This page contains a collection of useful tools for doing science and science-related work both inside and outside of class.
Create A Graph
Create a Graph is an online tool where you can create five different graphs and charts by putting in your own data. You can print the graph, save it as a draft and work on it later, or even email it to yourself in a variety of file formats. If you’re not sure which of the five graphs/charts you should use, or if you’re confused about the different types of graphs and pie charts, there’s even a brief, but helpful tutorial.
SEED Magazine Crib Sheets (new!)
Back in 2005, Seed Magazine published an interesting, practical, factual set of “cribsheets,” which were designed to be quick reference cards for non-scientists seeking to learn more about a variety of contemporary scientific subjects, phenomena or processes. I’ve collected downloadable versions for you here…
Stem cells | Climate change | Avian flu | Hybrid cars | Nuclear power | Hurricanes | Extinction | Elements | String theory | Photosynthesis | Plate tectonics | Genetics | Light | Exoplanets | Quantum computing | Synthetic biology
Encyclopedia Britannica (School Edition)
Did Mr. M just ask you to do some research on a topic or issue? If so, then you should consider using a special online student version of the Encyclopedia Britannica. TASIS has a special subscription that allows you to use their online encyclopedias if you have a username and password. Mr. M provided both of these to you in class. This online encyclopedia offers videos, images, an articles on a wide variety of topics. There’s more…each article has 3 different reading levels and double-clicking on any word will bring up a definition of that word.
Found an insect? Don’t know what it is? BugGuide.net is an online community of naturalists who enjoy learning about and sharing their observations of insects, spiders, and other related creatures.
On their website, you can do all sorts of things…find pictures of different types of insects, find out the taxonomic information about insects, spiders and other arthropds, you can even submit a picture of an insect and get help from the BugGuide community to help you identify it. TASIS students take notice, however, BugGuide.net is mostly devoted to the insects found in the United States and Canada.
Below are links to downloadable templates that will assist you when your teachers ask you take notes.
- Cornell notes template [PDF] [MS Word]
- A printable periodic table formatted for A4 paper (PDF)
- A printable periodic table formatted for US sized paper (PDF)
- A dynamic period table from the good folks at Ptable
- An interactive periodic table from the British Royal Society of Chemistry
- A highly visual periodic table with photographs of each of the elements
Prezi is a presentation tool similar to PowerPoint and Keynote in the sense that it is a way to visually communicate information, concepts, ideas, etc. to others. Compared to PPT and Keynote, Prezi presentations (or ‘Prezis’) have an entirely different feel for viewers because Prezis are based on motion- or movement-based effects that allow for actions such as ‘panning’ and ‘zooming’ in and out from one visual element to another. One more thing…there’s an iPad App for it too.
- 30-cm ruler formatted for A4 paper (PDF)
IMPORTANT RULER NOTES: (1) Be sure you disable any “Shrink to fit” options when printing, (2) Accuracy with these rulers can be excellent, but it will largely depend on how your printer is set up, as well as the type of paper you use.
Printable graph paper
On the site linked to HERE, you can customize the type of graph paper you would like to print. For example, you can choose different paper sizes as well as grid sizes (and grid units). I have already customized the two sizes that we will use most frequently in class:
- Dr. M provides a bunch of rubrics designed to help you consistently produce high-quality scientific work. Many of these rubrics are sprinkled throughout the SCIENCEsEDiment website. However, all of his existing rubrics are also linked here: Data Tables | Line Graphs | Bar Charts/Graphs | Pie Charts | Scientific Research Questions | Histograms
- When scientists go out into the world and come back to their laboratories, museums, institutes, and offices with specimens–both living and non-living–they must keep careful records regarding the collection of their specimens. You can see (and download) the specimen sheet we’re using for our TASIS Insect Project HERE.
TASIS Campus Map
- In our science class we’d have a hard time communicating with each other about the different parts of the TASIS campus without some sort of map. The links below connect you to different types of TASIS campus maps that we’ve used over the years in our class projects and activities.
– An online campus map divided into six major sections | 2012
– A downloadable campus map | PDF version | 2012
– A downloadable campus map | PDF version | 2010
– An online campus map | satellite photos from Google | 2005 or 2006
- The Encyclopedia of Life project