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Quick science activities for young people. Love it!
Animated Science
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There are animations, photos, videos, and forums all aimed at (mainly) secondary school science.  The author is a practicing teacher and the site was originally intended for the use of his pupils. The animations are designed to be suitable for use in the classroom or at home on PC or multimedia projector. They span various topics such as electricity, radioactivity, waves, forces, rocks, bonding and earth sciences. There is also a large collection of photos which are intended for educational use.
Association for Science Education
Useful. There are some excellent resources and ideas for SEN (follow the links to SEN CD Rom).
AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust
A useful collection of CPD materials in the teachers' section.
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Loads of interactive activities for primary children. Excellent.
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Information and activities for children on a wide range (more than 150) of science topics. This excellent resource contains all sorts of child-friendly things and lots of ideas for things to do. Unfortunately, there's now charge for what they used to give for free - except for a few samples. It is quite expensive but membership gives access to similar collections for Technology, English, Maths, Art & Music, Social Studies and Health. There is also a support section for teachers. The pages have rather a lot of graphics to load and can be a little slow if you don't have a broadband connection but worth waiting for.
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This site is obviously produced by an enthusiast. There is an excellent section about Bridges, as well as sections about Colours, Nature's Maths, Physics, Snakes, Sound and Water. There is a link from the water pages to a fascinating section about Spiders' Webs. The site looks at the science and maths in these topics but shows an awareness of the artistic dimension, too. This is well worth a look.
BA The British Association for the Advancement of Science
The premier organisation promoting the cause and advancement of science.
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More than just information about their programmes, this site has links to lots of useful things.
The Constants and Equations Page
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This is really useful.  Do you want to know the mass of the Earth, its volume or the time of sunrise in Kabul on January 18th? Do you know how many gallons there are in a dry pint? Do you know what a slug or G-pound is and how many Kg it is equal to? This site has over 4500 pages of information about scientific, mathematical or astronomical constants and equations.
Online Converter
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Convert almost any quantity to its equivalents
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Roger Frost, Science teaching guru tells you all you need to know about datalogging - what hardware and software you could use, how to use it, ideas for projects and much more besides.
Enchanted Learning
American site specifically designed to be easily negotiable for children. Covers a great deal of biology, but has an extensive dictionary and encyclopaedia. Many, many printouts of living things. Arts and crafts. Continually updated, almost day-by-day.  Quickly responsive to requests from teachers for specific materials. Designed and run by Jeananda Col, who says, "Our mission is to produce the best educational material, emphasizing creativity and the pure enjoyment of learning." This is an excellent website, well worth a visit.
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Examcentre is aimed at 16-18 yearolds who are studying for science exams and at their teachers. There are forums where students can discuss their subjects and ask questions and a forum for teachers, too. There are also over 300 articles on scientific topics, written by experts. Sadly, the team who run this site have recently had to introduce a moderate membership fee for access to the articles (10 p a) in order to maintain the sites ability to provide a high quality service. Probably well worth it if you, or your students are that stage of things.
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The Museum of Science, Arts and Human Perception. This is a well structured, attractive, child-friendly site with lots of interesting and esoteric stuff about science  - try Searching for Extremophiles in Kamchatka, Accidental Science in the Kitchen, Weather in Outer Space and much more...
This site, based in India, has a large number of science animations, covering a wide variety of topics. The people behind this site are committed to the idea of curiosity as a driving force in learning about science. Most of the animations are members only and must be paid for, but there is a selection of shorter ones that are downloadable for free.
Heroes of Science and Technology
Lots of information on Richard Arkwright the Cotton King. Also info on the inventors of steel and the toilet, plus four other lesser known inventors. Need to subscribe to access the whole A to Z of inventors. This one is the work of Adam Hart-Davis in his more serious mode.
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How Stuff Works
The name says it all. A huge collection of interesting stuff - car engines, combination locks, food, the immune system - readable and informative explanations of everyday technology and natural processes. You could get stuck here for years! (You'll have to put up with the advertising, though).
