Science projects are probably the last thing on parent’s to-do list. And although the school year is just beginning for some students, many parents can find help at some online resources. Many of us might be wondering how to help our children with their science projects. Many of us may not even know where to begin. Of course, the online sites will provide a sea of infinite amount of information available.
As educators and parents, we look for the best for our children. And when it comes to them surfing the Internet, it is no different.
Here, seven best sites that are safe for children to gather information about certain projects are presented. But don’t leave children to seek data by themselves. Help them by surfing and looking for information together.
USDA Agricultural Research Service – Sci4Kids
Amazingly enough, this site provides plenty of information on countless of experiments that can be done. The site is organized in 4 sections: science spotlight, science projects, teacher’s desk and cool careers. In the science project section, you’ll find information on the different parts of a science project: research, hypothesis, procedure, results, and conclusion. In the teacher’s desk section, you’ll find useful resources about lessons, activities, and other links.
Science Museum Science Fair Project Ideas – Try Science
This site has so much information in regards to physical, biological, earth and chemical science. It is also organized in 3 different sections: parents, teachers, and scientist/engineers.
There’s also a cool interactive experiments section that kids can explore. The teachers’ section has useful links and other resources as well as more activities. The site can also be viewed in Spanish.
Science Fair Projects Science Buddies – Parents Resources
Since 2002, this site has been recommending and providing information to parents and educators about science projects. In the parent resource section, you’ll find useful information in regards to how to do a science project, significance of science projects, and documentaries. It also has a great section on how to be safe online and how sites may gather information online.
ipl2: information you can trust – Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII)
This site has a very useful section about science projects. It has compile information in regards to animals/zoology, plants/biology, earth science, physics, chemistry, machines/engineering, human health, consumer products, mathematics, and computers. This useful information and links are all categorized according to each subject.
We love this site because of its simplicity to explain science terms to preschoolers. The site also provides plenty of resources about how to approach science with your kids. Science can be a rewarding experience for parents and children when they explore together.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Cool Science – Cool Science for Curious Kids
This site presents science in 5 very cool projects for kids: plant-parts, air junk, critters, butterflies, and inch square. Plant-parts and critters require a plug-in to interact with these sections. It also provides some great information to parents about how to talk to kids about science and its importance.
Annenberg Learner – Journey North (A global study of wildlife migration and season change)
This is a magnificent site to explore about animal sightings and how it affects some of the basic habits in our environment.
Some plug-ins may be needed to view videos in certain lessons. This site provides plenty of information about the biology of Monarch butterflies, Robins, Hummingbirds, Tulips, Whooping Cranes, Gray Whales, Bald Eagles, Sunlight/Mystery, and Other Species.
Although one site is available in Spanish (Try Science), bilingual parents can always use a translator from their web browser or available through a plug-in.
Science is an ever learning process. By having the right tools like great educational resources, students can learn so much from the physical and chemical world.