Teens — Explore the World Around You

Selected science 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.
  • Amazing Space
    Space science and Hubble Space Telescope, photographs, audio, video, animations, and activities. Teacher materials linked to the National Science Education Standards, interdisciplinary connections.
  • The Biology Place
    Information, tutorials, and online interactive exercises, on a broad variety of biological topics. For students to supplement coursework and teachers. Authors include university professors and secondary teachers. Online testing tailored to a variety of student textbooks. Current science news.
    Also, http://www.chemplace.com
  • The Biology Project
    Online interactive resource for biology education for undergraduate and advanced secondary levels. Online tutorials and interactive pages for students. Supplement to standard coursework or for self-directed distance learning.
  • Bowdoin College Virtual Reality Research Station
    E-mail cphillip@Bowdoin.edu
    A 118-acre island off the coast of Maine, comprising a research site for faculty and students from about 10 disciplines. Students, faculty or visitors explore the island, interact with data-driven programs and faculty to collaborate in online experiments. An avatar mirrors the actions of the user in the virtual world. Avatars talk to each other in real time and have access to graphing and statistics applications so students can interact collaboratively. The experience includes courses with research components and long-term studies.
    As described on the Bowdoin College Web site:
    Carey Phillips, professor of biology, whose work is already at the forefront of educational technology, is embarking on a new project with the assistance of a $75,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
    He will create a virtual laboratory model of Bowdoin's Coastal Studies Center to aid in teaching and research.
    The virtual world will mirror the Coastal Studies Center, including the laboratories, trees, shrubs and anything else on the property. It will include the results of research performed by faculty and students, as well as data collected continuously at the Center (such as weather, tides, soil condition).
    Students, faculty and researchers from around the world will be able to enter the on-line universe to learn and to discuss research. When a person enters, they will be represented by a computer figure known as an avatar.
    These avatars will allow users to see when another user is considering a particular aspect of the database and enable them to engage in “near real time” conversation via computer.
    The virtual world will be a storehouse of data collected by many people over time and will contribute depth and perspective to future research projects. As far as we know, no other college or university has created a virtual world to enhance research in this manner.
    Phillips expects to complete the prototype (mapping a portion of the 118-acre center) in about a year. At that point he likely will apply for a $500,000 grant to build the full version.
    Phillips has in the past created computer models to aid in his teaching. For example, to teach students about the human eye, he began with a three- dimensional advanced drawing of the eye and all of its parts. Students are able to "fly through the eye" via the computer program.
  • Carolina Coastal Science
    Inquiry-based science resources and interactive technologies explore the science in coastal Carolina. Detailed photolibrary of coastal environments, to support student teams in their analysis of a dilemma involving environmental, economic, and social issues. An educational guide links online activities to National Science Education Standards, numerous teaching suggestions.
  • Chemistry in Context from the University of Wisconsin
    Project of the American Chemical Society, this presents chemical principles in the context of issues facing society today, using resources of the web to engage students in issues and foster critical thinking. This site, hosted by McGraw-Hill, includes more than 50 web activities that:
    1. link issues to their own city or state using local environmental data;
    2. access real-time data, such as by satellites;
    3. include the latest developments on a particular topic or event;
    4. evaluate controversies, using the web sites provided by skeptics, government agencies and industry.
    This site does not provide specific scientific content. Rather, it offers instructors and students the possibility of using the scientific (and not-so-scientific) resources of the web for the teaching and learning process.
  • DNA From the Beginning
    Multimedia primer on the basics of DNA and heredity. Key concepts are presented separately but also viewed as a continuous story of science. Linked to each concept are multimedia elements that allow the user to discover the experiments and people behind the concept. The program is a resource for school classes, projects and reports, online courses and tutorials, and adjunct information for genetic counselors and health care professionals.
  • EarthKAM
    Through this resource, developed through the TERC Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in collaboration with NASA, UCSD and other partners, students have direct access to a digital camera flown on the Space Shuttle. Students select targets on Earth to be photographed, and then use the images in a variety of investigations and curricular applications. All of the images (currently 2,000) are available on the EarthKAM website for wider public and educational use. Extensive teacher's guides help participants utilize these resources.
  • 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.
  • High School Human Genome Project
    Classroom opportunities to virtually analyze sequence data obtained by high school students as part of the Project (HSHGP). Sequence data generated by collaborating HSHGP classrooms is collected, compiled and added to the nationwide effort to obtain the complete DNA sequence of the human species. The HSHGP website supports these efforts and offers sufficient past data and software to allow online participants to read, compile and analyze student-generated DNA sequence data for themselves, while learning about the Human Genome Project.
  • Human Genome Management Information System - Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL)
    Human Genome Project (HGP) goals, progress being made, benefits of genome research, careers in genetics, and the ethical, legal and social issues surrounding the availability of genetic data. Information includes applications of information and technologies derived from the HGP and Technical Human Genome News. Information is geared toward nontechnical audiences as well as scientists, social scientists, and medical and legal practitioners. features include:
  • 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.
  • Natural History of Genes, Director for Science, Genetic Science Learning Center - Two related sites:
  • 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
  • Whale Net
    Multilingual site, designed to excite K-12 students, teachers and the public about math, science, the environment and technology. The site features a "Satellite Observation Program" to track whales and other marine life. It also provides materials for teachers and professional development based on the program curriculum. These materials are located at http://www.whale.wheelock.edu/whalenet-stuff/CDROMintro.html
  • 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

Best friends.

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.