Science at Home with the Family

Science isn't just for school! Science is the process of learning about the world around you and how it works.

Science at Home

Science in the Community

  • Places to Take the Family  - Museums, Nature Centers, Zoo, Parks and more - we have included websites, hours, admission rates and how to get free or reduced admission.
  • Museums for All - is a national program that allows families with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, and a valid form of photo ID go to museums for free or reduced admission. Check out their website for the ten museums in the Bay Area that are participating.
  • Temporary Exhibit List - Science Centers around the Bay frequently have new or temporary exhibits you may want to visit before they go away.
  • Bay Area Science  - offers an ongoing calendar of science events and programs for adults, children, and families.  You can check their calendar often or sign up for their weekly email of upcoming events

Science Websites for Kids and Families

Ology
http://www.amnh.org/explore/ology
Invite your students to visit the Museum's science website for kids. They'll find hands-on activities, games, and scientist interviews.
Ask a Scientist
http://www.science.ca/askascientist/askascientist.php
Index of questions and answers about basic science questions, plus links to other "ask a scientist" sites.
Scientific American
http://www.sciam.com/askexpert_directory.cfm
Ask the experts questions about astronomy, biology, chemistry, computers or geology.

Exploratorium's "Ten Cool Sites"
http://apps.exploratorium.edu/10cool/index.php
Lots more than 10 links to fascinating and unusual websites, sorted into many science categories.

TryScience.org
http://www.tryscience.org/
This site has on-line activities and field trips on all areas of science.  Available in nine different languages.
BBC Science Clips
http://www.bbc.co.uk./schools/scienceclips/index_flash.shtml
A great array of on-line animated science activities for kids sorted by age and topic.
Operation Ruby-throat: The Hummingbird Project
http://www.rubythroat.org
An international initiative people collaborate to study behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Spanish language version available.
CIESE: Real Time Data and Primary Source Projects
http://www.ciese.org/currichome.html
 Check out "The Wonderful World of Weather," "Square of Life," "Bucket Buddies," and "Measuring the Circumference of the Earth" among projects designed for elementary students.

Smithsonian Kids
http://www.si.edu/Kids
From Art to Zoo, the Smithsonian has something to interest kids and students of all ages.

Rader's Network of Science and Math Sites

ALA Great Websites for Kids
http://www.ala.org/greatsites
Index of hundreds of links to websites for kids from the American Library Association.
Fear of Physics
http://www.fearofphysics.com
Simulations of common physics phenomena, using kid-friendly terms (speed and acceleration, pendulums, collisions, why things fall, etc.) Has a homework help section, and a physics dictionary.
Science News for Kids
http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/
Articles written for students on current topics in the news. Science News for Kids by Society for Science & the Public as a youth edition and companion to the Society’s Science News magazine.

YouTube Channels
These YouTube Channels are excellent for parents and older students.

Science Blogs

 

Support Science in the Classroom

  • Science Fair Resources - List of websites to help plan and carry out science fair investigations.
  • The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were adopted as the official science standards for the state of California. Below are a few resources to help you learn more about these new standards so you can better support your children in their classrooms.
  • Getting involved at School - resources from the National Education Association

Support Science with your Dollars

Support Science with your Time - Volunteer!