Inside Out
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This is the education website of the Royal Institution and, therefore, well worth looking at.
Mad Sci Network
A collection of scientists / researchers / lecturers will answer any questions on a scientific subject that are posted to them. Or read previously posted answers (There's a rather odd random selection page). No excuses now for not knowing the answers. This is a pretty strange site but brimming with interest.
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Lots of really interesting fun things to do. Kids will love it - and it's educational.
Preschool Science
An American site offering lots of information and ideas for preschool science activities.
Primary Resources for Science
Part of the larger Primary Resources Website. Has worksheets, lesson plans etc. for nine science activities in its science section.
Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab
A collection of free activities and links for parents, teachers and children of all ages. Looks like fun.
School Science
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A collection of resources and links. The site run by the Association for Science Education (ASE).
Science Active
A useful collection of science stuff for KS3, KS4 and beyond. Includes information for students an
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Especially of interest to Year 6 children and teachers. This is a 4-week online revision course linked to past science SATs. There is a link to download any (or all) past SAT papers back to 2003 and links to online interactives from around the web. Complete the course and you will have done all the past papers! Someone has done a lot of work to set this up and it will be really useful to those who are into revising for Science SATs.
Science Explorer
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Look no further - science experiments galore!
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Lots of links to interactive Flash movies on a wide variety of topics. (You can also find interactives for other ages and subjects by tracking back to 3-6 Home and then using the options at the bottom of the page).
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An award winning on-line journal where children can publish the results of their own investigations and read about the scientific studies of other young people. They say: All the articles we publish have been produced by students, often as part of classes in school or college work. Are you looking for ideas about practical work, science labs, science investigations, practical science, or even Sc1's and POAE's? Do you get involved in science fairs, technology fairs, science competitions, laboratory work, science fieldwork or science hypothesis testing? Have you got something interesting to tell other people about some science work you've done? Sadly, the journal is no longer publishing new articles, but the existing ones are still there.
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SLN explain themselves thus: The Science Learning Network (SLN) is an online community of educators, students, schools, science museums and other institutions demonstrating a new model for inquiry science education. The site has links to the member museums (including our own Science Museum, London) and a superb collection of resource links.
Science Made Fun
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Here's a great idea. Lots of science podcasts (some audio, some video).
Science Museum, London
Clicking on this link takes you to The National Museum of Science and Industry. You can reach three museums via this link. The Science Museum has information about exhibitions and collections in the museum, visitor information, movies and sound about Renaissance engineers, a look inside Apollo 10 and the chance to build a rocket online. The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television has information about the museum, visitor information, and information about photography. Chance to Make your own television programme. The National Railway Museum has information about exhibitions and collections in the museum, visitor information, story of the railway, railway posters and photographic exhibition.
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A useful collection of links
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This is a really slick links list, concentrating on scientific topics and including links for KS2 up to  A Level. Lots of useful links.
Teaching Ideas for Primary Science
Resources for 9 different science activities are currently available. Suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2.
Time and Date
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All sorts of information and calculations about time, time zones, dates, calendars etc.
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The website of the premier scientific journal.
New Scientist
Keep up to date with all the news in the world of science.
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Courtesy of Seaworld / Busch Gardens this website has online information books about a wide range of animals (mostly mammals), animal related topics (eg Endangered Species, Tropical Forests), a library of animal sounds and lots more)
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A huge collection of photographs and videos of named animal species. There are two sections: one of endangered species, the other of British species. Excellent!
The website for endangered species. Lots of information.
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Photos (masses of them) of British wild flowers. You can look them up alphabetically or by searching for particular flowers. There may be only one or many photos of the plant you choose.Where possible,photos show flower, leaf, stem, whole plant etc. etc.
British Wildlife Guide
An online encyclopedia of British wildlife, from Wildlife Britain. Basic facts about a wide range of animals and plants.
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A links list with lots of links to stuff about cells and heredity. Well worth a look.
Zoom Dinosaurs

Lots of info about dinosaurs!
