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Science  (Web Resources)

100,000 Stars: An interactive visualization of—you guessed it—more than 100,000 stars. 100,000 Stars was created by Google using data from NASA and the European Space Agency. Before you experience the map, you will need to download the Chrome browser. We have more on it here.

Ask an Astronomer: In video format, scientists answer questions about the universe. For example, where is the center of the universe? What happens when galaxies collide?

Atlas of the UniverseContains maps of the universe zooming out from the nearest stars to the entire visible universe.

BioED Online: An online educational resource for educators, students, and parents. Dedicated to biology, the site offers access to streaming video presentations and a slide library that features, among other things, exciting lesson plans and activities.

Bugscope: Lets K–12 students view bugs under a scanning electron microscope over the web. From the University of Illinois.

BuiltByKids: Encourages next generation of makers to tackle the do-it-yourself projects of their dreams. Engineering very 101.

CELLS Alive!: Brings together 30 years of computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.

Chemistry Activities for Kids: Features chemistry demonstrations, crafts, and projects that are suitable for kids. Some activities require adult supervision. Assembled by Anne Marie Helmenstine, Guide to Chemistry.

Digital Universe Atlas: Developed by the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, with support from NASA, this digital atlas makes available the most complete and accurate 3D atlas of the Universe from the local solar neighborhood out to the edge of the observable Universe. Download it for free!

Dynamic Periodic Table: An interactive Web 2.0 periodic table with dynamic layouts showing names, electrons, oxidation, trend visualization, orbitals, and isotopes

Gene Screen: A fun way to learn how recessive genetic traits and diseases are inherited and why certain diseases are more prevalent in different populations. Gene Screen also provides information on some recessive genetic diseases and genetic screening programs.

Flinn Science – videos and teachers resources as well as science ssupplies.

Impact Earth!: An interactive tool that lets anyone calculate the damage a comet or asteroid would cause if it happened to collide with our planet. You can customize the size and speed of the incoming object, among other items.

Khan Academy Science: You can explore the Khan Academy’s science and technology lessons using the following hotlinks: BiologyChemistryCosmology and AstronomyHealthcare and MedicineOrganic ChemistryPhysicsLeBron AsksMIT+K12Projects.

NASA for Students: America’s space agency provides educational media for different age groups. See Grades K-4Grades 5-8, and Grades 9-12.

Eyes on the Solar System: A 3-D environment lets you explore the cosmos from your computer, hop on an asteroid, fly with NASA’s Voyager spacecraft, see the entire solar system moving in real time. Created by NASA.

NASA Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth: Brings together all images and videos of the Earth taken by NASA astronauts from space.

NASA Photo Archive: NASA curated a big archive of historical images into Flickr Commons, giving users access to more than a half century of NASA’s photographic history. The images are divided into three neat sets – “Launch and Takeoff,” “Building NASA” and “Center Namesakes” – and they’re all copyright-free, meaning that you can share and use these images however you like.

NIH Science: The National Institutes of Health provides a collection of educational resources for science teachers. The material is divided by topic and grade level: High SchoolMiddle School and Elementary School.

Paleontology Portal: This site is a resource for anyone interested in paleontology, from the student in the classroom, to the interested amateur scouting for fossils, to the professional in the lab. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the site was produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the Paleontological Society, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and the United States Geological Survey.

Physics to Go: A collection of websites where you can learn physics on your own, through games, webcasts, and online exhibits and activities. Features a collection of more than 950 websites with physics images, activites, and info. Produced by the American Physical Society.

Robotics: Created by the University of Southern California, this web site is designed to help K-12 teachers and other educators in developing or improving courses that use robotics as a tool for teaching STEM topics or robotics itself. Robotics is a great way to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math.

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: Back in 1825, Michael Faraday, the venerated English scientist, established The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children, hoping to get a younger generation interested in science, and the tradition has carried on ever since. You can watch the lectures presented by famous scientists online, including Richard Dawkins and Carl Sagan.

Science Kids: Provides educational resources for teachers and parents to help make science fun and engaging for kids. Features fun activities, facts, projects and experiments that promote a desire amongst kids to learn more about science and technology.

Science News for Kids: Helps kids (middle school and above) stay up-to-date on scientific trends. Provides crisp, concise coverage of all fields of science daily. A searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math (engineering) come alive in K-12 settings.

The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science – A multimedia course for high school teachers and adult learners interested in studying environmental science. The Web site provides access to course content and activities developed by leading scientists and researchers in the field. Jointly created by Harvard and the Smithsonian.

The Known Universe: This video takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. The film is made with the Digital Universe Atlas (download it here) that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History.

Try Science: A science education resource for children, parents and educators, featuring information for kids on science, science museums, and science fair project ideas. Created by a partnership with IBM, the New York Hall of Science, the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and science centers worldwide.

Understanding Evolution: Created for K-12 teachers, this online resource provides a one-stop, comprehensive resource on evolution. This site is a collaborative project of the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education.

