Internet Resources for Science and Mathematics Education,
collected by Tom O'Haver.
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Integrated Science and Mathematics
Last updated and all links checked February 14, 2001.
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- Simple Machines Used in Elevators (New)
A set of web pages related to elevators, including the metal box
or “car” a user rides in, counterweights for balance, an
electric motor and braking system, pulleys with cables that run
between the motors, and a safety system in case a cable
- Science Education Resource Page
Complete list of the major concepts involved in teaching
Science in the Secondary Classroom. The concepts are divided
into Biology, Chemistry, Physics and General Science. Each
major concept is listed and linked to its list of Concept
Development, Demos, Tips and Labs/Activites.
- Science Inquiry
Commercial books and videotape that teaches science through
the use of discrepant event demonstrations and activities.
These are demonstrations that have very unexpected results,
causing those observing to ask questions that will eventually
lead them to the understanding of the science concepts being
presented. Several free
examples are available.
- EduWeb Science and Nature adventures
Search of the Ways of Knowing Trail; Be a Spacecraft Engineer;
Build-A-Prairie; CosmicQuest; Geo Mysteries; The Children's
Museum of Indianapolis; The Watershed Game; Who's Out There? A
Space Science Adventure; Digital Lab: Observing a Coral Reef;
Tiger Adventures and Activities; Amazon Interactive.
- Review of Middle School Physical Science Texts
Review and critique of physical science in Middle School
science textbooks with regard to the scientific accuracy,
adherence to an accurate portrayal of the scientific approach,
and the appropriateness and pedagogic effectiveness of the
material presented for the particular grade level.
- Interactive music and math manipulative
Play a piano is an interactive Web site where students
can play a piano
using the mouse or the computer keyboard. The frequency of
each note (in Hz or cycles per
second) and its waveform and envelope are displayed. Helps
students understand the relationship between the sounds, music
theory, musical scales, and the underlying math and physics of
how sounds are produced and perceived.
- ScienceMaster - the science and technology network
ScienceMaster.com is a science/education portal for students
teachers. We provide news, information, links, columns, and
help. Focus - 6-12 graders.
- The Science House Curriculum Closet
Laboratories from the EMPOWER and Rural Schools Project;
Countertop Chemistry; EarthCycle Activities;
Astronomy in the Classroom Curriculum Guide;
Physics in the Classroom Curriculum Guide; The Science of
The Science of Flight Activities;
Chaos and Fractals Activities;
A Myriad of Demonstrations Using a Van de Graaff Generator;
Schools Are For Fish.
- Graphing Calculators & Calculator Based Laboratory
High school chemistry-math activities; science-math
activities; calculator help; CBL help;
- The Straight Dope Archives
Reasonable answers to puzzling questions: Why do wet things
look darker than dry things? Why do bubbles stream from fixed
spots in glasses of beer or soda pop? Is the earth getting
heavier or lighter? How do scientists go about calculating pi
to umpteen decimal places? If you lit a match in zero gravity,
would it smother in its own smoke?
- Middle School Lessons
Science lessons by Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning
Coalition. Lessons by Subject, Alphabetical List of Lessons,
Lessons by Age Group.
- The Last Word
Collection of everyday science questions and answers drawn
from the pages of New Scientist, the world's leading weekly
science and technology magazine. This archive contains over
600 questions on scientific phenomena, with answers provided
by our readers.
- Donald Simanek's Pages
Extensive and excellent collection of original documents and
a Professor of Physics at Lock Haven University of
Pennsylvania. Skepticism, Critiques of Pseudoscience, and
Urban Legends. Science and Religion. Pseudoscience, Weird
Science, Kookiness and Quackery. Classic examples of mistakes
in science. History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.
Humor, Satire, Parody. Physics, Astronomy and other Sciences.
Laboratory: Reports, Error Analysis. Etc.
- Sandlot Science: Optical Illusions
An interactive Guide to Optical Illusions. Explore interactive
optical effects, illusions, distortions, animations, artwork,
stories, Adobe® PDF projects, games and more. Choose a
category and start exploring over seventy-five exhibits and
- The Moon Illusion Explained
Why the Moon Looks Big at the Horizon and Smaller When Higher
Up. An explanation based on geometry and physiology.
