Founded in 2003, Science News for Students (SNS) is an award-winning onlinepublication dedicated to providing age-appropriate, topical science news to learners, parents, and educators. SNS is a program of the Society for Science & the Public (SSP), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. SNS—which is free to use—helps to fulfill the Society’s enduring mission to inform, educate, and inspire. Scientists explore other planets, dive deep into caves, and chart the ocean depths. These are just some of the incredible things that the researchers in SNS’s Cool Jobs series have done. Each of those scientists started out as a student, and in their journeys from student to scientist, they have used hard work, determination, and sometimes a little luck to achieve scientific success. Now these researchers have advice to help others follow in their footsteps. On the SNS website, students can listen to sage advice from scientists with Cool Jobs.
Throughout the summer months, students can explore the science behind some of their favorite summer activities. On PBS LearningMedia’s Science of Summer website, students will discover the physics of sailing, the chemistry of campfires, the mineral composition of sand, the forces that allow humans to ride bicycles and rollercoasters—and more.
Google’s Science Journal transforms students’ mobile devices into a science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data, and record observations from the world around them. The app, which is available for iOS, Android, and most Chromebooks, offers a suite of tools to measure light, motion, sound, G-forces, and more.
When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena.