Youth

Answerland
Formerly known as L-net: Oregon Libraries Network, Answerland is an online reference service of Oregon libraries to everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Oregon.  You may chat live with a librarian, text or email a question.

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
Created in 1996, BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper has been touted as the curator of the best free education and homework resources for students, teachers and parents.  Student topic groupings include math, science, foreign languages, English, research & reference, art & music, social studies, computer science & programming, health & physical education.

Fact Monster
Fact Monster is a kids' reference website brought to you by the editors at Information Please.  It combines essential reference materials, fun facts and features, and homework help for kids -- the contents include an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, a homework center, and educational games.

Great Web Sites for Kids
A compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria. The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

ipl2: Information You Can Trust... For Kids
A kid's interface to the ipl2: Information You Can Trust, which is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment.  The site is hosted by Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics.  Note on home page: After 20 years of service, ipl2 is now closed permanently. You may continue using the ipl2 website. However, the site will no longer be updated, and no other services will be available.

ipl2: Information You Can Trust... For Teens
A teen's interface to the ipl2: Information You Can Trust, which is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. The site is hosted by Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics.  Note on home page: After 20 years of service, ipl2 is now closed permanently. You may continue using the ipl2 website. However, the site will no longer be updated, and no other services will be available.

Kids Ahead
The Kids Ahead program is an initiative to increase the number of middle school kids with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competencies and interests. The Kids Ahead program is part of a larger national initiative being led by Southern Methodist University aiming to improve STEM skills in young people.

Kids Rules for Online Safety
SafeKids.com, one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety, has some rules aimed mostly at younger children, at oldest pre-teens. Appropriate “rules” for online use vary by age, maturity of the child and family values (updated June, 2013).

KidsClick!
KidsClick! is a web search site designed for kids by librarians -- with kid-friendly results.  Originally created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System, as a logical step in addressing concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding their young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites, KidsClick! is owned and run by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University.

Multnomah County Library Homework Center
An Internet subject directory consisting of web sites and web pages that specifically concentrate on K-12, homework-related subjects. Web resources included on this site are reviewed by librarians from Multnomah County Library.

SafeTeens.com: Internet Safety for Teens
SafeTeens.com has some postings from SafeKids.com that are directly impactful for teens.  There is also a listing of resources for youth in crisis available on the site.

Safety Advice & Tools
SafeKids.com, one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety, has some articles and postings related to safety advice and tools.

STEM-Works
The STEM-Works team developed a Web portal that supports volunteers that are working in their local communities to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in our nation's youth.  STEM-Works is sponsored by the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education at the Southern Methodist University and the Director of Defense Research and Engineering within the Department of Defense.

Tips for Getting Girls Involved in STEM
Science and engineering play a huge role in how we learn about the world and develop ways to advance our well being. While the United States is known for its higher education compared to other leading nations, we lack in educating engineers and scientists. One of the big reasons that the United States has fallen behind in science and engineering is that not enough is being done to encourage females to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It is important that we find ways to encourage females to explore careers in STEM.

 

                    - links last checked: 11/30/16  &  updated: 1/12/17 -