Resources for Students


What Do You Wonder & COVID19 Resources

We have assembled a list of Coronavirus/COVID 19 resources for families and educators and grouped them into six categories: Citizen science, Sharing with children, What is a virus, Coronavirus specifically, Tracking the spread and understanding the epidemiology of COVID19, Handwashing and other best practices for preventing infectious disease.  We hope these are useful to you.


National Citizen Science Opportunity:  Covid Near You

Help researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical Center track the COVID-19.  You log in daily and report how you are feeling: Great! Or Not so well.  Takes less than one minute of your time and you are contributing to research!!/


Science Friday. March 27, 2020 Interview with Dr. John Brownstein, co-founder of COVID Near You Near You Citizen Science Project


Resources for sharing information about Coronavirus with young children
 *Very clear and calm explanation of the novel Coronavirus, SARS CoV-2. Dr. Peter Lin


New York Times Podcast for Kids: A Kids’ Guide to Coronavirus


Resources about the biology of a virus. Some of our favorites are noted with an asterisk *, be sure to check out those resources! 


What is a virus? Is it alive?
*What is a virus: WinchPharma Science & Health


*How big is a virus? Look and see, slide the bar at the bottom of the image to zoom all the way in to the virus; go beyond that to understand how tiny an atom is:


Amoeba Sisters Explain Viruses Video  6:48 minutes


Professor Dave Explains. An other explanation of viruses in general.  Appropriate for high school students (10:00 minutes)


Resources about the novel Coronavirus that causes COVID 19

*The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do   Kurzgesagt- In a Nutshell


*Where do new viruses come from? An excellent explanation about where novel viruses come from, explaining how viruses can change host species from Stated Clearly


*Genomic epidemiology of novel coronavirus. What science and genetic material can tell us about the spread of COVID 19. Science really works! Using molecular biology to track the novel coronavirus, SARS CoV-2, which is causing the COVID 19 outbreak.


*Bad News Wrapped in Protein: Inside the Coronavirus Genome


*No, the coronavirus wasn’t made in a lab. A genetic analysis shows it’s from nature
Scientists took conspiracy theories about SARS-CoV-2’s origins seriously, and debunked them


IB Biology teacher Greta Van Bargen (near Seattle, Washington) has assembled a huge variety of teaching materials using primary sources to help her students understand the Coronavirus and COVID 19 outbreak. She is sharing her work with other educators. Click here to view her work.


Resources for tracking and understanding the spread and epidemiology of COVID 19

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine: Tracking the number of COVID 19 cases.


COVID 19 resources, maps, projections,

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle WA


Our World in Data is a website that shows how global living conditions and the earth’s environment are changing. Oxford Martin Programme on Global Development at the University of Oxford are scientific editors of the website content; and the non-profit organization Global Change Data Lab, who publishes and maintains the website.


Pima County Health Department


Sites for Proper Handwashing

How we can prevent the spread of all viruses and bacteria: Hand washing!

I never knew I did it wrong until I watched these videos!


*WHO Hand washing

This is great! But please turn off the water while scrubbing and turn back on to rinse!


You washed your hands but SEE WHAT YOU MISSED!

Children’s Museum of Indianopolis


*This video uses black ink on gloved hands to let you see where the soap is going! It’s really good!


Tips for helping young children practice best hand washing:



CDC Web pages for talking to children about COVID 19


World Health Organization

Science Fair Supplies

Looking for a Science Fair Project Board?

SARSEF sells boards ($5 each) and prints posters ($25 each), just email for more information!

Other Science Competitions Using This Same Project

Every year, more than 9 million students in Grades K-12 enter a science competition. Your project may also be entered in some of the following:

State Fair: Arizona Science and Engineering Fair

AzSEF is the state fair for Arizona.

Only first-place projects will advance to AzSEF. The definition of first place can include those that take first place at the SCHOOL level as well. (See below.)

