Science Websites for students
Science isn't boring. It's only presented boringly. We found some great science websites for kids that will not only keep them interested, they're going to learn and start doing experiments. Heck, there's no doubt you'll get hooked too.
Another great use of these science websites is that you'll get to do some simulations that just aren't possible (or too dangerous or too expensive) to do in real life. And don't worry, there are a lot of hands-on experiments you can try, too.
If you haven't had the chance to visit the real Exploratorium in San Francisco, it's is well worth the trip. Part science museum and part art exhibit, the Exploratorium encourages you to touch, listen, see, small and sometimes even taste the world around you. If you can't make it to San Francisco right now, you can visit the Exploratorium online. It's a fabulous and fun resource for science learning and experimentation. My favorite section is the "Accidental Scientist" area on the Explore tab. You can learn more about the science of food, including candy. If you're looking for a different kind of treat, visit the "Snacks" section on the Education tab. These are bite-sized (non-edible) science experiments you can do at home. More »
When I was little, I always loved those kits that allowed you to build a radio or a potato clock. This site has instructions for crafting all manner of amazing gadgets from a solar-powered marshmallow roaster to the "World's Simplest Steam Boat." Most of them seem best for high-school and above, although middle school students might enjoy them with some adult supervision. The activities typically use inexpensive materials, but you may not always have them lying around your house (i.e. copper tubing, simple electrical components, etc.). Plan ahead when using this site and you'll certainly have a lot of fun! More »
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