Amazing Space

Web based activities designed for the classroom.

American Rivers

American Rivers is a national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy natural rivers and the variety of life they sustain for people, fish, and wildlife." Visit this site to study rivers close to where you live!

Arctic Alive

Arctic Alive is a distance-learning environment for learners. Although the actual interaction with researchers has already taken place, teachers can use the backgroud materials on the arctic, earth systems, and climate with students.


This multimedia website deals with NASA careers and astrobiology research. The concept is to search for and design a habitable planet. Students enter training, are quizzed on their knowledge, and adjust the features of potentially habitable planets to see what makes a planet habitable and why. The recording of student observations ties this activity to the basics of the scientific process.

Astronomy Prints and Activities for Kids

To learn more about space and astronomy, check out the fun experiments, activities, and printables below!

Astronomy--Fizzicks' R Us

Site offers educational materials related to Astronomy, Weather, and Energy and Environment.

Astronomy: Black Holes and Neutron Stars

Site has information about how they were formed and detected. It is written in non-technical terms.

Astronomy: Nine Planets

The Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.

Astronomy: Planet Finder

Applet that shows the location of the planets in the night sky.

Astronomy: Sky Maps

Download a free PDF printout of the sky for each month.

Astronomy: Zoom Astronomy

Zoom Astronomy is a comprehensive on-line site about space and astronomy. It is designed for people of all ages and levels of comprehension. It has an easy-to-use structure that allows readers to start at a basic level on each topic and then to progress to much more advanced information as desired.

Atlas of the Universe

This web page is designed to give everyone an idea of what our universe actually looks like. There are nine main maps on this web page, each one approximately ten times the scale of the previous one.


Teachers and students may download Audacity software for FREE at this site. Audacity is a free program that allows students to create blogs so that teachers may incorporate them into their curriculum.

Auroras: Painting the Sky

This site contains beautiful pictures of auroras and an explanation on how they occur.

Australian Government: Bureau of Meteorology Learning Activities

Site includes subject-specific experiments and activities designed for students and teachers.

Building Stone of the United States

What stones do we use to build? Which stones weather best? Some of these questions can be answered at this website, which examines a test wall of building materials constructed in 1948. A great feature allows students to look at stones from different states or countries (many of the stone samples were collected in 1880) and examine the differences between the materials stored inside and those built into the wall and exposed to the elements.

Caribbean Conservation Corporation - Sea Turtles

Visit CCC's Web site to learn about endangered sea turtles. View research notes from the field, join their mailing list, see amazing photos of sea turtles, and more!

Cassiopeia Project

The Cassiopeia Project is a effort to make science education videos available for FREE to anyone who wants them. Teachers and students are particularly welcome to use these materials.

Columbia: Science Onboard the

See of picture of the Columbia crew and discription on some of their experiments they conducted on their ill fated mission.

Continents in Collision: Pangea Ultima

Creeping more slowly than a human fingernail grows, Earth's massive continents are nonetheless on the move.

DesertUSA 2002 contains images, stories, movie and audio clips, virtual reality tours and hard data about, virtually any desert-related topic: plants, animals, geology, cultural and natural history, recreation, parks, cities, travel and people.

Dynamic Dynos

Few subjects in the Earth sciences are as fascinating to the public as dinosaurs. The study of dinosaurs stretches our imaginations, gives us new perspectives on time and space, and invites us to discover worlds very different from our modern Earth.

Earth Science: Mountain Maker, Earth Shaker

This activity lets you manipulate tectonic plates. Pull the plates apart and push them together and watch what happens to the Earth.

Earth Science: This Dynamic Earth - The Story

This booklet gives a brief introduction to the concept of plate tectonics and complements the visual and written information in This Dynamic Planet.

Earthmaps is focused on combining earth science data inventories from private sources.

Earthwatch Institute

The mission of the Earthwatch Institute is to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships between scientists, educators and the general public.

A complete resource for all subject areas. Includes lesson plans, worksheets, vocabulary, and much more!

Energy Information Administration

Official energy statistics from the U.S. government.

Eric Weisstein's World of Scientific Biography

Eric Weisstein's World of Science contains budding encyclopedias of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics.

Exploring Maps

Learn basic mapmaking and map reading skills. Provides maps of all kinds and shapes.

Field Trip Earth

Field Trip Earth is the global resource for teachers, students, and proponents of wildlife conservation.

Flight: Wright Brothers Game

Click on Wright Brothers Game to learn about the Wright brothers and the history of flight.

Garbage: How Can My Community Reduce Waste?

"In this exhibit, you can find out how to improve next year's environmental record. You'll learn how waste is handled now and how some communities are doing it better. In the activities, you can test your knowledge about hazardous waste we generate in our homes and try to shrink a landfill."

Geo-Mysteries Floating Rock

Annimation explaning the formation of different types of rocks.

Geology of Mars

If you look deeply into the night sky, you'll see Mars glowing brightly. The red planet is making its closest pass to the Earth in 60,000 years. For millions of years, the planet has rocked and rolled with six different geological processes, all of which are examined on this site.

Global Climate Change

At this Web site, you can explore scientific data relating to the atmosphere, the oceans, the areas covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms in all these domains.

Google Earth Lessons

Learn how to do the basics so you are comfortable teaching with Google Earth. Suitable for Lectures, Presentations, whole class discussions, etc. Also includes mini-lessons - Lesson starters for looking at various topics.

