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Explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math! The links in this section allow students to explore the exciting world of math and science today. 

INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS—AND EVERYONE!

MATHCOUNTS Problem of the Week
http://www.mathcounts.org/webarticles/anmviewer.asp?a=142&z=16
Every Monday, MATHCOUNTS provides a timely and creative math problem. The solution is available the following week and the archive of past problems goes back to 1996.

Virtual Museum (IEEE)
http://www.ieee-virtual-museum.org/
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Virtual Museum features, among other things, exhibits on microelectronics, women and technology, and microwaves.

Sightseer's Guide to Engineering (NSPE)
http://www.engineeringsights.org/
This site features notable engineering sites families can visit in the 50 states.

Try Science
http://www.tryscience.org/experiments/experiments_home.html
Science is exciting, and it's for everyone! That's why TryScience and over 400 science centers worldwide invite you to investigate, discover, and try science yourself. Created through a partnership between IBM Corporation, the New York Hall of Science (NYHOS), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and science centers worldwide.

Design a Roller Coaster
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/parkphysics/coaster/
Use the tools at this site to build a virtual coaster using physics concepts that are used to design real coasters. Sponsored by Annenberg/CPB, Learner.org.

Discover Engineering
http://www.discoverengineering.org/home.asp
Engineers...don't they drive trains? Not these engineers! They turn ideas into reality. Sponsored by Discover Engineering.org.

Visit the Microbe Zoo!
http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/dlc-me/zoo/
Explore the world of microbes. Find out what microbiologists do and how you can become one! Created by people in the Comm Tech Lab and the Center for Microbial Ecology as well as by the generous contributions of images from many scientists at Michigan State University. This work has been supported by the National Science Foundation.

Algebra Homework Helper
http://www.algebratutor.org/
Having trouble with algebra? Here's an online tutor! The Algebra Homework Helper has helped thousands of students!

EPA Environmental Education Science Fair Project Ideas
http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/kids/pdfs/sciencefair.pdf
The Environmental Protection Agency has published an idea book "to get you started on designing your own environmental science fair experiment." The entire booklet is online here.

ArithmAttack
http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_k-12/aattack.htm
How many math problems can you answer in 60 seconds? From the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.

Interactive Plasma Physics Education Experience
http://ippex.pppl.gov/
This site contains information about electricity, magnetism, energy, and fusion. Maintained by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

eCYBERMISSION Idea Generator
http://www.ecybermission.com/
base_public.cfm?url=29570D524D550E010C2B440A5676584E0D1B6646085E
e-CYBERMISSION is an online science fair sponsored by the U.S. Army. This site allows prospective teams to generate ideas for the competition.

Archimedes' Laboratory: Fun Math and Science Activities
http://www.archimedes-lab.org/
This site is for those students who love brain teasers and enjoy geometry problems. Gianni A. Sarcone and Marie J. Waeber are co-founders of Archimedes' Laboratory, a training, facilitation, and consulting company specializing in improving and developing creativity.

Test Your Tech
http://gettech.org/category2.asp?cat=9
Check your knowledge of technology trivia. From GetTech.org, the online technology career resource.

Get Smarter.org
http://getsmarter.org/
Take a math or science test and compare your grade against students worldwide. Getsmarter.org is a Web site like no other. Once you know your grade, you can use learning tools on the site to help you "get smarter."

Teen Scene—Ag in the Classroom
http://www.agclassroom.org/teen/enter1.htm
Explore agriculture careers, get ideas for the science fair, play games, or meet an agriculture scientist!

GAMES
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Students can have fun and learn at the same time!

EPA Environmental Education Games
http://www.epa.gov/region3/esc/library/games.htm
Play games based on lessons about the Chesapeake Bay posted at the Environmental Sciences Library. Students can also view tools used by scientists to study the environment.

Science News for Kids GameZone
http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/pages/gamezone/
The GameZone features several games for students. (To play them, you need a Web browser that can handle Java applets.)