- Examination of free energy claims
Skeptical examination of the claims, made by an outfit called
"Better World Technology"
that energy-creating, perpetual motion machines can be built
to provide free energy.
- ENC Digital Dozen
Each month the ENC selects and reviews 12 new and fascinating
resources for math and science--check here monthly for great
links. Archive of past months' picks.
- Publications from the Mathematics and Science Education
The Inclusive Classroom: Mathematics and Science Instruction
for Students with Learning Disabilities; Science and
Mathematics for All Students;
Inquiry Strategies for Science and Mathematics Learning. To
view the Portable Document Format files (PDFs) on this site,
download a free Acrobat Reader from Adobe.
- ENC Focus
A magazine for classroom innovators striving to improve
mathematics and science education.
- High School Integrated Science Units
9th and 10th grade units on ecology, physics, space science,
energy. Some examples: Paint lab (file size 129 kb; examines
colors using tempera paints; includes explanation of
differences between how computer monitors and printers create
colors). Sound lab (file size 162 kb; based on a old Golden
State Exam coordinated science test, this lab examines sound
waves using simple, cheap materials). Waves lab (file size 47
kb; examines properties of waves in springs; we use 2 meter
long spring about 2 cm wide). Cow eye lab (file size 46 kb;
instructions for dissecting a cow eye with times for students
to call teacher over to show specified parts of eye).
Examining Gases of Photosynthesis (file size 63 kb; elodea and
BTB lab in which student observe differences between aquatic
plants growing in light and darkness).
- Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation
Determine the distance between two points on the earth given
their latitudes and longitudes.
Links to a description to the math behind the calculation.
- A Science Odyssey
Based on the PBS series, discusses some of the more
important scientific discoveries that have happened in the
last century. Complete with Shockwave learning games,
a made-for-the-Web game show, and comic-book style stories
that show how some of these important discoveries came to be.
- Beyond Discovery - The Path From Research to Human Benefit
This project of the National Academy of Sciences is a series
of case studies that identify and trace origins of important
recent technological and medical advances. Each case
study reveals the crucial role played by basic science, the
applications of which could not have been anticipated at the
original research was conducted.
- Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement
The SMILE program is designed to enhance the elementary and
high school learning of Science and Mathematics through the
use of the phenomenological approach. Participants have been
asked to create and publish a single concept lesson plan.
These lesson plans include the materials needed, a suggested
strategy and expected outcomes. There are currently almost 800
lesson plans available.
- Science Junction
The Science Junction is an interactive web site that promotes
inquiry and provides resources to promote teaching in the
the National Science Education Standards. Activities and
resources include: network science projects in which students
collect data to help answer science questions; a "Game
Room" of science-based active games, a clearinghouse of online
science education web resources and lesson plans; an
discovery area of science ideas for kids to try; an online
meeting place for novice and veteran science teachers to share
"Collaborative Connections" database designed to help teachers
find collaborators for classroom projects
- SCUBA Diving Explained
On on-line book covering the concept of pressure, the four
major gas laws as they apply to diving, composition of air,
changes in gas pressures with depth, ear and sinus squeeze,
lung barotrauma, air embolism, decompression sickness,
nitrogen narcosis, oxygen toxicity, carbon monoxide and carbon
dioxide toxicity, stress, hypothermia, hyperventilation, and
- Eisenhower National Clearinghouse home page
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and
Science Education (ENC) is funded through a contract with the
Department of Education to provide K-12 teachers with a
central source of information on mathematics and science
- Science in the Marketplace
A reference book for students searching for research or
science fair projects, and a teacher resource for lab
activities for all science classes. This book contains over 60
lab activities based on everyday consumer topics. Suitable for
- Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab
Free science experiments for parents, teachers, and children
of all ages. Slick.
- Insanely Great Science Links
Great Big List of Various Cool Science Places.
- The Bubbleshpere
Everything about bubbles and bubble science activities.
- Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
Slide show from a college course: History of materials,
Metals, Ceramics, Polymers, Electronic Materials, Composites.
- Physical Sciences Resource Center
The Physical Sciences Resource Center is a project of the
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) with financial
support from the Campaign for Physics. The PSRC provides
teacher resources for the entire spectrum of learners.
- Magnetic water treatment and other scams
Hucksters and scam artists (and maybe even some sincere but
ignorant individuals) are having
a field day promoting magnetic devices as a new form of snake
oil to a North American public that is generally unable to
- OMEGAweb™ Technical Reference
Measurement instrument manufacturer's technical/engineering
reference collection, dealing with the measurement of
Temperature, Pressure, Strain and Force, Flow and Level, pH
- History and Philosophy in Science Teaching: Curriculum
One of the most exciting aspects of teaching science is
conveying how science is done and engaging students in the
process of discovery for themselves. History of science is one
of the best resources for this. Here you have access to
several ready-to-use curriculum modules created by a group of
- The Science Education Gateway
he Science Education Gateway (formerly SII) is a collaborative
NASA project which brings together the expertise of NASA
scientists, science museums, and K-12 educators to produce
NASA science-based Earth and space science curricula for
classroom and public use via the World Wide Web. SEGway
materials are produced by teachers in locally-grown
collaborations with program staff at nearby partnering science
- K-6 Textbooks and "Science myths" in Popular culture
The complex and abstract nature of Science makes the subject
difficult to understand. But
complexity is not the only reason that Science is hard. The
subject is made much more
difficult by the presence of numerous, misleading "Science
Myths." These Science Myths
circulate in the popular culture, are handed down from parents
to children, and have
become so common and widespread that they even appear in
science textbooks and are
taught as facts in elementary school.
- Science Learning Network class projects
The Science Learning Network explores how telecomputing can
support inquiry-based science education. Investigate "The
Unisys Prize" and the Public Science Day 2000 program. Learn
how to exterminate "The Millennium Bug." Go on a "ZooWatch" or
fly away with "Flights of Inspiration." Test the "pH
Factor"...in English, Chinese, or Japanese! Meet teachers who
- Science Kits from Rockville Creative Learning, Inc.
Rockville Creative Learning has a huge selection of science
kits including chemistry kits, electronic kits, robots,
dinosaurs, crystal growing kits, models and so much more. They
also have activity kits, educational books and workbooks.
Their Parenting Guides section has books that can help you to
become a better parent and includes a selection of books for
children with special needs. A great site for families!
- Carnegie Science Center
Online Telerobot, The Magic of Flight,
Carnegie Science Academy
- Chicago Academy of Sciences
The Nature Museum; Virtual Exhibit: The Laflin Building Nature
CAoS Club Live Science Demonstrations and Hands-on Science
Activities; Let's Talk Science! - Education Department; Museum
in the Classroom; America Goes Back to School.
- Science Adventures
Online directory of organizations and centers
offering informal science learning opportunities. Science
over 1,200 science centers and museums, zoos, aviaries and
centers, parks and reserves, and planetariums and
observatories. Each entry in
the directory includes contact information and a description
of both the on-site
and off-site programs offered to schools, classes, youth
groups, teachers, and
families. The directory is searchable by type of center, by
keyword, and by
- Project SkyMath: Making Mathematical Connections Using the
Science and Language of Patterns to Explore the Weather
This Web Page is designed for middle school mathematics
teachers. It contains all of the information needed
for teachers to use the 15 classroom activities of SkyMath,
including the module itself. We believe that it is an
effective and innovative way to present elements of the middle
school mathematics curriculum.
- A network of Instructional Materials for Science Educators
The IMSEnet web site contains
many annotated web links to the best science instructional
materials on the World Wide Web for K-12
classroom instruction as well as a variety of K-12
interdisciplinary web resources. IMSEnet is developed by
the SERVIT Group, (Science Education Research in Visual
Instructional Technology) at North Carolina State
University and is used in staff development and teacher
training with both preservice and inservice K-12
- Science Teaching Forum
The SciTeach web forum is a place where science teachers can
share ideas, reflections and conversations on
teaching and implementation of technology in the classroom,
while also providing support for each other as
members of an electronic professional community. An area of
the SciTeach forum has been designated for
use exclusively for preservice science teachers. Student
teachers are encouraged to use this area to speak
freely about their experiences.
