Teens — Explore - General

General sites

  • Discover Magazine
    A collection of many of the latest findings and advances in the sciences, all in an accessible format.
  • Scientific American
    Science and technology coverage, including science trivia and games from Scientific American.
  • The Franklin Institute Online
    Informal science education, science exhibits, and hands-on science for classrooms. Different "Units of Study" are available, as well as "Scientists in The City" activities and an "Ask an Expert" resource. Interestingly, a direct answer is not provided for "Ask an Expert" questions, but the means and resources to answer questions are given. The activities on the site are not computer interactive but offer hands-on, inquiry-based activities that investigate different concepts in science.
  • Journey North
    Students engage in scientific observations and explorations as they follow animal migrations and seasonal change. Site fosters interactions between scientists and students, between classrooms in different parts of the country, and between students in North America and Mexico. Extensive teacher materials assist in classroom implementation.
  • One Sky, Many Voices
    School of Education and the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan. Innovative, inquiry-based weather curricula for grades K-12, uses both Internet and CD-ROM technology. Some units are interactive computer-based activities as well as collaborative activities between participants at different institutions.
  • Online Class
    A ten-week interactive teaching program, in which schools work collaboratively on guided research projects. Background material, research challenges, online experts and more are available in private Web-based classrooms. Discussion is moderated, and all student work is published online. Most offerings are interdisciplinary. OnlineClass science topics include: Blue Ice: Focus on Antarctica, Physics Park, Dinosaurs Alive! and Ocean Exlporers.
  • Testbed for Telecollaboration
  • The Why? Files
    Geared toward a mass audience, this aite explores the science and technology that underpin the news of the day. The Why Files was established initially as a part of the National Institute for Science Education and was funded by the National Science Foundation. The program is now a part of the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Published by a small staff, The overarching mission of The Why Files is to help make science accessible, understandable and meaningful to users. Keying off of current and news events, a new feature package is produced each week. Features explore aspects of science and technology that provide greater context and meaning than can be found in traditional news coverage.
  • National Science Foundation
  • Great Expectations in Math & Science (GEMS)

Social sciences and related disciplines

  • History Channel
    Modern Marvels, Roll Call, Civil War, Human Weapon, Lost Worlds, Heavy Metal ... all those and more.
  • Religious Tolerance
    A fascinating Canadian site that states, in part:
    Almost all other religious web sites explain only the beliefs of the webmaster or sponsoring faith group. We are different:  we try to explain accurately the full diversity of religious beliefs, worldviews, and systems of morality, ethics, and values. We hope that you will find our essays helpful and of interest.
  • HyperHistory
    HyperHistory Online navigates through 3000 years of world history with timelines of civilizations, people, and events. Spend some time cruising through this site. It is intriguing.

Other fun sites

There are many places to go when surfing the web. You can find games, puzzles, music, pictures and much more.

So, go have fun.

As with all things on the World Wide Web, please be careful.

  1. Never give out any personal information. That means your last name, your parents' names, your school, your address and your email. Even your birthday.
  2. Select your online friends carefully. Just because someone says he want to be a friend doesn't make him worthy of your friendship.
  3. We aren't saying everyone on the web is mean. Most people are nice. But remember, it only takes one creep to really ruin your day.
Above all, let your parents know what you are doing online and who your friends are.