Every Game from GetTech Games
http://gettech.org/category2.asp?cat=10
The GetTech Web site has games related to technology issues.

Want to Date a Comet?
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/F_SOHO_5-8.html
NASA has a new challenge for you! Can you predict when a comet will be found?

FEATURE ARTICLES
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Look here for articles that provide up-to-date information about science, technology, engineering, and math education.

Pre-Engineering Times
http://www.jets.org/publications/petimes.cfm
The Pre-Engineering Times reports on what engineering schools are doing around the country, scholarship opportunities for engineering students, and salary comparisons between careers, as well as Web resources with an emphasis on links for female engineers. The Pre-Engineering Times sometimes features unusual science fair projects, classroom activities for teachers, famous engineers, engineering camps, and advice for teens.

No Bones About It!
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/F_No_Bones_About_It_5-8.html
NASA is working hard to chart a new course into the future. They are also looking into the past. Right now, the space agency is taking a step back in time to study a Tyrannosaurus rex skull.

A Better Game of Golf—NASA Style
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/F_Better_Game_of_Golf.html
NASA technology has been used to improve a popular game.

Have Fun with NASA
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/F_Have_Fun_With_NASA.html
Some NASA technology has been used to make life more enjoyable.

Pop Quiz
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/F_Pop_Quiz_5-8.html
What better way to learn about weather and space than from astronauts in orbit?

Engineering Is Elementary
http://www.mos.org/eie
Engineering and technology lessons for children.

RELATED INTERNET RESOURCES
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Additional science, technology, engineering, and math resources:

AskNSDL
http://ask.nsdl.org/
During ESTEME week, use this special ESTEME URL:
http://eduref.org/~nsdl/AskNSDL/ESTEMEform.htm

A Web site from t
he National Science Digital Library where students and teachers can ask questions about education, science, mathematics, social science, health, technology, and other subject areas.

GetTech Math Resources
http://www.gettech.org/resources.asp?cat=math
The GetTech site also provides math resources, including games.

Engineer Girl (NAE)
http://www.engineergirl.org
You can help solve problems that are important to society by learning engineering. Engineers control and preventing pollution, develop new medicines, create advanced technologies, even explore new worlds! From the National Academy of Engineering.

ASME Why Knot Video
http://www.asme.org/education/precollege/whyknot/index.htm
This site contains a two-and-one-half minute video clip highlighting a machine that continuously ties and unties a necktie. Although it is artistically inspired and intended for entertainment, the machine (named "Why Knot"), demonstrates how engineering principles and methods can be used to solve unusual problems not normally associated with technology. From the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Math and Science Television
http://getsmarter.org/mstv/flash_index.cfm
Math and Science Television helps you function better in society by teaching math and science concepts. Brought to you by the makers of Getsmarter.org, this site was created for the student.

GetTech Science Resources
http://www.gettech.org/resources.asp?cat=science
Science links from GetTech.org.

GetTech Science Project Resources
http://www.gettech.org/projects.asp?cat=science
GetTech.org provides science project resources, including answers to common science questions and ideas for science fair projects.

The Student's Page
Getsmarter.org provides math and science guidance for students at various grade levels. Just choose your grade range and off you go!

Elementary: http://getsmarter.org/studpage/stud_elem.cfm?registered=no

Middle School: http://getsmarter.org/studpage/stud_mid.cfm?registered=no

High School: http://getsmarter.org/studpage/stud_high.cfm?registered=no

Primarily for Students
http://www.education.noaa.gov/students.html
Information for students about weather, climate change, oceans and coasts, and space satellites.

Tsunami FAQs
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/tsunami-hazard/tsunami_faqs.htm
Frequently asked questions about tsunamis.

JETS, Inc.
http://www.jets.org/
JETS opens the world of engineering to students, parents, and educators by providing career guidance and through programs and resources that illustrate real-life teamwork and problem-solving skills.

