Science Demonstrations

  • The Delights of Chemistry Science Demonstrations: 40 spectacular science demonstrations. Some are very complex and probably wouldn't be done in the high school lab. However, there are some great videos and animations of the science demonstrations online!
  • Science Demonstrations Lab: An excellent site from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry department. Many, many science demonstrations. This site does not have directions for performing the science demonstrations, but it has the source so you can find it yourself.
  • Science is Fun with Science Demonstrations: The master of science demonstrations, Professor Shakhashiri, has an excellent site on science demonstrations. Some are great for students to try at home as a "take-home science demonstrations assignment".
  • Science Demonstrations at Elmhurst: Many science demonstrations from Elmhurst College's Virtual ChemBook. Some of the science demonstrations can be done with household items.
  • Ultimate Science Demonstrations Page: Many funny science demonstrations and plenty of pictures.
  • Science Demonstrations with Optical Illusions: These science demonstrations are all online and they'll make your head spin.

 Science Demonstrations At Home:

Fun Science Demonstrations links:

  • Kaboom: an online PBS Nova site describing the anatomy of fireworks. This site also describes the involvement of different elements in pyrotechnics. With information about demolition of buildings and detonating military explosives, students are sure to be interested in this site.
  • Dihydrogen Monoxide: This site is a funny site. It describes the dangers of "dihydrogen monoxide"-H2O! Using technical, scientific jargon combined with a very professional and thorough website, you can play a joke on your students. The "punchline" of the joke is that if you know a little chemistry (i.e.-that dihydrogen monoxide is water) you can save yourself from getting tricked and from being embarrassed.
  • The T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. Project: This site describes many fun experiments and science demonstrations that have been done on a familiar snack food, Twinkies! There are even some experiments that students can do themselves.
  • The National Mole Day Foundation: A classic chemistry site. Who can teach chemistry and not celebrate Mole Day with their students?

 General Web Resources

Helpful for students

  • WebElements: The best periodic table on the Internet. Lots of data and pictures of every element. Wonderful information about what each and every element is used for!
  • Scientific Calculator for Chemists
  • ChemMystery: This site contains a virtual textbook! It may not be very interesting for students since they already have their own, but it is a nice supplement and there is nothing like it on the Internet.
  • ChemTutor: This is a very comprehensive site that contains the most important information for chemistry students. There are nice, concise summaries of information that might "make it click" for students who need an additional explanation.

Helpful for Teachers (and interesting for students too!)

  • How Stuff Works: A huge site that explains the scientific principles that are often behind everyday things. An excellent site to quickly find real-world examples for your students.
  • Chemistry in Everyday Life: This site is more specific than "How Stuff Works" because it focuses only on chemistry. But it is not nearly as extensive as "How Stuff Works". A good resource nonetheless.
  • Chemistry Cartoons: Some very nice cartoons, good drawings and some humor to share with your students.
  • The Catalyst: A collection of useful information for secondary high school teachers.
  • Relevant Chemistry and Science Demonstrations Resources: An overwhelming collection of resources-almost too many to focus on. If you can get past the vast lists, there are some good resources for science demonstrations here.