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Current and Ongoing Projects

America's Fund For Afghan Children: Children Helping Children

President Bush called on America's children to send $1 to help Afghan children struggling to cope with the devastation of war. Bush asked children to send dollars to the White House addressed to "America's Fund for Afghan Children."

ANSMET

Join the Antarctic search for meterorites during the current expedition.

BLM Resource Explorer

The Bureau of Land Management is sponsoring geologist Mike Leschin, as he combs through the bone beds and dinosaur tracks of Utah's Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry.

Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble: The International Boiling Point Project

The purpose of this project is to discover which factor in the experiment (room temperature, elevation, number of people present, or heating device) has the greatest influence on the boiling point.

Bucket Buddies

This elementary collaborative project invites students from around the world to compare living organisms found in local pond water samples.

CEISE Classroom Projects

Utilizing realtime data, this site hosts a number of collaborative projects as well as projects using primary sources and archived collections.

Classroom FeederWatch

Developed by TERC and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (The Lab) for grades 5-8, but it is also appropriate for lower grades. Classroom Feederwatchers count the kinds and numbers of bird species that visit feeders placed in their schoolyard.

Congress in the Classroom

Workshop for teachers to participate either in person or online to learn first-hand about congressional procedures with lesson plans, historical materials, hands-on activities, related Web sites, and content experts. Sponsored by the Dirksen Congressional Center.

Cranes for Peace

Project information related to the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who died of leukemia due to the A-bombing of Hiroshima. Learn to fold origami paper cranes as a symbol of peace.

Creative Connections Project

Join with classrooms from the Amazon rain forest, Africa, China, the Galapagos, or the Arctic to learn more about students from these areas, to share in technological discoveries, and to collaborate in projects together.

Cyberlinks

Online activities and projects indexed for elementary, middle school, and high school students.

The Day I Was Born

Students explore, discover, and share the important and interesting happenings on the day they were born. Fun variations include discovering events on the day the teacher or principal was born.

Down the Drain

How much water do you use? How does your daily water usage compare with the amounts used in other countries? Participate in this online collaborative project to find out. Recommended for grades 4-8.

Earth Day Groceries Project

Thousands of students decorate grocery bags to be used at local grocery stores to pack groceries during Earth Day celebrations.

Education Headlines

Direct links to a daily selection of education articles from news sources around the U.S.

E-mail Around the World

Participants receive 100 messages from around the world on the 100th Day of School. There are hands-on activities for students to explore and discover the meaning of 100.

Endangered Species Project

Students research and write reports on endangered species, both plants and animals, and publish their reports online. Sponsored by SchoolWorld.

EnergyNet

Students learn problem-solving, technology and team-building skills as they deal with real-world issues of energy and the reduction of energy expenses. EnergyNet has a licensing program to provide opportunities for organizations to introduce EnergyNet to your area.

ExplorA-Pond

Join a community of students who are interested in studying ponds and creating their own or adopting a pond to enhance their study.

Flat Stanley Project

Based on the character in the book of the same title, Stanley and his journal are exchanged between schools. Students talk about special customs, interesting information about their area, what they ate, where they went, etc., with Flat Stanley.

GeoBee Challenge

Geography questions from the National Geography Bee with five new questions posted each day.

Geo-Mystery Project

Students choose one unique place to submit as their geo-mystery. They draw pictures or take photos of places within that place, write captions for each picture. Once it is posted online, other students try to solve the mystery of the place's location.

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program

GLOBE is a hands-on program that links oceanic and atmospheric students with other students and scientists around the world. Students, guided by trained teachers, take environmental measurements identified and designed by an international group of scientists and educators.

Global Online Adventure Learning

You are invited to embark on a growing list of exciting adventures. The adventures involve the sciences, the technologies, and the underlying laws of nature.

Global Water Sampling Project

An investigation of water quality using fresh water sources from around the world. This project is especially geared toward high school students.

Have a Cow, Dude

Learn how a dairy farm works.Choose a real cow from a herd of holstein dairy cows and follow her milk production progress from 10 Acres Backyard farm in Kentucky.

Hogs for Dogs

Join Max and Bailey, two golden retrievers, on a 25,000 mile journey through the 48 continental United States as ambassadors for guide and assistance dogs who help provide special needs for those with disabilities. Project will take place between May and November of 2004.

