Online Educational Resources: Links to Expand Your Knowledge!
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We plan on updating this list as we find and locate online resources. When possible, we will try and list resources in Turkish as well as English. Have an idea? Just let us know!
The Brain Awareness Website has a lot of resources related to the brain and brain awareness week. If you are based out of the states, you can download PDFs.
Some of the resources are available in Turkish too!
If you have a 3-D printer you can download 3D digital models of fossils for free at African Fossils. However, if you do not have a 3D printer (although many libraries are buying them) you can still make a 3D model.
All you need is some cardboard, glue, and a couple of pins and the website provides you the fossil templates allowing you to simply cutout your own 3D models.
The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History has free virtual tours that allow you to walk room-by-room of exhibits through a mobile device or desktop. You can select from permanent exhibits, current temporary ones, and even ones that are no longer on display at the Museum. The system is very professionally done. You can zoom in on objects and signs and walk seamlessly like you would do in person. There are enough topics that everyone can find something they are passionate about. Here are only a few topics: African Bush Elephant & Rotunda, Bone Hall, Butterfly Pavilion, David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt, Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, Objects of Wonder, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World, Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilization, Iceland Revealed, Orchid Exhibits and Soil.
Every year posters are released towards the end of the year for the winners of the Nobel Prize. Different organizations give these awards out and a few of these organizations will print and mail you these posters for free. You can order the Chemistry, Physics, and Economy posters from The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. They allow you to download previous years posters too.
You can find the Physiology or Medicine poster from the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet. They also have previous years posters available (starting in 2010) on their website for download. These posters are available in English and Swedish.
Do you often find yourself in discussion and people are veering away from the topic at hand? Often times this is being caused from the use of logical fallacies. The non-profit School of Thought team creates free downloadable posters that detail common logical fallacies and cognitive biases that can help you understand and guide discussions. But be careful: always calling out logical fallacies is a logical fallacy too.
They also have a critical thinking card game that is comprised of logical fallacies and confirmation biases.
Phil Barnett created beautiful high resolution posters of common tree lichens and tree buds. On his website you can download both of these high resolution posters for free, they are pictured below.
Women in STEM
You can download free role model posters of women in STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics). The creators at the Nevertheless Podcast encourage the posters to be printed for schools or even a workplace. They are even working to get them translated into other languages.
The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory have published posters called the Visions of the Future that feature futurist space missions. The 19 posters offer a beautiful look into what the future may hold as we venture further into space. They can all be downloaded for free as PDF and TIFF files and you can print them without worry about copyright. You can find all the posters at this link.
The Zeiss group has a Periodic Table of the Elements with Isotope Mass and Abundance you can download for free at this link. They will also ship the poster to you worldwide for free too. They state it can take up to six weeks to reach you. Visit this link to order one.
The U.S Geological Survey has developed materials as part of their Water Science School that explain the water cycle on an adult and children level. These materials are free to download and some of the materials are available in more than 60 different languages, including Turkish. All of these materials are in the public domain and are free to use.