A Science by Site for (and by) Teens

Imagine being one of 14 teenagers in the country to be selected to help design a website that  presents scientific concepts to other kids their age.  This is exactly what happened when Ashwin Datta, a freshman at Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Oregon won the opportunity to help design the website named Sparticl, developed by the Twin Cities Public Television (St, Paul, MN) with funding from the 3M company.index

Richard Hudson is the director of science production at PBS stations in the Minneapolis area. Hudson said his team developed Sparticl, which launched in 2013, because when students search the Web for science topics that interest them, they are often immediately confronted with dense and  technical pages, too complex for them to understand. Sparticl, he said, gives students a one-stop resource for quality science materials appropriate for the age level.

Ashwin has a considerable list of accomplishments under his belt, despite his young age.  He is currently trying to get a patent for his invention of a special set of Christmas lights he built. The lights only need to be installed once, and then a remote control can change their color to match the various celebrations during the year. Ashwin also likes to design computer games, golf, play the piano and ski at Mount Hood. He’s also taking flying lessons.

Sparticl is a great site for ACS ChemClub members. It delivers science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) on the web. A team of experts hand-selected videos, games, hands-on activities, and articles that are age-appropriate, accurate, safe, and engaging. And best of all, teenagers like Ashwin were part of developing it all!

Science NetLinks

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Science NetLinks is a premier K-12 science education resource produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At Science NetLinks, you’ll find teaching tools, interactives, podcasts, and hands-on activities, and all of it is free!

All of the resources are Internet based, so the lessons and activities can be printed or used online. Many of the interactives, worksheets, and tools work great on an interactive white board or in a computer lab. All of the resources are designed to be delivered in a variety of formats and classroom settings.

aaasmoleculesapp.png__155x1000_q85Science NetLinks presents standards-based lesson plans that incorporate reviewed Internet resources, and can be selected according to specific learning goals and grade ranges. Each lesson is tied to at least one learning goal and uses research-based instructional strategies that support student learning. The lessons are written for the teacher, but include student-ready materials such as worksheets, or online worksheets that enable students to engage directly in Internet activities.

The content covers all of the sciences, as well as mathematics, health/medicine, social sciences and careers.aaasperiodictable.jpg__155x1000_q85

The career information includes a series from the ACS Spellbound – How Kids Become Scientists. This video series tells the stories of chemist’s early experiences that put them on the role of working in science.

There is also a special section from Science News that provides the latest news on what’s happening in the world of science.