Houghton Mifflin's Project Center

A list of Internet projects that Houghton Mifflin has compiled.

I*EARN Projects

This nonprofit organization offers projects designed to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people.

The Internet Schoolhouse: Projects

A collection of Internet projects for K-12 educators and students.

The Jason Project

The JASON Project provides teacher training, and a curriculum especially developed to highlight the science, technology, engineering, and social studies of the year's expedition. Participating students at the interactive downlink sites have the ability through telepresence to "go live" to the expedition, to operate the scientific equipment being used, and to talk directly with the scientists at the expedition site.

Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration

A exciting yearly project that engages students in a global study of Wildlife Migration.

KEO

To be launched in 2003, KEO is a satellite that will travel through time and space for 50,000 years before returning to earth. It will carry messages from today’s children to the children of future generations. You can send a message as soon as you decide what you would like to tell them.

KIDPROJ

KIDLINK provides this forum for teachers to organize and/or participate in classroom projects.

Listening to the Walls Talk

Students learn about geography standards as they research the history of the school, their neighborhoods, and homes. They then record and preserve these buildings through their engaging and compelling histories.

Looking for Dark Skies Over Millenium

How does light pollution affect our health and environment? This project, designed for middle and high school students, encourages students to create nightime star maps to help measure ambient light levels, to investigate environmental and health impacts of different types of lighting, and to work toward promoting local laws for responsible outdoor lighting.

Monster Exchange

Great project to work on collaboratively with multi-age groups. Students draw pictures of a monster, then write a detailed description of it. Other students take the description and draw the monster without seeing the original. Students then can compare the outcome.

My Town is Important

Collaborative Internet Project for K-4 students hosted by Marci McGowan. Using the format from Margaret Wise Brown's, The Important Book, participant classes will share a class writing that describes special features of their town.

National Kick Butts Day

Information about this annual stop smoking campaign, scheduled for March 31, 2004.

NASA Quest Project

These projects--which we call "Sharing NASA with our Schools"--allow students to share in some of the excitement of authentic scientific and engineering pursuits like high-altitude astronomy, Antarctic biology, and robotics.

National Bird Feeding Society

Watch the wild songbirds in your backyard and learn to create birdhouses, birdbaths, and feeders to enhance their environment.

The National Math Trail

Participate in the National Math Trail by helping your students discover math in the world around them by creating math problems about what they see and what they want to know. This K-12 national math project is funded by STAR Schools, SERC, and Texas Instruments.

North Pole Solo

Follow Wave Vidmar’s 2004 solo expedition to the geographic North Pole. He began March 5 and will continue for approximately 60 days.

Odyssey of the Mind Official Site

Join in this year's projects and competitions. Get enrichment resources.

Online Projects

Lots of classroom activities brought to you by Richard Levine at Cool Lessons.

Playwriting-in-the-Round

Classes collaborate to write scripts of mystery plays. Each play consists of (4) acts with one act written by each of the classes in the script circle. All participants receive a copy of the completed play.

Project Groundhog

Project Groundhog engages students in exploring whether or not the groundhog is an accurate weather predictor. Students collect information and share it weekly with the participating schools via e-mail and the Project Groundhog website.

Signs of Autumn; Signs of Spring

Telecollaborate! provides this opportunity to study the seasonal changes of the world. Students share their observational findings on the Web and compare the season's progress with students in other areas. Project repeats in March and October.

Sites Alive

Field trips exploring the world! Join these live, semester-long, learning expeditions, with different fees for single teachers, schools or districts.

Square of Life

Elementary Students are invited to compare living and non-living things in the school yard with students around the world. Sponsored by CIESE.

Student As Scientist

The "Student as Scientist" Model follows the professional process for doing scientific inquiry. By following this directly, students are required to learn skills in many of the areas identified as important skills by the school reform effort. Reading, writing, critical thinking, problem solving, working in groups, and communicating are all involved in the process.

Take a Dip

This middle school online collaborative project, sponsored by CIESE, invites students to test the water quality of local rivers, ponds, lakes or streams with other freshwater sources around the world.

Take Someone to Dinner

If you could take someone to dinner, who would it be? This project encourages students to choose three people: a legendary or dramatic figure, a personal hero, and a local hero to honor through story essays.

Tales of Your Fourth Grade Something

What do fourth graders all over the world have in common? This project, based on the book, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, helps students find out similarities and differences between them and other students around the world.