- Electronic Journal of Science Education
The Electronic Journal of Science Education is the first peer
reviewed electronic journal of its kind devoted to the timely
sharing of science education information via the World Wide
Web. Using communications technology, information and research
related to science education issues, K-16, are addressed. All
reviewing, editing, and publishing is done via e-mail and the
Web, allowing for both quality of product and increased speed
and availability to all readers free of charge.
- Extend simulation system
Extend is a dynamic, iconic simulation environment with a
development system for extensibility. It enables you to
simulate discrete event,
continuous, and combined discrete event/continuous processes
Virtually anything you could possibly imagine can easily be
built by using Extend's
libraries of pre-built blocks. No programming is necessary;
however, you may if
you so desire. Everything you need to for model building is
environment and development system are built right in!
- Diffusion, Osmosis, and Cell Membranes: An Integrated
Science Instructional Unit
In this unit, the students will explore some of the properties
and processes of the cell
membrane including permeability, passive transport,
equilibrium, diffusion, osmosis,
cell tonicity and rates of diffusion. The students perform a
number of laboratory
activities intended to lead them, through exploration and
analysis, to a thorough
understanding of the importance of a cell membrane and the
physical processes of
diffusion and osmosis.
The unit includes both teacher and student materials. Teacher
background information, scheduling suggestions, preparation
keys, and a resource list. Student materials include a
background reading sheet,
several exploratory activities with evaluation questions, a
culminating experiment, and
- Thinkquest winners
An international project competition for students. Search
their library of over 1000
- Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)
is an informal national alliance of individuals, institutions,
and organizations committed to strengthening undergraduate
science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education.
- Science 2000 (Activities and Lesson Plans)
Lesson Plans and Activities For Elementary K-8 Science.
Astronomy, biology, chemistry. earth science, physics.
- National Science and Technology Week
The National Science & Technology Week (NSTW) program was
once the main outreach campaign for the Special Projects
Section to convey NSF's role in the informal education arena.
The NSTW program served this purpose for 14 years, before the
Section was charged with evaluating NSF's outreach efforts to
more ably meet the challenges of the 21st century. Find Out
Why was conceived and it is the appropriate vehicle that
incorporates many aspects from NSTW and also replaces it,
affording NSF the opportunity to extend its outreach efforts
and impact that an on-going yearlong campaign can offer
instead of the restrictions of a one-week celebration held
- Invention Dimension
This MIT inventors site profiles a different creative
innovator every week, in breezy, picture-filled bios. The
Invention Dimension series introduces the world of inventors
to students -- or anyone else interested -- and helps paint a
portrait of how their inventions have affected our lives. The
great names are here, from Benjamin Franklin and Eli Whitney
to Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. But so are the
lesser-known inventors -- geniuses such as Norbert Rillieux,
the son of a black slave and a white plantation owner who grew
up to invent the sugar processing evaporator.
- Science On-Line Resource Toolkits
ready-made classroom activities developed by your colleagues,
well as images, interactive tools, text, and other resources
to help you build your own Internet-based
- 21st Century Problem Solving
An online "Journal of Modern Problem Solving". These Web pages
provide examples of problems solved using reliable problem
solving methods, discussion of the principles of reliable
problem solving and an evolving encyclopedia of solved
problems in mathematics, physics and chemistry. The main focus
is on pre-college algebra.
- Classroom Projects
TEAMS studio instructors design Internet projects to involve
students in collaborative
activities that extend and enhance student understanding of
the concepts they are teaching.
Take a look at our projects and get involved! Math, science,
Integrated Ecology, etc.
