Its mid-March and 1/2 the world is stuck at home and trying to entertain and educate their children. With my expertise in science, I thought I would put together a list of resources for parents and educators to use to help teach their kids some science concepts and keep that love of learning alive!
15 Science Education Resources
I have been a science teacher for 12 years and I love every moment of it (yes, even the days where my sanity is pushed to its limits). I know that as a mom I am feeling a bit of the stress of having my kids home during the school year. Not so much because I am home with my kids (we are hermits, this is my time to shine), but more so because I do not want my kiddos to get behind and lose their love of learning. This list of 15 science education resources is sure to have something for everyone!
- SciShow: This is a great youtube channel dedicated to working through scientific processes with children and in general piquing their interest in scientific topics ranging from insects, to volcanos to more in depth topics like genetics. Such a great resource and great instructors too!
- Crash Course: This is another youtube channel by the same awesome folks from SciShow but it caters to students in secondary education. I use these videos in my classes all the time and they truly do a fantastic job going through the details, history and really showing the processes.
- Amoeba Sisters: If Crash Course is a bit above your child’s head or if it goes to quickly, the Amoeba sisters are fantastic and really animate scientific processes fantastic.
- ABC Mouse: Most parents have subscriptions to this, but you guys, this is a great resource for kids to learn about science in a kid friendly way. It does cater to younger ages, but my kids love it.
- Legends of Learning: Catering to mostly elementary and middle school, this is a game based website that has so many resources and fun games for kids to learn and practice what they have learned. I have reviewed this service before, check it out.
- Khan Academy: This is a wonderful service for parents and students to learn, review and test their knowledge. It is not an exclusive science resource, but they have some really amazing walk through lessons and practice for kids and I use this often in my classroom.
- Teachers-Pay-Teachers: Looking for worksheets or lesson plans and more, teachers pay teachers has basically everything you need for everything from science to math to English and for every grade PK-12.
- PhET: PhET’s are aimed at secondary education and higher, but they are a great resource for hands on virtual learning to work through processes and really see how variables affect systems.
- Pearson Biocoach: Biology based, this is the Pearson website that helps students learn through somewhat hands on virtual labs. Students can manipulate variables and take quizzes as they work through various science content.
- Science Learning Resources: Not a big resource, but this has a fun V-Scope explorer for kids to practice using a microscope and view various slides of different cells.
- Bioman Biology: Focused on biology and secondary education, this website has some awesome hands on virtual animations for students to really learn and apply concepts.
- HHMI Biointeractive: We use HHMI biointeractive’s in class all the time. Just type in a concept and they have videos, lessons and more for kids to do from the comfort of their own device.
- NIH Resources for Students: I have not worked a ton with the National Institutes of Health, but they do have some good apps and resources for kids that are interested in learning about careers in science, the environment, their body and more.
- BrainPOP: This website has more than just science resources and is great for all levels of students. With videos, quizzes, coding and more there is a ton of awesome fun kids can have while learning about Science.
- Science Kids: I have not done a lot with this particular resource, but my son showed it to me and seemed to like it. Looks pretty easy to navigate and geared toward elementary and middle school students.
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