I noticed that someone had searched The Education Cafe for a virtual field trip for electricity and magnetism. Knowing that they did not get what they came for motivated me to do a little research. After searching dozens of links that led to dead ends (as in bad links) or to sites that required logins or to sites that were not kid-friendly (parent or teacher friendly either), I finally found some winners!
Here are some great, kid-friendly science sites that will not frustrate the parents or teachers. Most are highly interactive; many include video or podcast components. Check them out!
My personal favorite is: The Naked Scientists http://www.thenakedscientists.com/. They include articles, experiments, videos, and podcasts.
Kinetic City http://www.kineticcity.com/ is a colorful, interactive collection of games, activities, science experiments and challenges.
Try Science http://www.tryscience.org/home.html is available in 9 languages! It includes field trips, adventures, and experiments. It also offers special information for parents and teachers.
Energy Quest http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/index.html is colorful, interactive, informative.
The Miami Museum of Science presents The Atoms Family http://www.miamisci.org/af/sln/ which offers interesting material for older elementary through high school.
Bill Nye the Science Guy videos and more. http://www.billnye.com/category/videos/
Science Homework Center http://www.factmonster.com/homework/hwscience.html
National Geographic Science page http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/
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