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FUN AND INFORMATIVE WEBSITES

4,000 Years of Women in Science »

Is that enough history for you?

Antimatter »

What if your reflection in the mirror was an "anti-you"?

Brain Pop »

One of our all-time favorites.

Chem 4 Kids »

Matter and what changes it. Don't ask us why that matters.

Exploratorium »

An online museum—and a great place to find answers for that research paper!

Fact Monster »

Lots of facts on lots of subjects. Click on the icon for the subject you're interested in.

Film, TV, Museums and More »

NSF explores science films, television shows, museum exhibits, websites and more!

Funolog »

One place where you'll never be bored!

Heavens Above »

Find out when the International Space Station will fly over your town.

How Stuff Works »

The name says it all.

Hubble Space Telescope »

The place to go for fantastic pictures from space.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory »

Get images of planets, asteroids, and more.

Kitchen Science Experiments »

Find LOTS of great kitchen science experiments from life science to earth science to chemistry.

Live Science »

All sorts of info about all sorts of things. Just pick your topic!

MAD Sci Network »

Ask a scientist, MAD labs, library resources, and more.

Natural World of North America »

One of the coolest sites we've seen, with loads of links.

Neuroscience for Kids »

Did you know that you can be right-eared as well as right-handed?

New Scientist »

All sorts of interesting information.

Pieces of Science »

Simulations, activities, resources, and more.

Planet Pals »

Think “green”—because if ecology is important to you, this is your site.

Powers of Ten »

Learn about scale and relative size. Nanoseconds? Sure. Femtoseconds? Huh?

Science A GoGo »

Interesting science news, research tidbits, and science discussion. Go for it!

Science Daily Headlines »

Wow your teacher with the latest news from the world of science.

Science Friday »

Links to must see science sites.

Science Hobbyist »

Links to all kinds of science sites.

Science Made Simple »

Experiments, project ideas, answers, and more. 

If you know of good sites for this list, e-mail Sylvia Oliver at olivers@wsu.edu.

RECIPES FROM THE LAB (MAKE WITH AN ADULT)

Monster Bubbles

6 cups water (distilled is best)
3/4 cup corn syrup (such as Karo Light)
2 cups Joy or Dawn dish soap

  • Mix together. Let the mixture sit for four hours (so the bubbles can settle), then enjoy.
  • Dirt and other bubbles can keep your bubble mix from working, so make sure the that you use very clean containers and that you don't stir too much or too quickly, keeping the bubbles down.

Flubber

Warm water
2 cups white school glue (such as Elmer's)
Liquid water color (NOT food coloring)
Glitter (optional)
2 tsp. Borax (20 Mule Team Borax, available in any grocery store's laundry section)

  • Combine in a small container: 1 1/3 cup very warm water and 2 tsp. Borax
  • Stir until the Borax is completely dissolved and set aside.
  • Combine in a large container:  1 1/2 cup very warm water, 2 cups school glue, liquid water color, and glitter. Mix thoroughly.
  • Pour the contents of the small container into the large container.
  • Mix well, using your hands.
  • Lift and turn the mixture until it is fully combined.

Note: If the flubber sticks on hair, clothes, carpet, use white vinegar to clean it up. The vinegar completely dissolves the flubber. This recipe yields enough for six children. If stored in an airtight container, flubber lasts up to two weeks.

Gak

White school glue (like Elmer's)
Water
Borax (found in the laundry department)
Food coloring

  • Mix 2/3 cup glue and 1/2 cup warm water in a small container or a bowl.
  • Add the food coloring to the glue and water mixture. Stir.
  • In a different container, combine 1/3 cup hot water and 1/2 tablespoon Borax
  • Combine the contents of the two containers; stir the mixture very well. The gak will begin to take form and solidify.
  • Remember to store your gak in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out.

STUDENT RESOURCES

  • Scientific journals available in the public domain. 
  • Websites, both for fun and extra resources
  • Suggestions for science papers and research projects.

Need a Research or Project Idea?

  • Need to understand the scientific method and how it's used? This site explains it clearly.
  • This site provides tons of ideas for projects in biology, engineering, physical science, earth science, meteorology, environmental science, and computer science.
  • Home Science Tools has a valuable selection of ideas, as well as a link to "Science Buddies." Forgive the name and go to Science Buddies—it will be well worth your time.

Not everything you do needs to be geared to a science fair. Many students conduct serious scientific research and write their results in research papers. These resources will help you do that:

  • Student Independent Science Research
  • National Student Research Center
  • ERIC, from the US Department of Education, is a vast database of articles. Enter your search terms (such as "writing papers" or "scientific writing"), and the database will  pull up a number of relevant articles. Not all are available for free, but ERIC gives you options to find what you need through other sources.
  • Contact your local university of college see if they have student research programs. Many, like MIT or Baylor, offer summer research programs for high school students. Companies also offer research opportunities or scholarships for student research, so don't be shy about asking.

Scientific Journals

  • Science Magazine is the publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  It comes out weekly and you can find back issues on their website.  There are some parts you need to be registered to access, but the registration is free.  The magazine covers many topics across a broad spectrum of science and can be a good starting place to find ideas for research and study.
  • Scientific American is a monthly magazine in print. On their website you can access articles more quickly and it allows you to research back issues. This is also a good source for science ideas. 
  • Nature is a weekly science journal meant for the more mature science reader.  It covers a wide variety of science subjects, but leans to the life sciences.  If your research is in another area of interest, be sure to use their navigation bar and A-Z search for other topics.
  • HighWire Press: the largest archive of free, full-text science articles and journals (of which they are the publisher)--almost two million articles, from 200 journals. You can search using text, author or citation date, or just scan the A-Z list of journals to find your item of interest.  You can also register, giving access to other “free” services.
  • PubMed Central (PMC) a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. The PMC journal list comprises journals that deposit material in PMC on a routine basis and generally make all their published articles available here. All articles are free (sometimes on a delayed basis).

Would you Like to Share your Science Interests with Other Students?

  • TestToob allows middle and high school science enthusiasts to post and view videos and to network with like-minded teens.
  • Free registration is required; you must be 13 or older.

Resources for Serious Math and Science Students (or not!)

 If you have ideas for changes or additions, please contact Dr. Sylvia Oliver, olivers@wsu.edu.

Contact Information

Dr. Sylvia Oliver, Director
WSU Spokane CityLab

Telephone: 509.358.7635
E-mail: olivers@wsu.edu

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1495
Spokane WA 99210-1495

Shipping Address
412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. 
Spokane, WA 99202

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