Dinosaurs for kids
Want to memorize dinosaurs? This fun and interactive tool will give you an easy headstart. ... Games, activities, and other fun and educational tools. Learning about ancient life should be fun. Dinosaur Games ... characters knew a dinosaur was approaching, because the ground shook with every step the animals took
Dragonfly TV
An American science project. Their website has fun activities, science information, interactive games and lots of clips from their science education TV programs. Well worth exploring.
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Great Canadian site for kids. Lots of Flash activities that are both educational and fun.

Euro Turtle
Conservation and biology of the Mediterranean sea turtles.
Grassland Explorer
These two sites are all part of a much larger site called Nature Explorer. It is attractive and easy to navigate. They are designed to support Key Stage 2/3 Life and Living Processes. Also available on the Nature Explorer site are "Pond Explorer", "Kingfisher Trail", "Sunrise Trail", Woodland Explorer and "Infant Explorer" (a literacy site for Key Stage 1). Very useful! (PS Spot the spelling mistake on the shield bug page!)
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An interactive site all about plants. Kids will enjoy this one, it's fun and informative
Marwell Zoological Park
Marwell Zoo's website. Mostly about the zoo, which has an active education department.
Natural History Museum
Yes - That big place in South Kensington. Galleries, interactive features including  a flesh-eating beetle webcam!
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Nature Grid
This is the website of Kent LA's Canterbury Environmental Education Centre. It's a great place! As well as lots of information about the Broadoak Nature Reserve in Canterbury, of wider interest is the curriculum area, with links to pages about how the site can help with National Curriculum studies. Best of all are the Virtual tours in the Nature Explorers section. There are sections about ponds, woodlands, grasslands, rivers. There is also a part for infants and more...
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Find out all about birds in their youth pages.
Secret Garden
This is an great site that shows you the natural world of flowers from a different angle - x-rays. See the beauty of flowers as you have never seen it before.
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This is weird, but kids will love it. Make your own hybrid animals and find out about the animals that you have used parts of while you do it. There's lots more, too.
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A host of differentiated activities and information about the sea and animals in general. An excellent resource for classroom use.

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An excellent American site with lots of ways to investigate water. Combat pollution and clean up a virtual oil spill. Follow the toilet flush to learn about sewage and recycling, or create your own miniature water cycle.
Wildlife and Wetlands Trust
Pages for teachers, factfiles (Useful for KS2 and KS3 projects/ homework) and a kids' zone with opnline games and activities.
World Wildlife Fund
A great site for animal and conservation information.
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An interactive and easy-to-use educational resource about Earth, oceans and the environment. Animations, teaching ideas, information, news and much more.
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Environmental education site from the Missouri Botanical Garden. Useful, interesting and simple. There are teachers pages and children's activities and information focusing on biomes of the world, freshwater and marine ecosystems. (There are also adverts for products to purchase).
This is one item from a package of  "teacher resources and professional development" produced by the American organisation Annenberg Media. Although it looks at the issues around garbage disposal in the USA it could also be useful to UK teachers. There are links to other "interactives" as they call them near the top of the page.
Ocean Planet
Discover all about the oceans and seas of the world. Topics include pollution, sea surprises, and biodiversity. Suitable for use in the KS 2 classroom for geography or sea related themes. There are also numerous links to educational resources and activities. (This is presente
d as an archival version of the script of "Ocean Planet," a 1995 Smithsonian Institution travelling exhibition which is no longer on display. The content reflects the state of knowledge at the time of the exhibition, and has not been updated).
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A great place to find out about environmental issues.
The Woodland Trust
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There's lots of good stuff for children here, especially in the "Learning is Fun" section.
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Have you heard about the amazing names geologists have given the layers of rock in the Grand Canyon? Do you know where the layers of rock came from, and how the Grand Canyon was formed? If you're curious, here's a place to start! Great site but the front page is huge and takes ages to download.
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The place to go for the latest news on volcanic eruptions.
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A great site for information on rocks and our earth. This is another of Annenberg Media's sections.
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5 Great Auditory Illusions
An interesting article from New Scientist magazine with links to examples.
