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Launched by the Lawrence Hall of Science in 2010, by a group of science museums dedicated to bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) out of the academic cloister and into the wider world.
HowtoSmile is a free, online educational community where kids search more than 3,500 hands-on activities. Nearly 1 million visitors practice lessons like “Ocean Literacy” and “Skeletal Chemistry” annually.
Certified Kid-Safe, Dorling Kindersley’s FindOut! STEM website for children answers questions about everything from dinosaurs to computer coding with verified facts. More than 70 videos like “What is Friction?” are uploaded to nourish inquisitive minds.
TEDEd features 63 searchable pages of lessons built around TED talks in several categories, such as Engineering & Technology, Science & Technology, and Mathematics. Clicking on clips like “How Does Fracking Work?” leads to STEM discovery.
With a name like The STEM Laboratory, it’s no surprise that we’re obsessed about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities for kids. These 50+ STEM projects are sure to keep little scientists engaged, learning and well-prepared for their STEM-filled future.
Established by Henry Reich, Minute Physics is a YouTube channel with 350 million views of short, illustrated STEM videos uploaded monthly. Children spend four minutes or less watching simplified depictions of tough topics like angular momentum and Bell’s theorem.
Reporting a 115-point average PSAT score increase, Khan Academy is an educational nonprofit that partnered with MIT to provide high schoolers with STEM content online. From Newton’s laws to the Marangoni effect, students learn crucial concepts via video demos.
Granted the 2013 Common Sense Media Learning Award, the Lawrence Hall of Science spreads beyond Berkeley with the 24/7 Science website. This STEM arcade keeps kids’ attention with responsive games, including “Virus Worker” and “Whale Sounds.”
Supported by NASA, Windows2Universe is an online space portal that shuttles K-12 kids into articles and activities about the solar system. Available with beginner, intermediate, and advanced tabs, the science website has fun facts on planets, poles, and Pluto oh my!
Peep and the Big Wide World, a Canadian animated preschool series, supplements on-air adventures with online math and science games like “Shadow Shapes.” The partnership with Tynker also unlocks 30+ coding tutorials for PreK-4 children.
Presented by India’s Anibrain in 2011, Mocomi is one of the science websites for kids aged 4-12 to access animated reading pods on biology, chemistry, physics, and technology. Fun continues with Mocomi’s coloring printables, outdoor activities, games, and STEM party ideas.
Operated by the NIH, the Environmental Health Student Portal connects middle schoolers to scientific lessons on chemicals, pollution, and climate change. Step-by-step instructions for experiments like “Earth on Fire” and “Water Purification” are included.
Did you know scientists discovered that vaping stiffens the heart and store receipts have BPA? Science News for Students is an awesome, award-winning tool that breaks down the latest STEM happenings into easily digestible language.
Rated among Homeschool.com’s “Top 100 Websites,” FT Exploring was built by David E. Watson in 2011 to cover basic principles on nature and living things. This free science resource for kids centers on biology with lessons from photosynthesis to cell metabolism.
Developed by Caltech with NASA, Cool Cosmos is an outreach initiative to teach children about astronomy and planetary science through infrared technology. While viewing images of dwarfs, expolants, galaxies, and more, students can pose questions via “Ask an Astronomer.”
Featuring over 7,000 members, the Optical Society of America (OSA) launched Optics4Kids to inform youth about the science of light. The website includes science fair ideas, optical illusions, term glossaries, and Science Educators’ Day videos.