Science Resources

The Symphony of Science
The Symphony of Science is a musical project headed by John Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form. Here you can watch music videos, download songs, read lyrics and find links relating to the messages conveyed by the music.

Encyclopedia of Life
This site is a free online encyclopedia of one million species from around the world. It includes detailed descriptions & classifications, habitats & maps, media & photos, additional resources to learn more, and academic reference links.

Scientific American Slide Shows
Each slide show published online by this well-known scientific magazine can be found in one location for ease of use by teachers and students.

Videos on every possible biology topic for high school and college students.

Cassiopeia Project
This is a project designed to make science education videos free to anyone. Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy, General Science, Evolution, Quantum Mechanics are all included.

Fast Food Explorer
Find out the nutrition values for each of your favorite meals at fast food restaurants. The results will surprise you!

Smithsonian's Human Origins Program
Explore the museum's project on what it means to be human.

The Molecular Workbench
This set of simulations introduces the basic quantum mechanics concepts that are essential to understanding modern and future technology—especially nanotechnology that will be vitally important to the industry.

Worldwide Telescope
WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky.

Chromoscope lets you explore our Galaxy (the Milky Way) and the distant Universe in a range of wavelengths from X-rays to the longest radio waves.

2-Car Collision Simulator
Crash two cars safely in this simulation. Change parameters such as mass, velocity, and bumper material. Click "Go" to see the result. View the current velocity after the collision.
Use eSkeletons to understand human anatomy. View the bones of human and non-human primates using this interactive tool. Select the human skeleton to start the anatomical study. Mouseover the skeleton to select a specific bone to look closer. View various planes for different frames of reference. Click on morphology, origins, insertions, and articulations for more information. View a QuickTime movie for a 3D view of that specific skeletal part. Click on the Comparative Anatomy tab to view common bones between various organisms and planes of view. Use the Taxonomic Tree tab to determine the relationship between the various primates.

SETI Institute-Are We Alone?
Looking to excite your students about space and its possibilities for life? Want to push them to think beyond their own imaginations? Try having them listen to a radio program from SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). This site is partially sponsored by NASA's Astrobiology division.

Physics Central
Looking for current physics research and articles? This a great place to view. Physics Central's Explore section provides up to date research articles and podcasts that will help students understand the present day issues in physics.

National Geographic's Genographic Project
The Genographic Project is seeking to chart new knowledge about the migratory history of the human species by using sophisticated laboratory and computer analysis of DNA contributed by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world. In this unprecedented and of real-time research effort, the Genographic Project is closing the gaps of what science knows today about humankind's ancient migration stories.

Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements
Clicking on the name of an element takes you to its Wikipedia entry with full description.

This website offers a variety of biology teaching resources and lesson plans. Learn about senses, breathing, heart rate, plants, natural selection, DNA, criminology, genetics, osmosis, and much more! The site is created and maintained by Bryn Mawr College. The lessons all include students handouts and teacher information for preparing the experiments and lessons.

NOVA Science Now
The website that accompanies the award-winning PBS program NOVA.

Layers of Life in the Gulf of Mexico
Flash-based interactive depicting the layers of life in the Gulf of Mexico and the impact of the oil spill on the habitat and its inhabitants.

8 Wonders of the Solar System
Artist Ron Miller takes us on a journey to eight of the most breathtaking views that await explorers of our solar system. The scale of these natural wonders dwarfs anything Earth has to offer. What might we see and feel if we could travel to these distant domains? By interpreting data from probes such as NASA's Cassini, which is now exploring the Saturnian system, and MESSENGER, which goes into orbit around Mercury in March 2011, the artist's eye allows us an early visit to these unforgettable locales.

Brightstorm Science
Short, free, to-the-point science videos in Biology, Chemistry and Physics - created by teachers to offer help for students at home.

Sixty Symbols
Videos about the symbols of physics and astronomy

Physics to Go
Physics To Go is an online monthly mini-magazine and a collection of more than 900 websites with physics images, activities, and info.

All the Best Math & Science Activities
SMILE (Science and Math Informal Learning Educators) is an online collection of math and science activities available to anyone, free of charge. We are also a community of educators who contribute, use, and comment on activities. It is dedicated to bringing the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities developed by informal science organizations around the country to the wider informal educator community, while encouraging that community to both use and contribute to SMILE's growing collection.

Science Daily
Current news in the world of science

Science Animations
When a visual representation of a scientific concept is just the thing to complete your students' understanding, this site offers a wide variety of interactive animations in:
  • Microbiology
  • Chemisty
  • Astronomy
  • Plants
  • Ecology
  • Zoology
  • Geology
  • Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
Requires installation of the Flash and Shockwave plug-ins. These are already installed on FUSD laptops.

Khan Academy Videos
Do your students ever need a review of concepts, but there is no time to reteach? Whether it's just for review or a student who was absent needs to learn your material, this website contains HUNDREDS of easy-to-locate videos in the following science areas:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Plus lots of math videos to review concepts needed in your science classes

How Big Really?
Help students make connections between the scale of events going on in the world and their own geographical location. This website lets you juxtapose the size of historical events, present and past (i.e. the Gulf oil spill or a World War II battle) over a satellite view of where you live. Test it out to see how this visual representation can bring the size of world events into the realm of student understanding.

Science of NFL Football
Featuring exclusive footage and contributions from football players and NSF scientists, the series will help teach your students concepts like nutrition, kinematics, and projectile motion.

Science Friday
Stay up-to-date on scientific news, research, discoveries, and videos.

Climate Challenge
The future is in your hands! You are president of the European Nations and must tackle global climate change from 2000 to 2100. You must choose Europe's policies and try to persuade competing regional blocks to reduce their carbon emissions.

Virtual Eye Dissection
Click to follow the dissection of a cow's eye - anatomy is explained. Requires Flash Player, installed on all FUSD laptops.

Free Rice Vocabulary-Chemistry Symbols
Students see a chemistry symbol and choose the correct meaning from 4 possible answers. As accuracy increases, so does level of difficulty. For each correct answer, sponsors of the site donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.