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100 Best Web Tools for Science Students

With advances in every arena, from computer technology to healthcare to food production to the automotive industry, our world has changed in ways we could not have predicted. Students today need a firm grasp of science in order to fully understand our world and make logical and informed decisions. In the last twenty years, educators and researchers have begun to look carefully at science education and technology and how students learn best. We tools are a way to expose students to different types of learning styles and engage them in constructive knowledge, experience, and scientific interpretations. We have selected 100 of these web tools we think will inspire our upcoming scientist to experiment, explore, model, research & collaborate, and create a solid scientific foundation for the future.

Virtual Laboratories & Experiments

Easily run thousands of experiments, changing the variables and getting results in minutes with these virtual laboratories and experimentation.

1. Virtual Labs at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute  A free tool that enables students to take on the role of scientist, technician, doctor, and immunologist. They participate in labs on topics related to cardiology, immunology, and bacterial identification.

2. Windward  In cooperation with Discovery Education, The Weather Channel, and NASA, this interactive game will teach students about weather as they sail in a race around the world. Players learn how to sail, read weather maps, negotiate winds and more.

3. Nature: Virtual Serengeti  Students are introduced to East African vegetation, climate, and animal life. A journal, field guide, and virtual video recorder are used to explore environments, watch animal videos, and multimedia record observations.

4. Space Academy GX-1  Students can explore a virtual solar system and investigate the astronomical basis for seasons, phases of the moon, gravity, orbits, and more.

5. Digital Frog  A virtual, interactive frog dissection that teaching students about frog anatomy and body systems. It also allows exploration of the diversity and ecology of frogs.

6. Virtual Space Tour An animated encyclopedia that gives students a virtual tour of space learning about the unique features of comets, asteroids and each planet along the way.

7. StepDemonstrate the principles with this physics simulator. Place an object in a scene, add forces like springs or gravity, and see what happens.

8. ChemLab Interactive simulation of a chemistry lab using common lab equipment and procedures that are meant to copy the steps involved in performing a chemistry lab experiment.

9. Virtual Field Trip is a series of 3 singular titles allowing students to explore a variety of virtual habitats such as wetlands, the rainforest, and desert.

10. BBC Science Simulations Provides students the opportunity to manipulate variables and explore virtual science experiments on a variety of topics including, plant growth, electricity, forces, friction, and food chains.

11. ProtoMol  A framework for molecular dynamics simulation. This app was designed by a scientist to be highly flexible, easily extensible, and to meet high performance demands.

12. Virtual Scanning Electron MicroscopyStudents can use a virtual Scanning Electron Microscope to look at a variety of specimens. You can adjust the focus, contrast, brightness, and level of magnification.

13. BBC Science GamesFree games and simulations on a variety of topics in science and nature.

14. ElectroCity An online computer game that lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities. Designed to teach students about energy, sustainability and environmental management.

15. Virtual Labs: Light & Electricity Bundle These virtual light experiments will allow students to use lasers and optical tools to safely investigate the nature of light, reflection and mirrors, refraction and color of light.

16. Space Trajectory Analysis This app lets educators analyze, simulate, and visualize the paths of objects that have been launched into space. It’s currently being used by the European Space Agency and a number of international universities.

17. Virtual Labs This software enables students to conduct experiments on a number of scientific topics.

18. Operation Frog DeluxeGuides students through the virtual dissection of a frog. It includes pre-lab instructions, lab simulations, and post-lab reinforcements.

19. A Virtual Journey into the Universe This free online activity exposes students to the cockpit of a space shuttle as they explore the solar system. Students can also engage in lesson to gain knowledge about various planetary features.

20. ElastoLab A fun program for young students that lets them play with sound, images and motion in a simulated physics environment. Springs, elastics, and gravity come to life all on a computer screen.

21. Physics Animations  This animated 3-D HTML based program offers physics experiments and visualizations on waves, mechanics, optics, and thermodynamics. Most of all, all animations are accompanied with theoretical explanations and references.

Explorations & Web Quests 

These assignments will seem like a blast compared to the traditional science research reports.

22. A Journey Through Time  Scientists have found the remains of an Eryptid on Long Island. Develop a picture of what life was like on the earth millions of years ago.

23. Intertidal Zone Tour In this simulation students will be part of a team of marine biologists focusing on Intertidal Zones. Your expertise is needed to assist thousands of tourists who visit the tide pool areas each year.

24. Animal on the Ocean Floor  Students will explore and discover a number of deep sea creatures on this ocean quest.  They will create a picture dictionary and models of the animals they study.

25. Robots: New Age Assistants In this mission students research the field of robotics to help them with a particular experiment being conducted in the brutal cold of the Antarctic.

26. Acid RainOn this quest, students have been hired to investigate the effects of acid rain on the environment. Students can take the role of Chemist, Ecologist, Health Scientist, or Economist and research from that point of view.

27. Save the Coral Reef  As a scientist for the World Wildlife Organization, students are asked to go to Little Island to collect data because other scientists are concerned that the tourists might do damage to the endangered coral reef.

