Browse a selection of online courses, interactives, and toolkits to help you bring science to life in the classroom. Whether you're looking for lesson plans, science videos, or distance learning programs, the Academy has teaching resources galore.

Science Notebook Corner

Popular Lesson Collections

Earth Science Activities

earth science activities for K-12 students

Earthquakes, the carbon cycle, natural resources, human impacts on the planet, and more!

Life Science Activities

life science activities for K-12 students

Adaptations, food webs, structure and function, genetics, ecosystem much to learn!

Astronomy Activities

space science, astronomy activities for K-12 students

You'd be surprised by the astronomy you can learn with a light source, some painter's tape, and play doh.

Full Films and Short Videos

Science Video Vault

Habitat Earth Flights

Our collection of educational videos will help your students visualize data and understand scientific concepts.

Flipside Science


This youth-powered series tackles complex environmental topics and empowers viewers to make a difference.

Virtual Programs by Request

"P" is for Penguins (Grades K - 1)


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Waddle with our colony of penguins and discover the unique features that help them in their ocean home.

Online Courses for Teachers and Students

Teacher Guide: Earthquakes

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See ideas for how teachers can use videos, articles, and infographics about Earthquakes in their classroom.

How Science Works

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This course weaves activities, videos, and classroom-ready materials into a primer on the process of science.

Biodiversity Course

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Take a virtual expedition with us to investigate the amazing diversity of life on this planet.

Interactive Tools & Games


Cornucopia game

In this game, students level up the farm with green technology to meet the space and water needs of their crops.

Human Odyssey Map

human odyssey map

Watch humanity's 200,000-year migration using this interactive map of archeological, genetic, and climate data.

Macro Color


Magnify the surface of a leaf, feather, shell, and more, using our high-resolution imagery.

Teaching Toolkits

Citizen Science Toolkit

Citizen ScienceToolkit

Find tools and structured opportunities to integrate citizen science into your classroom.

Live Webcams

Philippine Coral Reef Cam


Be mesmerized by the brilliant colors of tropical fish in our Philippine Coral Reef.

Live Penguin Cams


Watch our penguins swim, flirt, and nest on three live webcams.

Shark Lagoon Cam


Spot every detail on the 13 species of sharks, rays, and bony fishes living in our Shark Lagoon.

Science News


Sea wolves

bioGraphic is a new online science magazine about all things that awe in nature and human ingenuity.

Bingham + ELI combined donor support

We Thank Our Donors

The W. Richard Bingham Family provides generous support for online educational materials for teachers. 

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Teacher Education Sponsors

Teacher Education programs and activities are also generously supported by the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education.

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