General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources

The General Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Gateways and Resources collection is comprised of web portals, web sites, and individual digital resources. The collection includes portals and sites offering material on three or more scientific disciplines or the entire STEM spectrum--or offering substantial material devoted to the nature of science and/or scientific method. Also included are individual resources focusing on the nature of science or scientific method. Here may be found materials for educators and learners (early childhood through graduate school), resources intended for the general public, and materials aimed at research communities.

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American Museum of Natural History: Resources for Learning
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This collection of resources, published by the American Museum of Natural History, is intended for educators, parents, students, or anyone who is interested in teaching and learning about science. The resources include activities, curriculum materials, articles, evidence and analysis materials, exhibition materials, and lists of references. Items may be text-based, pedagogical, or multimedia (photos, videos, interactives) in nature. The collection is searchable by keyword or browseable by main topic: anthropology, astronomy, biology, Earth science, or paleontology. There are also special collections, groups of resources organized around specific themes such as Antarctica, ocean life, and the dynamic Earth.

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Life Science
Geoscience
Space Science
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
American Museum of Natural History: Science Bulletins
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These online bulletins, produced by the American Museum of Natural History, present the latest information about the natural world: developments in astronomy and astrophysics, Earth science, biology, ecology, and the environment, and medical and anthropological research. The Bulletins include feature stories, presented via videos, animated visualizations, and "snapshots"--interactive slide shows on scientific news topics. The site includes an educators' guide that offers suggestions on how to incorporate Science Bulletins into the classroom in alignment with National Science Education Standards. The Bulletins homepage features the most current stories and provides access to an archive of previous stories, organized by topic and type.

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Life Science
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Social Sciences Gateways and Resources
Astro Bulletins
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These science bulletins from the American Museum of Natural History feature news on space science, astronomy, and astrophysics topics with in-depth feature stories about cutting-edge developments, weekly images from observatories around the world and in space, and and 'Astro Viz', a visualization of astronomical or astrophysical phenomena. Each story features a link to an educators' guide and links to additional resources.

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Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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NSDL Staff
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
Rosamond Kinzler
The Brownfield Action Simulation Companion Web Site
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Brownfield Action (BA) is a web-based environmental science simulation developed by the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning at Columbia University and Dr. Peter Bower of Barnard College. In the simulation, students investigate the possibility of groundwater contamination in a virtual, fictional township by exploring the town‰ŰŞs infrastructure, meeting pertinent parties, and performing hydrological surveys and tests to gain an understanding of the groundwater system of the municipality. Over twenty-five locations can be visited and forty-five characters can be interviewed including town residents, business owners, and local government officials. Students are presented with maps, documents, videos, and an extensive network of scientific data, mined with a suite of geological and hydrological testing tools to aid their investigation in determining the nature of any found contamination in the virtual town. A demo is available on this web site and there is contact info for teachers wishing to incorporate into their classrooms.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Interactive
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning
Dr. Peter Bower
Cornell Science Inquiry Partnerships
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The Cornell Science Inquiry Partnerships (CSIP) fellowship program builds partnerships between Cornell University graduate students and secondary school teachers with the goals of enhancing inquiry-based learning and updating science and engineering content taught in rural and urban schools. Students work with partner teachers to design inquiry-based activities that will meet the needs of each participating class. These include open-ended research (original research projects designed by students); structured investigations (short-term investigations designed by the student-teacher team to teach specific concepts); and activities focusing on the nature of science and scientific research. The CSIP web site features curriculum resources developed by program participants, program publications, information on state and national education standards, and links to related programs.

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Education
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Dow Education
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This collection of resources from the Dow Chemical Company, developed in partnership with educational organizations around the world, is intended to improve students' understanding of math, science, and technology. The student's page features ideas for science fair projects, experiments, interactive features, and career information. The teacher's page features lesson plans and activties (organized by grade level), information on the Hands-On Science Program, professional development information, and links to science resources from other websites. There are also articles, news releases and video clips about educational programs and activities.

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Technology
Mathematics
Chemistry
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Education World Site Reviews: Science
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This is an archive of reviews of online resources for the teaching of science. The reviews are organized by topic: general science, chemistry, Earth science, life science, physics, space science, and zoology. Each review includes date of the review, a link to the web site, grade levels for which the site is appropriate, an overall rating by letter grade (A, B, C), and comments on site's content, design or aestetics, and organization. There are also links to reviews on related topics.

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Education
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Education World: Sites to See Archive
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This portal provides access to an extensive selection of educational web sites, reviewed by the staff at Education World and covering a wide variety of subject areas, including science, mathematics, and technology. The resources are arranged alphabetically by topic; each topic is accompanied by a brief overview, including the grade range for which the selected sites are appropriate. Brief descriptions of the recommended web sites follow.

