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Science Starts with Education

The first scientists were simply men and women who observed phenomena in nature, and then sought ways to reproduce them. They did this so that they could show others the importance of an event, to track the changes in seasons and in forms of life, and to better survive in their environments. In time, they brought us better models of education and training. We learned more about experimentation, about the larger fields of science, and of their importance in civilization and survival.

There's no replacement for a solid education when it comes to science. The more that we learn about our surroundings, the better we understand both them, and our selves. Every day, there are modern men and women seeking to make great advances in their respective fields of medicine, astronomy, chemistry, physics, and a host of other disciplines that all have direct, tangible effects on our growth as a world of diverse people.

Enter the Science Learning Network


The SLN strives to provide visitors with a vast resource of information dedicated to the understanding and advancement of science in its many varied forms. With this resource, we encourage visitors to learn more about both science in theory, and science in action. The practical applications of scientific endeavors are just as important as the complex formulas and research that are behind them.

When it comes to education, there's an even greater need for clear sources, credible scientific articles, and further direction on where you can go to learn more, do more, and even become a source of innovation yourself.

Educators from across the United States, and the world at large, have come together online to provide a wealth of information that can be accessed online for free. Regardless of economy, country of origin, or level of education, there are scientific learning tools, databases, and search engines that can open the door to a brighter future for all.

  • Get information for the classroom. Educators strive to not only enlighten, but to also engage students. That begins with information that's relevant, interesting, and up to date. SLN provides links and a host of other data to educators that require material for their students.
  • Learn about the organizations that make a difference. Links are also provided to groups around the world that are making changes in the way we think about science. You will be able to find links and information on these organizations, what they do, and where they're going next.
  • Create a solid foundation for the next generation. Finally, an education in science means crafting a better tomorrow. What we learn today can support the research of tomorrow. It all starts with education and its accessibility, which the Science Learning Network is all about.


Browse these resources today, and provide feedback of your own in the form of suggested links, interesting articles, or just contact with the site staff. We would love to hear from science educators that are interested in helping us to improve the site's content for their needs.

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The Science Learning Network explores how telecomputing can support inquiry-based science education.

The Science Learning Network (SLN) is an online community of educators, students, schools, science museums and other institutions demonstrating a new model for inquiry science education. The SLN has recently expanded to include international members, outside of the framework of the original SLN project. These new museums are collaborating with the six founding SLN museums to create new resources for the SLN website. SLN originated as a three-year, $6.5M project funded by the National Science Foundation and Unisys Corporation. The project incorporates inquiry-based teaching approaches, telecomputing, collaboration among geographically dispersed teachers and classrooms, and Internet/World Wide Web content resources. SLN originally established this Website to support the project and it continues to serve the online community that grew as a result. Below are the science museums and the "testbed" schools that are the formal participants in the SLN project.

The Exploratorium's ExploraNet The Franklin Institute Heureka, The Finnish Science Center Miami Museum of Science Museum of Science, Boston Science Museum, London newMetropolis Science & Technology Center Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Science Museum, Japan Science Foundation Science Museum of Minnesota Singapore Science Center Exploradome Exploratorium's Ten Cool Sites The coolest science, art, and education sites every month! Check out this month's collection or browse the categories with hundreds of reviews of websites. Last updated: February 1st, 2000.