The Texas Rivers Project

This collaborative effort has rivers as its theme. Students and teachers are given weekly topics that address curricular areas from the arts to the sciences.

Traveling Techno Teddy

Online project allows your classroom to host Traveling Techno Teddy for a week, detailing Teddy's adventures in a journal as you share Teddy's adventures at your school and in your community.

Ultimate Iditarod

Follow Alaska's Iditarod, "The Last Great Race on Earth" with a team of experienced mushers who will take you along the trail at its start in the spring.

Voyage of the Odyssey

An ongoing multi-year scientific voyage to study whales and the health of the world's oceans. Follow the Odyssey's journey to help promote ocean conservation.

The United Nations Electronic Simulation

A simulation project where classroom "countries" interact and role play as they seek solutions to real world problems.

Weather Station

A international weather project for students 6 - 15 years old. Project participants are invited to enter details of the weather in "their part of the world". Weather Station projects provide weather research pages, databases of local weather, quizzes, a glossary and 2 levels of online weather reporting forms.

Westward Ho

A five week journey in early spring, with pioneers heading west from Independence, Missouri in early January.

WhaleNet

This interdisciplinary, hands-on, collaborative telecomputing project hopes to foster excitement and learning about whales in the natural world across the globe.

The Wolf Studies Project

The Wolf Studies Project is an example of an Internet-based activity which was developed to provide teachers with a model for instructional use. This project is being used by teachers and students to enhance their study of wolves while also acting as a catalyst for further instructional research online.

The Women of NASA

The "Women of NASA" resource was developed to encourage more young women to pursue science and math-related careers. Interactive access was provided with some of NASA's female role models.

A World Community of Old Trees

This ecology art project involves kids all over the world in finding the oldest, largest or most extraordinary trees in their neighborhood, writing about it, and making a drawing to share on the Web.

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Completed Projects

Bunny Readers: A Collaborative Literature Project

A collaborative project for Grades 1-2 whose activities are designed to support the standard across the country. Located on site is project information, online games, book lists and rabbit links. Also included are the 27 projects from participating classrooms.

The California Missions Interactive Field Trip

California Missions Interactive is an educational bicycle tour of the California Missions established by Spanish colonists in the late 1700s. Beginning May 1, 1995, two cyclists embarked on a self-contained journey from Mission Buenaventura (Ventura, CA) to Mission Dolores (San Francisco, CA).

The Global Sun/Temperature Project

The purpose of this project was to see how average daily temperature and hours of sunlight are effected by how close you are to the equator.

The Great Paper Airplane Challenge

This project used origami to build the farthest flying airplane to win the challenge.

Great Paper Airplane Activities

TEAMS provides these activities and resources using a readily accessible classroom favorite- paper airplanes. Although the project has ended, the activities and fun can still happen.

Hands Across America

See how far we were able to get across the United States when we all joined hands and measured the length of the line.

"Hang Time" Paper Airplane Contest

Students competed against other 5-6th graders by sending Amy their folded paper airplanes. A "fly-off" was conducted to see whose airplane stayed in the air the longest.

Hawaiian Plant Detectives

Kapunahala, Puuhale, and Wheeler Elementary School are sponsoring a project that integrates inquiry study to trace the beginnings and/or widespread use of Hawaiian plants via technology and communications.

Kanji Names Project

The Kanji Names Project is an undertaking of the Internet students at Foreign Language and Travel College in Fukuoka, Japan.

Kids Care

As part of their literature study of Shiloh, students identify issues about which they care strongly and brainstorm activities that might bring about positive changes. For their projects, students follow through on one of their solutions and share the results.

Letters From Rifka

As part of their literature study of Letters From Rifka, students wrote their own family story of immigration and published them online.

Kids 'N Fitness

This event promised to get kids exercising their minds and bodies. The event had two online and 13 offline projects. Students created a vitual athlete by looking at the various characteristics that make an athlete great. Or, students worked as a class team and competed with classes all over the world to increase their physical activity.

Live from the Hubble Telescope

In the spring of 1996, the planets Neptune and Pluto were selected as targets for original observations by students who served as Hubble Space Telescope (HST) "CO-Investigators", working alongside some of America's foremost astronomers.