Hubble Information Center

Receive the latest pictures from space including pictures of a dying star and much more. There is also an educational section with interactive activities.

Imaging Everest

Take a deep breath and rise above the clouds to enjoy some of the most elusive snapshots ever captured. Veiled in mist and riddled with glaciers and pitfalls, Everest has captivated throngs of climbers for over half a century.

International Materials in Science Education

Resource materials in chemistry, earth science, biology, anatomy, botany, physics and space science.


Kidport is an Internet-based educational service designed to help K-8 students excel in school. It provides a unique, multi-step program to create empowered learners, not simply good students.

Make a Rainbow

Students can explore the science of rainbows courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Rainbows are one of the wonders of the natural world: But why do you sometimes see one rainbow, and other times a double? Why do you always see rainbows with your back to the sun? Students can use the rainbow interactive to explore and develop conclusions of their own!

Make a Snowflake

Students can explore the growth of a snow crystal courtesy University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. They will see how temperature and humidity affects the shape of the crystals.

Mineral Gallery

Gemstones are listed by class with beautiful pictures and great descriptions of how they were formed.

NASA: Build a Newtonian Physics Machine

Instructions on how to build one of the basic machines to explain Newtonian physics.

NASA: Build a Paper Model of Cassini-Huygen S

Instructions given on how to build a paper model of a spacecraft.

NASA: Color Me: Virtual Coloring Book

Hot or Cold, Land or Water...Differences in color tell you a lot about the data NASA is collecting about the Earth. Try your hand at coloring these ESE pictures.

NASA: Droplet and the Water Cycle

The object of the activity is to get Droplet, the water molecule, through the forest and into the sea.

NASA: Earth to Orbit and Beyond Engineering D

Engineering Design Challenges Program connects students in their classrooms with the challenges faced by NASA engineers as they design the next generation of aerospace vehicles.

NASA: Education Program

Interactive activities can be found under Resouces for Educators and Multimedia Resources.

NASA: Human Space Flight

Find out when the space shuttle and space station will be flying over your city and how you can spot them in the night sky.

NASA: Imagine Mars Project

The Imagine Mars Project is a national arts, sciences and technology education initiative that has harnessed America's fascination with space and led young people to work together with educators and civic leaders to design a Mars community for 100 people.

NASA: Living in Space

Learn about food, clothes and activities conducted in space.

NASA: Multimedia Gallery

Photos and mission posters available that can be printed on your personal printer or purchased from NASA.

NASA: New Millennium 2002 Calendar

Find out the date that interesting things happened that pretained to space and science.

NASA: Robin Whirlybird ib ger Rotorcraft Adve

This interactive storybook explains aeronautics and rotorcraft research to young children. The story can be heard in English, Chinese, and soon in Spanish.

NASA: Space Shuttle

Learn about recent Shuttle missions, crew, and activities. There are also archives of past missions.

National Park Service: Nature and Science

This website contains a lot of information about nature and science.

PBS Teacher Source - Lessons and Activities

View lessons and activities by selecting a grade range and topic. Areas covered include Art, Health and Fitness, Math, Reading and Language Arts, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Early Childhood, Library Media and Technology Coordinators.

PBS: Extreme Oil

It's in our clothes, CDs, painkillers, and plastic. Oil is everywhere -- fueling modern life. Follow the BTC pipeline's winding geographic and political route from the Caspian through to the global market. Then dig into oil's dark past to uncover how fossil fuels first formed, when we learned to tap it, and how crude became a commodity.

Pete's Power Point Station

Power point and animations for teachers to use in their classroom. All content areas included.

Pete's Power Point Station

This website houses a great collection of ready made power points and interactive activities for many subject matters.

Play with Lightning

Light on Lightning! Danger! Students can learn about the sound (sound waves and the speed they move through the air) as well as the appearance of lightning and discover the danger as well as the science of the light and sound of lightning. The Play with Lightning interactive activity is provided courtesy University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.

Project Learning Tree

An environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.

Read Write Think

The website states its purpose is to "provide educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction."

Space Wander: Virtual Space Trip

"You are about to take a virtual space-trip to the depths of the Universe! All of SpaceWander's space pictures are real NASA images! Our award-winning multimedia space tour takes about 12 minutes. You can sit back and enjoy it or you can press buttons on the spaceship to see additional in-context information."

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The Satellite Site

Satellites come in many shapes and sizes and have many uses. On this site you can even build three different types of satellites interactively.

Tweaking a twister

Tweaking a twister A tornado that's 500 meters in diameter looks a lot more ominous than the average twister, which is "only" 150 meters across. All other things being equal, larger tornadoes are more damaging, but size is not related to wind speed. Instead, wind speed increases along with the difference between atmospheric pressure inside the funnel, and the pressure outside it (the core pressure difference). The larger the Fujita scale estimates tornado damage core pressure difference, the faster the winds. But at a given wind speed, a larger tornado will do more total damage because it will hit more objects. The Fujita scale estimates tornado damage. Students can use the interactive twister activity provided courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents to adjust the core pressure and the funnel width and draw their own conclusions on what results.

USGS Geologic Information

Scroll down and click on the map of Geologic Information by Region to get a much wider source of information on geology for the United States.