Educational Resources

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Free Graphical 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 graphical images and interactive animations you can use with your students.

Thermal Energy What is thermal energy? Thermal energy is the kinetic energy of moving atoms and molecules. See explanations of the Laws of Thermodynamics and explore them through the provided activities. The National Science Teachers Association web site has great resources for teachers to connect with the community, source scientific materials, explore membership, and find conference information.

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

Science toys you can make with your kids! This great web site has a plethora of science project ideas for science fairs or just for fun. Make toys at home with common household materials, often in only a few minutes, that demonstrate fascinating scientific principles.