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Real-World Science Resources for Students
It's important for students to see how science works out in the real world, beyond the limits of classrooms and textbooks. Students can make thousands of fascinating observations just by roaming around in nature or doing experiments with everyday items. They can collect and interpret data, create theories, test them, and develop models to explain real-world phenomena. To help, some of the tools on this list get students observing the behavior of animals on a webcam, listening to and analyzing the sounds of whales, watching the stars in the sky, and identifying plant or animal species. Often students are given the chance to work with -- or at least give the data to -- real-life scientists. These websites and apps seed ideas for fun, safe experiments and encourage students to actually try them to benefit the greater good.