Okay, I admit it. I was an art and english major, raised
by and artist and a writer, so science wasn't necessarily one of my
strong suits. At least science not covered by National Geographic. If
the science kits that are around now were around then and the internet
had existed, I might have been far more inclined to play with physics
There are some great sites online that should spark the
interest of any child, and some adults, and might help solve the problem
of what do you do when the school system has declared a "lousy
weather" day. If you are more adventurous and feel like tracking
down the required materials, then check out these sites.
Start with the number 1 site for hands-on science:
San Francisco Exploratorium. We carry the Explora Book,
written by Exploritorium staff, in the Cambria Toy Station, but their
website has some truly amazing stuff, including experiments, videos,
activites, and a wealth of information on a very broad range of topics.
The Exploratorium was the original interactive science and art museum,
and if practice makes perfect, they have it down to an art form.
includes a rather nice list of science museums world-wide. Not all of
them include online interactive materials, but most have at least some
Don't overlook the broad range of govenment science websites
your tax dollars are helping to fund. There is some amaing stuff on
a lot of these sites. Below is a very partial list!
There are probably 10 times this number of sites, but
this is a pretty good starting list.
And, of course, there are plenty of non-government sites
from individuals, businesses, and universities....
To be continued....