The Museum of Science (Boston)
http://www.nctl.org
The Museum of Science established the National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL) to help integrate engineering into schools and to foster lifelong learning about technology and engineering through dynamic exhibits, presentations, and informed discussion. Helping create the dreamers and thinkers of tomorrow.

CAREER CHALLENGE
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What would you like to be when you grow up? Take tests at these sites to see if you might become a scientist, mathematician, or engineer. You might be surprised by the results!

Engineering Career Assessment (ASEE)
http://engineeringk12.org/precollege/default.cfm
The American Society for Engineering Education asks students "Where do you want to be in 10 years?"

Society of Women Engineers, Career Guidance
http://www.societyofwomenengineers.org/careerguidance/forstudents.aspx
Has anyone ever said to you, "You are good at math and science, you should consider engineering"? Do you like to solve problems? Do you like figuring out puzzles? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then engineering may be for you!

Engineering Careers (NAE)
http://www.engineergirl.org/nae/cwe/egcars.nsf/webviews/
Careers+By+Engineering+Field?OpenDocument&count=50000
Check out these engineering careers! Engineers work in all areas of our society. You're sure to find at least one career on this list that matches your interests and talents. This site lists different engineering careers and how they fit in with student interests. From the National Academy of Engineering.

FAQs about Engineering Careers
http://www.discoverengineering.org/faqs.asp
Frequently asked questions about engineering careers.

marinecareers.net
http://www.marinecareers.net/
Information on careers in marine biology, oceanography, and other marine sciences.

NASA Portal—Careers
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/subjects/careers/index.html
Learn about the many possible careers at NASA.

Choosing a Career in Atmospheric Sciences
http://oea.larc.nasa.gov/PAIS/AtmSciCareer.html
Research careers in atmospheric science.

NASA CONNECT
http://connect.larc.nasa.gov/
Check out the careers section of this award-winning program.

NASA Kids Science News Network (KSNN)
http://ksnn.larc.nasa.gov/home.html
Check out the careers section of this award-winning program.

Student News Net Science Career Profiles
http://www.studentnewsnet.com/careers/
Student News Net has produced a Web site, organized by state, to profile scientists and their careers. Both historical and current profiles are included to give students a look back to the early days of electricity, the Internet, and nuclear fission, as well as a look at cutting-edge research going on throughout the country.

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
http://www.careercornerstone.org/
The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center is a nonprofit resource center for those exploring career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

I^2—Inspiring Innovation
http://www.usatoday.com/educate/lockheed/index.html
USA TODAY Education and Lockheed Martin have teamed together to develop a program designed to strengthen students’ skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program, I^2—Inspiring Innovation, is designed to provide USA TODAY newspapers and supporting educational lessons to grade 4–12 classrooms nationwide. In addition, employees from Lockheed Martin will participate as mentors in this program as part of their work with students in local schools.

GET STARTED (WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO BECOME A...?)
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Marine Biologist: Ask A Scientist Answers
http://oceanlink.island.net/ask/answerscar.html
OceanLink provides answers to questions about becoming a marine biologist.

Careers in Biology from Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
http://www.sicb.org/careers/faqs.php3
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology asks –Why should I become a biologist?”

Science and Technology
http://www.gettech.org/category2.asp?cat=5
Your career in a technology field can start now! Your math and science classes can pave the way to an exciting job in a booming field. YOU can work with cool people in a new kind of work environment. And YOU can define what the future looks like! From GetTech.org.

Environmental Science Career Information
http://www.eco.org/
The Environmental Careers Organization has devoted an entire Web site to environmental science careers.

U.S. Geological Survey Job Descriptions
http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/student/learn/jobs/index.html
The U.S. Geological Survey describes jobs in the U.S. Department of Interior. They include biological science technicians, cartographers, computer professionals, ecologists, fishery biologists, geologists, geophysicists, hydrologists, and wildlife biologists.

Information about Careers in Mathematics
http://www-ed.fnal.gov/linc/spring96/projects_linc2/math_careers/portfolio_table.html
Provides a number of resources related to mathematical careers. Created by the Department of Energy"s Fermilab and the Illinois Department of Education.

