Science Education Supplemental Online Materials

Below are some high quality science education materials for a variety of subject areas, from both Christian and secular sources.

Genetics and Evolution

Stated Clearly offers engaging video animations that clearly and accurately explain the basics of genetics and evolution.

Coming to Peace with Science is a series of animated YouTube videos by geneticist Darrel Falk. He discusses some compelling genetic evidence for human origins from a Christian perspective.

http://evolution.berkeley.edu is one of the most widely used and respected sources for everything having to do with evolution.

PBS’s evolution site contains numerous resources for students and teachers.

Bozemanscience.com includes instructional videos with full color visuals and the instructor’s face on-screen on diverse science topics, including numerous videos on the science of evolution. You will also find supplemental materials like concept maps, review sheets, and slideshows.

Evo-ed.org, produced by Michigan State University faculty, provides educational resources for teaching evolution through the use of case studies. PowerPoint slides (with notes) are included as well as a few games and simulation activities.

Becoming Human contains a cool interactive timeline with fossils spanning 7 million years of human development.

Introduction to Human Evolution (part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History) contains evolution evidences as well as resources for teachers and students.

Other Biology

Bio Interactive (part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute) is devoted to providing educational materials for science teachers and students on various topics including evolution.

Microsculpture is a collection of breathtaking ultra-high-resolution insect portraits from the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Actionbioscience.org was developed by the American Institute of Biological Sciences and offers numerous educator resources (including full lesson plans) for middle school through undergraduate courses. You will find a good variety of materials listed by topics such as: biodiversity, biotechnology, the environment, evolution, and genomics.

The National Association of Biology Teachers houses resources for educators and students on various topics as well as information on conferences and student competition opportunities which include homeschoolers.

Astronomy

Hubble Space Telescope is the famous telescope's official website, which includes links to other NASA educational resources.

Creation Care and Climate Change

Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe is a YouTube channel from Christian atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe. The catchy and informative videos cover many aspects of climate science and creation care.

Behold the Earth is a 1-hour documentary on creation care and climate change, featuring scientists such as Cal DeWitt, Katharine Hayhoe, and E.O. Wilson.

NASA’s Climate Kids includes videos, games, and activities on climate, weather, energy, and related topics.

General Science

Khan Academy houses numerous science videos including several related to evolution, natural selection, and variation in species.

Acapella Science is a YouTube channel offering hilarious science lessons in song format.

Constantly Curious Ted-Ed videos offers animated videos on a wide variety of questions that curious kids are asking: How do animals experience pain? Why do animals have different life spans? What causes bad breath?

Untamed Science houses numerous science videos aimed at students which are being used throughout the U.S. for elementary as well as upper level students.

Science NetLinks from AAAS is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education resource with numerous teaching tools, lessons, videos, podcasts, science news articles and more.

Exploratorium.edu offers various science teaching and learning tools on all sorts of topics from biology, light and motion, to chemistry and geology.

Periodic Videos offers interesting and quirky videos about each of the elements on the periodic table.  Produced by the University of Nottingham, this series of videos are both entertaining and educational.

SciShow is an extensive series of entertaining and educational videos produced by Hank Green on a wide variety of scientific questions and quandaries.  These videos lean towards middle school to high school levels and can occasionally include snarky comments about religion that may be off-putting for some.

Science as a Vocation

Scientists @ the Smithsonian offers articles and videos about many kinds of scientists at the Smithsonian.

biography.com includes several interesting videos about scientists, including people like Newton and Galileo as well as Stephen Hawking.

History of Science

Crash Course: History of Science is a series of short (less than 15min) animated videos on the history of science.

 

Greg Cootsona, Lecturer in Religious Studies and Humanities at California State University at Chico

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- Greg Cootsona, Lecturer in Religious Studies and Humanities at California State University at Chico