Web Resources for Kids
This is your launch pad to dozens of adventures, games and interactive activities, offered on science sites designed just for kids. With lots of content on electricity and magnetism, these pages offer everything from homework help, science project ideas, fun factoids and even bad jokes about electricity (How many students does it take to screw in a light bulb?). Older students may also want to check out our Electricity and Magnetism on the Web page, listing sites written for adults.
Academy of Energy
If you're curious about why lightning never strikes twice in the same place or what makes a firefly glow, the Academy of Energy is the place for you. In the Student Area, see if you can answer the Energy Question of the Month or enjoy the energy games and puzzles.
Adventures of Science Bob
Learn about science from the guy who teaches it to the stars! Science Bob has been traveling in his mobile science lab to TV studios and movie sets for years in order to teach lots of famous young actors and actresses about physics, chemistry, biology and more. By visiting this site, you can access the same experiments and science info enjoyed by the rich and famous!
Exercise your brain by visiting this site. All school subjects are covered here, and each topic is made easy and fun to learn with a short cartoon, comic strip, interactive quiz and other activities. You can visit the site for free for 14 days, but check with your parents if you want unlimited access to BrainPOP because a subscription is required.
Get help with your homework on this unique educational site, offered by the Discovery Channel. You can narrow the information by grade level, which makes it easy to find the information you need. Lots of videos, games and images make learning about science and other subjects fun. Explore the site for free for 30 days, but for long-term use you’ll need to pay a monthly fee.
Did You Ever Wonder?
Did you ever wonder about a better way to light up the darkness, how electrons move through exotic crystals, or anything else related to science and the world we live in? If so, then this site provided by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is for you! The amazing answers that you will find are written by real scientists working at the famous lab.
Whether or not you have seen the cool shows on the Discovery Kids channel, make sure you don't miss the Discovery Kids Web site. You will find lots of neat science information and games, such as Whizzball and Fact or Fake. While you're there, don't forget to visit the yuckiest site on the Internet, where you can ask Wendell the worm anything you ever wanted to know about science.
Electric Ben Franklin
Ben Franklin is one of the most well-known people in American history. In addition to his involvement in government and the printing industry, Franklin was a great innovator in science and technology. Learn about his famous kite experiment and his other electrical research by visiting this informative interactive site dedicated to his life and work. While you're there, don't forget to watch "The Ben Show."
Electricity and Magnetism Experiments
This site describes more than a dozen exciting electricity and magnetism experiments that you can carry out in school or at home. The experiments will help you learn important concepts, such as the differences between series and parallel circuits and why resistors are resistant to electrical flow.
Electronics for Kids
You can use simple items from around the house to perform most of the experiments listed on this site. The experiments will help you learn about the basics of electronics by showing you how magnetism, static electricity and simple circuits work.
Learn how to conserve electricity by going through the Hog Busters Training Camp. Inspectors Hector and Irene are there to help you along the way. You must successfully complete all five training games in order to become an official Hog Buster. Then you'll be ready to print out the Energy Audit and find and eliminate any Energy Hogs in your own home.
The California Energy Commission's Energy Quest Web site is designed to spur the imagination and creativity of tomorrow's scientists and inventors. Almost anything you could want to know about electricity and other types of energy can be found here. In addition to the story of energy broken down into 20 easy-to-read chapters, Energy Quest offers lots of science and energy activities, a helpful list of energy resources, an exciting online energy fable called "Devoured by the Dark," a wide selection of games and puzzles, and even a fun collection of energy jokes and puns.
An interactive science and engineering page for kids ages 9 to 11, this site will give you the full scoop on light, sound, electricity and more when you use the Real Deal light bulb. Try to keep power-hungry Dr. Volt from plunging Silicon City into darkness while investigating the science of electricity at the same time!
The Exploratorium is a unique museum in San Francisco with a large, award-winning Web site that covers hundreds of different topics, ranging from how magnetic pendulums work to how weather in space affects people on Earth. Because of the large amount of information covered, using the search option is often the easiest way to find facts on specific topics. Numerous online activities and exhibitions make this a really entertaining and educational site.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Students' Corner
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) helps make it possible for you to get the energy to run your TV, computer and other electrical devices simply by flipping a switch. On the Students' Corner of their site, you can find out exactly how important FERC is in your life while playing games and testing your knowledge with online quizzes. The photo essays accessible from the section offer a fascinating way to learn about the oil, hydro, and natural gas industries.
Frankenstein's Lightning Laboratory
Provided by the Miami Museum of Science, Frankenstein's Lightning Laboratory invites you to learn interactively about electrical safety and different forms of electricity. Enter if you dare!
Interactive Plasma Physics Education Experience
This site is designed to make older students more enthusiastic about science by providing an interactive way to learn about energy, matter, electricity, magnetism, the laws of motion and related topics. You’ll find video games, interactive presentations and lots of examples from everyday life that make abstract concepts concrete and easier to understand.