Career Voyages
http://www.careervoyages.gov/hotcareers-main.cfm
Hot careers by level of schooling and location.

Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://www.stats.bls.gov/oco/home.htm
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is one of the best sources of career information. It is designed to provide assistance in making decisions about your work life. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.

NIH Office of Science Education: Life Works Career page
http://www.science.education.nih.gov/Lifeworks.nsf/feature/index.htm
Explore health and medical careers.

Astronaut Training Journals
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/F_Astronaut_Journals.html
Have you ever wondered what kind of training it takes to become a NASA astronaut?

NASA Careers
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/subjects/careers/index.html
Learn about the many careers at NASA.

Deciding on a Career?
http://www.jets.org/programs/neas.cfm
In order to help students determine how well prepared they are to enter an engineering or technology program in college and to answer questions students have about engineering and technology study, JETS has developed the National Engineering Aptitude Search+ (NEAS+) academic survey. The NEAS+ enables students to make informed decisions about their futures.

OPPORTUNITIES/CONTESTS
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Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards
http://www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman/
The Young Inventors Awards Program is for students grades 2–8. Students compete to invent a tool using their imagination and use science and technology to build it.

ExploraVision Awards
http://www.exploravision.org
Using ExploraVision students combine imagination with the tools of science to create and explore a vision of future technology. It is a competition for students of all interest, skill, and ability levels in grades K
12.

Future City Competition
http://www.futurecity.org/
The mission of the National Engineers Week Future City Competition is to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for seventh- and eighth-grade students that combines a stimulating engineering challenge with a "hands-on" application to present their vision of a city of the future.

FIRST Competitions
http://www.usfirst.org/
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is an organization that inspires an appreciation of science and technology in young people. They sponsor robotics and Lego-building contests, among other things.

Technology Student Association
http://www.tsaweb.org/
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization for elementary, middle, and high school students with an interest in technology. TSA's 170,000-plus student members get support from a system of educators, alumni, parents, and business leaders who believe in the importance of a technologically literate society

Students—Enhance Your Chances for a Career in Science
http://www.lanl.gov/education/features/substory2.shtml
The Los Alamos National Laboratory provides students from all over the country with hands-on experiences in science, mathematics, engineering, technology, and many other areas at the Lab. Los Alamos and the Department of Energy are dedicated to supporting students by providing them with access to the Laboratory's unique resources—its scientists, technicians, and facilities.

World of Opportunity
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/F_World_of_Opportunity_5-8.html
Tell us about the Earth Explorers you know. We’re looking for students, teachers, scientists, and others who are working with NASA earth science data and imagery to better understand our home planet.

See Earth in a Whole New Way!
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/F_See_Earth_5-8.html
NASA has a program that you can use! It lets you enjoy one of the benefits of being an astronaut, but you don’t have to leave the earth.

Put Your Ideas into Orbit
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/F_Space_Science_Challenge_5-8.html
Imagine your science investigation in space.

NASA Portal—Act Now Page
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/actnow/index.html
Act now before it is too late. This is a list of challenging contests for students.

MATHCOUNTS
http://www.mathcounts.org/
MATHCOUNTS pits middle school teams against each other in local, state, and national competitions to find the best Mathletes in the nation.

The Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS)
http://www.jets.org/programs/teams.cfm
JETS TEAMS competition is a challenging academic team competition enabling students to learn team development and problem-solving skills using classroom mathematics to solve real-world problems. The TEAMS competition is an annual one-day, two-part event that consists of an open-book, open-discussion exam taken by teams of four-to-eight high school students. TEAMS presents the multidisciplinary aspect of engineering work by illustrating how math and science concepts work together and are applied to solve real-world problems.

Take the JETS Challenge!
http://www.jets.org/latestnews/JETS_Challenge.cfm
Each week JETS will post a new challenge question. The following week the solution along with a new challenge will be posted.

 
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