1. Finding materials.
The United States government is funded by tax dollars. For this reason, most materials you can find on government sites are considered public domain. As you work through the sites, be sure to first check out what your rights are for using materials they present.
NOTE: Some items may be done in collaboration with others or hired out and may not fall into the public domain.
2. Using materials.
Any items that you find that are in the public domain may be used “as is” or adapted. In either case, you do not have to pay for the materials. I always include the information on where I got it so if someone is interested, they can continue exploring on their own. As you work through these sites, be sure to save anything you feel you’d want later for a Science Center or event. Be sure to use an organizational system that will allow you to find the materials later.
3. State governments.
While the federal government materials are often public domain, state government items are not. Be sure you check these carefully before using anything.
US Government Sites
4. Start at the top.
You’ve found the gateway to the US federal science information. This site searches over 60 databases and 2200 websites for your scientific needs. Explore how this works.
5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On the CDC site, you can find information on diseases and conditions, healthy living, etc. Explore this site for information you might include with your science event or center.
6. Department of Energy.
The Department of Energy provides information on science education, climate change and saving energy. Look through their offerings. What might you use for your own science offerings?
7. Education Resources Information Center.
ERIC indexes a wide variety of journal sources. 80% or more are education related. You can search for a topic and then continue to drill down for specific information. Do some searches for science topics that interest you and see what you can find.
8. Emergency Preparedness.
This site is designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for / respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) launched ready to help parents and teachers educate children 8-12 about these emergencies. Check out the site. How might you use this to create a science event or center?
9. Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA “fosters the sound use of science and technology and conducts leading-edge research” to protect our health and environment. Explore the EPA’s offerings.
10. Home of Open Data.
Data, tools and resources you can use to research and develop your own resources. You can even find apps to help in your exploration of data and science.
11. Health and Human Services.
While this site doesn’t have “lessons”, it does have information that can be used to support them. From information on vaccines to nutrition to fitness, you can find a lot of current information to use for your science endeavors.
12. Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts. Check out the education resources for information to help you with your science endeavors or images that you might incorporate in your Science Center.
13. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
If you’re into space, you’re in the right place. No explanation is needed, just go explore.
14. National Human Genome Research Institute.
Find out about issues in genetics, National DNA Day and more. You can find many educational resources for students and educators.
15. National Institutes of Health.
This is the direct link to the kids page. Find out information on being healthy.
16. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Educational Resources.
Find many educational resources including some for the Science Olympiad. Explore the site and track those items that you might want to use later.
17. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Climate.
Find out information about our climate including maps, data and teaching about our climate. Explore this site for information you might include with a science event or center.
18. National Science Foundation.
Search through the “Discoveries” for information you can use with your science presentations. This information is provided to provide people with ideas and tools to make discovery possible. There are many areas of science and education covered.
19. National Park Service.
The National Park Service provides information for kids and teachers on parks and more.
20. Office of Scientific and Technical Information.
This office from within the Department of Energy works to give you access to R&D science information. It provides more technical information.
21. Official Web Portal for Kids.
With a tagline of “a safe place to learn and play”, this government site is fully dedicated to kids. They can choose activities for up to grade 8. Teachers and parents can also get information. Look through the science offerings to see what’s available.
22. US Department of Agriculture.
Under “Topics”, choose “USDA for Kids” to get information you can use for educating them about science. The page provides youth-geared information and resources related to agriculture.
23. US Geological Survey Education Resources.
From fact sheets to videos to online lectures and more, the USGS has a lot of information about our world. There is a large repository of images you can use. Look through their offerings.
24. US Government’s Official Web Portal.
There are a lot more pages and sites that are not listed here. You can look through the federal agencies list on this site to find more information on those and what each offers. Share any exciting science educational offerings you find!
Sites to Explore
Sites are listed in the steps above.
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