Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) Winners

The Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) has been established to encourage innovation and excellence in education, as well as to encourage the use of high-quality on-line resources by students, teachers, and the public. Essays from the SPORE winners are published each month in Science, and are collected here.

Essays by SPORE Winners

23 December 2011:
Lessons from a Science Education Portal
David Micklos, Susan Lauter, Amy Nisselle Doing your best on the Web requires attending to search engines, answering hard questions, and making cybertools accessible to a broad audience.
25 November 2011:
Open Source Physics >  
Wolfgang Christian, Francisco Esquembre, and Lyle Barbato A curriculum resource designed around interactive computer-based modeling brings computational physics to students of all levels.
28 October 2011:
An Online Community for Students Who Love STEM
Kristi Birch, Carol Blackburn, Linda Brody, and Patricia Wallace The next generation of STEM innovators interacts with practicing scientists, mathematicians, and each other.
29 September 2011:
Making Earth Science Data Accessible and Usable in Education
Tamara Shapiro Ledley, LuAnn Dahlman, Carla McAuliffe, Nick Haddad, Michael R. Taber, Ben Domenico, Susan Lynds, Marian Grogan The Earth Exploration Toolbook provides instructions on accessing and analyzing Earth science data to explore scientific concepts and issues.
24 August 2011:
Astronomical Perspectives for Young Children
Carolina J. Ödman-Govender and Deirdre Kelleghan Crowd-sourced efforts and online educational resources are able to multiply the impact of astronomy outreach and education.
29 July 2011:
Facilitating Scientific Investigations and Training Data Scientists
Michele A. Korb and Umesh Thakkar Students and teachers have free online access to an electron microscope in order to explore the world of insects.
24 June 2011:
Computational Experiments for Science Education
Charles Xie, Robert Tinker, Barbara Tinker, Amy Pallant, Daniel Damelin, and Boris Berenfeld Computational experiments based on solving fundamental physics equations bring authentic science to the classroom.
27 May 2011:
The Periodic Table of Videos
Brady Haran and Martyn Poliakoff A YouTube project, started on impulse, has become a chemistry resource in daily use in classrooms and homes worldwide.
29 April 2011:
Science Buddies: Advancing Informal Science Education
Kenneth L. Hess, Courtney J. Corda, and Kristina M. Lanese An innovative nonprofit enables scientists to present inspiring project ideas based on their own research to K-12 students, parents, and teachers.
25 March 2011:
Building Botanical Literacy
Claire Hemingway, William Dahl, Chris Haufler, and Carol Stuessy Online mentors inspire interest in science while engaging students in thinking about plant biology.
25 February 2011:
Bringing the Museum into the Classroom
Steve Gano and Ro Kinzler Digital modules for online resources and good metadata help teachers find the museum's rich, authoritative science content to use in their classrooms.
28 January 2011:
Penguins and Polar Bears Integrates Science and Literacy
Jessica Fries-Gaither and Kimberly Lightle Elementary teachers find resources about the Arctic and Antarctica along with practical ideas for enhancing children's literacy skills in this online project.
24 December 2010:
Science 101: Building the Foundations for Real Understanding
Anastasia Thanukos, Judith G. Scotchmoor, Roy Caldwell, and David R. Lindberg Two online projects offer one-stop shopping for teaching evolution, as well as the nature and process of science.
26 November 2010:
Got a Question? "Ask A Biologist"
Charles Kazilek An educational Web site adds new twists to learning by promoting direct conversations between scientists and the public.
29 October 2010:
Physical Phenomena in Real Time
David Brookes and Eugenia Etkina The use of videos allows teachers to tame the vagaries of experimentation while engaging students in the process of physics.
24 September 2010:
Immunology for Clinicians: A "Trojan Horse" Approach >  
Clive M. Gray, Shayne Loubser, Carina Kriel, Monica Mercer, and Heather Brookes A South African Web site imparts basic immunology information to clinicians and other health-care workers.
27 August 2010:
The Universe Online
M. Jordan Raddick and Alexander S. Szalay Data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey can be used by students, teachers, and the public to contribute to scientific research.
30 July 2010:
MIT OpenCourseWare: Unlocking Knowledge, Empowering Minds
Cecilia d'Oliveira, Stephen Carson, Kate James, and Jeff Lazarus A collection of more than 2000 course syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, and exams is provided free of charge.
25 June 2010:
Resources for Anyone Interested in the Brain
Eric H. Chudler Games, information, and discussions with scientists bring neuroscience knowledge to all hands.
28 May 2010:
Using Video to Build Learning Contexts Online
Matthew H. Schneps, Alex Griswold, Nancy Finkelstein, Michele McLeod, and Daniel P. Schrag An online course takes a systems approach to teaching Environmental Science.
30 April 2010:
The ChemCollective—Virtual Labs for Introductory Chemistry Courses
David Yaron, Michael Karabinos, Donovan Lange, James G. Greeno, and Gaea Leinhardt A collection of online activities emphasizes the design and interpretation of experiments.
26 March 2010:
Addressing Science Teacher Needs
Nancy P. Moreno and Deanne B. Erdmann A pair of Web sites enhances teachers' content knowledge and teaching repertoire through asynchronous approaches.
26 February 2010:
On the Cutting Edge: Teaching Help for Geoscience Faculty
Cathryn A. Manduca, David W. Mogk, Barbara Tewksbury, R. Heather Macdonald, Sean P. Fox, Ellen R. Iverson, Karin Kirk, John McDaris, Carol Ormand, and Monica Bruckner A place is described for faculty to share their teaching expertise and to remain current with advances in geoscience.
29 January 2010:
Making Genetics Easy to Understand
Louisa A. Stark and Kevin Pompei An integrated pair of Web sites for students and teachers supports genetics and genomics education worldwide.

Other SPORE-Related Articles

29 January 2010
Science Education Web Sites
Bruce Alberts Editorial by Science's editor-in-chief announcing the new SPORE essay series.  
31 October 2008
PhET: Simulations That Enhance Learning >  
Carl E. Wieman, Wendy K. Adams, and Katherine K. Perkins Education Forum article that served as the inspiration for the SPORE contest.