Jefferson Lab Student Zone
Need help with your science homework? The Student Zone of the Jefferson Lab Web site features lots of useful homework helpers, such as a glossary of science terms and an exciting presentation that teaches you all about atoms. A catalog of answers to commonly asked questions is also helpful, and a list of links to science-related games available on the Internet will point you to other places you can visit to combine fun with learning.
Kansas City Power & Light Kids Clubhouse
Become an honorary member of the KCPL Kids Club when you visit this Web site. The cartoon kids in the club will guide you on a journey of learning about how electricity is made and how magnets work. Like other kids, they enjoy using games and experiments to discover new things.
Kids Saving Energy
This fun, interactive Web site (by the U.S. Deparment of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program) offers oodles of interesting facts related to all types of energy.
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation
Discover the amazing stories behind important inventions on this site. If you want to explore your wilder side, visit the virtual exhibit on the rise of the electric guitar. If the light bulb is what sparks your curiosity, don't miss Edison Invents! Tip: Take the Students Shortcut to quickly get to the fun stuff.
This site is dedicated to magnetism and the cool experiments you can carry out with permanent magnets and electromagnets. Everything you need to get started is here: lists of materials, directions on how to set experiments up, and notes on how they work. Also check out the links to neat magnetic toys you can buy and sites and books with more info on magnetism.
There is no news like Nanooze, a site full of the latest news in science and technology. Many of the articles concentrate on things on the nano-scale, which are too small to be seen with the naked eye, but you can read about other science-related issues, too.
NEI Science Club
The Nuclear Energy Institute's Science Club site is a terrific resource if you want to know anything about nuclear energy or exactly how electricity is produced by nuclear power plants. When you visit the Nuclear World page, you will find out why they say a picture is worth a thousand words. The interactive animations there definitely speak for themselves.
Bill Nye is probably the most famous "Science Guy" in the world. The Nye Labs Web site is filled to the brink with neat things for you to explore and discover. The site makes it easy to find demos relating to specific topics. Visit it to send goofy, science-related E-cards to your friends and family.
Developed by the American Museum of Natural History, this site is devoted to the study of most anything (ology means "the study of"). Here you can meet ologists, who follow wherever their curiosity leads them, collect cool OLogy cards, explore outstanding science projects (developed by kids like you) in the OLogist Hall of Fame, and find lots of science activities to try at home.
Physics 2000 is a fun, interactive journey through the world of modern physics geared toward older students and adults. Intriguing cartoon students and teachers help you explore many topics through a series of questions and answers. Interactive applets clarify key concepts that come up during the virtual conversations and make learning enjoyable. A large section of the site focuses on topics relating to electromagnetism.
Science projects can be difficult, especially if you are doing one for the first time. They require an idea, planning, precision and presentation skills. You can find all of the tools you need to put together the best science project possible at this site. Even a special mentoring program is offered, in which young students can get advice and guidance from high school students or professionals working in various fields.
Science Museum of Minnesota's Science Activities
Get the latest in science news and dig deeper into the headlines when you visit Science Buzz, one of the Science Museum of Minnesota's many cool online offerings. Topics you might see on the Buzz include the magnetic reversal of sunspots and the increased use of solar panels in California.
The kids section of the Smithsonian Institute's Web site focuses on fun, games and science exploration. Here you can learn how to build your own light bulb, read satellite photos and more.
SRP Virtual Power Plant Tour
See how electricity is generated at a power plant without ever leaving your home when you visit this Web site developed by Salt River Project (SRP). The exciting multimedia tour uses sound, animation, video and games.
U.S. Department of Energy For Students and Kids Page
Think you're ready to pit your science skills against those of other kids? Find out about lots of science contests and competitions from this site, which also features fun science facts, energy glossaries and a home energy quiz.
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Students' Corner
About 20 percent of U.S. electricity comes from nuclear power plants. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission provides this Web site to teach kids about the steps involved in the production in nuclear energy. Lots of pictures and animations make the material interesting and easy to understand.
When Things Get Small
This very engaging, very accessible video demystifies nanoscience with illustrations such as a stadium-sized bowl of peanuts, a shrinking elephant and a crazed hockey player. This half-hour piece, produced by UCTV at UC San Diego, addresses magnetic concepts such as quantum spins and magnetic domains.
Don't be afraid to question what you hear on the news. Visit the Why Files to discover the science behind what you read in the newspaper and see on TV. Recent articles featured on the site explore subjects such as electric cars and nuclear power. You'll discover why there are not always simple answers to energy-related problems.
Whyville is not just a science education Web site, but a complete virtual city where you can become an official citizen with your own unique face design that distinguishes you as you walk (or ride!) around town. Once you're a Whyvillian, you can read the weekly paper (written by Whyville citizens), play educational games to earn clams (the local currency), embark on treasure hunts and chat with other kids from around the world.