- The Explorer Project (U. Kansas)
Explorer is a collection of educational resources
(instructional software, lab activities, lesson plans, student
created materials ...) for K-12 mathematics and science
education. You may browse through mathematics and science
education curricula (we plan to expand to other curricula) or
conduct searches that focus on specific interests. Many
resources are available in the Adobe Acrobat format that is
readable by Macintosh, Windows and other OSs.
- PBS TeacherSource
PBS TeacherSource - a service of the Public Broadcasting
Service and participating public television stations -
offers information about programs from the PBS National
Program Service schedule with extended videotaping
rights for pre K-12 educators in the United States. These
programs, while originally designed for the general
audience, have curriculum applications and are often used by
teachers in the classroom. PBS TeacherSource
seeks to reach U.S. teachers with valuable program
information, as well as
- cross-curricular applications, teacher
resources, video offers and links to related resources on
- Science Resource Center
Labs and demonstrations for chemistry, biology, physics.
- Science And Math Initiatives and The Teacher Help Service
SAMI is a clearing house of resources, funding, and curriculum
for rural math and science teachers.
- Integrating the Internet
Use this page to find primary resources, projects, a weekly
newsletter, units of study, and a tutorial to help you plan
projects and class homepages. Tales from the Electronic
Frontier Stories of how teachers use the Internet
to enhance Math and Science learning.
Commercial integrated science and math toolkit software for
high school and college students!
- Understanding the Physical Universe
The first semester of a two-semester multidisciplinary course
on the origin, nature, and evolution of the universe.
This course explores the relationships among astronomy,
biology, chemistry, geology, and physics in historical,
cultural, and environmental contexts. Student activities and
- Science Resources - Mid-continent Regional Educational
Earth & Space, General Science Resources, Life Sciences,
Physical Sciences, Science & Technology.
- Mid-Atlantic Eisenhower Consortium for Mathematics and
Consortium supporting systemic school reform in Maryland,
District of Columbia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
- The Why Files (National Institute for Science Education)
The Why Files, a product of the National Institute for Science
is an effort to illuminate the science, math and technology
such issues as diet and blindness, the hunt for cosmic
life in amber and the pros and cons of electric cars. It also
cool science images and science-related sports information.
The page is
for the curious, students and teachers. We hope to inspire
people to see
science as a process that is important to everybody.
- Web sites and resources for teaching science
Lesson Plans For A Variety of Science Topics; Ideas And
Activities; Resources For Teaching Science;
Space And Astronomy Resources; Online Science Museums and
Major Science Education Organizations. (Drs. Vicki F. Sharp
and Richard M. Sharp, Professors of Elementary
Education at California State University, Northridge.)
- PROBLEM - SOLVING in SCIENCE and ENGINEERING
Brief paper on problem-solving techniques.
UnCover is a database of current article information from more
than 15,000 journals in all disciplines. UnCover contains
brief descriptions of over 5 million articles published since
Autumn 1988. The UnCover database can be accessed via the
Internet at no cost. UnCover is also a document delivery
system which allows you to order copies of articles. However
is not a free service. The subject coverage of UnCover is:
Science & Technology - 53%; Social Sciences - 33%;
Humanities - 14%.
Horizon's mission is to inform educators about the challenges
that they will face in a changing world and steps they can
take to meet these challenges. We strive to accomplish this
mission by using the HORIZON site in conjuction with OTH
On-Line (the on-line version of the print publication, On The
Horizon), the HORIZON mailing list, seminars and workshops,
conferences, and presentations to explore and extend our
thinking as an educational community about the implications of
a rapidly changing world and what we can do to make
educational organizations and programs more effective in the
- Windows to the Universe
Windows to the Universe is a user-friendly learning system on
the Earth and Space Sciences for the use of
the general public. The objective of this project, funded by
NASA, is to develop an innovative and engaging
Web-site that spans the Earth and Space sciences. Our goal is
to build a site that includes a rich array of
documents, including images, movies, animations, and data
sets, that explore the Earth and space sciences
and the historical and cultural ties between science,
exploration, and the human experience. Our site is being
developed with the goal of being appropriate for use in
museums and libraries, and to be a resource for
students in their studies of the Earth and space sciences.
