The Volcano Information Center
The Volcano Information Center Web site was designed by Professor Emeritus Richard V. Fisher at University of California at Santa Barbara "to provide links to data and to inform about general volcanology in an organized way, including features of volcanoes, volcanic eruptions and volcanic hazards." Visitors can learn about the benefits of volcanoes, their hazards, eruptions, and volcanic flow, as well as explore provided links to other volcano related sites with current volcanic activity, maps,
A prodigious author of computer science books presents several introductions to computers and computer-related technologies at this site. Eight different guides are available, which cover topics including digital data, motherboard logic, and the computer input/ output interface. The text and accompanying illustrations are not overly technical in nature, and are therefore suitable for almost any audience. A section on digital imaging is under construction as of March 2003; it has information on p
YES Mag: Science Projects
Parents, are you looking for a way to excite your children about science? This website developed by YES Mag, Canada's science magazine for kids, may just have the answer. Users can find numerous fun science activities addressing many of the basic science principles and phenomena including Newton's third law, lightening, wind, and chromatography. Each activity includes pictures to assist in the implementation of the project as well as a convenient printable version. With over thirty-five activiti
Carbon Cycle Science Program
The US Global Change Research Program Carbon Cycle Science Program (last mentioned in the July 19, 2000 Scout Report for Science & Engineering) has been updated to reflect new research, meetings, and publications. Visitors to the current activities section can read about the research plans, which include quantifying the amount of carbon storage in agricultural land, improving carbon exchange quantification methods, and a comparison of atmospheric transport models. Also in this section is a link
Amby's Math Resources: Order of Operations
This site helps students practice solving problems using the correct order of operations. They will work in a tutorial where they solve each problem using the correct order of operations and then click on the answer. If an incorrect response is chosen, students are given information to help them improve their skills. Included is a pre-test to help assess the student's skills.
Seed Dispersal: Animals
The guest scientist in this two-minute radio program discusses seed dispersal in plants. He first explains why it is important for seeds to be distributed away from the mother plant. Then he contrasts wind-dispersed seeds with animal-dispersed seeds, pointing out that animals can disperse larger seeds that contain more nutrients for an emerging seedling. The program, which is available here in audio and text, is part of a Pulse of the Planet series on seed dispersal. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower Na
What is the purpose of particle accelerators? On this web page, part of a particle physics tutorial, students read that accelerators solve two problems. The accelerators provide an increase in momentum to produce particles of small wavelength, and the fast-moving particles can create new particles when smashed together. A photograph of the inside of a particle accelerator is provided. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
This Java applet enables students to develop tessellations, which are patterns on a plane that do not overlap. The student is given a square that can be distorted into quadrilateral shapes by dragging its corners. Users can select colors for the alternating quadrilateral pattern, and a button displays information about the quadrilateral in a second window. The window lists the coordinates of the vertices, angle measurements, side lengths, area, and perimeter of the quadrilateral. From the applet
Symmetry and Tessellations
This website provides 30 suggested activities in Symmetry and Tessellations using resources available across the World Wide Web. The author, Jill Britton, has complied this collection of links to coordinate with the chapters and activities from her publication, Investigating Patterns: Symmetry and Tessellations (Grades 5-8). The activities begin with What is Mathematics? and move on to cover topics such as Pythagoras? observations of music, patterns on Ukrainian Easter eggs, and tessellating art
Examine the phases of the moon from Earth and space
This animation is designed to help Earth science students correlate the moon's phases with its orbit around the Earth. The introduction explains that, while the sun always illuminates one half of the moon, the moon's appearance depends on how much of the sunlit moon is facing the Earth. The split-screen animation includes two views of the moon: one from Earth and the other of the moon's orbit around the Earth. Students may toggle between an oblique view of the earth-moon system and a view from a
Scope on Safety : Essential First Aid for Science Teachers
From a practical standpoint, science teachers should be trained to respond to incidents involving burns, bleeding, chemical exposure, swallowed poisons, penetrating objects, lacerations, and shock. Basic training is required to properly handle these situations, and this training should be reviewed annually. A list of possible lab incidents and the appropriate first-aid response is provided.
Ecological Footprint: The Role of Technology
In this two-minute sound segment, the director of the Sustainability Program for the public policy group Redefining Progress discusses the concept of ecological overshoot. He reminds us that today we use more than what nature can regenerate, and that as long as we use more, we are depleting the natural capital and liquidating our most essential assets. This site is from an archive of a daily radio program called Pulse of the Planet, which provides its listeners with a portrait of Planet Earth, t
This activity allows the user to measure angles and explore the concept of scale as it pertains to maps, images, and drawings.
Solar System Trading Cards
The students will collect solar system trading cards by playing an interactive card game. They will identify the sun, planets, comets, and asteroids by answering questions about them. By playing the game, students will gain knowledge about the solar system and they will view pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA missions. Students will view an image accompanied by a question with three responses. By using the computer mouse, they will chose an answer. When the response is c
Quick take on science-themed days and weeks
This one-page document highlights websites that focus on science-themed days and weeks such as Earth Day, World Ocean Day, and Earth Science Week.
The SDA Kids Corner
The Soap and Detergent Association Kids Corner features some academic information regarding the history and chemistry of soaps and detergents, recycling plastic cleaning product bottles, environmentally smart ways of using and disposing of cleaning products, facts about environmental issues, and cleaning tips to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness. But what students will find most enjoyable is the section on bubbles. Bubble Recipes, Bubble Magic, The Pop-proof Bubble!, Bubblemania: Bubble
Hot Colors- Windows into Hidden Worlds
This website contains an electronic field trip based on Yellowstone National Parks hot springs and the microorganisms living in them. The site includes a link for teachers providing an introduction, overview of concepts explored in the trip, lesson plans, and additional web links. The electronic field trip may be viewed in a low bandwidth version without downloading. For a high bandwith version of the field trip, Macromedia Flash Player is required and can be downloaded on site. Further informat
This ThinkQuest site concentrates on three of the world's major biomes: rain forest, grassland and desert. The site is divided into three parts according to the three biomes. In each part, the climate, location, animals, plants and human activities of the biome are presented. There is a treasure hunt game for encouraging students to take the initiative to learn about the three biomes. There is a search engine and links for further information. In addition, a discussion forum with controversial t
Sound Waves Underwater : True or False
This interactive quiz from the NOVA Web site features an array of interesting facts about the nature of sound underwater.
This physical science activity was designed to engage students in thinking about the scientific principles involved in a teacher demonstration. In the demonstration, a coin resting in the opening of a bottle moves up and down when energy is transferred from a teacher's warm hands to the air inside the bottle. This conduction of heat increases the air temperature and pressure inside the bottle. The activity includes instructions for teachers, a materials list, science process skills used in the a