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Algebra.Help Calculators, lessons, and resources.

Ask Dr. Math - Submit your math question to Dr. Math, or browse the archive and see if your question has already been answered.teenmath

Biographies of Women Mathematicians - Illustrates the numerous achievements of women in the field of mathematics.

Calculator - Scientific calculator

CoolMath.Com "An amusement park of mathematics" - includes a graphing calculator.

Conversion Tables

FactMonster Homework Center: Mathematics

IXL Practise math on your own in a non-threatening environmnet.  Basic math, algebra, geometry and statistics. IXL aligns with Michigan's Common Core standards

Khan Academy - Browse the math library for videos from arithmetic and pre-algebra through calculus, linear algebra and differential equations.  Also includes brain teasers and recreational mathematics.

Math for Morons Like Us - Topics range from pre-algebra to geometry and calculus.

The Math Forum
- From Drexel University, help is available for K-12 math, college and advanced level.

Math Run See how quickly you can determine if the equations are correct or incorrect. Math teacher and textbook writer Charles P.  McKeague takes you through the steps of solving basic mathematics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus.  In addition you can watch three other people solving the same problems, so you can choose the teacher you like best.  One is in Spanish.

PowerMyLearning Register for free for games, interactive simulations, and videos on math topics grades sorted by grades.

Print Free Graph Paper Choose the type of graph paper and the size of paper and size.  No need to go to the store and buy a whole ream. 

Sketchup -  3DVinci's Math Forum Page using Google Sketchup

SHMOOP - Find learning guides for Algebra and Calculus

Wolfram Alpha
"A free online computational knowledge engine that generates answers to questions in real time by doing computations on its own vast internal knowledge base.  Wolfram|Alpha can guide you step by step through the process of solving many mathematical problems, from solving a simple quadratic equation to taking the integral of a complex function."

WebMath From Discovery Education
This site is composed of many math "fill-in-forms" into which you can type the math problem you're working on. Linked to these forms is a powerful set of math-solvers that can instantly analyze your problem, and when possible, provide you with a step-by-step solution.


General Science 


Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry - Science activities like Build a Roller Coaster to Fly a Hot Air Balloon from the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere, home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.

CurioCity by Lets Talk Science - "CurioCity is an interactive, web-based meeting place where teens can connect with post-secondary students and science professionals to explore and discover the science, engineering and technology behind everyday life. "

Exploratorium - The museum of science, art, and human perception.

Explore Cornell - Wide scope of subjects including a 3D body scanner and beetle science. - News and information about geology

Invention Dimension - Learn about inventors and inventions, including resources for inventors.

Khan Academy - Browse the complete science library for hundreds of science videos including projects.

Let's Talk Science: Teens: Activities Database 

MIT's Open Courseware - Free lectures, notes , exams and videos from MIT.  No registration required.

New Scientist - Good web links to various aspects of science.

Nine Planets - A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System: one star, eight planets, and more. Overview of history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system.

PowerMyLearning - Academic games, interactive simulations, and videos on science topics.

Science NetLinks - Science News, games, projects from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

SciStarter - the place to find out about, take part in, and contribute to science through recreational activities and research projects. Historical Weather Data - Type in a city, and get historical weather information.

The Why Files - Gives you the science facts behind news and entertainment.

Windows to the Universe -- A website that explains Earth Sciences and Astronomy, developed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.  Contains articles for beginning, Intermediate & advanced readers from the National Earth Science Teachers Association.

Technology Review - Keep up with science and technology news from M.I.T.


Life Science

Animal Diversity Web - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology.

Arkive - A comprehensive listing of the 15,000-plus species currently threatened with extinction, "ARKive is the Noah's Ark for the Internet era - a unique global initiative, gathering together into one centralised digital library, films, photographs and audio recordings of the world’s species."

Cells Alive - Explore cell biology, microbiology and more through this web site.

National Center for Biotechnology From the National Institutes of Health, a science primer on cells and cell structure.

Virtual Frog Dissection - A virtual frog dissection, covering all of the major points of technique and anatomy, but without all the blood and guts and gore and odor!

ECOHEALTH - Environmental Change and Our Health. Global Warming, biodiversity loss, West Nile Virus…how are these changes affecting our health?

Ecosystems - The World's Biomes pages. Explore the five major biomes of the earth.