28. An Insects Perspective Created by third grade teachers, children can study a bug of interest and write about it in their journal. They are also responsible for creating a slide presentation from the bug’s perspective.

29. Blackholes: Journey into the Unknown Students and a group of scientists are currently enjoying a tour of the universe. The tour guide suddenly informs you that the rocket’s engines have failed. In order to navigate, students help the captain navigate using the gravity of a blackhole to guide them to a help station. 

30. Animal Life Cycles The job of the student is to search, observe, and record the differences and similarities of animal life cycle phases.

31. Global Warming Webquest Be transported 100 years into the future with a team of scientists for two weeks. The mission is to study the effects that global warming has had on the Earth in the future and report findings back to Central Base.

32. Blooming Butterflies On this quest, students will learn about how a butterfly comes to life through the process of metamorphosis.

33. Are Chickens the Only Ones? First grade students will enjoy learning about different kinds of animals that lay eggs. They will use a world map to find out what continent their animal lives in and make a book with information on that animal.

34. Hermit Crab Study  Students can look deeply into a tide pool and see one of the most unusual tide pool creatures, the hermit crab. Find out why this sea crustacean makes its home in an abandoned shell.

35. Whales World  Do research for an internet study on several different species of whales. The final product is a baseball type card based on all the information students have studied. 

36. Take the Rip Out of the Current  With Rip currents plaguing tourist on a local beach, students have been hired as writers of "Sea Star Publications” to write a series of articles on rip currents and ocean safety.

37. A Bluebird Quest  Primarily for kindergarten students to learn about the bluebird. They play the role of an ornithologist hired by their school to learn about ways to help the bluebird survive.

38. Under the Canopy of Kelp  After seeing a 30 foot length of kelp spiraled along the beach, students are asked to become Ecologists and research the three different parts of kelp called holdfast, stripes, and blades.

39. Conserving Energy  This Web quest was designed for students to research and implement ways to help save Earth and conserve energy in the future.

40. The Journey of a Water Molecule  Primary and intermediate students will love this journey as a water molecule, beginning in a lake, venturing into the sky, and finally making its way through a green plant.

41. Weather Forecast Showdown  The Government has hired students to rate the performance of weather forecasters in their town due to an epidemic of bad weather predictions. Use the web to collect daily temperature forecasts made by television and newspapers to find out the best and the worst.   

Basic Foundation & Principles

Learn key concepts and basic principles of science with the tools below.

42. Logal Science Explorer Series Educates students on detailed coverage of key concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics. The subject matter of is commonly covered in advanced placement and college courses.

43. Logal Science Gateway Series  Uses an interactive computer simulation to teach and reinforce science principles. Students will develop critical thinking, scientific processing, and problem solving skills.

44. Kalzium Contains a plethora of data on the periodic table of the elements. It also solves chemical equations, shows pictures of the elements, and includes a helpful glossary.

45. Sammy’s Science HouseDesigned by early learning experts for our future scientist. Teaches the basics about observation, analysis and test of theories.

46. Thinkin’ ScienceFive environments familiarize students to the scientific concepts needed for comprehension of basic earth, life, and physical sciences.

47. Desktop Lunar Calendar  A simple calendar that is accurate anywhere in the world. The 4 main quarter phases: Full, New, First Quarter, and Last Quarter are marked on the calendar.

48. Science PiratesPerfect for middle school students, this 3D educational computer game t communicates food safety knowledge in an environment of scientific exploration and process.

49. Encyclopedia Galactica  A planetarium program that lets students create different types of sky maps in which practically any element is customizable.

50. CHEMIX  An educational tool for students learning chemistry. Geared toward college level chemistry, features include advanced calculators for molecules, thermo chemistry, electrochemistry, and more.

51. Stellarium  With this app, you can input coordinates for any point on earth and view the night skies for any particular point in time. It’s so accurate, even planetariums have been known to use it.

52. Dhaatu This program lists the properties of the elements of the modern Periodic Table. A must for Chemistry students.

53. Martindale’s Calculators On-Line Center-Electrical and Computer Engineering: Computer science students can take advantage of this awesome collection of both basic and complex calculators.

54. Celestia  Like Stellarium, this app lets you view the night skies from earth, but it also lets you fly through 3D space to any place in the universe. It uses actual photographs of planets, asteroids, and other objects, so that you can see what they really look like.

Research & Collaboration

Students can work as part of a team to gather, analyze and disseminate data with some help from these tools.

55. The Great Ocean Rescue   Take students on four rescue missions that lead them deep into the world’s oceans. They have to draw on information about ocean ecosystems, marine biology, and environmental science to solve the problems.

56. Knowledge Forum An electronic team workspace that supports the knowledge building process. Students can share information, launch collaborative research, and build networks of new ideas.

57. Note Mesh  A web 2.0 app that allows college students in the same science classes to share notes online using a wiki set-up.

