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Do you need an idea for your next science fair project? Check out these sites for some help.

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Government Sites

Agricultural and Food Scientist - How can farms use less labor? Control pests and weeds? Conserve soil and water? Do all of the above, yet still grow more food? Agricultural and food scientists look for the answers to these kinds of questions.

Agriculture in the Classroom - Webquests - (Department of Agriculture) - Take an online journey to explore genetics, the Utah's rangelands, DNA for dinner and much more!

Alaska Kids - This site has great information on how to stay safe, how to stay healthy, and help with homework in the student guide.

Antarctic Expedition - National Zoo scientists have headed south - way south! Join them on their Antarctic Expedition.

Arctic - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - This Arctic Theme Page provides access to widely distributed Arctic data and information for scientists, students, teachers, academia, managers, decision makers and the general public.

BugInfo - (Smithsonian) - This site has all kinds of information on bugs including backyard bugs, household insects, and more. Check the link on insects as food for humans!

CDC's Rabies Web Page That's Just for Kids! - In the United States today, about 93 of every 100 reported cases of rabies are in wild animals. Most of the cases are found in raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Cats had the largest number of reported rabies cases in pets. Learn more about rabies and how to protect your pet.

Conservation Central - Conservation Central is a habitat education program. This program explores the temperate forest, home of the giant panda and black bear, through the following online activities.

Did You Ever Wonder? - Visit the Berkley Labs and learn more about about the structure of cells, how to carve with light, how soil keeps the world in balance and much more.

Dinosaurs - National Museum of Natural History - (Smithsonian) - Dinosaurs are a group of terrestrial reptiles that first appeared in the Late (or perhaps Middle) Triassic Period, about 230 million years ago. Learn more about this extinct species.

Dinosaurs: Faces and Fiction - (Geological Survey) - From a scientific viewpoint, the study of dinosaurs is important both for understanding the causes of past major extinctions of land animals and for understanding the changes in biological diversity caused by previous geological and climatic changes of the Earth. These changes are still occurring today.

Embryology - Watch as students hatch chicks in the classroom. These students take the responsibilities of caring for the fertilized eggs and then the chicks after they have hatched. Following each session, the hatched birds are given to local farmers. Find photos of poultry and movie clips of candling and birds hatching from eggs.

Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts - (Library of Congress) - Did you ever wonder why a camel has a hump? If you can really tell the weather by listening to the chirp of a cricket? Or why our joints make popping sounds? These questions deal with everyday phenomena that we often take for granted, but each can be explained scientifically.

Explorers' Club - The Environmental Protection Agency’s website allows you to explore your environment and learn about the many things you can do to protect it.

Exploring Estuaries - Estuaries are places where freshwater rivers and streams flow into the ocean, mixing with the seawater. A wide variety of birds, fish, and other wildlife make estuaries their home. Use this Web site to explore these unique environments, including some of the plants and animals that live there.

Facts about Cows - Some interesting facts about cows.

Florida - Kids - Learn about Miami Dade County, get homework help, learn about nature and the sea, play fun games and more.

Habitat Adventure: Panda Challenge - In "Habitat Adventure: Panda Challenge!", you will help make decisions about a fictional forest reserve. You will use binoculars, field guides, a camera, and other tools, as well as talk to local people to help you make the best decisions.

Kids and Teens - National Agricultural Library - Do you like to eat? What's your nutrition IQ? Do you really enjoy animals? Insects too? Do you like veterinary medicine? Is engineering what you want to do? Interested in plants or ecology? Does chemistry excite you? Learn more about food and agricultural sciences.

Kids On The Web - This Department of the Interior site has a number of links to information on wildlife, landmarks, coal mining and much more.

National Marine Sanctuaries - For Students - National marine sanctuaries are living classrooms that can be explored in person or through interactive digital labs and activities. In this section, you will find games, online story books, information on marine careers, activities, free materials and other cool stuff.

National Zoo - Visit the online exhibits, or take a tour and learn about the plants, animals and people of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. - Make interactive maps within your web browser! This program allows you to make your own maps. Select, change, and display map layers. Roam across America and zoom in to reveal more detail. Point at map features to learn more about them. Locate and map more than 2,000,000 geographic names in the United States. New map layers are added each month.

Natural Inquirer - (Forest Service) - This journal was created so that scientists can share their research with middle school students. Each article tells you about scientific research conducted by scientists in the USDA Forest Service. All of the research in this journal is concerned with nature, trees, wildlife, insects, outdoor activities and water.

Nature Net - Learn about wildlife, plants, geologic resources in our parks, and more.

North American Mammals - The website, from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, provides information for over 400 mammal species and includes high-quality range maps, photographs, scientific illustrations, family tree diagrams, weights and measures, and more.

Ocean Explorer - (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) - The Ocean Explorer web site is entertaining and educational for you to learn about, discover, and virtually explore the ocean.

Science and Nature - Smithsonian Magazine - Read these interesting articles on nature and wildlife.

Smithsonian Education's Science and Nature Page - Learn about the different exhibits at the Smithsonian Museum. Wanna learn about the Wright Brothers or great facts about cats? There are fun games and activites too.

Texas - Junior Naturalists - (Texas Parks and Wildlife) - Offers information and activities about nature.

Zoology - Encyclopedia Smithsonian - This site has an awesome collection of zoology resources on birds, mammals, bugs, marine animals, and habitats.

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Other Resources

Animal Diversity Web - Animal Diversity Web is an online encyclopedia. ADW is a large searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals. Every day, thousands of students use it to answer animal questions. Other sites specialize in local, endangered, or particular kinds of animals.

Animals - National Geographic Kids - Learn about animal and their habitats, watch videos and listen to animal sounds.

