Useful Science Websites

www.discoverlabskills.org
Practical Chemistry LabSkills is a set of ICT resources covering core lab skills. Not designed to replace practical work, but instead to ensure pupils get the best out of time spent in the lab. Developed at the University of Bristol.

www.historyofvaccines.org
A really interesting project from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The Educators section contains various online activities and lesson plans about all aspects of vaccinations. There are great resources on the main site area too.

www.yenka.com
Yenka Basic Circuits is a free, cut-down version of Yenka Electronics, which lets you build circuits using a set of basic electrical components. Simple but useful.

www.periodicvideos.com
A great resource from the University of Nottingham. A periodic table with videos of experiments and stories linked to every element. They are now also adding videos for a range of molecules and compounds.

www.bp.com
Science Skills (from BP) is a nice set of resources for KS3/4, set in real-life contexts designed to develop scientific enquiry skills. There are ample opportunities for planning, fair testing, pattern seeking and concluding.

www.scienceshare.co.uk
A great site for Science teachers to share resources with each other and discuss interesting ideas. It’s still in beta-phase, but there are already over 700 teachers sharing some inspiring materials.

nobelprize.org/educational
A fascinating collection of games and simulations, based on Nobel-prize winning achievements. Each online resource comes with Nobel background information and a range of downloadable goodies.

www.planet-scicast.com
A truly brilliant site containing hundreds of videos of creative science experiments carried out by schools across the UK. They are really inspiring – whether just to watch or to recreate with your own classes.

store.steampowered.com
Moonbase Alpha is a very popular resource from NASA for cooperative game-based learning. Pupils assume the roles of astronauts trying to maintain life support on moon settlement. Great for improving problem solving skills.

www.studyjams.scholastic.com
A nice collection of animations, videos, slides and reference articles exploring a wide range of topics. It is a US product, but clearly relevant to the UK too. Lots of real-world examples keep the content interesting.