58. Science Seekers  Let a scientists guide students as they research data and work together to complete exciting adventures. Develop a deep better understanding that creates a foundation for real world science.

59. Timeliner  Students can organize data to aid in research of scientific processes. Gather information from anywhere and organize it into a sequence or timeline.

60. Labmeeting.com Created by doctoral students at Stanford University with an aim to help people do research faster. Search their collection of PDFs, find out about new papers, and share data with their lab.

61. The JASON Project  A hands-on inquiry based curriculum that mirrors the work of real scientists. Based on national core curriculum standards for science students in grades 4 through 8.

62. Seismic Toolkit (STK)  Makes it easier for you and your students to research data from seismic events. It includes tools for filtering and plotting data, polarization, and more.

63. XoscopeTurn any Linux PC into a digital oscilloscope for analyzing sound waves. With this tool, you can visualize up to eight channels at once, control the time scale, and make measurements.

64. Thinkin’ Science ZAP!  Experiment with laser beams, electrical circuits, and sound waves while practice valuable thinking skills involving observation, prediction, deductive reasoning, and hypothesis testing

65. MaxData  Works with Microsoft Excel to give students an age appropriate introduction to databases. Learn all aspects of data handling from the first steps of simple representation of data to records, tables, and filters.

66. The Great Solar System Rescue  Like The Great Ocean Rescue, except students travel through the solar system.

67. GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)  A worldwide hands on science program for primary and secondary education. Promotes collaboration on investigations from students, teachers and scientists of the environment and the Earth system.

68. Scholarpedia  A free encyclopedia written and reviewed by scholars around the world.

69. Water on the Web  This tool helps college and high school students understand and real environmental issues using the latest advanced technology. It includes data from many national lakes and river, data interpretation and Geographic Information System Tools.

70. Moon Phase Calculator Students can calculate the phase of the Moon for any time in the past, present or future. They can also search for the next or previous full moon, new moon or first or last quarter moon.

71. Winning Science Fair Projects Find dozens of exciting science fair project examples. From tadpoles to volcanoes, these samples will give students plenty of ideas on where to start for their own project.

72. PhET Project Fun, interactive, research based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

73. Flashcard Exchange Print flashcards, create flashcards and study science topics online with this tool, the world’s largest flashcard library.

Modeling & Mapping Tools

These tools enable students to manipulate objects in ways that would otherwise be impossible.

74. TINKER free molecular modeling software for molecular mechanics and dynamics.

75. ChemSense  A NSF funded project to study students’ understanding of chemistry. Investigate chemical systems and express their ideas in animated chemical notations.

76. Mayomi  A free flash-based mind mapping tool that lets you map out ideas, projects, research topics, or anything else that can be dug into. Great for students research papers and science projects.

77. SpaceCAD  Make sure your model rocket is stable, how high it will go and which engine you should use. By just clicking a button, students calculate how high their rocket will fly.

78. Rainforest Designer  Students can design and assemble rainforest habitats with this tool. Choose from hundreds of animals, plants, people, and objects to create original scenes.

79. Cmap Tools Build interactive, collaborative mind maps with text, video, and web links. Used by many high school and college students in advanced project work. 

80. MathMol  Designed to serve as a starting point for those interested in molecular modeling. There are also links to a variety of tutorials.

81. MDL Chime View chemical structures from within popular Web browsers such as Java. This tool is used by scientists but has also been implemented in high school chemistry courses.

82. Jmol  This java based app lets students create diagrams of atoms, molecules, crystals, and more. The site includes a handbook and tutorials for helping you learn how to use the software.

83. YASARA  A molecular graphics and modeling simulation program for Windows and Linux. A great tool for helping students visualize molecular models.

84. Starry Night A variety of astronomy software titles that give students the ability to view a virtual night sky from any point on Earth. Activities include traveling to planets, viewing planets in daylight, twilight, and nighttime views, and much more.

85. ByoDyn  Used by a number of Biology students, this app can be used for estimate and analyze the parameters when building biochemical networks.

86. Virtual Cell  A simulation of the look and feel of moving through an actual cell or cellular component. Students are encouraged to play the role of a biologist and examine cellular organelles, conduct experiments and form conclusions.

Search Engines and Databases 

Scientists keeps databases of huge amounts of information but they sometimes don not show up in commonly used search engines. These tools can help you find out what you need to know.

87. CiteSeer.IST  This search engine and digital library will help students find information from a collection of scientific literature.

88. Scirus With this science search engine your research will go far beyond journal articles. It also includes searches among such resources as scientists’ webpages, courseware, and patents.

89. WorldWideScience.org  You can look for science information using this connection to international science databases and portals located around the world. 

90. GoPubMed  Search for a number of biomedical texts with this search tool that will let you accesses public medical articles and health studies. 

91. The Gene Ontology Explore the Gene Ontology database for specific genes, proteins, or Gene Ontology terminology to help you with your studies.   

92. Science.gov. Offers specific categories of research including agriculture and food, biology and nature, Earth and ocean sciences, health and medicine, and more. 

