the Earth's Kids
Science and Technology page!
Understanding how the world around us works,
knowing how to reason things out, and understanding the methods and
limits of scientific enquiry are a critically important part of any
Yet, despite the clamor by our legislators to help
our school kids "keep up" with those in other nations or regions so
that they can graduate high school and
college ready to take their place in the high tech work force, the
reality is that, all too often, good science curriculum is woefully
lacking -- especially in elementary and middle school.
Tragically, children with real scientific aptitude are left in limbo,
floundering in boredom and apathy that eventually drains their overall
academic achievement and potential.
As if to underscore this point, in May of 2003,
Physics Today published an article announcing that none of the
popular middle school science texts in use are adequate or even accurate
Middle-School Texts Don't Make the Grade)
. We must all speak out about
this ridiculous state of affairs. And we must all do what we
can to make sure our children, especially those gifted in this subject
area, receive the highest quality scientific instruction -- instruction
that is age appropriate, accurate, and which relates scientific knowledge
to real world issues and experiences and to the child's pre-existent
To this end, we present the following resources...
Great ideas for some dirt and plant
based science! Gives a brief explanation of how to go
about each project. You can get some library books and/or do
web research to find out more about the principles behind the
project. From the Agricultural Research Service of the
Offers over 500 free science fair
projects Great projects like "Does Caffeine Raise a
Person's Blood Pressure?" An awesome resource with lots
of different focus areas so your child is sure to find a project he
or she connects with.
This exercise is designed to help
students observe the life cycle of Drosophila. Students will
learn how to manipulate a large numbers of flies, tell the difference
between the sexes, and identify the different stages of the life cycle.
The intent of this activity is to give the students a fun experience
working with the flies as they investigate a few factors that may affect
their life span. At the end of this activity, students should be
encouraged to design their own experiments to test other environmental
variables that may affect the life cycle of the fruit fly.
Just don't turn any loose in the house or
Mom will not be pleased.
A very useful site, that can look a
little confusing at first. From its
Table of Contents
you might want to click 512
Printable Science Project Abstracts.
These are then grouped into categories like botany
and zoology. You can click a category to see a list of project
titles in that science category. Then just click a title to read a
brief description of a particular project. It tells the
hypothesis, the method used to test the hypothesis, and the conclusion.
Enough info to get you going on your own project!
Visit the ever-growing, ever-changing
collection of Steve Spangler's favorite science experiments, recipes
and cool science projects. Plenty of free projects, like the
Mentos Geyser (Diet Coke Eruption)
More science experiment fun! b>Watch
these fun science experiments and then try them at home for yourself.
Be sure to get your parent's permission first!
How To Pierce A Balloon Without It Popping
Learn about the density of polymers -- or
just learn a great trick to amaze your friends at parties.
How To Suck An Egg Into A Bottle
The magic of air pressure, the role of
oxygen in combustion, and the slippery flexibility of one of our most
basic foods all work together in this classic experiment.
How To Put Out A Candle Without Blowing It
No not by pinching your wet fingers on
the wick! Think chemical reactions...
How To Clean A Penny
More chemical reactions, plus a handy
way to make your money shine before taking it to the bank.
How To Make A Coin Spin Inside A Balloon
Now that your penny is shiny, use it for
this simple science demonstration while you learn about centripetal
Great resource for science homework, school
reports, or satisfying your curiosity about: Amateur Radio, Biology,
Chemistry, Data Sheets, Electronics, Math, Microscopes, Photography,
Physics, Radio Astronomy, Robots, and more!
This is a fun site where kids can find
answers to common questions of a scientific nature.
How do bees
communicate the location of food plants to others?Why do we dream? How do mirrors work?) B) Best of all, visitors can
submit their own question to Dr. Universe to answer. Any burning
questions out there? Just ask Dr. Universe!
A very snazzy and informative web page
featuring over 40 science experiments you can do at home (with great
explanations of the principles behind each one), plus information
about Bill, a schedule for his science show, and episode guides to
the shows (great for teachers and homeschoolers). Also contains a
large listing of outstanding, recommended books -- in a variety of
very jazzy site by the California Energy Commission. Read the
-- a great online text that explains what energy is, does, and where it
comes from! Also features games, downloadable books and online
projects, the history of energy development, tips on saving
energy, and biographies of scientists and engineers who have contributed
to this area of science.
plansand online links.
Energy Ant -- From
the E.I.A., this fun site is a nice introduction to concepts about
Earth's Kids own trove of resources and information on habitats,
and ways to help the environment. Check here for
more great science equipment,
to explore the outdoors or harness the power of the sun.
The Homepage for the Exploratorium. A hands-on
science museum for kids in San Francisco, California. Sports Science,
the origins of Language, and much more. Check here for online
activities and educational information, as well as updates on their
View the germ cam, learn about
deadly epidemics, and discover how many germs you usually leave
behind when you wash! Then learn how to keep yourself safe
with the right technique! Games, crafts, printables, and more.
A great place to look up all sorts of
things! Why does baking soda make a cake rise? How does email
work? What do you need to make a wave machine? What causes a
sun tan? A tons more great stuff. (An excellent resource
for your school science project.)
A useful site for anyone curious about
bacteria and all the amazing jobs they carry out. You may have
known that we need bacteria to make yogurt, but did you know we need
bacteria to make chocolate? You may never look at germs the
same way again!