A Compendium of Interactive Science Sites



Website:  Learning With NSES Kids’ Zone – Create a Graph
Sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), this site highlights five different types of graphs, including information on appropriate uses and essential elements. Use the “design” feature to create a graph of your own.

 Website: USGS Earth’s Water
Peruse this student-friendly website to explore where Earth’s water is located, the different forms of water, the hydrologic cycle, and other water-related information.

Website:  U.S. Weather—Average Temperatures and Rainfall
Review the information available at this site related to precipitation data based on monthly averages.

Website:  Weatherbase—Weather Records and Averages (worldwide)
Explore this site to find data on precipitation and/or he average number of rainy days.

Website: American Meteorological Society—Water in the Earth System
Developed by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) to promote the teaching of atmospheric, oceanographic, and hydrologic sciences, this site offers a long list of instructional resources related to Earth’s water systems.

Website: Earth Science Misconceptions
Organized by grade-level, this site details common misconceptions held by students in the area of Earth science.

Website: National Science Teachers Association: Book Beat Archive
This bulletin announces new resources and highlights tips and lesson ideas for making literary connections in the classroom. Go to the NSTA site to sign up to receive future issues of Book Beat.

Website: Using Buoy Data in the Classroom
Read about a field experience in which students gather real-time data from buoy monitoring systems to learn about the Chesapeake Bay.

National Weather Service
This site supplies access to the National Weather Service information for the United States.

Website: Weather and Climate Basics—Difference Between Weather and Climate
Presented by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), peruse the links in the left navigation bar to explore how dynamic forces within the atmosphere change our weather and climate. Learn what causes weather events and climate change and how NCAR scientists are exploring the atmosphere through scientific research.

Website: Weather Channel
Explore the Weather Channel’s online provider of comprehensive weather information.

Website: World Climate
This site contains world climate data (historical weather averages) from a wide range of sources.

Website: Berkeley Lab Video Glossary
This site presents a video glossary in which scientists define terms in lay language. View the short video segment on climate and weather.

Website: Earth Science Office
This site provides satellite weather imagery resources related to the remote sensing of active weather systems and other educational resources for teachers.

Website: Lesson Plan—Gathering Weather Information
Read a lesson plan in which students use weather data and information found on the Internet to predict weather patterns.

Discovery Channel: Virtual Volcano
Enter the Volcano Explorer to learn about tectonic plates, the Ring of Fire, and Earth’s layers through an interactive simulation. Then, build your own volcano and watch it erupt.

Website: Hurricane Visualization
Browse a sampling of the hurricane visualizations.

Website: NASA’s Earth Observatory – Natural Hazards
This site organizes information about natural hazards by topic, such as oil spills, fires, severe storms, floods, volcanoes, earthquakes, and more.

Website: Science Channel: Natural Disasters
Explore this online slide show depicting the Top 10 natural disasters of all time.

Website: Tornado Simulation
Test out the tornado simulator. Change the diameter and/or core pressure differential to see the effects on the intensity of the tornado.

Website: Tsunami Animation
Click on the play button to view the tsunami animation.

Website: National Hurricane Center
Visit this site for up-to-date information on current hurricanes and tropical cyclones.

Website: Explorations in Earth Science
Sponsored by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University, this site presents a wide-range of hands-on and minds-on activities for exploring Earth’s structure, seismic waves, earthquake activity, and more. Preview “Earth’s Interior Structure,” “Plate Tectonics Flip Book,” and any other worthwhile activities that pique your interest.

Website: Southern California Earthquake Center
View the 3-D visualizations (animations and movies) modeling earthquake activity and ground motion.

Website: USGS and Science Education
Click on “USGS Science Resources For Primary Grades (K-6)” and review the lesson plans related to plate tectonics

Website: DLESE Teaching Boxes: Adopt a Seismograph Station
Read a lesson plan in which students monitor seismic data related to earthquakes and other events that occur around the world.

Website: How a Seismograph Works
Play the animation to learn how a seismograph works.

Website: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
View the lessons and educational resources presented by IRIS, a university consortium sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Website: Newton’s Apple
This public television sponsored website presents Earth and space video clips ranging from acid rain and black holes to galaxy mapping and meteorology.

Website: USGS Geology Potpourri
This site presents animation videos produced by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Website:  School Kids Track LCROSS
Read about students around the world who are helping NASA track the LCROSS spacecraft as it heads for a crash landing on the moon.

Website: GIMP
GIMP is a free software program used for simple paint projects and retouching photographs. Visit
this website to learn more about the program and to download the free software.

Website: Irfanview
Peruse this site to learn about Irfanview, a free utility for working with digital photos.

Website: ISS Time  Line
Watch an animation depicting the construction of the International Space Station.

Website:: Cassini Equinox Mission
Investigate the Cassini spacecraft mission and its exploration of Saturn.

Website: A Chronology of Lunar and Planetary Exploration
Review the time line of various space missions from 1957 to current and future explorations.

Website: Mars Odyssey THEMIS
Learn about the Mars Odyssey space mission and the science instruments on board.

Web Simulation: The Universe Within
Run the Powers of 10 simulation to visualize movement through space towards Earth in successive orders of magnitude.

Website: San Francisco: Visualizing a Safer City—Google Earth Overlays to the Rescue!
This site shows how you can use Google Earth in a lesson on how to better protect San Francisco during an earthquake.

Teaching With Google Earth
This site offers numerous resources for using Google Earth in science classrooms.

Website: Sheppard Software’s Cell Games

Website: Education Development Center — Genetics Web Labs.

Website: EarthKam on ISS
Learn about student involvement in directing photography from the International Space Station.

Website: The Faulkes Telescopes: Real-Time, Remote-Control Astronomy for Schools
Read about the Faulkes Telescope Project in which students discover new asteroids, observe supernovae, and study other phenomena, including mysterious gamma-ray bursts.

Website: The Hubble Site
Explore the scientific findings that never would have been possible without Hubble’s farseeing capabilities. Examine the history of the telescope on the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope and other fascinating information presented on this website.

Website: SKYNET
SKYNET is a distributed network of robotic telescopes controlled by a central server operated by students and faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Website: Asteroid Pictures
This site presents various images captured by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft.

Website: Astronomy Animations
View an assortment of animations related to the seasons, moon phases, gravity, and spectra.

Website: The Cosmic Distance Scale
This visual representation explores the vastness of the universe by viewing an image of Earth and then zooming out towards the furthest visible reaches of our universe.

Website: Juno Mission
Learn about the Juno spacecraft and its mission to Jupiter.

Website: Stellarium
Stellarium is a free, open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3-D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope.

Website: When We Left Earth—The NASA Missions
Peruse this site—including the NASA video vault—play the zero-gravity games and investigate NASA’s space telescopes.

Website: The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation
British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, Sir Arthur C. Clarke is most famous for writing the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey. View the short documentary commemorating Clarke’s long and productive life.

Website: Discovery Channel Video: Into the Universe With Steven Hawking, Fear the Aliens
View video clips of “Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking,” a cosmology series featured on the Discovery Channel. Hawking gives his perspectives of the universe, spanning space and time, from the nature of the universe itself, to the chances of alien life, and the real possibility of time travel.

Website: Google Earth and Natural Disasters
Read this web article about ways to use Google Earth to investigate the reasons and outcomes of disasters

Website: Planet Quest’s Science Fact or Science Fiction
Take this interactive quiz to test your knowledge of science and science fiction.







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