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10 Best Virtual Fieldtrips


With the integration of technology in classrooms, educators have found that virtual field trips are beneficial. because they’re inexpensive and less time consuming.

Click here to see the 10 best virtual fieldtrips compiled by eSchool News.

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NASA's Climate Kids

NASA's Climate Kids website brings the exciting science of climate change and sustainability to life. Targeting upper-elementary-aged children, the site is full of interactive games, hands-on activities, and engaging articles that make climate science accessible and fun. With a special section for educators, Climate Kids is great for parents and teachers as well. Find out how global changes affect our planet over time using the interactive Climate Time Machine.

NASA's Space Place

NASA's  Space Place website engages upper-elementary-aged children in space and Earth science through interactive games, hands-on activities, fun articles, and short videos. With material in both English and Spanish and numerous resources for parents and teachers, Space Place has something for everyone. Learn about everything from black holes and wild space weather to the reasons for seasons here on Earth. The Space Place has material on space, the Sun, the Solar System, our own planet, and the scientists and technology that make discovery possible.

Informed by Nature - Online Science Fair

The Online Science Fair is much more than a simple competition: it offers students the ability to upload, share, and store their projects for years to come. The integrated social media functionality encourages students to share their work with peers, family, and even future college admissions boards, highlighting their scientific prowess and building pride in their work. This is a free science learning platform that encourages hands-on, self-guided or group learning among students in OST programs and in the classroom.


With Tynker’s New Service, Kids Can Learn To Code At Home

Tynker for Home, is a startup company focused on teaching elementary and middle school students the basics of code through web based software. Tynker for Home uses games, videos, and other visual content to help students learn how to think like a developer through fun activties such as building an animated character and teaching it how to move and perform tasks through a visual programming language. Tynker for Schools costs $50 per student and has been implemented in over 2,700 elementary and middle schools, reaching 23,000 students.

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Digital Wish

Digital Wish is a lesson plan database centered around using digial media submited by teachers.  Aside from lesson plans, this website also offers opportunities for grants and funding to teachers.  Digial Wish has donated over $10 million dollars to schools.  Visit their website to learn more about how you can access lesson plans and apply for grants.

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Smart Science

Smart Science has developed a new era in after school science by providing virtual labs to after school programs free of charge. These virtual interactive labs allow students to experience frog dissections, plant hydration, graphing, and much more all on the computer. Students are able to observe experimental results for studies that would normally take months over the span of a few minutes.

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KidTribe and NASA's Space School Musical

KidTribe seeks to keep students moving by creating fun, innovative musical activities. They recently partnered with NASA and developed multiple videos and activities meant to make science fun for kids. The website offers these music videos along with muliple resources for teachers.

For more information on KidTribe, click here.


The National Science Foundation funds a program called: Engage, that seeks to involve students in engineering. On their website they have research that focuses on the lack of women in the engineering field. They also have suggestions about how to increase the number of women in the engineering field, specifically focusing on improving spatial abilities.

To access information about Engage, click here.

Improving Measurement and Geometry in Elementary Schools (IMAGES)

Improving Measurement and Geometry in Elementary Schools (IMAGE), offers activity ideas for educators teaching students about geometry. The site also links to additional resources online that are helpful when implementing the activities.

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