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Science is the study of why. When kids ask why is the sky blue, why do bees buzz, why is grass green, why do I hiccup, it’s all science. Children are natural scientists, born investigators, experimenting with everything they can get their hands on. Science should be a life-long adventure, hands-on and experiential. It is full of questions, hypotheses, observations, recording of data, examination with analysis of observations and data, and conclusions that lead to new questions. In short, that is the “scientific method."

One parent's tip: "When buying books of experiments, go through the book before the kids get to it, make up a shopping list, and buy everything they'll need in advance. Keep a plastic 'science bin' with all the unusual stuff plus an ample supply of everyday materials (balloons, small glass jars, litmus paper, magnets, etc.), so that the right materials are always on hand."
See the section on Science Kits and Supplies.
You can submit your question for next year's Flame Challenge. Homeschooled kids are encouraged to participate.
Check out Exploravision, a competition for all students in grades K-12 attending a public, private or home school in the U.S., Canada, or U.S. Territories. It is designed to encourage students to combine their imagination with their knowledge of science and technology to explore visions of the future.

Entry deadline is around the end of January each year.

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See also:

  • The NYC Science Research Mentoring Program offers a chance to work closely with a scientist in the field and in labs, collect and analyze data, present at conferences, and more! new
  • Science of Smart Cities (SoSC) introduces STEM concepts through hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments to middle school students. The program connects students through teamwork and mentorship and the students learn how to build and design more livable, efficient, sustainable and resilient cities. new
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Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics is the study of forces and the resulting motion of objects through the air. Studying the motion of air around an object allows us to measure the forces of lift, which allows an aircraft to overcome gravity, and drag, which is the resistance an aircraft “feels” as it moves through the air.

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Earth Sciences

(Includes dinosaurs, ecology, evolution, fossils, geology, paleontology, rocks, volcanoes, etc.)

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Space Sciences

(Includes astronomy, SETI, etc.)

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Big History

Consider the big questions about our Universe, our planet, life, and humanity. From the Big Bang to modern day to where we are going in the future, Big History covers it all

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Anatomy

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Websites

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Health

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Animals, Birds, etc.

See also Local Zoos, Activities: Birdwatching, and Books about Animals.

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Marine Biology

(Incldues oceans, whales, other marine mammals, fish)

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Plant Biology

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Physics

Books

Websites

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Chemistry

Books

Websites

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Computers & Technology

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Living Environment

(Includes biology, evolution, ecology, genetics, human impact, etc.)

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The Weather

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Archaeology

See also History Resources under Social Studies.

Search the census on the Place Matters website for the hidden historical treasures in your own neighborhood, or create your own walking tour in any of the five boroughs.

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General Websites

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General Science Resources - For Parents and Educators

General Science Resources - Elementary age

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General Science Resources - Middle school and high school

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Science Kits and Supplies

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Science Fairs

World Science Festival Street Fair, a free annual event

At science fairs, people come together to show and explain their science projects. Many are open to homeschoolers. Read the article "School science fairs are about more than science." Check out our page on Contests: Science.

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Online Courses

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Recommended Local Field Trips

(see also What's Free or Cheap in New York: Science and Math (including Economics) )

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