93. Scopus. Find an abundance of academic science information on categories like technology, medicine, and social sciences. 

94. Solar Databases for Global Change Models  A comprehensive solar database used for Science in higher education.  It has been used to document satellite measurements since 1978 to show that the amount of energy from the Sun varies over decadal time scales. 

95. Protein Data Bank  Perform simple and advanced searches of molecules based on annotations relating to sequence, structure and function. These molecules are visualized, downloaded, and analyzed by users who range from students to specialized scientists. 

96. Scitopia This advanced and thorough search will give students the most accurate information they need in the fields of both science and technology. 

97. WebCASPAR  A database system containing information about academic science and engineering resources.  Included is data from several academic surveys plus information from National Center for Education Statistics. 

98. Scitation There is over a million scientific papers to help you with any of your research needs. From journals to conferences, to magazines this is the tool for you need for your investigative services. 

99. PubFocus This search engine searches through Medline and PubMed for requested data related to your specific field of interest. Analyze the solution through articles, authors, and publishing trends. 

100. SESTAT For students interested in the scientific field, this integrated system of information on employment, education, and demographic characteristics of scientists and engineers in the United States has casual features for the more novice user.

100 Tools to Make Your Kids Math and Science Stars

Math and science skills don’t always come easily to some children. If your child is behind in math or science it can take years for them to catch up and be able to earn the grades you know they are capable of making. Some children may never catch up leaving them stranded when they enter high school mathematics like trigonometry and calculus.

Flash cards are a classic tool to help children learn mathematics especially, but it’s not always easy to make a squirmy 10-year-old sit down and drill multiplication time tables. Try giving your child some interactive games and online tools to encourage the left side of their brain to work a little harder and keep your kids from becoming bored so easily.

This list of tools and websites will help your children become math and science stars through fun practice and unconventional learning techniques. Give some of them a try and see if Junior’s grades don’t improve!

General Science Websites for Children

1. Science With Me! – Aimed at elementary age children, this site has a gaggle of great science and math related information and activities. Kids can check out animations, movies, games, projects, and even coloring sheets.

2. Science News for Kids – Here’s one site where the name really says it all. Kids get the latest scoops on science, whether they want to learn about the human body or the perennial kid favorite, dinosaurs.

3. Science Made Simple – Offering a mixture of science project guides and science-related articles, this site will keep kids entertained for hours. Try the site’s recommendations for kid-friendly scientific books, links to science news, and check out what’s going on in the online science store.

4. Neuroscience for Kids – If your kid thinks they have a big brain, then it’s time for them to take a trip inside of it. This site offers online experiments, articles, a newsletter, and many more great features for kids to figure out how their brains work.

5. Yahoo! Kids Science – Yahoo’s kid-centric science site specializes in awesome science videos. Check out Mars Rover footage, learn science-related jokes, and write in your own questions for their science gurus to answer.

6. National Geographic Kids – There’s no shortage of awesome activities on this National Geographic Kids site. Kids can learn how to plant a garden, go green, keep up with science news, and more.

7. BrainPOP: Science – From the interior of the earth to the depths of outer space, this site will take kids on an amazing scientific journey. There’s resources relating to energy, chemistry, ecology, physics, and many more subjects that will keep kids enthralled.

8. Bill Nye the Science Guy – Here’s the site for a man who knows how to make science fun for kids: Bill Nye the Science Guy. Make sure you’ve got the latest version of Flash so your kids can enjoy all of the amazing, educational animations.

9. Cool Science – If your kids want science to be a little more cool, then this site’s got what they need. There’s sections to ask scientists questions, interactive topics, and instructions on how they can become a scientist.

10. Dr. Bob’s Interesting Science Stuff – It’s a colorful science buffet here on Bob’s site. In addition to science project ideas and a cool bulletin board, Dr. Bob provides science-related factoids on everything from ice to the eventual death of our sun.

11. Science to the Extreme – This site has a refreshingly simple premise: it starts out with something cool (like a shuttle taking off), and then walks kids through how it works. Topics range from astronomy to zoology. Science to the Extreme provides plenty of pictures and cool information to keep kids clicking.

12. Funology – Putting the fun back into science, this site will definitely keep younger kids entertained. Funology contains information about meteorology, biology, and even bugs, so kids can learn about every aspect of the world.

13. Do-It-Yourself-Science – The name here really says it all. Kids are just a click away from cool experiments with this sweet, Flash-powered site.

14. DragonflyTV – Powered by PBS, these online episodes feature “real kids, real science.” They explore the body, the brain, matter and motion, technology, and much more.

Biology

15. Cell Structure and Processes – Filled with illustrations, this simple site is all about cells. Kids learn everything from the nucleus location to the function of a ribosome, and can even take a quiz to see how much they learned.

16. FT Exploring – Science is the destination, and this cool site is the journey. Kids can learn about photosynthesis, food chains, cellular respiration, energy glows, and more.

