Helpful Websites


To get you started, here are some websites that might be helpful. You’ll see that there are general websites and also websites specific to each Mission Challenge. You might use them when you do your research or you might use them to help you choose a topic to study for your project. Either way, these are just some of the many websites that are out there to help you along the way.


GENERAL WEBSITES


Ask a Scientist
http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/
This site allows you to pose questions to scientists or to read through previously asked questions.

Discover Engineering
http://www.discovere.org/
Learn about more about engineering.

Engineering Resources and Activities
http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2017/05/28/engineering-activities
A blog post from NSTA about engineering resources and activities for students.

Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/
This is a great place to get started on your research.

Kids.gov Science Sites
http://kids.usa.gov/teens/science/
Provides links to Federal kids' sites along with some of the best kids' sites from other organizations all grouped by subject.

Measurements Converter
http://www.convert-me.com
Interactive calculators for many measurement systems both commonly used like metric and U.S. and quite exotic like Ancient Greek and Roman.

Periodic Table of Elements
http://www.chemicool.com/
A great interactive Periodic Table of the Elements.

Science Daily
http://www.sciencedaily.com/
An online publication that is searchable and contains articles about science and engineering.

Science Video Glossary
http://videoglossary.lbl.gov/
A collection of videos that explain science and engineering terms.

Science.gov
http://www.science.gov/
A searchable site created by the US Government that allows you to search for various topics.

The Science Spot
http://sciencespot.net/
Find the answers to all sorts of science-related questions.

Easy Bib
http://www.easybib.com/
This website will take information about where you collected your research and create a citation for you. It includes information about MLA, APA, Chicago and other formats.

ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF ENERGY WEBSITES


Alternative Energy
http://www.altenergy.org/
This site contains information about the different types of alternative energy.

Alternative Energy - National Geographic Video
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/alternative-energy
A video produced by National Geographic that talks all about alternative energy sources.

Alternative Fuels
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/current.shtml
A page that explains alternative fuels for vehicles.

Energy Sources - Department of Energy
http://energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-sources
A look at all things renewable and alternative from the Department of Energy.

Farm Energy Options
http://afsic.nal.usda.gov/farm-energy-options-0
An explanation of alternative sources of energy for farms.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
http://www.nrel.gov/
A great resources for how alternatives energies are being used now and in the future.

Renewable and Alternative Energy Source - Penn State
http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/energy
A page from Penn State University that explains what renewable and alternative energy is and how it's being studied right now.

Renewable and Alternative Fuels
http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/alternative-renewablefuels/
The Environmental Protection Agency's page about renewable and alternative fuels.

ENVIRONMENT WEBSITES


Climate and Environmental Science Division of the Department of Energy
http://science.energy.gov/ber/research/cesd
The Department of Energy's page dedicated to environmental science.

Climate Kids - NASA
http://climatekids.nasa.gov/menu/technology/
NASA's environmental science page designed for students.

Environment - Federal Highway Administration
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/
A page that talks about the environmental impacts of transportation.

Environment Magazine
http://www.environmentmagazine.org/
A site that has numerous and up-to-date articles about environmental problems and issues.

Environmental Defense Fund
http://www.edf.org/
This is the homepage for the Environmental Defense Fund, the organization that fights to protect the environment.

National Public Radio - Environment
http://www.npr.org/sections/environment/
A site offering written and recorded new stories about environmental issues.

Students for the Environment
http://www.epa.gov/students/
Activities and resources specifically for students concerning the environment.

United Nations Environment Programme
http://www.unep.org/
This page offers a good global perspective on environmental issues.

United States Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/
The Environmental Protection Agency's homepage.

FOOD, HEALTH, AND FITNESS WEBSITES


FDA Food Safety
http://www.fda.gov/Food/
Information about recalls, foodborne illnesses, food product labels, food research, and more provided by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Distracted Driving Prevention Toolkit - for Parents
https://www.kanetix.ca/distracted-driving-toolkit#parents
This site talks about the dangers of distracted driving.

Food Safety
http://www.foodsafety.gov/
A page all about food safety and preparation.

Health Information - National Institutes of Health
http://health.nih.gov/
The homepage for the National Institutes of Health.

Health.gov
http://www.health.gov/
A page containing information about all things health including spread of diseases and safety.

