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Cool science sites

Here are some links to cool science sites for young people (and great YouTube channels to subscribe to). Thanks to Ruta Sevo for getting me hooked on this stuff (hiring me to write about NSF-funded projects to interest girls in science for the National Science Foundation). Where I say H/T to someone, it's a "hat tip" (thank you), usually to a child or parent for the link to a page that is really useful for science experiments and other school projects.

Ask Dr. Universe (Ask questions and get answers about science, technology, engineering, and math--"STEM.)
Astro4Girls Resources (American Library Association)
Beginner's Guide to Bird Watching (Home Advisor)
The Best Way to Support Inquiry-Based Learning (Shannon McClintock Miller, Kids Discover, 10-4-16).
Beyond ‘Hidden Figures’: Nurturing New Black and Latino Math Whizzes (Amy Harmon, NY Times, 2-17-17) Check out this Week 1 Challenge Problem: Is there a 10-digit number where the first digit is equal to how many 0’s are in the number, the second digit is equal to how many 1’s are in the number, the third digit is equal to how many 2’s are in the number, all the way up to the last digit, which is equal to how many 9’s are in the number?
The Body and Medicines (Children's University of Manchester). This website on human body systems will help you learn about body systems, types of illness, and good and bad drugs. Take the quizzes and learn what you know and what you don't know.
Bottle Rockets and Other Educational Crafts (great ideas for science experiments using bottles) H/T to Ella Alston (who's thinking of making a bottle rocket), for the link.
Calculators and conversion tools (some free, some $$)
Car and vehicle science experiments (Title Pro) An unusual collection of experiments which Dakota Lowe alerted me to.
Center for Game Science
Chicks in Academia (wonderful activities in these National Science Foundation books on how to engage girls and young women in science and engineering) Would your attitude toward physics have been different if your introduction to it had involved devising a catapult to send the head of a Barbie doll over a castle wall during a mock medieval siege?
Climate change evangelist. Evangelical Christian Katharine Hayhoe tells us how her faith inspires her to spread the word about climate change. (PBS, Nova, The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers). See also

---Arguing about climate change (on my Writers and Editors website)
CODE Hands-on ways to learn computer science from elementary age through high school.
The Concerned Parent’s Toolbox – 120 Tools and Tricks to Protect Your Kids ( Resources on Internet safety, including sections on "Educational Sites for Net Smart Kids" and cyberbullying and antibullying resources.
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Cooking with Kids (Kookist)
CryptoKids (National Security Agency)
Curiscope Virtuali-Tee and here's a link to associated resources. (This is a product to facilitate learning about human anatomy; comments on Amazon show enthusiasm for this as a learning tool.)
Dame Stephanie Shirley: Our Women's Company (PBS, Nova, The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers). Dame Stephanie Shirley breaks through about a million glass ceilings with her digital innovations and her all-female company.
Delights of Chemistry (Dept. of Chemistry, University of Leeds)

Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (science competition for grades 5-8)
“Junior Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak” CDC Releases Additional STEM Educational Activities for Teachers to use with the graphic novel. Download or order free copy here.
DoubleXScience the online science magazine/blog for women, bringing science to the woman in you, whoever she is, whatever she does. Categories covered: biology, book reviews, chemistry, health, mental illness, notable women, pregnancy, physics, pregnancy 101, science education, everything else. Here's a sample:The Girls of Atomic City (book review by Chris Gunter) The unbelievable true story of young women during World War II who worked in a secret city dedicated to making fuel for the first atomic bomb—only they didn’t know that.

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---The Complete Guide To Preventing and Surviving Avalanches (Slopehound, 6-11-19)
---Hurricane Basics (, which has similar sits for other types of disaster, including active shooters, drought, explosions, landslides, pandemic, and so on)
---Hurricane Safety Checklists (National Hurricane Survival Initiative)
---Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country: Your Handbook for the San Francisco Bay Region (U.S. Geological Survey and many partners)
---Earthquake Proof Your Home: How to Prepare Your Home and Property for an Earthquake (InstallItDirect)
---webPoisonControl Poisoned? Get expert help online. Poison Control tells you what to do if you swallow, splash, or get stung by something that might be harmful. Don't guess! Get accurate answers prepared by poison control experts.
---Tornado Readiness: Protection from Extreme Wind (National Wind Institute)
---Flood and flash floods (Disaster Center, which has material on other kinds of disaster also).
---Weather and weather-related events
---Fire Safety (KidsHealth)
---Everything You Need to Know to Protect You (And Your Family) from House Fires (Adele Jackson-Gibson, Security Baron)
---SafeStars Resources (sites on child safety, campus safety, first aid and CPR, fire protection, earthquake readiness, flood readiness, hurricane readiness, and so on--not necessarily just for kids)
---Home Fire Escape Plan (Hartford)
---A to Z Guide to Security, Safety and Prevention (Angie's List)
---Disaster Preparedness for Livestock

Electrical Engineering Experiments for Kids (Ohio University) Ideas for experiments having to do with electricity. (H/T to Mia Gonzalez)
Energy Companies Are Big Backers Of STEM Education (Aaron Shrank, Wyoming Public Media, 2-27-15). This lively segment about hands-on activities in the classroom made me aware of Project Lead the Way, a leading U.S. provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, thru K-12 curriculum. See, for example, Project Gateway, which provides engineering and biomedical science curriculum for middle school students -- rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning.