Marvelous M & M Survey

Predict the most popular color in your package of M&Ms; then, build a picture graph of the actual number, and share your results with us!

Montgomery County Public Schools

Students in Montgomery County participated in many projects resulting in world wide contacts which have fostered greater global understanding.

Postcard Geography

Students sent and received postcards from all over the world via the Internet while learning geography at the same time.

The Roadkill Project: Summary

The RoadKill project is designed to involve students and teachers with scientific monitoring of an environmental parameter using telecommunications in order to increase participant awareness of motor vehicle hazards with wildlife.

Share an Historical Book Project

Read about the favorite historical books of other students across the U.S. This project takes advantage of the Web's wonderful multimedia technology as students combine pictures, text, and even sound in their projects.

"Signs" of Science

Students search the signs in their community for names, words, phrases and symbols that indicate conditions related to Forces & Motion and/or are science-related. When they find an appropriate sign, they draw it or take photos, and write an explanation of why the word, name, phrase, or symbol is significant to science.

S/MORE Shuttle/Mir Online Research Experience

Involve your students in sharing the excitement of space life in the U.S. and Russian space partnership of the Shuttle/Mir program.

Spinning Around

Find relationships between the design of different spinners and the outcomes that result from the spins.

Spring 2002

Find out about migrations and signs of spring at this site which tracks monarch butterflies, gray whales, tulips, bald eagles, caribou, whooping cranes and hummingbirds as well as other signs of spring.

Twenty Tosses!

Toss a coin twenty times, and compare your class results with other schools across the United States.

Two Down Two Wheels Down Under

One man on a motorcycle was followed by thousands of students online. The project combined daily updates, digital photography, interviews with the Australians met along the way, and communication between various school groups around the United States and Australia.

Water Sample Project

After collecting and examining water samples, a classroom in New Jersey exchanged information and findings with partners in England, Japan, and South Africa.

The World Weather Watch Project

Students in different climatic zones exchange specific weather information which is posted on the World Weather Watch Automated Results page so teachers and students can do global comparisons.

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Contests

The Math Decathlon

A math problem solving competition suitable for Grades Seven to Ten sponsored by SchoolWorld.

The Refrigerator Art Contest

Each week, five pictures are chosen to be displayed. Viewers across the world vote on their favorite, and that picture is hung in the Hall of Fame. Join the fun.

ThinkQuest

An annual contest for students grade 7-12 to use the Internet as a collaborative, interactive teaching and learning tool. Awards can total over $1 million!
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Exchanges with Subject Experts

Ask Dr. Universe

Dr Universe goes to university researchers for her information. She follows them out to the field or into the laboratory, or library, to find out how those questions came to be answered. Brought to you by the Graduate School of News and Information Services at Washington State University.

Ask an Expert Page

A collection of experts in almost every subject area.

Ask-A-Geologist

Ask a questions about volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rocks, maps, ground water, lakes, or rivers.

Ask a Volcanologist

Although currently discontinued, there is an archived section at this site which may answer some of your current questions.

Ask Dr. Math

Volunteer Swarthmore graduate students dialog with students about their mathematical questions.

The Electronic Emissary Project

A service to match content area experts with teachers and students. The subject matter experts volunteer some of their time to share their knowledge via electronic mail.

The Mad Scientist Network

Volunteer scientists answer questions in 25 areas covering chemistry, physics, astronomy, engineering, computer science, earth sciences, and the biological sciences.

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Internet Project Collections

Archives of Popular Listservs/Mailing Lists

By browsing through listserv archives, you can get ideas from past project's Calls for Collaboration and postings for a project of your own. Beware--you may have to read through many postings in order to find a gem!

I*EARN Projects Page

I*EARN is a nonprofit organization that links schools together globally and involves them in meaningful projects.

Internet Schoolhouse: Projects

A collection of project announcements

KidProj

A great place to get your students collaborating with other students in Internet projects.

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Keypals

ePALS

Join the world's largest on-line classroom community connecting hundreds of classrooms with thousands of students.

Intercultural E-mail Classroom Connections

IECC (Intercultural E-mail Classroom Connections) mailing lists are provided by St. Olaf College as a free service to help teachers and classes link with partners in other countries and cultures for e-mail classroom pen-pal and project exchanges.

KeyPals Club

A place for young people, teachers and students to locate and correspond with other students around the world or to start a project.

 

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