General Science

Latest Updates - June 9, 2020

  • Become a Junior Ranger with the National Parks Service! 
  • Check out Scientific American, the essential guide to the more extraordinary advances in science and technology. Read about the latest discoveries in engineering, biology, chemistry, space, and more.
  • The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and the Leslie Science and Nature Center created “STEM at Home.” Engage in free, open-for-all-workshops and explore complex science concepts with video clips and activities.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published an array of environmental and science-based lesson plans, activities, and ideas to engage in with your students. Learn more about air, climate change, ecosystems, energy, health, waste, and water.

External Resources We Like

  • The Detroit Zoo’s online learning website allows fans from all around the world to engage in activities, connect with wildlife, and learn more about the natural world in a variety of different contexts.
  • Find yourself with extra down time? Explore the latest science news via SciURLs, a simple aggregator website that lets you search headlines and explore the latest news across Nature, Science Magazine, Wired Science, and more.
  • National Geographic Kids’ website offers a wide range of science activities and resources for kids of all ages to enjoy. Watch videos, play games, read science articles, and learn!
  • The Green Education Foundation’s Curriculum and Activities page includes sustainability lesson plans, activities to do with your class/group in the garden, fun garden books to read, and information on how to use a school garden as a teaching tool.
  • How about taking your kids on a scavenger hunt for signs of spring? Print off this free Spring Scavenger Hunt page. Give one to each child, or pair an older student with a younger one in a team and let them search the yard or the park.
  • If the weather is not cooperating, here is an indoor scavenger hunt.
  • The North Carolina Museum of Natural History has a wild variety of different online resources for families, educators, teens, and adults! Take part in at-home activities, explore a virtual tour, or sit back and watch some educational videos.
  • It’s that time of the year! Check out some great advice on native gardening from the MSU extension.What happens when you combine plastic bags, parchment paper, and an iron? Innovation! Flex your creative muscles and pick up a sustainable new hobby.
  • Designer Steph Mantis (of “Forever Pizza” fame circa 2017) combines cooking, art, science, and tech by capturing microscopic images of food. Listen to her explain her process and see if it inspires you to explore a project of your own. Heads up: Mantis uses an expletive to express dismay when viewing something under 10x magnification.
  • Check out episodes of The Brain Scoop, an educational & entertaining YouTube series from The Field Museum in Chicago.
  • Episodes of SciShow, posted weekly to YouTube, answer science questions and explore a wide range of science disciplines.
  • Head on over to CrashCourse and learn more about astronomy, biology, chemistry, history and more by watching 10-15 minute long “courses!”
  • Find a YouTube tutorial and learn how to turn your smartphone into a microscope!
  • Science News for Students offers a variety of resources, news, and fun facts about fields such as geology, meteorology, ecology, and more. The site also includes resources and information on incorporating science talks and concepts in your home!
  • Watch the original “Bill Nye the Science Guy” videos in the comfort of your own home! Topics include life science, physical science, and planetary science.
  • Take a look at this ultimate guide of virtual museum resources, e-learning, and online collections!
  • The Science Spot is a good resource for middle grade students.
  • We’ve been enjoying Steve Hartman’s (CBS News’ “On the Road”) Kindness 101 series.
  • Kurzgesagt is an accessible series of videos that cover a wide variety of scientific topics in a friendly and informative format.
  • National Informal STEM Education Network offers professional development, lesson plans, evaluation and research, and more. Check out their site.
  • Maybe your student(s) already love using Kahoot! in class to review for tests. At home, parents can create a free account and choose from thousands of games. Students can play against each other or use existing quizzes for review.
  • Mystery Science is an online science resource with videos, discussion questions, and hands-on activities. Each lesson starts with a question to spark students’ curiosity. The company is offering free accounts for parents until June 2020.