Exploratorium (San Francisco-based website packed with apps, interactive activities, videos, etc.--search by topic (astronomy, chemistry, human anatomy, etc.)
Extreme Science (the biggest, baddest, and best in the world of extremes--world records, wild, weird, and out-there facts, resources for science fair projects.

Fact-checking sites (Writers and Editors)
Fake news and (dis)(mis)information (Writers and Editors)
15 Fun Educational Activities for Kids (Wondermom Wannabe)
50 Math Lesson Plans and Resources for all Ages (Forever Curious, curating the best educational resources on the Web)
Find a Conference (Expanding Your Horizons Network, dedicated to providing gateway STEM experiences to middle and high school girls that spark interest in STEM activities and careers).
The Five Senses ( Thanks for the link, Kennedy.
From Maker to Make-HER: STEM Exploration for Girls (Amy Carlton, American Libraries, 6-29-15) on LadyMaker workshops. See also: Make-HER (STEM exploration for mothers and daughters, at Sunnyvale Library) and Things to try at home.

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40 Cool Science Experiments on the Web (Scholastic)
GeoGuesser (a geography game that takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings)
Getting the numbers right (about data and statistics -- one section of Science and Medical Writing (Writers and Editors site)
Girl Scouts, for Girls. Used to be "Go Tech" -- don't know how much tech is left.
Girls Who Code
Great search links (Writers and Editors)
Great websites for kids (American Library Association)
Great websites for kids in the sciences
Great websites for kids in mathematics & computers.

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Health Guide to the Human Body for Kids (hosted by Gentle Dental! and recommended by the kids in Mrs. Gold's class)
A Home Guide to Kitchen Science Experiments (Designer Appliances--thanks to Joan Ward's science students for this link)
Home Science Experiments – The Ultimate Guide (William Roby, Coupon Jubilee, 3-25-15)
How Stuff Works (fabulous site, loaded with articles that answer questions you might not even have thought to ask)
How to check out hoaxes, rumors, urban legends, chain letters, and scams
How to Make a Simple Motor at Home (Edson Farnell, Parts Geek, Understanding Motors) How to make a small motor from common household materials, with references to several reputable sources. (Thanks to Bill Jackson's student Jason.) See also Simple Electric Motors, Stripped Down Motor (Exploratorium -- as simple as a motor gets), and Build a Simple Electric Motor! (Science Buddies)
How to spot and identify fake news (Writers and Editors site)
Human Anatomy (, suggested by Kendal). The body, as only a physical therapist could so helpfully explain its parts.
Human Anatomy Lesson Plans and Review Guides (from US Insurance Agents, H/T to science teacher Keri Evans)
The Human Body – An Anatomy Guide for Kids and Adults (SafeStars, suggested by teacher Sandra Beals). Explains the main systems of the human body -- the cardiovascular/circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune/lymphatic, integumentary, muscular, nervous, respiratory, reproductive, skeletal, urinary, systems
I'm Wired for Science by Shannon McClintock, Parade Magazine via AAS, June 2005). Fifteen-year-old Shannon McClintock of San Diego, who built arches and ramps with square blocks when she was four, then lost interest in science in middle school. A science fair project (The Little Engine That Could) got her interested again, she started entering and winning competitions, and in 2004 won the grand prize in the Discovery Channel's sixth annual Young Scientist Challenge.
Interesting Nonfiction for Kids (I.N.K.). Not just science.

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JetPunk. Timed quizzes on a gazillion topics ("world's best quizzes"), including
---Computer nerd acronyms quiz
---Name the Elements Quiz
---Name the Planets Quiz
---Countries of the World
GREAT SITE FOR QUIZZES TO WHILE AWAY A RAINY DAY! (a safe place to learn and play, with sections for kids grade K-5 and teens grades 6-8, and for teachers and parents)
Kitchen Safety, A Family Guide (for adults, but focused on kids) [To Top]


Mrs. Anderson's Science Class (Wikispaces, DNSscience). This link is for 6th grade. Mrs. Anderson is brilliant.
--- 7th grade
--- 8th grade See especially The Price of Butter Depends on the Number of Old Maids

NASA for Students
NOVA (the website for PBS's popular science). Search topics for articles and videos on military + espionage, space + flight, physics + math, body + brain, Planet Earth, tech +engineering, nature, evolution, and ancient worlds.
A Nurse's Guide to the Human Body (Regis College). Fabulous site for any age, with links to further sites--thanks to Ms. Graves' students for the link!