Students in Grades 5-12 who have placed first at a school, home school, district, county or regional science fair are eligible to compete at AzSEF.

National and International Fairs and Competitions

The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is a competition for Grade 6-8 students who participate in science fairs in the United States, and are nominated to compete in the national competition. Thirty finalists will win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the $25,000 grand prize.

Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Awards: Challenges student teams to solve real-world problems in the areas of clean energy, aerospace exploration and cyber security. For students age 13-18. Winning team is awarded $5,000 to continue product development. Spirit of Innovation Awards are sponsored, in part, by Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program:  This program aims to recognize exceptional students and support them in the fulfillment of their potential. It includes categories of science, mathematics and technology, among others. The top prize is $50,000.

Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF):  For high school students only, who must first qualify at an affiliated fair. Top prize is a $75,000 scholarship. Six high school projects and two to three middle school projects are selected each year at SARSEF to attend this global competition.

Regeneron Science Talent Search:  A competition for high school seniors. Top prize is a $100,000 scholarship.

Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology:  A competition for high school students. Top prize is a $100,000 scholarship.

Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC):  The world’s largest model rocket contest, accepts teams of students in Grades 7-12 from any U.S. school or non-profit youth organization.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS):  This program invites high school students in Grades 9–12 to conduct an original research investigation in the sciences, engineering or mathematics, and to participate in a regional symposium sponsored by universities or other academic institutions. Regional winners proceed to a national competition.

Young Naturalist Awards:  This program from the American Museum of Natural History, and sponsored by Alcoa Corporation, is a research-based essay contest for students in Grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.

Websites For Students

  • Science Buddies: Science Buddies is a non-profit organization focused on providing free science fair ideas, answers and tools for students in Grades K-12. Our online resources have been integrated into the NSTA’s SciLinks program, and have received praise from students, teachers and parents across the nation. Science Buddies empowers students from all walks of life to help themselves and each other develop a love of science and an understanding of the Scientific Method. Our innovative online tools and programs encourage, acknowledge, and reward student research projects, and aim to increase science fair participation
  • Society for Science & The Public: SSP is the organization responsible for several youth science competitions, including the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
  • Science Fair Central: The Discovery Channel’s resource of project ideas! These are the national middle school competition sponsors.
  • Flandrau: Visit the University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center home page to find out about exciting science-based programs and workshop opportunities at Flandrau.
  • Southwest Association for Education in Biomedical Research (SwAEBR): Good reference materials regarding the use of animals in research.
  • Arizona/Nevada Academy of Sciences: Links to resources, and individuals in the science community.
  • K12 Academics: An education resource center and job placement site for teachers, students, parents, education majors and district officials involved in Grades K-12 throughout the United States.
  • Science News For Students: A magazine resource of ideas for projects. Published by Society for Science & The Public (formerly the Science Service.)
  • Science Bob: A great resource to gather project ideas. There are good basic concepts and techniques, too!
  • Basic water information and terms from Dr. Gordon Snyder at the WaterCenter in Kenmore,Wash. The blog discusses Hurricane Katrina’s impact on drinking water, toxic water problems, water sampling and testing at
  • Water Project info: Student science fair project ideas about water from Dr. Gordon Snyder at the WaterCenter in Kenmore, Wash.
  • Water Demos & Experiments: Experiments and demonstrations for teachers and educators from Dr. Gordon Snyder at the WaterCenter in Kenmore, Wash.
  • Homework Spot: Lists of numerous resources to search for ideas!
  • Family Oriented: Tips and insights for families entering the science fair! There’s a fair bit of advertising sold to finance the site, but the tips and ideas are worth it.
  • Masters in Data Science has a great The Ultimate Guide to STEM for kids (K-12) organized by age and interest, and a section specifically focused on resources and activities for girls!
  • The Best Colleges has a listing of STEM Scholarships available.
  • Guide to Colleges & Careers for Women in STEM


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