Network Science Sites

On-line Resources

For structured links to on-line resources for teaching probability and statistics, we recommend StatisticOnline and Statistics on the Web.

Network Science Sites

We've included below links to network science sites--science education projects that use the Internet to build networks of students and scientists who study the environment by collecting and analyzing data. In our project, A Study of Student Investigations in Data-Sharing Projects, we are currently studying how students make use of data that they download from such sites.

Journey North

Students in grades K-12 study animal migrations and vegetation growth that signal spring's arrival. Data include those submitted by naturalists (migration of eagles) and by participating students (blooming of tulips; sightings of monarch butterflies). Unrestricted access to data.

Classroom Birdwatch

Students in grades 5-8 submit data on birds they observe at feeders. Curricula include ten units on building and maintaining a feeder, techniques for observing and identifying birds, and methods for analyzing data from sightings posted by participating classrooms. Data access is restricted.


K-12 students collect and submit data concerning (for example) weather and water quality which are used by scientists. The students access the collective database and construct maps and graphs from global images. Unrestricted access to data.

Jason project

Through telecommunications, students K-12 accompany scientists on two-week expeditions to sites throughout the world to study plant and animal life, geological formations, and even ship wrecks. Winner of numerous awards. Registration required.

One Sky, Many Voices

K-12 weather curricula that use telecommunications and Internet CD-ROM to study weather basics and real-time hurricane tracking. Includes the Kids as Global Scientists projects. Registration is required to access data and materials.


An international collaboration between researchers and students grades K-12. Some students submit data from whale watches, but most available data are from satellite tracking and sightings by naturalists. Much of the data can be accessed without a password.


A network of environmental scientists and students grades 6-12. Projects are hosted by participating teachers. Topics include studies of acid rain, road kill, ozone, and whale migrations. Data access is restricted.

Global Lab

An interdisciplinary introductory science course for students in grades 8-10. Six units explore concepts in biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science. Classrooms submit data which are then available for downloading and analysis. Data access is restricted.


Students in grades 6-12 conduct an energy audit of their school building and share these data with participating classrooms. Based on their analyses of the data, students recommend to their school boards ways to reduce energy use. Data access is restricted.

Water On the Web

A series of curriculum models built around a Remote Underwater Sampling Station that takes real-time measurements in several Minnesota lakes. The curriculum is targeted to advanced high school and first year college courses in general and environmental science. Unrestricted access to data.