17. InnerBody – For kids interested in anatomy, there’s few better sites than this one. Simple pick which part of the body is to be examined first, and the journey through inner space commences.

18. Infrared Zoo Gallery – What if you could look at a giant zoo through infrared lenses? That’s the premise of this site, which illustrates the difference between warm and cold-blooded creatures in a very unique way.

19. Cells alive! – Now that your kids know more about cells, it’s time to really go in-depth. This colorful site provides lessons on cell biology, microbiology, immunology and microscopy, and offers interactive models, quizzes, puzzles, and more.

20. Computer-Enhanced Science Education: The Whole Frog Project – While the site itself is quite simple, the nature of it will give your kid a head start in the worlds of biology and anatomy. There’s a virtual frog dissection kit here, complete with information about what a child can learn from the dissection.

21. Animal Diversity Web – No matter what type of animal your future scientist wishes to research, this site’s got you guys covered. From Amphibians to Sharks and everything in-between, why not dive into the animal world today?

Chemistry

22. Learn About Chemicals Around Your House – Whether they’ve got a future with the CDC or just want to be more careful around the house, this chemical-centric site is a great resource. It offers an online house tour that highlights the hidden dangers of chemicals throughout your house.

23. Mirror Molecules – With cartoon sketches, this site dishes about the world of molecules. This is a great molecule primer to stoke the love of science in your kid’s heart.

Mathematics

24. Rick’s Math Web – Whatever your kid’s math needs, Rick’s got you covered. There’s over 4,800 math problems and solutions here, for kids ranging from kindergarteners to high schoolers.

25. Illustrated Lessons – Sometimes, math makes a bit more sense with some illustration. This picture-filled site covers estimation of length, line symmetry, patterns, and more.

26. About.com: Math – Here’s another site with a little bit of everything. Free worksheets, math blogs, word problems, and much more are just a click away.

27. Helping Your Child Learn Math – Designed by the government for both teachers and students, this math site is nice and straightforward. The emphasis is on fun learning activities that can be conducted at home, and turn every day into a learning experience.

28. Federal Resources for Educational Excellence – These FREE resources cover Algebra, Geometry, Data Analysis, and Operations. Easy to navigate and easy to use, this site will keep kids hooked.

29. Surfing the Net With Kids: Math – Here’s an archive of online math lessons for kids that goes back 12 years. Whether they’re mastering Fibonacci numbers or just mastering telling the time, this site will help kids out.

30. Math Kids – Practical application of mathematical lessons is the name of the game, here. For instance, if your kid doesn’t see why spreading rumors can be a bad thing, this site helps drop some math on them.

31. Dr. Mike’s Math Games – Dr. Mike has a single specialty: stocking an awesome array of printable math games. There’s print-outs, online games, board games, and much more on this simple site.

32. First Steps in Math – For those taking their first steps in math, this site will guide them by the hand. It’s got the dish on negative numbers, decimals and percentages, exponents and radicals, and plenty of other math concepts.

33. DansMath4Kids – Designed for “the younger set,” this site does its best to make math fun. Kids can play puzzles, look for patterns, watch some educational cartoons, and many more fun activities.

34. Math Activities for Kids – The emphasis here is on straightforward math flash cards. It helps kids master addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and has other awesome activities once they’ve mastered the flash cards.

35. Math Help Reference Sheets – Does your kid need a quick reference sheet for particular mathematics? This simple site has reference sheets for Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus.

36. Math for Kids – The ideal age range of this site is from ages 6 to 11. Kids choose their age, and then dive into a world of different math problems and answers uniquely suited towards them.

37. The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive – If your kid thinks math should be ancient history, tell him it actually is with this great site. It offers histories, biographies, and awesome facts to help kids contextualize the folks behind the theories.

38. K-12 Math Problems, Puzzles, Tips & Tricks – The focus of this site is a variety of math challenges for kids, taken from all over the world. Look for fun games and simple tricks to help kids master doing math in their head.

39. Math Exercises – Here, you will find “an example and exercises for each subject.” This site helps kids master percentages, fractions, 2-D shapes, proportional reasoning, and more.

40. Kids.gov: Math and Numbers – Here’s a list of government sites to bolster kids in math and science. Whether they want to get started on cryptology or climb a metric pyramid, it all starts here.

41. Math Games – Aimed at elementary and pre-school kids, this site has a great selection of fun math games. From geometry to simple household budgeting, this has the skills they’ll need for later in life.

42. Kaboose: Math Games – Appropriate for ages 6 and up, this site has a quirkier selection of games than most sites. Paint Brush Math, Multiplication Bridge, and Martian Math are just a few of the unique games found on this site.

43. Math Advantage – Catering to kids from kindergarten through 8th grade, this site has a bevy of quirky, fun activities. Whether you’re solving extraterrestrial math equations or making a robot dance, learning is made more fun here.

44. Math Goodies – Does your kid need math help? This site has them covered with interactive lessons, worksheets, homework help, and more.

