Monday, July 20, 2015

Back to School: New Science Resources for K-12

Just in time for the start of the new school year, Forsyth County Public Library will launch two new online science databases today to help students in elementary, middle, and high school.

Youth services staff from the Cumming Library
 talk about science and reading
 with students at Chattahoochee Elementary.
Today’s Science, provided by Infobase Learning for students in middle school and high school, is a complementary database to Science Online, which the Library already offers to patrons. Science Online offers a broad range of traditional science content such as definitions, biographies, diagrams and experiments. Today’s Science intended to bridge the gap between science taught in class and science in the news.

Today’s Science delivers in-depth coverage of important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology. It also illustrates how one scientific advance leads to another. Content in Today’s Science has the added benefit of correlating to state, national, Common Core, International Baccalaureate, and national STEM standards.

The second new database, World Almanac for Kids, is designed for elementary and middle school students. It is an excellent all-in-one resource for science and social science topics, including animals, plants, famous people, sports, career ideas, countries, states, maps and flags, space and astronomy, and holidays and celebrations.

World Almanac for Kids allows the Library’s young patrons to explore age-appropriate topics while developing online research skills with a trusted source of content. This kid-friendly database includes up-to-date articles, homework help tools, fun facts, hot topic articles, images, videos, maps, and interactive games and quizzes. World Almanac for Kids is an award-winning database that supports state, national, and Common Core standards.

To learn more about Today’s Science and World Almanac for Kids, or to use other research databases, visit your local library branch or go to