HealthyChildren.org: Ages & Stages
http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/Pages/default.aspx
A page that explains how children grow and develop at various ages.

Keep Kids Safe from Preventable Injuries
http://www.safekids.org/safetytips
A page dedicated to children's safety.

KidsHealth.org: Parents Home Page
http://kidshealth.org/parent/
A page dedicated to children's health and development.

Parents Central: From Car Seats to Car Keys - Keeping Kids Safe
http://www.safercar.gov/parents/index.htm
A page about safety tips concerning cars and kids.

President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
http://www.fitness.gov/
This page has information about fitness and nutrition for students.

FORCES & MOTION WEBSITES


Ask a Scientist
http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/
This site allows you to pose questions to scientists or to read through previously asked questions.

Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics
http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/airplane/
Designed by NASA, this page explains how planes work.

Forces and Motion: Basics - Simulations
http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/forces-and-motion-basics
Extensive simulations for various physics problems.

Khan Academy - Forces and Newton's Laws of Motion
https://www.khanacademy.org/science/physics/forces-newtons-laws
Lessons about force and motion from Khan Academy. These are presented as videos.

Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
http://www.compadre.org/precollege/static/unit.cfm?sb=2&course=1
Written lessons and explanations of physics concepts.

Motion and Forces - Simulations
http://pdgusers.lbl.gov/~aerzber/aps_motion.html
A page of numerous physics-related simulations.

Physics 4 Kids
http://www.physics4kids.com/files/motion_force.html
This page explains forces and motion and provides examples and videos.

Physics of Sandcastles
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2002/11jul_mgm/
Learn all about the physics of sandcastles from NASA.

Physics Sites for Kids
http://kids.usa.gov/teens/science/physics/index.shtml
A list of sites for students that relate to physics.

NATIONAL SECURITY & SAFETY WEBSITES


Biometrics.gov
http://www.biometrics.gov/
The US government's biometrics page that explains what biometrics is and how it work.

CIA Kids Zone
https://www.cia.gov/kids-page/index.html
The Central Intelligence Agency page designed for students

CyrptoKids
https://www.nsa.gov/kids/
A page designed to explain national security to students

Department of Justice - National Security Division
http://www.justice.gov/nsd
The National Security Division of the Department of Justice

FBI National Security Branch
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/nsb
The FBI's page about national security

Forensic Science Simplified
http://www.forensicsciencesimplified.org/
A page that explains all aspects of forensic science

National Security Agency
https://www.nsa.gov/
The homepage for the National Security Agency

ROBOTICS WEBSITES


Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute
http://ri.cmu.edu/
A leader in robotic innovation, Carnegie Mellon University offers a wide array of information about what they are doing and have done.

FIRST Robotics
http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/
A robotic competition and ideas for what students are doing with robots now

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
http://www.ieee-ras.org/
Information about how robots are used in engineering

Razor Robotics
http://www.razorrobotics.com/
Find out more about the basics of robotics!

Robotic Industries Association
http://www.robotics.org/
Offering webinars and more information about how robots work

Robotic Kits for Kids
https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/robotics/kits-for-kids-demystify-robotics
A source for kits that students can purchase to build robots

Robotics Alliance Homepage - NASA
http://robotics.arc.nasa.gov/
NASA Robotics Alliance that talks all about robots in use today

Robotics Facts
http://idahoptv.org/sciencetrek/topics/robots/facts.cfm
Facts about robots

Sandia National Laboratories - Intelligent Systems, Robotics, and Cybernetics
http://www.sandia.gov/research/robotics/
A site that provides information about what people are doing with robots now.

TECHNOLOGY WEBSITES


BBC Technology News
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology/
This is a resources for articles about current technology

Emerging Technologies
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/emerging-technologies
Information about new technologies, this site was created by the Department of Energy.

Government Technology
http://www.govtech.com/
The US Government site about technology, providing information and additional resources.

NASA Technology
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/technology/#.VBLxFKNaarg
NASA's technology page, discussing all kinds of technology used by NASA in space and around the world.

Tech Kids Unlimited
http://www.techkidsunlimited.org/
Learn about what other students are doing with technology right now!

Technology - National Public Radio
http://www.npr.org/sections/technology/
Recorded and written articles about technology

World Technology Network
http://www.wtn.net/
Information about some of the latest developments in technology

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