super Science Fair Projects offers a step-by-step guide to science fair projects for students - middle through high school. There are links to over 100,000 science projects, science experiments and science fair project ideas. Parents and Teacher's Guide and Resources.

NSTA.org National Science Teachers Association web site. Teacher resources, conference information, members section, and supply sources.

The Exploratorium Housed within the walls of San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium is a collage of over 650 science, art, and human perception exhibits. The Exploratorium is a leader in the movement to promot the museum as an educational center. This unique museum was founded in 1969 by noted physicist and educator Dr. Frank Oppenheimer, who was director until his death in 1985.

TeacherFocus.com is an interactive online community of educators. It was created as a place for educators of all levels to communicate and share ideas. The site offers a teachers’ forum, a calendar featuring upcoming conferences, seminars, and other events, and a resource directory containing multiple links in various areas of education, professional development, grant opportunities, and more.

Science Toys: You make with your kids! Great web site with science project ideas for fun or science fairs. Make toys at home with common household materials, often in only a few minutes, that demonstrate fascinating scientific principles.