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Catalogs & Links for Science Teachers

Posted on: December 20, 2009

Here are a couple of sites and catalogs that are worth checking out:

  • Edmund Scientific’s (  They have a large selection of science toys and equipment.  I find them to be a bit pricey.  Get their catalog, their web site takes forever to browse.
  • Educational Innovations Inc. (  This is a great catalog, lots to look at in all areas of science education.  This one was new to me, I only recently got their catalog, but I really like it.  I have a list of stuff I want to order from them.
  • ThinkGeek (  To be fair, this isn’t a teacher site, but it is my favorite.  They have such great tech toys, posters and T-shirts (Star Trek & Battlestar Galactica).  Check out their clearance items, there is always a great shirt or toy at a great price.  I’m a ThinkGeek addict.
  • American Science & Surplus (  I think the name says it all.  This is a fun site to browse.  I always have a list of stuff I want, but I never seem to get to the point of placing an order.  I think that may be the nature of surplus, it’s cool junk you want, but don’t need.  At some point I will need something they have.
  • Pitsco (  This is a site for teachers buying science supplies.  They have lots of ideas and kits, I would definitely request a catalog.  I get a lot of ideas here, although I find their kits to be overpriced.
  • Arbor Scientific (  I purchased my original constant velocity cars from these guys.  They are a school supply company, expect school supply prices.
  • Carolina Biological (  Don’t let the name fool you, it is everything your school needs in science supplies.  I have mentioned them before, Carolina is our main supply source at school.  We typically spend thousands of dollars with them each year and I am quite pleased with what we receive.

6 Responses to "Catalogs & Links for Science Teachers"

I know that you aren’t mentioning Professional Groups in this, but they really are an excellent resource.

There is the obvious of AAPT but I don’t always think that it does a lot for the HS Physics Teacher, but they are getting a little better with that. The Western PA Section of it is having a meeting March 20th at Clarion. I went to the last one at IUP and found it to be really helpful. I don’t know how the rest of PA is divided, but I am sure that there is a section nearer to you (and I’m sure you’re welcome to crash)

Still somewhat obvious, but I never thought to join until someone else recommended it. <a href="http://www.nsta.orgNational Science Teacher Association (NSTA). This is an awesome, awesome resource. They have several mailing lists that you can subscribe to (but you must be a member!) The articles tend to be what you need as a High School Science Teacher (they have 3 levels of magazines). Worth the money. I don’t even debate about this membership. I debate about the AAPT membership each year.

Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). They have a Select Membership level which include 5 member books a year (which they select, but are generally good). It’s only $86 and you get so, so much. The books. Magazines. Awesome.

And finally, THE Journal. “Transforming Education Through Technology. It’s a FREE magazine (okay, there are LOTS of ads in it, but it doesn’t cost me anything thing but temptation). Some neat things to look at and to think about.

Kathy, funny you should post those. I was thinking I needed to do another blog post on AAPT and others organizations. I like AAPT for the Physics Teacher magazine and more importantly, the awesome posters they send.

I am just about to join NSTA, they have a reduced rate for new teachers (I think for up to 3 years), you only need to provide them a copy of your certification. Since I’m only certified a little over a year, I’m going to take advantage of that.

I find it a huge challenge to even open half of what I get, let alone read it all. Sometimes I miss sitting in airports and airplanes, I used to get to read books. Now all I read is lab reports, tests, and textbooks.

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