Some Educational Resources in Physics, Astronomy, and Related Fields


From research scientists

Amazing Space
Lesson plans based on Hubble Space Telescope images, at all levels.

Dancing Lights
A science-in-literacy program about the aurora for grades 3 to 5.

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.

Lawrence Berkeley 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.

NOAO K-12 Educational Outreach
Astronomy from the National Optical Astronomy Observatories.

Planetary Science Research Discoveries
Illustrated accounts of recent developments.

Public Outreach, Education, Teaching and Reaching Youth -- the education and public outreach effort of the NASA IMAGE satellite project.

SETI Institute
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.

For secondary schools and colleges

About Temperature
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.

Atmospheric Optics
All about rays, rainbows, ice halos, sundogs, and more.

Bad Astronomy
by Philip Plait.

Bad Physics
by Mikolaj Sawicki of John A. Logan College.

Binary Stars
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.

Free Physics Books Online

Help for Physics Students

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

Laser Tutorial
for those who have little or no knowledge of lasers.

Moon Phases
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. Features the "star of the week."

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.

Physics of Music and Musical Instruments
A complete textbook (4.7 MB pdf) by David Lapp of Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, CA.

Physics Instructional Resource Association at the University of Colorado.

plus magazine
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.

Teaching Innovations in Physics
Help for physics teachers and students from Prentice Hall.

Textbook Revolution
Links to and reviews of a number of physics textbooks available free online. There is another list at The Assayer.

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.

Physics Songs
Have fun while you learn physics by singing about it.

For elementary and secondary schools

An Astronomy Course for Students Using the Internet
by Jack Troeger.

Also the home of Biology4Kids.

Colour Perception
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 Quest
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.

Space Explorers
A NASA site for bringing space into the classroom.
Fun and a bit of education provided by a commercial site.

A Teacher's Guide to Superconductivity for High School Students
Including demonstrations, student problems, and classroom experiments, from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The Why Files: Science behind the News

Communications with other teachers

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.

Socratic Dialog-Inducing (SDI) Labs

Teachers Helping Teachers
Lesson plans and much more, all of it free.


Astronomy Education Review
An online journal featuring new ideas and resources for teaching and outreach in astronomy and space sciences.

American Institute of Physics Center for History of Physics

American Physical Society Forum on Education

American Physical Society Forum on Physics and Society

American Physical Society Forum on the History of Physics

Astronomical Society of the Pacific Teachers' Newsletter

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.

FYI - American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News

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.


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

AAPT Northern Calif/Nevada Section

American Physical Society Education and Outreach Programs

American Physical Society Forum on the History of Physics

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.

International Astronomical Union Commission #46: Astronomy Education & Development

National Science Teachers Association


The Exploratorium
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."

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

All kinds, many with educational materials.


Science Learning Network
Hands-on science museums in Philadelphia, Portland, Boston, St. Paul, San Francisco, and Miami.

The Smithsonian Institution

University Physics and Astronomy Departments
More than 1600 of them in nearly 100 countries.

Gateways to more sites

Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Astronomy Links

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.

Nano, Quantum & Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics Educational Sites

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.

Science Education
An extensive list at Yahoo.

Online Lectures from Leading Universities
Get lectures from the world's leading universities.

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.

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.

Space Education
A good list from the Apollo Society.

Web Sites for Instructors of Introductory Astronomy Courses
Excellent list by Andrew Fraknoi.

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last updated 2013-10-09 by JST