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Anatomy - aimed at 11-16 year olds. This is a ThinkQuest site and well worth a look.
Come To Your Senses
Explore the five senses with the help of Mr Potato Head! This site is ideally suited to older Key Stage 2 pupils. It is packed with information, activities and pictures and will provide a useful resource as part of a human body science topic.
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Warning! This site contains rude noises. Match the sounds to discover the science behind these involuntary human responses. Key Stage 2 pupils will find this a hilarious addition to science topics on the human body. This is just one of the games in the Ontario Science Centre's Games Zone.

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A useful little site which extols the virtues of eating a healthy diet (Shame about the song!). You can discover facts about all kinds of fruit and the site is dotted with fruity characters who talk to you and tell you about themselves. Linked from this site is the Fruit and Vegetable Encyclopedia which has masses of information about nutritional values, growing and harvesting, recipes and lots more.
A great collection of optical illusions, but lots of ads, too.
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Lots of illusions. A fun resource for KS2 groups studying the workings of the eye or brain.
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A good collection of illusions with explanations.
Sandlot Science
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A great site for optical illusions. masses of examples and explanations.
Discover the secrets of the human skull.  While the text may be too detailed for use with KS2 pupils, they will certainly enjoy the Quick Time movies and could easily navigate their way around the skull. An interesting and informative resource for biology students.
The Tress Test
Experience this strange auditory illusion, and discover the 'verbal transformation effect'. What words can your pupils hear? An interesting experiment for Key Stage 2 pupils studying the senses or the human body in science.
Lots of online science websites created by students as part of the ThinkQuest program run by Oracle. (The quality varies, of course, but there is lots of excellent stuff here).
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Discover the sights and sounds of the human body at this site where biological facts and illustrations are presented in an amusing and informative manner. You can explore bodily functions (e.g. spit, snot, or ear wax) or select a body system for further explanations and descriptions. Key Stage 2 pupils will enjoy this fun classroom resource.

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Especially for young scientists interested in the body and insects. This one really appeals to kids. As well as telling all about the stuff they are most interested in (ie poo, pee, burps, farts, hiccoughs etc.) it also has sections about Roaches (cockroaches) and Worms.
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Bug Club
The Bug Club the junior section of the Amateur Entymologists Society and is a club devoted to young people and the "Young at heart" who find insects and other creepy crawlies interesting and even fascinating.
This is a great site if you want to look at pictures of bugs taken with a scanning electron microscope. The Bugscope project provides schools with the opportunity to send in their own specimens and examine them, operating the SEM remotely. The images are then added to their database for anyone to browse. Bugscope is based at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois. There is also a section of the site explaining the scanning electron microscope.
The Bumblebee Pages
If you want to know something about bumblebees, then this is the place for you. Quality scientific information presented in a friendly and readable way. The pages are well illustrated, too.
Beltsville Electron Microscopy Unit
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Another American site with some fascinating electron microscope images.
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Explore familiar and unexpected views of the microscopic world with these colorized images from electron microscopes. Insects, moulds, cells, sea creatures. Most are serious scientifically useful images, but beware a few are jokes! (They are pretty easy to spot)
If you want to find out more about bacteria, viruses, fungi or anything else in the world of microbiology then this comprehensive and well organised links collection is a great starting place. It will probably be of most use to those studying at A level or higher, but there is plenty for lower level study too, especially in the FAQ section.
The Scanning Electron Microscope
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Breathtaking pictures of small things blown up to huge sizes. Most belong in the Living World section but some are inanimate objects. You'll never touch a mascara brush again once you've seen what it looks like close up. There is alos a section about how the SEM works.
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Roach is what Americans call a cockroach. This is great resource for studying minibeasts. There are suggested activities for both KS1and KS2 at the ‘Teacher Center’ (qv).

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Especially for young scientists interested in the body and insects. This one really appeals to kids. As well as telling all about the stuff they are most interested in (ie poo, pee, burps, farts, hiccoughs etc.) it also has sections about Roaches (cockroaches) and Worms.
