Resources for Students

Web sites

Carbon Cycle Game

This game by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research allows students to follow a carbon atom through the carbon cycle after it is released into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuel. The games links to more detailed explanations of the carbon cycle, provided at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. For grades 4-9.


Aimed at 16-18 year old chemistry students in the U.K., this site provides easy-to-read explanations and diagrams for a number of chemistry topics.


This site offers basic chemistry help for high school and college students in the form of short articles on various topics. Included are tips on how to survive your first chemistry course.

Energy Kid's Page

This site of the Energy Information Administration, a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, includes an energy glossary, news, facts, timelines, riddles, puzzles, a quiz, an activity book, and a scavenger hunt. Mostly for middle school and younger students.

Fossil Fuels

The Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, provides lessons and study guides on coal and oil for younger students.

Interactive 3D Molecules

This site includes interactive three-dimensional models of alkanes and other molecules. Information is provided about each molecule, including its uses. Several paid advertisements appear on each page.


This site from Andrew Rader Studios helps students in grades 3-8 understand basic principles of chemistry. Topics include matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry. An "et cetera" section explains careers that use chemistry. The site includes quizzes, a glossary, and real-world examples of chemicals and chemical reactions. Several paid advertisements appear on each page.

States of Matter

This Web page from Harcourt School Publishers features an interactive animation on the states of matter for younger students.

Science 360

Seasonal schedules

MPSC offers seasonal schedules of Science 360 shows to the public. Follow this link to see the current schedule of public shows at MPSC.

Please note that seasonal schedules change four times each year (spring, summer, fall and holiday), and some shows are not offered during every schedule.

School shows

In addition to its public shows, MPSC offers shows during the week especially for school classes and other field trip groups. These school shows do not appear on the seasonal schedule but do appear on MPSC's daily calendar.

If seats are available, the public may purchase tickets to school shows.

However, school groups with reserved seating have first priority on any remaining seats (for example, if extra chaperons attend), so MPSC cannot guarantee that public seats will be available for school shows.