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BenchFly's mission is to bring video to every scientist, lab, and company in order to educate and empower researchers, enabling their next big breakthroughs – faster.  

BLOSSOMS video lessons are enriching students' learning experiences in high school classrooms from Brooklyn to Beirut to Bangalore. Their Video Library contains over 50 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers as streaming video and Internet downloads and as DVDs and videotapes.

By providing education, outreach, and technical assistance, the Canaan Valley Institute helps communities gain the tools and skills necessary to develop lasting solutions.

Carolina Biological Teacher Resources provides hundreds of free, creative, and effective activities for elementary, middle, high school, and college students. The classroom activites cover all disciplines and numerous subjects and topics.

The Central Appalachian Astronomy Club brings the wonders of the universe to the public. 

Advances in technology and connectivity allow our Wheeling Challenger Learning Center to offer new programs that bring Challenger missions into your classroom. 

The School Chemical List may be used evaluate the hazards of pure chemical compounds or chemical constituents.  This online tool is for anyone who needs information to assess risks and inventory chemicals. With the easy search tool you may find the chemical by name, the exposure and safety hazards, environmental toxicity, appropriate grade level, and the common experiments, if any, that use the chemical. The information may be converted to an Excel file for on site use. 

Choose from a variety of specially-selected programs that offer the best in fun and education at the Clay Center.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Their hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet. Resources are avaiable on their site and past issues of thier newsletters are available.

With renewed emphasis on engineering in the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS), teachers are looking for effective, engaging resources.  Visit www.discoverengineering.org for engineering videos, activities, lesson plans, and more.  This site features the engineering video which was used during the 2011 Science @ the SASS Institute.

The NASA IV& V Educator Resource Center, ERC, provides in-service, pre-service, and informal educators with an easily accessible source of materials that reflect NASA’s current research and technology.

The Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school.  It will serve as the foundation for new K-12 science education standards, which will be developed by a group of states to replace standards issued more than a decade ago. 

A uniquely focused Forestry Guide tailored to those exploring forestry careers is available at the FIRESCIENCEONLINE site.   Additionally, a West Virginia Guide is available which provides career and education information,  such as- a list of schools and programs from the U.S. federal government National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), interviews with fire experts in West Virginia, income tables in West Virginia for Firefighters, Fire Inspectors / Investigators, and Fire Service Supervisors, and a full section dedicated to Public Service Careers.  All guides from the organization are no-cost and may be accessed by anyone. 

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program.

The "Just ASK Project" is a professional development project funded by the NSF.  The aim of the project is to study the effect of "adapting science for kids" (ASK) to teach and reinforce student skills in reading and writing while learning science through hands-on inquiry.  As part of the project, this website was launched so that elementary teachers nationally and internationally could share teacher lesson adaptations and video recordings of ASK lessons.

Journey North is a free, internet-based program that explores the interrelated aspects of seasonal change.

KidsGardening.org provides a monthly e-mail newsletter with thematic and standards-based articles, activities, and resources for educators implementing school gardens and family gardening.  Information about grants is available at the site as well. 

Lab Out Loud is a podcast, hosted by two science teachers, that discusses science news and science education by interviewing leading scientists, researchers, science writers and other important figures in the field.

The Last Forest, the Allegheny Mountain Radio's Interactive Study Guide, is a FREE resource for educators which includes five stories from the book written by West Virginia's G.D. McNeil.  Also included are audio CDs, lesson plans, and activities for fine arts, language arts, science, social studies, outdoor education, and internet research. More information is available here: http://www.lastforest.org/moodle/course/view.php?id=2

The Learning Center is NSTA's e-professional development (PD) portal to help you address your classroom needs and busy schedule.

Educational programs offered by The Mountain Institute (TMI) to WV schools provide hands-on outdoor learning opportunities that stimulate students’ curiosity, understanding, and retention.

Nanoscience resources are available at NanoScience Magazine and the Nanoscale Informal Science Education site with NanoDays and a Catalog of Topics to Explore.

The National Framework for Energy Efficiency, NFEE, prompts business, government, and the education community at all levels to join together to establish programs which support ongoing and comprehensive energy education programming in the nation’s schools and communities.

With the help of volunteers and park partners, the National Parks Service safeguard these nearly 400 places and to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year.

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.  NSTA Web Seminars Archives are 90-minute, live professional development experiences that use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts, NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA partner organizations.

NBC Learn, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, explores the process of innovation. For related lesson plans by the National Science Teachers Association, open the video and click on "Lessons". If you are having trouble viewing the videos, click here.

Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) are based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.   NSTA Web Seminars with NGSS topics have been created, archived, and are available. 

On PBS Video, award-winning national programming and locally produced shows, including 398 NOVA and 432 Nature videos, are just a click away. 

Science with Inquiry Modules and Problem-based Learning Experiences (SIMPLE) program is a hands-on, problem-based, and inquiry learning professional development for elementary teachers and teachers of special education. 

The SMART Center in Wheeling provides science investigation opportunities for students and teachers. 

STEM-ulating activities are happening in West Virginia.   Activities to inspire students in STEM around the state may be found at www.wvresearch.org/STEM. Visit the site requently to find new activities targeted toward middle school and high school students to increase interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines.

Smithsonian Quests™ inspire students to explore their own ideas and interests online, in school, at home, and across the nation. The quests connect and reward learners of different ages and in different regions as they learn through discovery and collaboration. Rewards include digital badges that students (and teachers) take with them for life!

Thinkfinity provides quick and easy access to the highest-quality teaching and learning materials.  Verizon Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created by their conten partners– the most respected organizations in each academic subject and literacy. The easy-to-navigate K-12 resources are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards.

The West Virginia Environmental Education Association (WVEEA) is a network of EE professionals who collaborate to strengthen the environmental community in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Geologic Survey provides materialswhich were developed by the Survey's RockCamp Teacher Education Program which operated from 1992 to 2009.  Much of the material was developed for teaching purposes.

The West Virginia Science Teachers Association, WVSTA, is a statewide organization that has provided for or supported many of the professional development needs of teachers of science in West Virginia for 20 years.

West Virginia State Parks and Forests promote conservation by preserving and protecting natural areas of unique or exceptional scenic, scientific, cultural, archaeological, or historical significance and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for the citizens of this state and its visitors.

The West Virginia Department of Education and the National Youth Science Foundation collaborate to provide the West Virginia Youth Science Camp (WVYSC) in an effort to promote the study of science statewide.

Science Homepage

Annual and Repeating Opportunities for Students

Science in the Arts Competition

Science Calendar

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West Virginia Youth Science Camp

WV State and Regional Science Fairs