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Free Virtual Science Labs, Dissections, and Simulations

American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) – AACT has several interactive chemistry simulations to choose from.

BioInteractive – BioInteractive provides interactive videos, 3D models, and virtual labs for biology.

Bioman – Virtual labs, learning games, and review games help students learn about cells, ecology, genetics, physiology, and more.

ChemCollective – This website offers virtual chemistry labs, simulations, tutorials, and scenario-based activities.

cK12 Exploration Series – cK12’s simulations allow students to explore a wide range of chemistry and physics topics.

Healthline Human Body Maps – These interactives enable students to learn about and explore the human body systems and organs.

Learn Genetics – Here, you’ll find an extensive collection of interactive activities, virtual labs, and videos related to genetics, cell biology, human health, neuroscience, ecology, plants, and more.

Molecular Workbench – This organization offers hundreds of interactive simulations for exploring physics, chemistry, biology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.

NMSU Virtual Labs – NMSU provides eight virtual labs that help students learn basic laboratory techniques and practice methods used by lab technicians and researchers in various careers.

NOVA Elements – There’s an interactive periodic table for students to explore, videos to watch, and simulations that allow students to build the molecules that make up everyday items.

NOVA Labs – These virtual labs each focus on a different area of current research and guide participants as they answer scientific questions or design solutions to current problems.

PhET Interactive Simulations – This website provides an extensive collection of interactive simulations in physics, chemistry, earth science, biology, and math.

The Science Bank – This organization provides a library of 3D models and other dissection alternatives that you can borrow at no cost. You’ll receive the item in the mail and then ship it back when you are finished using it. You’ll be responsible for the return shipping cost.

Dissection Videos & Photographs

Anatomy Corner – This website’s anatomy galleries feature photographs of several laboratory dissections.

The Biology Corner – The Biology Corner provides photographs of a sheep brain, fetal pig, frog, rat, and squid dissections.

Biologybyme – This YouTube channel features video dissections of a squid, perch, mussel, roundworm, grasshopper, frog, and several other animals.

PBS Learning Media – PBS’s Dissection 101 series includes video dissections of an earthworm, crayfish, frog, sheep heart, and several other animals.

Inside on the Outside: Dissections – This playlist investigates the structure and anatomy of various animal organs as host guides students through hands-on dissections.

MacOrganisms2 – This YouTube channel provides video dissections of several animals, including a lamprey, fetal pig, shark, frog, earthworm, crayfish, and more.

YouTube Science Channels

The Action Lab – Science experiments and answers to science questions. (all ages)

Amoeba Sisters – Shorts videos that use humor, cartoons, and comics to teach Biology. (middle and high school)

Applied Science – Science demonstrations teach about electromechanical systems, chemistry, electronics, and more. (middle school to adult)

Backyard Scientist – Science experiments and demonstrations. (all ages)

The Bad Astronomer – Videos about astronomy, space, and science. (middle school to adult)

BBC Earth – Wildlife and nature all over the world. (all ages)

Bozeman Science – Mr. Andersen teaches various high school science courses, including AP courses. (high school & adult)

The Brain Scoop – The Chief Curiosity Correspondent for the Field Museum in Chicago shares the work and research of natural history museums. (middle school to adult)

BrainStuff – How Stuff Works – Short explanations of everyday science. (upper elementary to high school)

Brave Wilderness – Up-close animal encounters. (all ages)

Chloe & the Nurb – Animated videos about how the body works. (elementary)

Crash Course – These videos teach many areas of science, as well as other subjects. (middle & high school)

Crash Course Kids – These videos teach lots of science topics. (elementary & middle school)

Deep Look – Science and nature videos that zoom in to explore science up-close. (all ages)

Deep Sky Videos – Informative videos about astronomy. (middle school to adult)

Doodle Science – Explains physics through doodles. (high school & adult)

Finding Stuff Out – Answers science questions from kids. (elementary to middle school)

Free Documentary – Nature – Learn about animals around the world. (varies)

Free School – Various science topics, as well as other subjects. (elementary & middle school)

Homeschool Pop – Various science topics, as well as other subjects. (elementary)

It’s Okay to be Smart – Explores many science topics. (all ages)

Jam Campus – Educational songs that teach science and other subjects. (all ages)

Ken Hub – All about human anatomy. (high school to adult)

Kids Learning Tube – These videos teach science and many other topics through music and animation. (all ages)

King of Random – Explores life through all kinds of life hacks, experiments, and random weekend projects. (upper elementary to adult)

LAB 360 – Science experiments for kids. (all ages)

Make Me Genius – Animated videos teach a variety of science topics. (elementary)

Mark Rober – Former NASA engineer does big science experiments. (upper elementary to high school)

MEL Science – Lots of science experiments and demonstrations. (upper elementary to high school)

Michelle Gay Science Teacher – Hands-on science experiments on various topics. (elementary)

Mike Likes Science – Science inspired music videos. (all ages)

Minute Earth – Science and stories about our planet. (middle & high school)

Minute Physics – Learn physics and other science. (middle & high school)

Mystery Doug – Weekly videos that answer science questions submitted by kids. (elementary)

National Geographic – Videos cover science, nature, the environment, exploration, and more. (varies)

National Geographic Kids – Explore the world, learn about animals, and more. (elementary)

NPR’s Skunk Bear – Videos that answer viewers’ science questions and explore the universe and nature. (middle school & high school)

Operation Ouch – Identical twin doctors experiment and explore their way through the world of medicine and biology. (elementary & middle school)

Peekaboo Kidz – Animated videos teach a wide variety of science concepts. (elementary)

Periodic Videos – Videos about the elements of the periodic table. (middle school to adult)

Science Channel – Myth Busters Jr., Outrageous Acts of Science, How It’s Made, Street Science, and more. (varies)

Science Max – The host uses large-scale experiments to demonstrate scientific principles. (elementary & middle school)

Science Mom – A mom demonstrates and explains science concepts. (elementary & middle school)

Science Sparks – Lots of fun science experiments. (elementary)

Scientific American Space Lab – Videos about space, space exploration, and our planet. (upper elementary to adult)

SciShow – Explores a wide range of science topics. (all ages)

Seeker – Videos on space, technology, the human body, and more. (middle school to adult)

Sick Science – Cool experiments to do at home. (all ages)

SmarterEveryDay – These videos explore the world using science. (middle school to adult)

Smart Girls – Videos on science and other topics that emphasize intelligence and imagination over “fitting in.”

Socratica Kids – Science puppet shows. (elementary)

Space Rip – Videos about our solar system and the universe. (middle school to adult)

The Spangler Effect – Science experiments and demonstrations. (middle school & high school)

Ted-Ed – These videos cover a wide variety of science topics, as well as many other subjects. (upper elementary to high school)

Veritasium – A huge variety of science videos. (upper elementary to adult)

WhizKidScience – Easy experiments for kids demonstrated by kids. (elementary & middle school)

The Kid Should See This – Website featuring curated collections of YouTube videos. (all ages)

Watch Know Learn – This website offers an extensive collection of videos, sortable by topic and grade. (all ages)

NeoK12 – NeoK12 provides a directory of YouTube science videos sorted by topic. The videos are free to watch, but other features require a paid membership. (all ages)

Free Science Websites for Homeschoolers

AAA State of Play‘s website allows students to see pictures of 50 different birds and hear the sounds they make.

ACS Adventures in Chemistry has experiments, activities, articles, and online games.

All About Birds is an online guide to birds and bird watching.

Anatomy Arcade‘s games and activities help students learn about human body systems.

Ask Dr. Universe answers questions submitted by kids with articles and videos.

A-Z Animals has an extensive collection of articles about animals.

At Biology 4 Kids, students can read about a wide variety of topics related to biology.

Cells Alive offers interactive animations, videos, and games that teach about cells.

Chemicool has informative articles about each of the elements on the periodic table.

Chem1 Virtual Textbook is an online reference book for general chemistry.

At Chem 4 Kids, students can read about matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry.

Cosmos 4 Kids offers many articles about the universe, galaxies, stars, solar system, space exploration, and more.

At Ducksters, students can read articles about a wide range of science topics.

Earthquakes for Kids provides information about earthquakes, earthquake animations, science project ideas, and more.

Easy Science for Kids offers articles on many topics related to science.

Ecosystems for Kids offers games, articles, worksheets, and more.

At Geography 4 Kids, students can learn about the earth’s structure, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and more. provides geology news and information.

At Get Body Smart, animated text narrations and quizzes explain the structures and functions of the human body systems.

Growing a Nation provides an interactive timeline of the history of agriculture in the United States.

How Stuff Works explains how all sorts of topics related to science, nature, engineering, and more work.

Innerbody‘s interactive website teaches students about human anatomy.

On the NASA website, students can read articles and watch videos to learn about space.

At National Geographic Kids, students can read about many science topics, play games, and watch videos.

Natural Inquirer allows students to download past issues of their nature magazine.

The National Wildlife Federations‘ online wildlife guide allows students to learn about animals all over America.

At The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, students can learn about the weather, animals, and history.

At Ology, students can read about science, watch videos, play games and more.

Physics 4 Kids offers many articles on motion, heat & thermodynamics, electricity & magnetism, light, and modern physics.

Planets for Kids features informative articles about the planets and moons of our solar system.

At Project Noah, students can learn about wildlife and how to identify species, follow naturalists and wildlife spotters, and create nature journals.

Science Kids offers a wide variety of science articles, videos, games, and more.

Science News for Students publishes news articles about science, health, and technology.

Surf Guppy was designed with visual learners in mind and provides notes and videos for many chemistry topics.

Tree House Weather Kids‘ interactive website teaches kids about weather and the seasons.

At Weather Wiz Kids, students can read about the weather and natural disasters, find weather related experiments, play games, and more.

The Why Files explains the science behind the news.

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