Q?rius, from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, is a site for tweens, teens, their families, and educators to connect science with everyday experiences. There are three audience-specific entry points, each divided into five activity-based categories:
- Create explains how scientists use field books to record observations and lets students (13 and up) make their own digital field book. Free registration lets users save work to a digital field book, earn digital badges, and share pages.
- Do provides online activities that can be added to field books and earn badges. Activities can be browsed by type, location, and time. Reefs Unleashed, for example, opens with a video of marine biologist Nancy Knowlton who explains the importance of documenting ocean life. In the three-part activity, students identify species, compare organisms, and discover DNA secrets.
- Jump is a library of science stories. In Forensic Anthropology, for example, information on forensic science is presented. There are highlighted terms and concept links. A sidebar offers two videos - one a story of identification of a 19th century boy found buried in an iron coffin.
- Watch includes 30-minute webcasts and webcast packages, supplementary teaching resources with lessons, online activities, science literacy resources, and more. The webcast packages are keyed to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Watch also has a media library of shorter videos and a sidebar featuring related objects and media.
- Grade 6-12 teachers can arrange for free school programs at Visit.
For K-5 resources, check out Q?rius jr.