Faultline: Seismic Science at the Epicenter -- From the Exploratorium, the San Francisco quakes of 1906 and 1989, quake basics, damage control & activities.

The Jason Project - An educational partnership between the Sea Research Foundation and National Geographic, the Jason Project connects students with scientists and researchers in real- and near-real time, virtually and physically, to provide mentored, authentic and enriching science learning experiences.

Learn Genetics - "Learn.Genetics delivers educational materials on genetics, bioscience and health topics. They are designed to be used by students, teachers and members of the public. The materials meet selected US education standards for science and health."  The Genetic Science Learning Center is a science and health education program at the University of Utah.

NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) Education site -- Multimedia, data, career profiles & articles on the science of oceans, climate, marine life and weather patterns.

Ocean World - Developed and maintained by the Jason Education Project at Texas A&M University

TreeLink: What Tree Is That? - A guide to tree identification for the Eastern and Central parts of the U.S.

Smithsonian National Zoological Park - Learn about the National Zoo's exhibits, the species in their collection, science and conservation efforts in the wild and at the Zoo, and education resources.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department's Endangered Species Home Page - Find out which species are currently endangered, and which have been successfully repopulated and are now off the list.

Winter Olympics - Sport and Science: nutrition, physics and biomechanics, psychology and physiology


Matter and Energy

Amusement Park Physics  

The Atoms Family -- The Miami Museum of Science uses a spooky theme to teach about different forms of energy 

Cosmic Evolution: From Big Bang to Humankind -- Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University   

General Chemistry Online - This award winning site is maintained by Fred Senese of the Dept. of Chemistry Frostburg State University   

Ken Blackburn’s Paper Airplanes – Guinness Book of World Records holder

Music Acoustics – Award winning website from the University of New South Wales

Multimedia Physics Studio – An online physics tutorial written for high school physics students at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois by Tom Henderson.  add

The pH Factor  -- from the Miami Museum of Science   

Periodic Table of Elements - A full-color periodic table; clicking on an element brings up a text description of that element.

Phet: Interactive Physics Simulator - Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free

chem4kids - Although parts of this site are by "subscription only", there is still a worthwhile tutorial on chemistry basics free of charge.

Superconductors - - a non-profit, non-affiliated websited intended to introduce beginners and non-technical people to the world of superconductors.

What's That Stuff - From the Chemical & Engineering News, find out the ingredients in your favorite commercial products.


Science Experiments

beakersScience Fair Central - From the Discovery Channel, find project topics and a complete handbook on doing science fair exhibits.

Energy Quest - Energy experiments from the California Energy Commission.

Free Science Fair Projects, Ideas, Answers and Tools for Serious Students - - "The award-winning, non-profit Science Buddies empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology."

The Globe Program - Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment. Ecology website.

Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab - Almost 50 science experiments for teens to do.

Science Fair Project Resource Guide - Information on the scientific method and links to science fair web sites from the Internet Public Library.

Thinking Fountain - Over 60 science activities and experiments from the Science Museum of Minnesota.



Hubble Telescope - Includes how the Hubble works, achievements through the Hubble.  Explore Black  Holes and the  Gallery of Infrared Astronomy

Lunar and Planetary Institute - "The Institute is a center for lunar and planetary science, conducting research studies on the formation, evolution, and current state of the Moon, planets, comets, asteroids, planetary satellites, cosmic dust, and our solar system as a whole through analysis of data and samples obtained through NASA’s long history of missions and exploration.


Solarscapes - "Solarscapes presents middle school students with a short, focused study of the physical nature of the Sun."

Space Science Institute

Tenth Planet Discovered - Science news from NASA

Windows to the Universe - Extensive resources on all things space


Technology & Engineering

Collaborative for Gender Equality - Games, articles and engineering calculators

Exploratorium: The Tinkering Studio - "A Studio workshop for playful invention, investigation, and collaboration."

Make: - "Technology on your time."  "MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will."  They also publish Make Magazine.

Robotics - Sensing, Thinking and Acting: An exhibit at the Tech Museum

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading - "TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader." 

Ten Tech Skills Every Student Should Know

Competitions, Contests & Science Fairs

Digital Media & Learning Competition

Science Fair Directory

National STEM Video Game Competition Keep this on the radar. The 2013 Challenge submissions open in January, 2013