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Rebel Girls . Activities and website an outgrowth of the success of the bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women)
A Resource Guide to Child Kitchen Safety (Kookist)
Rock Collecting (Home Hobbies, Home Advisor--recommended by Amy Ashford's class at Kingston Schools)
Rubber, Plastic and More - Top Science Project Ideas (Polymer-Search)

Sally Ride Science Festivals)
Science Buddies (hands-on science activities for home and school--find a science fair project)
Science Experiments Around the Home (Household Quotes, UK) H/T to Jeremy.
ScienceNetLinks Afterschool Resources (Geyser Riser and other experiments and activities -- plus many lessons, tools, explanations, and themed collections, for K-12 teachers and students)
Sci/Why for Kids (Canadian children's writers discuss science, words, and the eternal question - why?)
The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers (NOVA, Facebook page, with links to many stories
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology
Smithsonian for Students (a place to explore, discover, and learn -- about everything art, science & nature, history & culture, people & places)STEMWorks (more activities for kids)
Solar Experiments for Kids (Blinds Chalet, which also has other projects, including garden projects) H/T to Alex Carr for the tip.
Storm Spotting for Children: At-Home Meteorology (Redfin) and How to Prepare for a Winter Storm (Angie's List)

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (DS Examiner, Master's in Data Science, 7-14-14) Tons of resources: Cool STEM websites, challenges and contests, awards, science and math games and apps, STEM camps, career resources, government and philanthropic STEM initiatives -- for elementary, middle, and high school levels.


Weird and wonderful booklist for kids (Kelly Milner Halls, I.N.K., a Canadian site). And here's their list of recommended nonfiction for kids
Why Janie Can't Engineer: Raising Girls to Succeed by Pat McNees (originally published in Washington Post, 1-6-04).
Why so few women work in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)--and what can be done to change that (Pat McNees, links to articles on the subject).
Women-Related Web Sites in Science/Technology
Word Games (Wise Old Sayings)
World clocks and perpetual calendars, time converters (Great search links, Writers and Editors site)

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YouTube learning channels you can
subscribe to

Above the Noise (PBS, takes a deeper look at the research and facts behind controversial and trending topics in the news)
American Museum of Natural History
Animal Wonders Montana (Meet Jelly the leopard gecko and other critters)
AsapSCIENCE (The Science Love Song, Your Brain on Drugs, and other weekly science videos)
The Backyard Scientist (pouring molten aluminum in a watermelon and other hands-on science)
BBC Earth (Our Blue Earth, Planet Dinosaur, and other clips from BBC's natural history catalog)
BitWit (How not to build a PC and other tech tips)
Braincraft (psychology and neuroscience, such as How LEGO Helps Blind People See)
The Brain Scoop (a fossil arachnid penis and other curiosities from the Field Museum in Chicago)
Brave Wilderness (stung by a tarantula hawk and other wildlife videos)
Colin Furze (inventions with the British inventor)
Crash Course Kids (fifth grade science)
Curious Droid (space, technology, and Paul Shillito's loud shirts)
Deep Look (PBS, KQED, explore big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small)
Epic History TV (Napoleon, Suez Crisis, Alexander the Great -- brought to life with animation, maps, and storytelling)
Extra Credits (Because Games Matter)
Great Big Story (cinematic storytelling and news reports from around the world)
Gross Science (what happens when you get rabies and other bizarre stories from the slimy, smelly, creepy world of science--NOVA, WGBH for PBS Digital Studios)
It's Okay To Be Smart (Joe Hansen on all kinds of science)
The King of Random (projects, experiments, lifehacks, and mad science)
Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell (string theory, egoistic altruism, optimistic nihilism and the like)
Life Noggin (What If The Earth Were Twice As Big? and other animated videos)
MinuteEarth (Why Do Rivers Curve and other explainers)
MinutePhysics (Why is the Solar System flat and other physics explainers)
Nat Geo WILD (all about animals from National Geographic)
Natural History Museum (toxic tactics of the platypus and other favorites)
Neuro Transmissions (It's not rocket surgery. It's brain science!)
Origin of Everything (Danielle Bainbridge on where everything comes from)
PBS Idea Channel (examines the connections between pop culture, technology and art--
Physics Girl (Physics videos for every atom and eve, from Dianna Cowern)
Sally Le Page (science videos that make you laugh, make you feel and make you think)
Science Museum (from the Science Museum's world-class collection of videos)
SciShow (more great explainers)
Seeker (Space and science. What does a black hole look like?)
Sick Science (cool experiments you can do at home)
Simple History (history, animated)
TED-Ed (animated TED talks, lessons worth sharing)
Today I Found Out (the surprisingly recent invention of the T-shirt and other "brain food for hungry minds")
Veritasium (science and engineering videos featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science)
Vintage Space (Amy Shira Teitel on space history)

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