45. Math in Daily Life – Every frustrated student of math eventually asks that question—when will I actually use this stuff? The focus of this site is helping kids learn math skills that will help them around the house, at work, and at school. Providing an answer to the inevitable question. Consider yourself saved on this argument.

46. MathStories.com – This site has a mixture of free content and subscriber content. The focus is on in-depth word problems to bolster critical thinking skills in all levels of math development.

47. Plane Math Activities – No, that’s not a typo. These plane math activities use different flying concepts to help kids develop their mathematical skills.

48. Funbrain – What makes this brain so fun? Well, it’s got an awesome math arcade, math baseball, math car racing, and other fun activities.

49. Math.com – As you might imagine from a place called Math.com, there’s at least a little of all things math here. Topics range from “Everyday Math” to Calculus and more advanced topics, and there’s tutoring resources and even math-related jobs for kids really planning their futures.

50. playKidsgames.com – What sets these math games apart from the pack? These games, no matter how silly they look, emphasize practical application, such as sharpening skills for better speed at math deduction.

51. 2+2 Math for Kids – This free math program is designed to supplement school instruction. It offers 21 cool exercises, eye-catching graphics, great music, and many more interesting features.

52. Geometry Puzzles – Here’s a puzzling site that kids will love. They’re given pictures, and asked to “slice” the images in such a way as to create geometrical shapes.

53. APlusMath -To get those grades up to “A Plus” status, this site emphasizes interactivity. Check out the website’s games, flash cards, math word find puzzles, and more.

54. AAA Math – If your kid has the reading and writing down, but that third “r”—arithmetic—eludes him, this is the site to visit. These online lessons focus on place value, statistics, fractions, exponents, and much more.

55. Ask Dr. Math – Kids got a math question? With this site they can ask Dr. Math himself, browse archived answers, and search by school level, from elementary school to college.

56. BrainBashers – If your kid’s into brainteasers and puzzles, this site will be an instant hit. There’s logic games, questions of the week, fun facts, and other math-tastic activities.

57. Escape From Knab – Here’s a math game with an interesting premise. You’re trying to save up for a ticket to the planet of Knab, and so must get a job, budget money, and even learn some tax tricks—a great way of teaching kids practical math.

58. Take a Challenge – This site throws down a math gauntlet to would-be challengers. With a colorful site and ample illustrations, kids are challenged to figure out these head-scratching questions in order to develop some mad math skills.

59. CoolMath4Kids.com - The age old question: how do we make math fun for kids? This site’s answer is to use great animations and activities to illuminate topics ranging from fractions to fractals and everything in-between.

60. KidsNumbers.com – If your kids need help in math, this teacher-designed site just might be the answer. There’s games, worksheets, and more to help kids with everything from addition to algebra.

61. Teach R Kids Math – As the name likely tells you, this is a site ideal for both math teachers and math students. Designed as a well-paced online curriculum, this online class format will get your kid ready to rock the school classroom.

62. A Math Dictionary for Kids – Oftentimes for kids (and even adults), math can seem like a different language. This site provides a handy dictionary to over 600 math-related terms, giving kids the classroom edge they need.

63. Cool Math Games – Is your kid not getting his daily dose of math games? These wild Flash games use fun as a great segue into informative math lessons.

64. allmath.com – Here’s an all-around informative site for those kids that want to rock at mathematics. The website covers sections on specific math topics, math-related informative articles, a questions and answers section, and more.

65. Math Activities Online for Kids – Choose between math lessons appropriate for kids by age level, from the 6-7 ballpark to 11 and 12-year olds. For activities, there’s word problems, brain teasers, logic puzzles, and more.

66. Math Cats – Time for an intervention—stop refreshing those Lolcats and get your kid to check out these Math Cats instead. This image-filled site has math-related art galleries, crafts, and online explorations.

67. Kids Math Games – Here’s a site that gets right down to it. Kids can get math worksheets, help with graphing, pattern-recognition tips, and much more.

68. Math Sites – Not getting enough math sites from this list? This site offers a compilation of links fit for future mathletes of all ages.

Physics

69. Amusement Park Physics – While everyone knows how fun a rollercoaster is, not everyone knows how it works. This site teaches kids the physics behind their favorite ride, and won’t even flip their stomachs inside out.

70. Robot Constructor – It’s a fine line: your kid wants to build robots, and you’re worried Godzilla won’t be around to stop whatever mechanized monstrosity they unleash upon the world. Have them practice with this simple robot constructor, as they design a bot that can navigate through pre-set mazes and even mazes kids design themselves.

71. The Fireworks of Elementary Particle Physics – This site explains particle physics through a colorful, firework-filled Flash animation. While it’s more aimed at older kids, your future physicist will thank you for this link.

72. The Particle Adventure – Been on a particle adventure lately? If the answer’s no, then take your kid on this online escapade that explores alternate dimensions, antimatters, particle detectors, and more.

73. StarChild – Got a young astronomer on your hands? Expect your children to learn solar system lessons and diagrams as well as diagrams and information on the entire universe. StarChild offers kids all of the educational supplements they need to reach for the stars.

