As science teachers prepare to go back to school for the next school year, some are already back, they are always looking for good online resources to supplement their lessons. It’s always nice when someone helps them by previewing scientific websites and making recommendations.

The best science education websites are interactive and allow students to make changes or manipulate variables to see what happens and share with others. This falls within the boundaries of inquiry-based teaching and learning. The students are developing their own experiments, observing the results and reporting their findings.

The following websites have been previewed and meet the search and interactivity criteria:

Web FOSS – is designed to support Full Option Science System (FOSS) Science K-8 science kits, but anyone can use the interactive activities for grades K-8.

Cam Volcano – provides real-time views of volcanoes around the world. Students can observe volcanoes and develop their own experiments using these virtual webcams for grades 5-12.

Explore eLearning – provides simulators for all scientific conceptual areas for grades 3 – 12.

Live data stream nationwide – from the US Geological Survey (USGS) provides real-time data typically recorded at 15-60 minute intervals and transmitted to the US Geological Survey offices every four hours. Data can be sorted by state and county for grades 8 – 12.

Real-time water quality data nationwide-From the US Geological Survey (USGS) provides real-time water quality data is returned directly from field instruments. The data is updated every five minutes to an hour. Data can be sorted by state and county for grades 8-12.

Design a roller coaster – allows students to design their own roller coasters. They are building a concept coaster using the same physical concepts used to design real coasters for grades 6 – 12.

Human anatomy online – allows students to explore human anatomy. Each topic has animations, hundreds of graphics and thousands of descriptive links, for grades 4 – 12.

Earth and Atmospheric Kids Crossing – allows students to explore water, atmosphere and climate for grades 3 – 8.

City of recycling – allows students to explore many ways to see how a city’s residents recycle, reduce and reuse waste for grades 3 – 8.

MBG network – allows students to explore biomes, freshwater systems and marine systems of the world for grades 6 – 12.

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