USGS Science ResourcesAssembled by the U.S. Geological Survey, this site brings together lots of resources that will teach students about Biology, Geography, Geology, Water, and more. The site is divided into a K-6 section and a grades 7-12 section.


American Museum of Natural History: Cosmic Discoveries: Take a ride with the Museum’s astrophysicists through our Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy, and beyond. Cosmic Discoveries is the first app to collect nearly 1,000 stunning astronomic images.

Molecules: An app for viewing three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulating them using your fingers. You can rotate the molecules by moving your finger across the display, zoom in or out by using two-finger pinch gestures, or pan the molecule by moving two fingers across the screen at once.

Gene Screen: A fun way to learn how recessive genetic traits and diseases are inherited and why certain diseases are more prevalent in different populations. Gene Screen also provides information on some recessive genetic diseases and genetic screening programs.

Moon: The perfect resource to help students learn about the moon.

Moon Globe: This free app puts the moon in your pocket with 3D graphics and touch screen navigation.

NASA: Discover a wealth of great space travel information on this free app. The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package. Available for Android, iPhone and iPad.

Periodic Table of Elements in HD: Created by Merck, this chemistry app has received lots of praise.

Planets: A 3D guide to the solar system for aspiring astronomers. Downloaded over 8 million times, the app lets kids locate planets with a flat view of sky in 2D, or a planetarium style view of the sky in 3D.

Project Noah: A great tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. Available for Apple devices and the Android.

Science 360: The Science360 for iPad app, created by The National Science Foundation, provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions.

Spacecraft 3D: NASA’s Spacecraft 3D is an augmented reality application that lets you learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraft that are used to explore our solar system, study Earth, and observe the universe.

The Elementals: Introduces children to the different elements of the periodic table. Highly rated and free.



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  1. Green Energy TV: Teach your students about the latest innovations in green technologies with free videos from this site.
  2. Research Channel: The programming on this Internet TV site highlights some of the latest research being done in science, technology, medicine and even the humanities so you can educate yourself and your students on the next big things.
  3. BioInteractive: Explore biology with a little help from this site, offering videos and animations that can be a big help in teaching complex topics.
  4. ARKive: For lessons about the natural world, this site is perfect. It contains a wide range of videos on the animal and plant life of Earth.
  5. The Vega Science Trust Videos: Let your students see potential science careers, discuss important issues and see inspirational figures in the field with videos found on this site.
  6. The Science Network: See interviews with big names in science that touch on important topics like stem cell research, evolution, neuroscience, genetics, learning and more on this site.
  7. Pop Tech: Inspire your students with the videos found on this site, showing individuals who are using science, technology and plain old hard work to change the world.
  8. Channel N: This site is full of lectures and videos on the human brain and psychology.
  9. How Stuff Works Videos: Show your students amazing and instructional videos through the content on this site.
  10. ScienceStage: You’ll find everything from videos of the Hubble Telescope to problems with human nutrition on this research-focused site.
  11. Exploratorium: Check out the webcasts on this site to let your students hear from biologists, cosmologists, physicists and more.
  12. SciVee: Give your students a view into the real working world of science, with this site that allows scientists to post videos of their real-life research for students and other scientists to use.
  13. The Futures Channel: This online channel is full of lessons and video clips on all types of math and science topics, from how to predict the weather to how to build stronger snowboards.


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Free Animated, Interactive Websites and Web Apps On Anatomy and Physiology:

  • GetBodySmart – an online examination of human anatomy and physiology using interactive animations and diagrams.

Free Websites by Educators, Schools, Governments, & Nonprofits:

Free Information Offered by Commercial Websites:

  • Anatomy Drill and Practice (by Wiley Publishing) – a comprehensive collection of quizzes to test your knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Requires a Flash player plugin for your web browser.
  • Anatomy Arcade -interactive learning games & puzzles.
  • Anatomy Corner – a resource site for teachers and students of Anatomy & Physiology. Each topic includes worksheets, quizzes, notes and powerpoint presentations.
  • Biology Corner – a site is meant to compliment a high school level anatomy class. It contains worksheets, images, study guides and practice quizzes to support a rich curriculum in anatomy and physiology.
  • BioDigital Human – is a virtual 3D body that brings to life thousands of medically accurate anatomy objects and health conditions in an interactive Web-based platform. Requires Safari, Chrome, or Firefox and a good internect connection.
  • Gray’s Anatomy – Henry Gray’s 1918 illustrations by
  • Human Anatomy (McGraw-Hill) – a comprehensive list of learning exercises and videos to improve your understanding of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Human Body Maps – bodyMaps is an interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D.
  • Intelicus: Virtual Human Body – a well-organized assemblage of links that review the human body systems.
  • Interactive Physiology (by Benjamin/Cummings, Pearson Education Inc.) – a comprehensive collection of narrated videos on human physiology. Requires a Shockwave plugin for your web browser.
  • Pacific Medical Training – a guide to the human respiratory system for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) training.
  • Walgreens Health Information – many interactive tools and health information resources.
  • Winking Skull – detailed drawings and labeling exercises by Thieme Medical Publishing.
  • Zygote Body – 3D, mutilayered, interactive human anatomy. Requires Safari, Chrome, or Firefox and a good internect connection.

