Cool science sites
Here are some links to cool science sites for young people:
Astro4Girls Resources (American Library Association)
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 Medicine (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.
Car and vehicle science experiments (Title Pro) An unusual collection of experiments which Dakota Lowe alerted me to.
Center for Game Science
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).
Cool Science Links (CoolScience.org)
CryptoKids (National Security Agency)
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)
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.
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.
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).
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.
40 Cool Science Experiments on the Web (Scholastic)
Fun Links for Girls (Iowa State University)
GeoGuesser (a geography game that takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings)
Girl Scouts, for Girls. Used to be "Go Tech" -- don't know how much tech is left.
Great websites for kids (American Library Association)
Great websites for kids in the sciences
Great websites for kids in mathematics & computers
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
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)
Human Anatomy (PhysicalTherapists.com, suggested by Kendal). The body, as only a physical therapist could so helpfully explain its parts.
I'm Wired for Science. Parade Magazine (March 27, 2005) featured a story about 15-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. See I'm Wired for Science by Shannon McClintock (p. 9 of this PDF of AAS, June 2005)
Interesting Nonfiction for Kids (I.N.K.). Not just science.
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!
Kids.gov (a safe place to learn and play, with sections for kids grade K-5 and for teens grades 6-8, and for teachers and parents)
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
Rubber, Plastic and More - Top Science Project Ideas (Polymer-Search)
Sally Ride Science Festivals
The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers (NOVA, Facebook page, with links to many stories)
Smithsonian for Students (a place to explore, discover, and learn -- about everything art, science & nature, history & culture, people & places)
ScienceNetLinks Afterschool Resources (Geyser Riser and other experiments and activities -- plus many lessons, tools, explanations, and themed collections, for K-12 teachers and students)
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology
STEMWorks (more activities 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
Books, articles, and more
Writing or telling life stories
Dancing, food, good books, and other diversions
Medical mysteries, patient stories, and practical links
Dying, mourning, and other inevitable events
Girls and science