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Technology
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Elementary Science Core Curriculum, Grades K-4
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This guide is intended to assist teachers and supervisors for grades K-4 as they prepare curricula, daily instruction, and assessment for elementary-level content and skills of Standards 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7 of the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology. This core curriculum is not a syllabus; it specifically addresses only the content and skills to be tested by State examinations, and reflects only a portion of the content that must be addressed at the elementary level. It is expected that additional content will be supplied locally. The document defines process skills and describes their alignments with standards, key ideas, and performance indicators. There is also a set of sample matrices and a listing of major understandings that may be used to develop curriculum checklists or grade-by-grade curricula.

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Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Environment News Service
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The Environment News Service is a daily international wire service covering issues and events that affect the environment. Topics include legislation, politics, conferences, lawsuits, international agreements, demonstrations, science and technology, public health, air quality, and many others. Site materials include text-based news articles and press releases, videos, information on professional media services, and subscription instructions. There is also a keyword search function that lets users locate material in older articles.

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History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
EurekAlert! Multimedia Gallery
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EurekAlert! is an online, global news service operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The service's multimedia gallery is a collection of news items on general science, medicine, and technology from universities, medical centers, journals, government agencies, and other organizations. The collection is searchable by keyword or term, posting institution, region, and public release date. Each news item features an image, caption, contact information, credits, usage restrictions, and a link to a related news release. The web site also features information for organizations that wish to submit news releases and for journalists or others who would like to access embargoed information.

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Technology
Education
Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
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Internet Scout Project
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
The Exploratorium Museum
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The Exploratorium's mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them. As part of this mission, the museum has developed an extensive website with many on-line activities and exhibits, many of which include interactive online versions of activities and exhibits found in the museum. The site hosts topics such as Antarctica, astronomy and the Hubble Space Telescope, the science of sports, and mathematics exploration. On-line exhibits include Remembering Nagasaki, the Panama Pacific International Exhibition, and Mathematica. The Learning Studio offers activities, ideas, and resources for educators. Live webcasts and a science project resource page are also featured.

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Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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ComPADRE Digital Library
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Internet Scout Project
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Social Sciences Gateways and Resources
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
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The Exploratorium
Fermilab K-12 Programs
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This portal provides access to educational programs and materials on physics and prarie ecology for K-12 teachers and students. These include lesson plans and activities, research projects for students, and student-produced multimedia resources. There are also online exhibits, professional development materials and workshops for teachers, and information on informal classes for children and families.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
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NSDL Staff
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Florida Environments Online
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Florida Environments Online contains both digital full text materials and research bibliographies about the ecology and environment of Florida. Digitized materials include more than 200 seminal texts on species and ecosystems selected by scientific experts throughout the state of Florida and digitized specifically for the Linking Florida's Natural Heritage project. They also include the publications of the Florida Geological Society, and agricultural documents created by the Agricultural Experiment Station/Extension Service (IFAS) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, as well as engineering documents created by the UF Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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Agricultural Experiment Station/Extension Service (IFAS)
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs
Florida Geological Society
University of Florida Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station
Frank Potter's Science Gems
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Science Gems is a collection of thousands of links to online science resources for students, teachers, and the general public. Resources include websites, interactive features, applets, multimedia resources, problem sets, online books, and many others. The resources are arranged by subject (physical science, Earth science, life science, mathematics, and engineering) and by grade level. There are also links to other guides and resource collections, a reference desk, online calculators, and other materials. The collection is searchable by keyword.

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Geoscience
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Author:
Frank Potter
Jim Martindale
Franklin Institute Resources for Science Learning
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This web site provides information from the Franklin Institute for students, educators, and the general public. Site materials include news articles, information on exhibits, event announcements, and links to educational resources published by the Institute. For learners, there are the Case Files, biographical and historic information on important technological developments and the scientists who made them possible; features on the history of science and technology; and links to resources on the human heart and brain. For educators, there are Curricular Companions, guides for science teachers to help implement the District of Philadelphia's Core Curriculum in science. There are also Parent Partners, resources for teachers and parents to collaborate in exploring science; and educator tools such as a field trip planner and information on professional development courses.

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History, Law, Politics
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Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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NSDL Staff
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Futurity.org
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Research news from leading universities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. A free online resource updated frequently, with engaging, plain-speaking presentations meant for the general public as well as researchers and professionals. Topic areas include Earth & Environment, Health & Medicine, Science & Design, Society & Culture. There are links to science-related blogs.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
How to Make a Kaleidoscope
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In this activity, students construct a kaleidoscope. A materials list, instructions, and photos showing how the assembly is performed are provided.

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Engineering
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dr. John Greivenkamp
Indiana Expeditions
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The Indiana Expeditions series with award-winning science teacher Rick Crosslin has a new lineup of fascinating ways to bring the fun of science home to kids and adults alike. See how the grossest insects are cool, what ties music and water together and why, even in the 1600's, Sir Isaac Newton must have been a huge sports fan.

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Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Author:
Rick Crosslin