- Scientific American
Yep, it's the famous magazine's Web site, with Quick Article
Summaries; Selected Articles; News and Analysis; Reviews and
Commentary; 50, 100 and 150 Years Ago,
on-line exhibits; Ask the Experts; Interviews; Letters to the
- AIMS Foundation Home Page
AIMS is the acronym for "Activities Integrating Mathematics
and Science." The mission of
the AIMS Education Foundation is to enrich the education of
students in K-9 through
hands-on activities that integrate mathematics, science, and
other disciplines. AIMS
implements the recommendations put forth in reform documents
such as Science for All
Americans (American Association for the Advancement of
Science), Curriculum and
Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (National Council
of Teachers of
Mathematics) and the National Science Education Standards
(National Research Council of
the National Academy of Sciences.) AIMS is nationally
recognized for its leadership in
developing an integrated science/mathematics curriculum.
What's New!; About the AIMS Magazine; Online AIMS Workshop
Information; Online AIMS Catalog; Online Discussion Area;
Mathematics History; Puzzle Corner
- AskERIC Science sites
Agriculture, Animals, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Engineering,
Entomology, Environmental Education, Genetics, Geology,
Inventors, Meteorology, Oceanography, Paleontology, Physics,
- Bill Nye, Science Guy
Web site for one of the most popular science guys on
Nye. Activities, links to information about the latest
episodes, and more.
- Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
The Digital Curriculum Laboratory (DCL), ENC's online
component, is a comprehensive Internet site for math and
science education. It is designed to assist teachers in
locating instructional and other educational resources. The
DCL includes links to Internet resources for science and math
teaching as well as the ENC Catalog of Curriculum Resources.
- INFOMINE:Selected Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computer
Science and Math Resources
A showcase of highly relevant Internet/Web resources which
include databases, electronic journals
and books, bulletin boards, listservs, online library card
catalogs, articles and directories of
researchers, among many other types of information.
- DISCOVER magazine
Selected articles from DISCOVER, the monthly magazine of
science and technology for the general reader.
- Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Science
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's ELSI in Science program is a
pilot project designed to stimulate discussions on the
implications of selected areas of scientific research. These
modules probably will be most useful to educators and students
at the middle school level. However, older students may
benefit from some of the information as well
- The Franklin Institute Science Museum.
We bring the exhibits,
resources, and fun of a museum visit right to your desktop.
Visit our publications library, where you'll find other
science news, activities, and
resources. Use our units of study to support your science
some interesting science programs and demonstrations. Find out
what's new at The Franklin Institute by reading our monthly
magazine for "inQuiring" minds: "inQuiry Almanack"
- National Public Radio Science and Health programs
Special programs on PBS in the area of science and health.
- Computers, Peers, Teachers (was: Computer as Learning
This project is an on-going educational research effort is
dedicated to informing and improving middle school science
instruction. CLP Curriculum describes the middle school
thermodynamics, light and sound curriculum
- Frank Potter's Science Gems
Listing of science teaching materials on the Internet using
the California Science Framework Categories. Resources are
sorted by Category, Subcategory, and Grade Level
- NSTA's Scope, Sequence & Coordination Project
Detailed explanations of the National Science Education
Content Standards, listings of
applicable concepts, laws, and theories, and materials
presented as Micro-Units designed to achieve the NSE
Standards offered for download and free use in your science
class.The individual science Micro-Units are arranged
within grade level by Content Standards and sub-topics of the
Assessments to meet the National Science Education Standards
- Smithsonian Photographs Online
The photographic resources of the Smithsonian available on
picture pages. Butterflies attracted to the National Museum of
History's new Butterfly Habitat Garden; Science Defined by the
Hands of a Book Artist;
Studying the Jungle Canopy in Panama; Dinosaur Hall; Green Sea
a Total Eclipse of the Sun; Information Age exhibit;
Underwater photography; photographs of objects in the National
Museum of American History's exhibit "It's A Material World:
What Things Are Made of and Why"; and many more.
- Newspapers Online
This single Web page contains links to more than 200
newspapers who have
set up Web sites--worldwide.