Some Educational Resources in Physics, Astronomy, and Related Fields
Lesson plans based on Hubble Space Telescope images, at all levels.
Ask the Space Scientist
Ask Sten Odenwald about anything astronomical.
The Aurora Project
An Internet-based space physics lesson with a set of step-by-step assignments.
Basics of Radio Astronomy
A book which you can download and print.
Education and Public Outreach group at Sonoma State University
Information from NASA’s GLAST and Swift missions, Space Mysteries, and more.
Fermilab Education Office
A tremendous resource for teachers and students at all levels from elementary school to graduate school.
Imagine the Universe
A service of the High-Energy Astrophysics Learning Center. Practically a 3-ring circus with flashing lights, multimedia, and more. You can learn a lot here.
The Internet Plasma Physics Educational Experience
Includes interactive pages on electricity, magnetism, energy, and fusion. You can even play with a virtual Tokamak.
National Lab Educational Programs
Includes an interactive high school magazine, “Hands-on Universe,” “The Particle Adventure,” “ABC's of Nuclear Science,” and much more.
The Mad Scientists Network
“A collective crania of scientists from around the world, fielding questions from as many people in as many places.”
Making Matter: The Atomic Structure of Materials
Includes pictures of crystal structures of all types.
K-12 Educational Outreach
Astronomy from the National Optical Astronomy Observatories.
Planetary Science Research Discoveries
Illustrated accounts of recent developments.
Now privately funded, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence goes on.
Virtual Trips to Black Holes and Neutron Stars
Movies by Robert Nemiroff.
WWW Chemistry Guide
Provides links to more than 200 sites with information about all things chemical.
Prepared for middle school teachers, very well done.
Agilent Educator’s Corner
Experiments, lab exercises, engineering reference tools, computer-based training, links to online newsletters and tutorials, and more.
Astronomical Pseudo-science: A Skeptic's Resource List
List of books, articles, and websites to refute astrology, UFOs, the "face" on Mars, creationism, etc., by Andrew Fraknoi.
Astronomy: Contemporary Lab Experiences (CLEA)
A complete astronomy lab course on a computer.
All about rays, rainbows, ice halos, sundogs, and more.
by Philip Plait.
by Mikolaj Sawicki of John A. Logan College.
free astronomy software for Macintosh computers teaches binary star concepts.
Includes a periodic table with much information about each element, also a chemistry dictionary.
The Constellations and Their Stars
by Chris Dolan at the University of Wisconsin.
Cosmology Books and Links
From a course at Sonoma State University.
How Stuff Works
“an amazing, award-winning, online destination for anyone who wants to know how anything works.”
Just in Time Teaching
Material for teachers
for those who have little or no knowledge of lasers.
Nice demo, even though it has phase = 0 at full moon.
nano media finder
a professional resource guide to nano-related media, from the Museum of Sc ience, Boston.
The Natures of the Stars
By James Kaler of the University of Illinois.
The Teachers' section of the website of the public television series provides lesson plans, activities, and other resources intended to build on NOVA installments and give teachers ideas for using NOVA in the classroom.
Orrery: The Solar System in Action
Primarily an ad for software, this site includes a concise reference section on solar system objects with good links.
Physics 24/7 Physics Homework Help
Primarily a pay site to help students with high school and introductory college physics, this site includes some free tutorials and links to simulations and quizzes elsewhere.
Physics Academic Software
A place to purchase programs produced by the physics teaching community.
This excellent online British magazine, designed to promote mathematics, contains a great deal of astronomy and some physics.
Relativity Visualized: Space Time Travel
Online papers, images, movies and paper models by Ute Kraus’s physics education group at the University of Tübingen, in German and English.
The Solid State Simulation Project
Software from Cornell for a senior or graduate level course. Demo available online.
Teaching Innovations in Physics
Help for physics teachers and students from Prentice Hall.
Transistorized: The History of the Invention of the Transistor
Designed to accompany a November 1999 PBS documentary. Educational materials for grades 9-12 are available.
Have fun while you learn physics by singing about it.
An Astronomy Course for Students Using the Internet
by Jack Troeger.
Also the home of Biology4Kids.
