Online Technology Activity Sites
Technology, Mathematics, and Science
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) provides this interactive
site with virtual labs and building challenges to get
you thinking about structures you see everyday.
in the World is That?
This site describes ingenious inventions throughout
This site from the Lemelson-MIT Program provides information
related to inventors and inventions. Included are Inventor
of the Week, Inventor's Handbook, Games and Trivia,
and other resources.
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
Explore invention and innovation at the Lemelson Center
at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of
At this web site you can engage in math challenges for
middle school students. There are a series of steps
each challenge will take you through until the problem
is solved. Also, you'll find additional resources for
further investigation of each problem.
This site includes an encyclopedia for searching for
information about topics related to mathematics.
Sightseer's Guide to Engineering
Pick a state t o explore innovations created by engineers.
This site was founded by Sally Ride, America's first
woman in space, to encourage girls to get the foundation
needed to go on in science, math, or engineering. Programs
include science festivals, the Sally Ride Science Club,
science camps, etc.
Why be an engineer? Go to this site for answers. The
site highlights "opportunities that engineering
brings for people at any age, but particularly to women
Explore color photographs taken through an optical microscope.
For example, with the activity "Secret Worlds:
The Universe Within" you can "view the Milky
Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move
through space towards the Earth until you reach . .
. the subatomic universe of electrons and protons."
This site provides four computer simulations: Membranes,
Fluid Flow, Cracking Dams, and Cracking Noise.
Hazards Program: For Kids Only
This site from the United States Geological Survey (USGS)
provides activities and information for learning about
Channel: Planet Earth Guide
At this site you can search for links and articles on
all subjects related to physical science. There is a
link to a live volcano cam, and there are interactive
sites where, for example, you can build an ocean wave.
Resources of the United States
At this site United States Geological Survey (USGS),
you'll find links for watching stream flow conditions,
information about water resource programs, current flood
Science for Schools
This site from the USGS provides information on many
aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and
The Global Network of Environment & Technology (GNET)
promotes the use of innovative environmental technologies.
The site provides information on environmental news,
new technologies, government environmental technology
programs, current events, etc.
Go to this site to find answers to questions about science.
This site from the United States Geological Survey(USGS)
shows how tsunamis are generated by earthquakes.
Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
This site from United States Geological Survey(USGS)
describes the 1906 earthquake along the San Andreas
fault. You can read about the scientific investigation
that took place after the quake and the advances that
Explore the science of music through movies, questions,
and online exhibits. Compose, mix, and play with music.
This site from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
provides information about nuclear energy and includes
a Students' Corner.
This site from the Tennessee Valley Authority provides
information about dams, making electricity, and protecting
This site is sponsored by the Optical Society of America
(OSA), an organization for scientists, educators, engineers,
Explore Nimbus 1, a virtual weather laboratory in the
sky. The site is provides by the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Aeronautics and Space
The purpose of this site is to bring people together
who have a common interest in aviation history.
Learn about astronomy and infrared light and find answers
to your questions about space.
This site is sponsored by Aviation Week, a publication
of the McGraw-Hill Companies.
Take virtual field trips to eight observatories--Arecibo,
where astrobiologists search for signs of life beyond
the solar system; Las Cuevas, a research station in
Central America's largest remaining rainforest; and
Space Weather Center
This site explores the solar cycle, solar wind, Earth's
magnetic field, auroras, states of matter, and other
topics. Information is provided on space weather research,
space weather modeling and forecasting, and the National
Space Weather Program.
This is a design challenge for exploring the wonders
of the universe.
a View to the Edge of Space
Find out about the Hubble Space Telescope. Click on
Ideas to see Hubble's images and find out what they
tell us about the universe. Click on Tools to take a
tour of Hubble, from the telescope to the control rooms.
At this NASA site, students can launch a spacecraft
to Mars, explore its canyons and volcanoes, solve mysteries
about the search for life on Mars, and see the latest
Aeronautics and Space Administration
Learn about NASA's visions for exploring the earth,
the moon, Mars, and beyond.
Johnson Space Center
At this site, you can learn about the U.S. space program.
The Education section includes a link to Just for Kids
Lockheed Martin's "TheTech" site is the place
to learn about the satellites that are constantly orbiting
earth. You can learn what five kinds of satellites do,
build satellites for three different types of missions,
Marshall Space Flight Center
The MSFC manages the key propulsion hardware and technologies
of the Space Shuttle, develops space transportation
and propulsion systems, oversees science and hardware
development for the International Space Station, and
handles a variety of associated scientific endeavors
to benefit space exploration and improve life on Earth.
Space TeleRobotics Program: Cool Robot of the Week
This site highlights Web sites that attempt to solve
robotics problems, use innovation to implement robotic
systems, or provide information related to robotics.
At this NASA site you can learn about the people who
work at NASA and about the national space program through
design challenges and other interactive activities.
Go to this site for games and other fun activities related
to space exploration.
Go to this site for news on current events and resources
related to astronomy.
This site describes technologies or materials that were
originally developed for the U.S. space program.
Get Tech is designed to help students develop math,
science, and technology skills in preparation for technology-related
Go to this site to explore engineering fields, learn
how to get an engineering education, and have fun with
interactive engineering games and resources.
Go to this site to learn about the field of engineering
and what engineers do.
Explore the Career Information and Opportunities area
to learn about manufacturing and other engineering careers,
salary information, and interesting articles about people
in engineering careers. This site is provided by the
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
This resource describes what workers do on the job,
working conditions, training and education needed, earnings,
and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities,
knowledge, work activities, and interests associated
Problem Solving Contests
TSA is a national organization for technology education
students. TSA provides activities and competitions to
promote technological literacy, leadership, and problem
BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology)
seeks to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering,
science, and technology through participation in robotics
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology) provides competitions and challenges for
solving problems with science, mathematics, engineering,
and technology. FIRST was founded by Dean Kamen, inventor
of the Segway Human Transporter.
This contest provides opportunities for students to
compete in construction and testing of model bridges.
This program give students practical experience in designing,
building, and programming a team of robots. Robots are
programmed to maneuver on a game board. Once the game
starts, students step back and the robots must play
the game without being guided by a remote control.
This competition encourages students to develop creative
Web sites related to specific topics, including science
Engineering Technological Society
JETS posts a JETS
Challenge question each week for solving science-
and mathematics-related problems. JETS also hosts the
competition each year. The TEAMS competition provides
an opportunity for students to synthesize key concepts
in math, science, and physics and apply them to solve
real-world engineering problems.
This is a design challenge for exploring the wonders
of the universe.