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Free downloadable (mainly) chemistry quizzes for ages 8 - 18.Worth looking at. Atoms Family
An introduction to some of the basic principles of physics. Topics include kinetic and potential energy, atoms and matter, light and electricity. This fun and informative site contains animated illustrations and simple experiments which can be used for science lessons across the Key Stages.
Cavalcade O' Chemistry
"I've put a bunch of free stuff on the internet for chemistry teachers. It's all free, and there's no annoying sales pitch for anything. After all, I'm a regular classroom teacher like yourselves," says Mr Guch.
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A useful freeware download for A level chemistry - for producing equipment diagrams.
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Although it sounds like it should be on the DT page, this is actually a science site (from Cambridge University). There are interactive games and teaching modules , closely tied to the requirements of the UK National Curriculum.
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Key Stage 2 pupils will find this a useful site to enhance work in science on air pressure. Find out why ears pop, how much pressure we are under and why we don't collapse.
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An interactive site about basic electrical circuits. Colourful and quite fun.
Find out all you ever needed to know about the weather.
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Colorado State University's Little Shop of Physics website is devoted to science education. Click the link for Online Experiments - Kids will love them. Have fun and learn some useful science at the same time!
The Particle Adventure
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The Particle Adventure is an award-winning site that allows you to explore the world of fundamental particles and forces and then to investigate the experimental evidence and techniques. Lots of cartoons and trivia questions to keep you interested.
School Science
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This one is a growing resource. Interactive pages suited to KS4 and beyond. Tick VG! The Interactive Periodic Table is superb.
You roll the mouse over the element and a panel pops up giving you such information as physical data, discoverer and date and lots lots more.
Water Rocket Construction
students construct a simple bottle rocket from two-liter soft drink bottles and other materials. The rocket is powered by air pressure and water.
NASA water rockets
There are many different types of model rockets. One of the first and simplest type of rocket that a student encounters is the bottle, or water rocket. ...

Water Science for Schools
Exactly what it says - enjoy!
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Click on the Learning Zone area. There you will find information and activities for both younger and older students. Well presented and informative this is a welcome addition to the plethora of space-related websites. Major sections of the text are downloadable as Word documents or PDF files and they are developing a teacher support area.
Constellations and their Stars
Lots of information about and lists of constellations and stars. Also photos, interactive star charts, links etc.
Earth and Moon viewer
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A definite must for work on the Earth in Space! View a map of the Earth showing day and night regions right at this moment, as seen from the sun, the moon, or a satellite. Or view the moon from above named locations. There is also a link to an interactive orrery.
NASA Website
An excellent site. Everything you every wanted to know about spaceflight, past and present. Lots of photographs, pictures, animations, videos and audio clips.
National Space Science Centre
This is the UK's Space Science Centre (What do you mean, you didn't know we had one?) Find out more ...
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This website is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of the planets, moons and other objects in our solar system. Each page has our text and NASA's images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information. Orbitiser
An interactive orrery with information about the planets. (from the Royal Institution's website)
Lots of information about the planet Mars and linked activities. You can lead a virtual expedition to the Martian surface and get instructions to make a model of the Sun - Earth - Moon system.
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Younger children will LOVE this site, packed with all sorts of interesting activities about space and astronomy from NASA. Get out your sticky tape and scissors and prepare for some fun! Very slow to download initially.
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An excellent site for youngsters with a real interest in astronomy. Its pages are written on two levels - level one aimed at the primary age range and Level 2 at secondary. Don't miss it!
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Part of Discovery Channel's website. Tour the Universe, explore awesome ideas about time and space, find out about famous space scientists (and not so famous ones, too)
Views of the Solar System
Learn all about the Sun's planets and trace the history of man's conquest of space.
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Lots of information about the Earth and the universe. The site contains interactive literacy games, puzzles, and colouring book plus an extensive range of classroom activities for teachers. An exciting resource for Space topic work from KS2 onwards.
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Does just what it says on the packet! Work out what you would weigh on Mars, or Venus, or Jupiter, or..... You can click on the pictures of the planets and get to the pages of The Nine Planets
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