Animals and Exhibits - New England Aquarium - Explore vibrant coral reefs, from the Bahamas and the tropical Pacific to temperate Australia. Learn about the animals and explore the exhibits from your computer.

Biology In Motion - Here you will find animations, interactive activities, and cartoons designed to make learning biology fun.

Brainteaser Quiz: Dinosaurs - (National Geographic Kids) - Test your Dinosaur smarts. - has put together a whole site about adventure and the adventures we think you should try. Ever wanted to climb a climbing wall? Ride a camel? Learn to take your own pictures? Well, here is the place to learn how.

e.encyclopedia - e.encyclopedia combines the best of a traditional encyclopedia with an extra digital dimension. It guides the reader to the most helpful, appropriate and amazing sites the web has to offer.

EurekAlert! Science News and Resources for Kids - The EurekAlert! Science for Kids Portal is a central, online source for kid-friendly news and resources.

Georgia Aquarium - Kids Corner - Check out the variety of fun activities. Use the Animal Guide to learn more about many of the animals you will see when visiting the Aquarium so you can easily identify them. Print off cool coloring pages to decorate animals you will encounter, and learn more about the people who work with the animals on a daily basis.

Hands on Nature from the BBC - Discover Nature activities and explore wildlife habitats in Great Britain.

Homework Help - National Geographic - Check out this page for information, or search One-Stop Research for pictures, articles, maps, and more on subjects like animals, history and science - perfect for reports, presentations, and more!

Humane Teen - HumaneTeen shows you how young people make a difference for animals and their world. This site is maintained by the youth education division of The Humane Society of the United States.

Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists - Visitors will enjoy learning about the thoughts and experiences of the scientists working in Antarctica and the Arctic. Just click on the "Check out the dispatches" button. Visitors can learn how penguins function as barometers of climate change, get up close and personal with a smattering of charismatic marine mammals, and learn about the fascinating South Pole Telescope.

Kentucky Bug Connection - Middle to High School - A guide to Kentucky's insects, spiders, and related arthropods. Along with tons of pictures, you'll find biological profiles, collection tips, and folklore about Kentucky's most fascinating creatures.

Kid Territory - San Diego Zoo - Learn about the animals at the San Diego Zoo; you can also learn some fun recipes, crafts and science experiments.

Learning Adventures - Browse through and learn some amazing science facts! Find out about the Woolly Mammoth, oceans, Cleopatra's Palace and much more!

Montana Dinosaur Trail - (Montana Commerce Department) - The Montana Dinosaur Trail was created to highlight the unique and, in many cases, world class dinosaur displays, interpretation and programs found in Montana.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Animals & Exhibits - Information about the award-winning exhibits and animals on display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California, including live web cams, information about ocean life and educational activities.

Nanooze - The Science Web Magazine for Kids - Learn about the world that is too small to see and making tiny things. Making things using something called nanotechnology.

National Aquarium Exhibits - The Aquarium features hundreds of exhibits featuring more than 16,500 animals. Find out what's happening now.

Neuroscience for Kids - has been created for all students who would like to learn more about the nervous system. Enjoy the activities and experiments as you learn about the brain and spinal cord.

New York Times - Science and Health - Explore science and health issues in depth or search by subject. Also view slideshows.

Oregon Zoo's KidsZone - Oregon Zoo is the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi. The zoo's 64 acres are home to animals from all corners of the world, including Asian elephants, Peruvian penguins and Arctic polar bears. Learn some animal facts, go behind the scenes at the zoo and play some fun activities.

Penguin Cam - Maryland Zoo - Take a look at the African penguins live at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

Sea World Animal Information Database - Do you need quick information or fun facts about a terrestrial or aquatic animal? Want answers to the most commonly asked questions about animal life? Find these answers and much more right here.

Shedd Aquarium - Explore By Animal - Come be amazed by the amazing animals that live at Shedd – all 25,500 of them!

Shedd Aquarium - Waters of the World - Dive to the ocean floor and wade through a wetland. Visit rivers big and small and explore a Great Lake.

Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic - Mush! It's a dog's life and PBS' Nature wants to show you what it's like. Find out what it takes to pull those sleds across frozen terrain and read the story of Balto, a very brave Husky. There's even virtual dogsledding.

The Ingredients for Life - In one corner of the Solar System, life abounds. From the frozen lakes in Antarctica to the boiling ocean-floor springs of the Pacific, planet Earth is teeming with life. But these diverse locations all share some common ground. They all contain the essential ingredients needed to create life. Learn what those ingredients are.

The WHY Files - The Why Files cover issues of science, health, environment and technology from a unique perspective. Using news and current events as a springboard to explore science and the larger issues it raises, we hope to show science as a human enterprise and a way of looking at the world.

UK Wildlife - Check out this British wildlife site.

Web Ed-Ventures - Oregon Coast Aquarium - Web Ed-Ventures are online explorations of marine and aquatic science topics. In short, you get to click around and learn a whole lot about marine biology.

Wild Animals A to Z - Animal Planet has taken all of its online content, including interactives, videos, photo galleries, fact sheets and more and placed them here for you to browse through. This is a great place to locate all of your favorite animals.

WildFinder Mapping the World's Species - WildFinder is a map-driven, searchable database of more than 26,000 species worldwide, with a powerful search tool that allows users to discover where species live or explore wild places to find out what species live there.

Wonders of the Sea - The Oceanic Research Group "Wonders of the Seas" page highlights different animals with text and images, from sponges to sharks

Yahooligans - Study Zone - Yahooligans! is a browsable, searchable directory of Internet sites for kids. Games, Sports and News pages, Movies, Animals, Science and Dinosaurs, a Reference section and lots more.

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