General Science

4,000 Years of Women in Science.
This site lists more than 125 names from our scientific and technical past. They are all women!

A Kid’s Wilderness Survival Primer.
Learn what to do if you are lost in the wilderness, including how to improvise a shelter, attract attention and stay calm. Find out what equipment you should always have on hand and try your hand at an interactive wilderness survival simulator.

About Rainbows.
Answers to questions about “one of the most spectacular light shows observed on earth.”

Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Nye applies his entertaining approach to science to the Web, with a Demo of the Day, highlights from the day’s television episode, and a chance to e-mail your own query. Requires Macromedia Shockwave Plug-in.

Brain Pop.
Learn all about the world around you, from health, science, arts and music to mathematics, technology and even English grammar, by viewing the educational films on this site. Non-subscribers are limited to 30 films per day.

Building Big.
Explore construction by type of structure, try labs and challenges, read biographical sketches of people working in a variety of engineering careers, and even nominate local structures. Based on David Macaulay’s BUILDING BIG.

Cool Science for Curious Kids.
Created by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, this site offers both online and offline science activities for children of all ages.

Don’t Buy It.
Find out about advertising tricks, learn how to be a smart shopper and see what you can do to avoid being cheated in the marketplace.

The Dragonfly Web Pages are for scientific investigators of all ages. Get involved in the creative process of science and see how science relates to your life.

Earth Science Explorer.
His name’s Explorasurus, and here is the deal: He’ll teach you of Earth when the dinos were real. We’ll travel the world, and we’ll travel through time. We’ll find out the dinosaur’s reason and rhyme. This is a virtual earth science museum.

Edheads Simple Machines.
Visit The House and The Tool Shed and learn about simple and compound machines.

EIA Kid’s Page.
Learn about all the different forms of energy and their uses from Energy Ant.

Energy Quest.
Wonderful adventures in energy education from the California Energy Commission.

How Stuff Works.
Learn how everything works. From digital cameras to identity theft, this site is a treasure trove of useful and searchable information.

IEEE Virtual Museum.
For “electrifying” information about the history and uses of electricity, visit this site sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Inc. Biographies of well-known, and not so well-known, scientists in this field are included.

It’s My Life.
Life can be hard! Here you can read articles, share stories, play games and activities, take quizzes and polls, and watch video clips of kids talking about family, friends, and school as well as their bodies and emotions. Maintained by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Kids Regeneration Network.
“Healthy soil, healthy food, healthy people” is the slogan that describes what is all about. Kidsregen contains information about healthy living and responsible care for the planet and its resources. Family-centered activities encourage young people to discover that what little they are able to do to save earth’s resources does make a difference.

Lawrence Hall of Science Page for Kids
Play online science games, download activities to do at home, and more cool stuff.

Mad Scientist Network.
The “network” provides a forum in which people can learn more about the world around them. This site has three primary divisions: 1) Ask-A-Scientist: Includes the online archive of questions and answers, and “Ask-A-Scientist” Section; 2) MAD Labs: More about having fun with science; and 3) MadSci Library: Locate science sites and resources on the WWW. Includes links to other Ask-A-Scientist sites and information about careers in science.

Moo Milk.
An adventure, including the science, in the dairy industry, with mooing cows! Excellent information on milk.

NASA’s Kids Science News Network
NASA’s Kids Science News Network is a program that uses the Web, animation, and video to introduce science, technology, engineering, math, and NASA concepts to children in grades K-5.

National Geographic Kids.
National Geographic’s site for young readers is one of the best resources for information on the Net about the world, its people, and its wildlife. Not only can you read the newest edition of this magazine on-line, you can check out the contests, polls, games and even virtual adventures.

Sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History, the Ology website is a playground for children interested in all areas of science. Some of the subjects covered include dinosaurs, marine biology, genetics, astronomy. They may also choose a username and password to be able to collect ology cards with more information about special topics. Games, crafts, experiments, and interviews with scientists are all part of the variety of activities included.

Peep and the Big Wide World
This web companion to the Canadian TV production shown on The Learning Channel and Discovery Kids’ channel presents a baby chick and friends who invite preschoolers into the wonderful world of science.

Plastic Fork Diaries.
Follow six middle school students as they experience first-hand the relationship between food and their changing bodies, cultural differences, the vanishing family meal, nutrition and athletic performance. Uses a serial story to provide information about food, nutrition, eating, and health related diseases.

Playing With Time.
This exhibit, developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota and Red Hill Studios, allows viewers to observe specific places or events over many different time periods. View a forest, for example, in real time, minutes, hours, days, months, or over the course of a year.

Science Activities
The Science Museum of Minnesota highlights objects from the collection monthly that allow visitors to use science sleuthing skills to guess the mystery object as well as find out about other objects. Learning activities include such topics as tissues that make up the human body; robot designs; an archaeological investigation; chimpanzees; crocodiles; Monarchs, butterflies, and migration; the world of sound; the anatomy of the human heart; windmills and whirligigs; and ancient and modern Maya culture. Links are provided to the Playful Invention and Exploration Network, Thinking Fountain, and seven of the greatest geographical places on earth.

Science Bob


“Science Bob” teaches science to young actors and shares his website here. A variety of topics such as weather, the human body, and science experiments are covered. Teachers will find lesson helps, and links to science website are also included.

Science News for Kids
From the makers of the weekly magazine, Science News, comes a kid-friendly site devoted to a variety of science topics, puzzles, games, and science fair suggestions.

Scientific American.
A good percentage of Scientific American’sexcellent articles and interviews are available online.

Secrets of the Lost Empires: Medieval Siege.
Learn about life in medieval castles and how to operate a catapult. For upper elementary and middle school students.

Create a model out of digital soda straws and use your engineering skills to animate it.

The Bubblesphere
Everything you ever wanted to know about bubbles is presented here. Sections include answers to bubble questions, bubble history, bubble games, and more. Professor Bubbles also shares his adventures around the world. A fun site to explore!

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Fun On-Line Page (Grades preK-2)
This museum-sponsored site provides not only interesting information, but also engaging activities such as creating a multimedia puppet show and designing your own space station.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Kids Games (Grades 3-5)
Provides games and activities for grades 3-5.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Kids Games (Grades 6-8)
Provides games and activities for grades 6-8.

The Exploratorium, San Francisco.
An online version of a hands-on museum in San Francisco that permits you to do your own cow’s eye dissection or learn the science behind a home run. Be sure to visit the “Learning Studio.”

The Office of Naval Research and Technology Focus.
The ONR funds scientific research that benefits the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marines, primarily Oceanography and Space Sciences.

The Why Files.
A project of the National Institute for Science Education, this site offers well-researched and clearly written investigations of current topics in science; a new story is posted every other week. The site also includes a small but worthy collection of scientific images.

Uncommon Knowledge About NASA & Astronauts
In 1961 when astronaut Alan Shepard was preparing to be the first American launched into space, he realized that NASA had experienced a major oversight…

Wright Again.
Features journal entries of the work of the Wright brothers as they struggled and succeeded in creating the Wright Flyer and their first successful flight on December 17,1903.

Yuckiest Site on the Internet
If you like cockroaches, visit it! Ask Wendell any yucky question in science.