Free Anatomy and Physiology and Human Body Websites for Kids:

Commercial Websites That Charge For Information:

  • InteractElsevier (Cyber-Anatomy) – 3D interactives based on artwork from Netter and Gray’s Anatomy.
  • Muscle and Motion – a dynamic 3D visual resource that makes musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology easier to learn, remember and understand.
  • Netter Images – a collection of medical illustrations by Frank H. Netter, MD, and physician-artists, John Craig and Carlos Machado. Topics range from human anatomy to clinical disease states to new therapeutic technologies.
  • Nucleus Medical Media – medical illustrations, medical animations, and interactive multimedia for publishing, legal, healthcare, entertainment, pharmaceutical, medical device, academia and other markets.
  • Primal Pictures – medically accurate 3D models of human anatomy for sale by
  • Visible Body – fully interactive 3D human anatomy model available by subscription by Argosy Publishing.

Popular Human Anatomy Apps and Anatomy and Physiology Apps for Mobile Devices

  • Pocket Anatomy – ‘Pocket Body’, ‘Pocket Brain’, and ‘Pocket Heart’ (for iPad, iPhone).
  • Visible Body – ‘Human Anatomy Atlas’, ‘3D Muscle Premium’, ‘3D Circulatory Premium’, ‘3D Brain & Nervous System Anatomy’, ‘3D Digestive System’, 3D Respiratory Anatomy’, and ‘3D Reproductive & Urinary Anatomy’ (for Desktops, iPad, iPhones, and Android Devices).

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Resources for Teaching and Learning Anatomy and Physiology

Thinking back on my undergraduate studies there is one class that instantly comes to mind whenever someone asks, “what was the most difficult class you had to take?” for me the answer is Anatomy and Physiology. Why I was taking that class is a long story, but it confirmed for me that I was definitely not going to medical school. I don’t know if the following resources would have helped me with my studies back then, but they certainly wouldn’t have hurt to try them.Healthline Body Maps provides interactive three dimensional models for learning about human anatomy. Body Maps has male and female models. The models have eight layer views, from skin to skeletal, that you can select. You can hold your mouse pointer over any part of the model to view a body part’s name and then zoom to more detailed information. For example, if I place my mouse on the stomach I can then click through for a more detailed view and to see how the stomach is connected to other body parts. To rotate the model just click and drag the model to the left or right.BioDigital Human offers interactive 3D models of human anatomy. You can turn on and off different views according to which body systems you want to view. The models can be rotated 360 degrees and the labels have an audio play-back option. The video below offers an overview of BioDigital Human.If you are going to use BioDigital Human in your classroom, there are two things to keep in mind. First, the models are 100% anatomically correct. Second, you do need to have your browser updated to the latest version possible to experience all that BioDigital Human has to offer.
In Sponge Lab Biology’s Build a Body students construct a human body system-by-system. To build a body students drag and drop into place the organs and bones of a human body. Each organ and bone is accompanied by a description of the purpose of that bone or organ. The systems that students can build in the Build a Body activity are the skeletal, digestive, respiratory, nervous, excretory, and circulatory systems. Build a Body also has a case study menu in which students can read about diseases, disorders, and and other concerns that affect the human body. In each case study students are given a short description of the concern followed by a question that they should be able to answer after completing the Build a Body activity.Anatomy Arcade is a collection of games about human body systems. The collection is categorized by both body system and game type. The games most frequently appearing in the Anatomy Arcade are jigsaw puzzles, matching games, and crossword puzzles. There are also a few interactive games. The Anatomy Arcade was developed by a science and physical education teacher in Melbourne, Australia.Get Body Smart has number of tutorials and quizzes divided into eight categories of anatomy and physiology. Each category is divided into subcategories where visitors will find quizzes for each topic. The tutorials and quizzes are best suited to use in advanced high school anatomy and physiology courses.The University of Pennsylvania Health System provides nearly 200 video animations and explanations of injuries, diseases, and body systems. The animations, like this one of a balloon angioplasty, are concise which makes them good for general reference purposes.In Man as Industrial Palace Henning Lederer brings this famous drawing to life. In the two minute video viewers will see how the human body’s internal systems work together to process food and produce life. The video is embedded below.Der Mensch als Industriepalast [Man as Industrial Palace] from Henning Lederer on Vimeo.
Der Mensch als Industriepalast [Man as Industrial Palace] from Henning M. Lederer on Vimeo.See the image Man as Industrial Palace below. (If you’re viewing this in RSS you might need to click through to see the image).


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