Some amazing optical illusions.
Department of Education Teachers' Guide
A guide to centers and labs, clearinghouses, and programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Read on-line or download it.
Discovery Channel School
Includes a calendar of programming on the Discovery and Learning channels; access to video archives, video previews of "Assignment Discovery" episodes; and an electronic bulletin board for teachers.
Educational Guide to Space & Astronomy
Presented by Leicester University in England.
Energy Education from the California Department of Energy
Extensive source includes gallery of holograms and how to make them.
JASON Project VIII: Journey from the Center of the Earth
Use "telepresence" to take students to geothermal hot spots at Yellowstone National Park and Iceland. Get lesson plans early.
K-12 Science Education Resources
Bill Beatty's enormous list. He answers questions, too.
The USGS and Science Education
The United States Geological Survey presents lists of resources for teaching and learning the earth sciences at primary, secondary, and undergraduate levels, and much more.
Modeling Workshop Project
Four-week workshops for two consecutive summers are open to 140 exceptionally motivated high school teachers who wish to contribute to physics teaching reform. A stipend plus travel, housing, and meal allowance are awarded to each participant.
NASA Space Place
Games, animations, projects, and fun facts.
NASA Space Science Education Resource Directory
Materials at all levels.
How to get beautiful posters for the classroom.
The Science Spot: Kid Zone
What do you want to explore?
The Space Educator's Handbook
Includes information about NASA, space history, space technology, and pictures and narratives. You can download movies from the space program's archives.
A NASA site for bringing space into the classroom.
Fun and a bit of education provided by a commercial site.
Starchild: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers
A service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
A Teacher's Guide to Superconductivity for High School Students
Including demonstrations, student problems, and classroom experiments, from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
E-Mail Discussion Groups (Listservs) in Physics and Astronomy
PHYS-L, for example, is a worldwide group of high school and college physics teachers.
Online Physics Demonstration Manuals at several universities.
Teachers Helping Teachers
Lesson plans and much more, all of it free.
Local Alliances of Physics Teachers (in California)
Los Angeles Physics Teachers Alliance Group (aka LAPTAG)
PION (Physics In Our Neighborhood) (north of San Francisco Bay)
Astronomy Education Review
An online journal featuring new ideas and resources for teaching and outreach in astronomy and space sciences.
Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
The publishers of Skeptical Inquirer and debunkers of pseudoscience.
A weekly newsletter from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Electronic Newsletter for the History of Astronomy
Download English translation or the German original.
Jonathan's Space Report
A weekly description of all space launches, including both piloted missions and automated satellites.
Physics News Update
An excellent weekly account of new discoveries. Browse or search through several years' worth of these.
What's New by Bob Park
Doings in the nation's capital — one physicist’s viewpoint.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP)
A good source of educational materials and a free teachers’ newsletter.
Contemporary Physics Education Project
A place to order charts, posters, software, and other resources.
Electronic exhibits and resources for teachers, students and science enthusiasts!
The Lawrence Hall of Science
Lots of resources for teachers and a great list of "Hot Links."
All kinds, many with educational materials.
Science Learning Network
Hands-on science museums in Philadelphia, Portland, Boston, St. Paul, San Francisco, and Miami.
University Physics and Astronomy Departments
More than 1600 of them in nearly 100 countries.
Catalog of National Astronomy Education Projects
A catalog of projects in astronomy education, including workshops, curriculum, computer and audio-visual materials, newsletters, student programs, planetarium and amateur astronomy projects, awards and grants.
The Cornell Science & Arts Gateway for Education
Links to many excellent resources for grades K-12.
Links to thousands of educational pages in all subjects.
An extensive list at Yahoo.
Physical Science Resource Center
Very extensive site sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Pedagogical Resources on the Web for Teaching Physics
A lengthy list by the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group.
Includes many links to Canadian sources.
40,000 educational sites at all levels recommended and annotated by teachers in Britain.
Frank Potter's Science Gems
More than 14,000 of them, sorted by category, subcategory, and grade level.
A good list from the Apollo Society.
Web Sites for Instructors of Introductory Astronomy Courses
Excellent list by Andrew Fraknoi.