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Recommended links

 

 

Whilst researching appropriate web-links for the various Sci-box investigations, I was overwhelmed by the number of websites that I came across.  Unfortunately, many of them contained little useful content, consisting largely of links to other pages (far too many of which were out-of-date or inaccessible).  Many were pitched at an inappropriate level for the Sci-box target audience, and many more consisted of useful material that was nevertheless presented in ways that lacked impact or innovation.  Hence, the criteria for inclusion on this page are:

  • the site is content-rich (and not merely a collection of links)

  • the content (or, at least, a large part of it) is appropriate to the target age-group (8-12 years)

  • the site is attractively presented and easy to navigate

Furthermore, because it can be confusing to be faced with a huge array of links, I have limited the number on this page to "about 10".  Please note - they are not ranked in order.  If you have suggestions for other links that you would like to see included - or believe that some of those listed here do not merit inclusion, please send feedback via the CONTACT page of this website.

 

 
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www.exploratorium.edu/

A host of topics from the Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception, including plenty of online interactivities and lots of ideas for things to do.

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www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/index_flash.shtml

An engaging selection of interactivities, organised by age and linked to the National Curriculum.

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http://www.thesciencemuseum.org.uk

The Science Museum site. It can take a little while to navigate to the "good stuff" - so why not go straight to the Energy section or head for the "fun stuff"?

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www.wcsscience.com

This Worsley School website explores and explains over 150 fascinating science topics - everything from armpit odour to a toilet-paper timeline.

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www.brainpop.com/science

Attractive and easily-navigated site featuring simple but informative "movies" explaining all kinds of science stuff.

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www.howstuffworks.com

Although aimed at adults, these detailed explanations about all manner of things can be understood by children who have a wide vocabulary.  (Site sponsored by advertisers.)

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www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca/english/index.cfm

Essentially the website of the Canadian Science and Technology Museum, the Kid's Zone has some interesting features, though the Tell me about section is probably more useful and informative.

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www.seed.slb.com/en/index.htm

Dedicated to encouraging scientific enquiry in kids, this site (part of Sclumberger Oilfield Services) features a Science Center and a host of things to do.

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www.granadakids.com/bigbang9

The website of ITV's "Big Bang" programme is worth a look as it contains a good few science-based activities (though they do sometimes require materials that are not easily accessible to all kids).  The site is also a little short on explaining why things work - but it could encourage kids to watch the programme. 

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www.yesmag.ca/

This Canadian science magazine for kids features a host of projects to try out and a cool answer your questions section.

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Although they are a little short on explanation, there are plenty of activities to try out.

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www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/kids

Some great interactive stuff about the natural world, including: A walk in the woods, Trees are terrific, The secret life of trees, The great plant escape - plus worms, insects and corn.

             
   

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