74. KidsAstronomy.com – Here’s another space-worthy site that explores all aspects of space. The main emphasis is space travel, and there’s also free online classes for your astronaut to continue their learning.

75. Astronomy for Kids – Rounding out our future spacewalker links, this site is more “down to earth” than the others. In addition to offering the low-down on the depths of space, it also has tips for recognizing constellations and determining cardinal points from sunrises and sunsets.

Other Cool Science Stuff

76. Exploring Leonardo – If kids want to be future scientists and inventors, they should learn from the master. This Leonardo da Vinci site focuses on his scientific discoveries, awesome inventions, and, of course, his paintings.

77. Color Matters – It’s all about the color spectrum with this groovy site. The kid-friendly color-related topics range from race to research on color perception, and will keep kids clicking for a good, long time.

78. Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century – If you’ve got a future engineer in your house, this site will keep them enthralled. Topics range from electrical innovations to nuclear fission, and the site offers a glimpse of the power and potential for future breakthroughs.

79. How Stuff Works – Here’s another great site for kids who want to figure out how things work. Check out articles on robotic surgery, biomimicry, and U.S. Senate confirmations.

80. Planetpals.com – Help your kid join the “friends for Earth” with this bright site. It offers educational “helpers,” cool facts, and fun activities concerning planet Earth.

81. Popular Science – Another great site for future scientists, this is a place where kids can see the future happening before their very eyes. Cool cars, environmental breakthroughs, and even do-it-yourself helicopters are all covered, complete with plenty of images.

82. Questacon – Part of this site advertises Questacon, a “spectacular science show” replete with cool exhibits. In addition to that, the “online stuff” features science games, puzzles, experiments, and reading materials.

83. Science Explorer – Let’s face it—who doesn’t want to transform their home into “an exploratorium-at-home?” There’s activities here to make salt volcanoes, grow crystals, and even create lightning.

84. BAM! Body and Mind – This site’s designed for the future Kinesiology major or nutritionist in your family. You’ll find colorful information on fitness and disease, and also offers games, challenges, and a customizable fitness activity calendar.

85. Let’s Go Outside! – It’s all about the natural world with this great site. Kids can learn about nature photography, take scavenger hunt challenges, and learn about wildlife from all over America.

86. NASA Kids’ Club – If you’ve got a tyke interested in the great beyond of space, this site is definitely for them. It’s got news and pictures, and awesome games, whether your kid wants to travel with Buzz Lightyear or just dance on the moon.

87. National Science Resource Center – At the Resource Center, the name of the game is “learning science by doing science.” In addition to news articles, the “students” section offers science profiles and a variety of awesome online activities.

88. SpaceKids – Have your daily dose of “space science for kids” with this great site. Whether kids want to send their names to Mars or view a meteor storm, this site has the future astronomer covered.

89. EPA Student Center – Preserving the environment for the future starts with educating kids about the environment. Enter this site, which offers news, the latest environmental developments, and activities in addition to information about environmental careers and scholarships.

90. Tox Town – Before you ask—no, Tox Town is not the hometown of the Toxic Avenger. It is, however, a great site for kids to learn about environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals.

91. Smithsonian Education – This Smithsonian site has things to see and do for kids of all ages. They can learn about the space race, geology, dinosaurs, and more.

92. Homework Helper – Here’s something future scientists and current students alike will enjoy—a homework helper. The emphasis here is animals, and whatever information the site itself doesn’t have, they’ve got a link to cover your kid’s needs.

93. The Comet’s Tale – As you may have guessed, it’s all about comets with this great site. Kids can read up on comet history, play comet games, and even design their own comet.

94.PBS: Games Central – It’s a depository for awesome PBS Kids games— enough said. Whether math or science is your kids’ passion, there’s something fun for them here.

95. Math and Reading Help – Here’s another site that parents, teachers, and kids can all enjoy. Try going over some of the informative articles on teaching your kids math skills together or play a few games and activities to keep your children learning while they are spending some time with mom and dad.

96. Education for Kids – This site’s specialty is still their “drill games,” which help kids master their educational drills. There’s also a home-schooling friendly store and classifieds, and a service to find online coaching for your student.

97. Homework Help – Aimed at kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade, this site does what it says: offers lots of great homework help. It’s colorful, the activities are varied, and kids of all personalities can find something to love here.

98. Science and Math Around the World – This site is something of a link depository for science and math. As the name says, these useful links will take your kid on an educational journey around the world.

99. The All New and Improved Fruit Game – Believe it or not, the fruit game is celebrating 14 years on the internet. It challenges you to be the last one grabbing a piece of the digital fruit, and encourages kids of all ages to think more logically.

100. Prongo.com – Divided equally between math and science, this site has quirky games to help students master each subject. Kids can memorize the solar system and master multiplication, all while having a great time.

Another wonderful source of mathematics and science training tools and lessons can be your child’s teacher. They can often make copies of supplemental science or math exercises straight from a textbook. Then you will have your own answer checker to help with the whole process.

