Mixtures and Solutions – Recommended Websites

FOSS has developed a list of recommended resources for each module. These resources include listings for nonfiction and fiction books for students, resource books for teachers, websites, images, videos, and local resources that extend the hands-on science activities in each module.
Resources intended for teachers only are labeled with yellow: Teacher-only Resource
Resources intended for students are labeled in blue: Student Resource
All websites are appropriate for students except for those marked as teacher-only.
10 Resources for National Engineers Week
URL:  blogs.kqed.orgDescription:  Links to interactive STEM and science websites with real-world applications of physics and engineering
American Chemical Society
URL:  www.acs.orgDescription:  This site provides a guide to accessing information about the American Chemical Society’s educational resources, including curriculum materials, professional-development programs, student programs, and institutional programs.
BBC Bitsize
URL:  Links to videos on various science topics
Beyond Minecraft: Games that Inspire Building and Exploration
URL:  ww2.kqed.orgDescription:  From KQED's Mind/Shift, a list of games that use exploration, discovery, creation, collaboration, and problem-solving. Most games require download to the desktop.
Bill Nye's Online Labs
URL:  billnye.comDescription:  This site contains Bill Nye the Science Guy's online labs which contain chemistry experiments.
URL:  www.chem4kids.comDescription:  This site includes a variety of information, activities, and a glossary relating to chemistry.
Chemical Elements
URL:  www.chemicalelements.comDescription:  Up-to-date periodic table created especially for K-12 students.
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  Games, Videos, and activities on science and engineering
Design Squad, PBS Kids
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  PBS, DESIGN SQUAD NATION engineers Judy and Adam work with kids around the world to make their wishes come true through engineering
eGFI Dream Up the Future
URL:  teachers.egfi-k12.orgDescription:  Teacher site for links to student engineering projects and teacher professional development,
Engineering Games
URL:  engineering-games.netDescription:  This site provides links to a variety of engineering games, culled from different sites.
Exploratorium: Engineering and Tinkering
URL:  www.exploratorium.eduDescription:  View engineering and tinkering websites, projects, and videos on the Exploratorium website.
Exploratorium Snacks: Giant Sieve Sorter
URL:  www.exploratorium.eduDescription:  Create a giant sorter for separating solids, simply using screens and a clear plastic tennis-ball tube.
Fun Science Demos
URL:  Over 150 science demos for every important idea in science
Gases, Liquids, and Solids
URL:  www.chem.purdue.eduDescription:  All about the microscopic differences between gases, liquids, and solids.
Give It A Shake, Cornstarch Comes Alive
URL:  cdn2.libsyn.comDescription:  NPR's Science Friday explores oobleck! From the Science Friday website: Science Friday brings you a science fair project for the recession: combine cornstarch and water and make a fluid with bizarre physical properties, on the cheap. Physicists Robert Deegan, of the University of Michigan, and Harry Swinney, of the University of Texas at Austin, explain why the mixture comes to life under the right conditions.
Grow a Borax Snowflake
URL:  chemistry.about.comDescription:  Follow these instructions to create a borax crystal snowflake.
How Fire Works
URL:  science.howstuffworks.comDescription:  Find out where fire comes from and see why it behaves the way it does at this How Stuff Works website.
I Was Wondering: Women's Adventures in Science
URL:  www.eiu.eduDescription:  This project of the National Academy of Sciences showcases the accomplishments of contemporary women in science and highlights the varied and intriguing careers of some of today's most prominent scientists.
Interactive Periodic Table
URL:  www.webelements.comDescription:  Welcome to WebElements includes an interactive and clickable periodic table. You can access information about the different elements by clicking on their symbol on the table.
Journal of Chemical Education
URL:  pubs.acs.orgDescription:  Follow links in the “Only at JCE on-line” box to find biographical snapshots of chemists, the ChemEd Resource Shelf, Hal’s Picks (recommended readings for teachers of chemistry and related sciences), and a list of reviewed Internet sites.
LaBrea Tar Pits
URL:  www.tarpits.orgDescription:  Homepage for the LaBrea Tar Pits Museum. Contains information about the Pleistocene Era, paleontoligcal excavation, and ongoing excavations at LaBrea.
Learning Games for Kids
URL:  www.learninggamesforkids.comDescription:  Games on a variety of topics
URL:  new.learningscience.orgDescription:  This site currates the best online science simulations, visualizations, websites, and videos from around the world. Made for K–12 teachers and students, all resources are NGSS-aligned and free.
National Institute of Standards and Technology/Metric Program
URL:  www.nist.govDescription:  This page sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology is a good resource for information about transforming the United States into a 'Metric America.'
Navy STEM for the Classroom
URL:  www.navystemfortheclassroom.comDescription:  STEM related fields and information from the US Navy
Next CC
URL: offers activities across nine scales —nano, pattern, object, space, architecture, neighborhood, urban, region, and world— to introduce design and its importance.
PBS Kids Design Squad Nation (student portal)
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  The Design Squad website contains resources on hands-on engineering, science and technology.
PBS Kids Sci Girls
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  Website designed to especially engage girls in science.
PBS Learning Media
URL:  pbslearningmedia.orgDescription:  PBS Learning Media Library offers a variety of resources for science and engineering subjects.
PhET Interactive Simulations
URL:  phet.colorado.eduDescription:  Simulations developed by Univeristy of Colorado, Boulder for all grade levels and genres
Science of Candy: Rock Candy Recipe
URL:  www.exploratorium.eduDescription:  Find out about the science of candy and how to make rock candy at this Exploratorium website.
Shade Balls
URL:  www.huffingtonpost.comDescription:  Learn about the "Shade balls" that are released into the Los Angeles Reservoir to decrease evaporation and contamination.
Science Kids Engineering for Kids
URL:  Discover the world of engineering with a range of free games, science fair projects, experiments, interesting facts, videos, quizzes, worksheets and more.
The Periodic Table Comic Books
URL:  www.uky.eduDescription:  John P. Selegue and F. James Holler of the Chemistry Department of the University of Kentucky developed the Periodic Table of Comic Books, linking all of the known elements to references in historic and modern comic books. Included are pictures, stories, and information on the historical relevance of each reference. Click on an element in this table and see full, referenced comic book pages and covers involving that element. See how comic book heroes have been influenced by chemistry.
Try Engineering Games
URL:  tryengineering.orgDescription:  Games to get students interested in engineering. Field Trips
URL:  www.tryscience.orgDescription:  Find out about more than 400 science and technology centers and museums worldwide. Use an interactive map of the world to find and explore a science and technology center or museum near you. You can also find online adventures and field trips, ideas for experiments at home, plus live webcams. is your gateway to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide. TryScience is brought to you through a partnership between IBM Corporation, the New York Hall of Science (NYHOS), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and science centers worldwide.
URL:  www.webelements.comDescription:  The most inclusive and up-to-date website dealing with the elements. It has periodic tables to download, from simple to very complex, and a great deal of information. Excellent resource for teachers.
World Water Monitoring Day
URL:  www.worldwatermonitoringday.orgDescription:  World Water Monitoring Day™ is an international education and outreach program that engages citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. An easy-to-use kit enables everyone from children to adults to sample local water bodies and share the results with participating communities.
Teachers Try Science – Kid Page
URL:  www.teacherstryscience.orgDescription:  Links to various hands-on experiments for students
Try Engineering
URL:  tryengineering.orgDescription:  Resources for learning more about engineering
URL:  wonderopolis.orgDescription:  Explore the world of wonders. Each day a question is posed and is explored in a variety of ways.
Zoom Engineering: Design It
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  This site provides instructions to the hands-on activities done the show "Zoom."