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October 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – Part Two

 

Time for another end-of-year “Best” list.

I’m adding this post to All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place!

You might also be interested in:

The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2015

The Best Science Sites Of 2014 – Part Two

The “All-Time” Best Science Sites

The Best Science Sites Of 2014 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part One

The Best Science Sites Of 2011

The Best Science Sites Of 2011 — So Far

The Best Science Websites — 2010

The Best Science & Math Sites — 2009

The Best Science & Math Websites — 2008

The Best Science Websites For Students & Teachers — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – Part Two (not in any order of preference) – these also include new science-related “Best” lists:

The Best Resources For Learning About The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

The Best Sites Where Students Can Ask Science Questions & Receive Responses

NASA Space Place is good site sponsored by…NASA. It has lots of very accessible info about all things space-related and, with a click on the globe on the top right of the English or Spanish page, it will take you to the version in the other language. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Planets & Space. I’m also adding it to The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Math, Social Studies, & Science.

A couple of years ago, The NY Times published an excellent climate change “explainer” – a list of questions about it with short and simple answers. They’ve just put a band-new, updated and more attractive interactive version headlined Climate Change Is Complex. We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions. I think it’s perfect for classrooms. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

The BBC has launched Grand Challenges II to examine what they consider the major problems facing the world. It seems like it could be a very useful resource for teachers and students. You can read their announcement here. It’s an ongoing series, and they’ll be regularly updating all their new reports here. As I mentioned, this project is called “Grand Challenges II.” Earlier this year, they published Grand Challenges I, which seems to me to have the same purpose as this second edition. Grand Challenges I has lots of related interactive content.

It’s been forty years since the Voyager spacecraft were launched, and there has been a lot of coverage about the anniversary (see The Best Sites For Learning About Voyager 1 & Its Departure From Our Solar System).

The New Yorker has come out with several features, but their most intriguing one was an invitation to readers to share their nominations of what should go on a Golden Record today:

If a second Voyager mission were launching next week, what mementos of Earth would it contain? How would we represent our past, our present, and our hopes for the future? In short, what would a Golden Record look like in 2017?

They want readers to share specific recommendations about “sights, sounds and everything else.” I think this has the potential of being an excellent lesson for IB Theory of Knowledge classes when we study language.

And, speaking of Voyager, I’m adding this new video from Vox to The Best Sites For Learning About Voyager 1 & Its Departure From Our Solar System:

I’m adding this new National Geographic video to The Best Sites For Learning About Planets & Space:

I’m adding this neat new video from NASA to The Best Resources On The Cassini Spacecraft:

This is a wild and depressing interactive called “Temperature anomalies arranged by country 1900 – 2016.” It was created by Antti Lipponen and you can read more about here. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change:

Temperature anomalies arranged by country 1900 - 2016.

Google Street View now lets you explore every nook-and-cranny of the International Space Station. You can read about it at TechCrunch and see the video below. I’m adding this info to The Best Sites For Learning About The International Space Station.

Here’s the description of this next video:

Motion Designer Christian worked with his brother and Composer Wolfgang for 18 months on this shortfilm. The foundation were thousands original NASA photographies, taken from the Astronauts during the Apollo Missions, which were released in September 2015. It is an animated collage using different techniques to bring the stills to life.

I’m adding it to The Best Images Taken In Space.

LUNAR from Christian Stangl on Vimeo.

Thanks to Sara K. Ahmed and Katherine Williams, I learned about a series of short videos from National Geographic called “Today I Learned.” They all seem to be two minutes or less on a variety of topics. You can access them all on the National Geographic website or a playlist on its channel on YouTube. I’m not sure, though, if the YouTube channel has all of them.

Here’s an example:

October 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Sites Where Students Can Ask Science Questions & Receive Responses

There are several useful sites that invite students to submit science-related questions, and then those sites publish responses.

Here are a few of them:

The latest entry into this field is The Science Master. You can read about it at The Edublogger’s post: THE SCIENCE MASTER: A RESOURCE FOR CURIOUS STUDENTS.

Frontiers For Young Minds provides “Science Edited For Kids, By Kids.”

Highlights Magazine has a nice feature called Explore and More that answers various science questions.

Science Buddies has an “Ask An Expert” feature.

Students can submit a question at “Submit A Question For NASA.” Unfortunately, the entire NASA site is off-line at the time of this post, but I assume this feature will be active again once the site is restored.

Let me know what I left out!

October 3, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Scientists Won The Nobel Prize Today For Their Work On Gravitational Waves – Here Are A Bunch Of Accessible Videos Explaining Them

 

Three scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize today for their work in the discovery of gravitational waves.

If you don’t understand what they’re talking about, you might be interested in The Best Videos Explaining Gravitational Waves (In An Accessible Way), which I posted when they first made news last year.

You might also be interested in these articles about the Nobel Prize winners today:

Gravitational Wave Works Wins Physics Nobel Prize is from NBC News.

Gravitational waves, explained is from Vox.

October 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Bilingual “NASA Space Place” Looks Like A Good & Accessible Science Site

NASA Space Place is good site sponsored by…NASA.

It has lots of very accessible info about all things space-related and, with a click on the globe on the top right of the English or Spanish page, it will take you to the version in the other language.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Planets & Space.

I’m also adding it to The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Math, Social Studies, & Science.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Space & Planets.

October 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Four Useful Resources About…Trees

 

Here are four new additions to a surprisingly (at least, to me) lengthy and interesting collection at The Best Sites To Learn About Trees:

Life of a Tree is from the Arbor Day Foundation.

A different interactive from PBS is also called Life of a Tree.

A Walk in the Woods: A Photo Appreciation of Trees is from The Atlantic.

Telling the Tales of Trees Around the World is from The New York Times.

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