Take care not to spend so much that you can’t change course while you take time to plan for the future. Take advantage of these opportunities to borrow materials or to get some free supplies outright.
This page has links to physical materials you may send away for. Free material that is available online is under the relevant page elsewhere on A to Z Home’s Cool. Use the site index or search engine above to find free internet resources.
Animalearn Loan Program
Borrow plastic animals to dissect or learn about critter insides with software. Credit card insures against loss. You pay only return shipping.
Learn about our energy and environmental classroom lessons. No cost! Must live in PG&E territory.
Findings magazine showcases diverse scientists who do cutting-edge research and lead interesting lives. Each issue also contains brief research highlights, a puzzle or other activity, and online extras. Published twice yearly. Free subscription for both print and RSS feeds. Free slide kits. From the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
A free game in which players around the world compete to design proteins. The real world benefit: Scientists will test proteins designed by the game’s players to see if they make viable candidate compounds for new drugs. Download software on this site.
Geology discovery kits
The kits are loaned to local K-12 teachers, homeschool groups and Scout troops, free-of-charge, on a weekly basis. Limited to those living near the Fryxell Geology Museum, Rock Island IL.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Free Educational Materials
Advanced. Browse and order from a variety of HHMI’s award-winning educational resources, publications, and videos. Most of the videos you can also watch free online, if you don’t need the DVD. The CD, Virtual Lab Series, is probably the best for those who want an overview.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Posters, Brochures, and CDs
This section contains some of our most popular “Ocean” education products. Not all products remain available as hardcopy – however, links give you access to PDF versions of posters, book marks and brochures.
Lemelson Center Education Materials
Lemelson Center educators have developed resources for teachers, parents, and kids who want to explore the exciting world of invention.
Life of the Forest
International Paper is pleased to present our exciting “Life of the Forest” educational materials for your use as research and study sources or as teaching guides.
National Arbor Day Foundation
Trees for America Brochure. This folded 3.5″ x 8.5″ booklet/brochure is an excellent handout for the public at Arbor Day celebrations, wildlife festivals, or tree-planting ceremonies. It contains illustrated tree-planting instructions, information about Arbor Day, a graphic example of the importance of trees to our world, and a coupon for 10 free trees with an Arbor Day Foundation membership contribution. Available in multiples of 50 or 2,000.
The New Genetics
Explains how genes affect your health, and its companion poster, Living Laboratories, presents a captivating, full-color overview of how scientists are using model organisms for medical research. Get free print copies of The New Genetics and other educational publications using the online order form. The National Institutes of Health.
A story-based activity that exposes middle school students to the fun and relevance of science. APS provides a free PhysicsQuest kit to registered 6-9th grade physical science classes, home school groups, science clubs, and after-school programs. The kit includes a user’s manual and materials for four physics experiments.
Science Project Index
A bibliography of science experiment books for young folks. Includes their Dewey Decimal System number for library location.
From the Solar Center at Stanford University. Charges for shipping. Please allow 5-6 months for delivery. If you can’t wait that long or only need a few, Diffraction Gratings Slides aren’t all that expensive on Amazon.
SPiE’s Free CDs & Videos
Light in Action: Lasers, Cameras & Other Cool Stuff; Optics: Light at Work; and Careers in Optics. Now also available on YouTube.
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