With time, your children’s math and science skills can become great. It just takes time and practice. By tutoring your child outside of school, it will prepare them for grade advancement, college and give them the confidence they need to perform their best in school.

4 Crime Fiction Writers Worth Reading

It’s a genre that is magnetic as it is enthralling, and people are drawn to it like moths to a flame. Crime fiction, especially the books that tell a good story and make you sweat till the end to reveal the villain, are natural best sellers. A rainy afternoon stuck at home, a boring flight where you have nothing else to do, or even a free weekend when you prefer to stay at home curled up with a good thriller rather than socialize – there is no fixed time to read a great crime fiction novel.

There are two genres of crime fiction – one in which you don’t know who the perpetrator is till the end, and the other in which you (the reader) know who did it, and only need to see how the hero/heroine solves the crime. In my book, the author of a whodunit is pretty important to the story, because there are some who are detail-oriented and others who are thought-driven. So, according to me, here are a few authors I rank highly when it comes to crime fiction:

  • Jeffrey Deaver: One of the few modern day authors who really know the ins and outs of crime and the ways to solve it; Deaver’s protagonist Lincoln Rhyme makes things more interesting because he is a quadriplegic who is tied down to a wheelchair and can move just one finger in the area below his neck. He is ably helped by his love interest and ace detective Amelia Sachs. With one of them in the field and the other using just his brains to solve the crime, the perps have to stay one step ahead if they are to beat Rhyme and his team. Deaver’s books are intriguing because of the detail that goes into the solving of the crime.
  • Agatha Christie: Arguably the greatest crime fiction writer of our times, Christie wrote many books with different protagonists. Be it the dapper Hercule Poirot who solved crimes using just his “grey cells” (he deplored the legwork that goes with normal methods of solving crime) to the quirky and old Jane Marple who solves crime with just her interest in other people’s affairs, Christie makes you wait till the last page to reveal who the culprit is. Sometimes, like in the book Death on the Nile, she proves how the one person who could not have committed the crime actually did it.
  • Earl Stanley Gardner: Now most people know that Gardner wrote about law and the workings of a courtroom. But Perry Mason, that enterprising and unconventional trial lawyer, is always the one who solves the case. He does it through a series of arguments, sometimes taking risks and tampering with the evidence just barely within the boundaries of the law. But he always manages to come out trumps in the end, usually a very dramatic and thrilling end, because of his intuition and his dogged determination to save his client, usually a buxom and beautiful blonde or brunette.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle: If I left this great man and Sherlock Holmes out of this list, it would not be a list of great crime fiction writers at all. Holmes manages to crack even the most bizarre mysteries that are narrated by his friend Dr. Watson. Although they are a bit verbose, Doyle’s writing does hold you spellbound as you wait to see how and why the crime was committed, and of course, who did it.

Top 10 Best Female Science Bloggers

Who says science is for nerds? These scientific lady bloggers keep it cool and show that science is not just for geeky guys with pocket protectors. Readers will get a fresh perspective on science straight from an intelligent female mind, and maybe a science lesson or two.

  1. FemaleScienceProfessor – What distinguishes this professor of the physical sciences? She has honest talk on education, feminism, and ethics, and keeps open communication with all of her readers.
  2. Bug Girl’s Blog – It’s all about “entomology…gardening…ranting” and “nerdery” on this quirky site. She muses on everything from moving to migratory butterfly research, and will keep you hitting the refresh button.
  3. Living the Scientific Life – What can we learn from the scientific life? How to improve our lives during unemployment, Antarctica research and Biblical accuracy.
  4. Of Two Minds – Here’s the musings of a neuroscience PhD candidate. She examines the relationship of science, politics, culture, money, medicine, and religion.
  5. The Female Perspective of Computer Science – Who says computer science is a boys’ only club? The Female Perspective of Computer Science delves into augmented reality, academic research and how to make programming fun.
  6. Warped Passages – This blog is based on the book of the same name. This science lady ponders the mysteries of the universe, as well as offering insight into the creation of the book.
  7. Female Fitness and Nutrition Scientist – She’s got a PhD in Exercise Science and she’s not afraid to use it. She offers useful chucks of information on pregnancy, protein shakes, and sore muscles.
  8. Women in Science – Like the name says, this blog is all about women’s roles in science throughout the years. Expects posts on science carnivals, up and coming researchers, science education, and more.
  9. Science and Supermodels – What do sexiness and science have to do with each other? This blogger shows that it’s quite a bit, dishing about stem cell possibilities for breast enhancements and liposuction, as well as a “smart bra” that enhances breasts only when the woman likes who she’s chatting with.
  10. Sciencewomen – Here’s the blog of a scientist and engineer following the challenge to be the change you wish to see in the world. She talks about academia, summer mornings, and offers commentary on current events.

Feeling smarter? We bet you are. So smart, in fact, you could probably teach a high school science class just from these top 10 female science blogs. Just remember to refresh the page so you don’t teach the same lessons everyday.