MadSci in the Classroom

Asking questions from the classroom

K-12 teachers & students
We're glad you're here! If you're accessing our site as a class project or for a class activity, please follow these guidelines:
  1. We expect that students have done some research about the area in which they're asking their question. Our service is not intended to do homework or perform research which can be carried out on the WWW or in the school library.

  2. Students should first check the archives and MadSci Library to see if existing information answers their question.

  3. If asking questions as a class, please submit your questions as a class, rather than submitting duplicate questions. We will only send a question once.

  4. Please submit questions concerning unrelated topics separately.

  5. When filling out the question form, please enter your grade level as it helps our experts tailor their response to your educational level.

  6. Questions and answers are made publically available on the WWW unless otherwise specified.

  7. Questions may be submitted anonymously - entering a name or email is not required.

  8. Our Question Status Form will let you check on questions if you provide no email address.
All questions are reviewed. If you provide a valid email address, we will notify you if your question passes review. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to track messages that bounce. The file Using our site describes how you can track the progress of your question in the event you do not have a mail address.

Please understand that we are a purely volunteer organization. Answers may come as quickly as two hours after we receive a question, but usually take longer.. :) We aim for a turn-around time of 2 weeks. Within this time we are generally able to respond to 90% of questions.

Looking for Lesson Plans and Activites?

If you are a K12 teacher in search of lesson plans, we recommend visiting sites such as The Educator's Reference Desk or which list a number of K-12 Lesson Plans for free. The MadSci Library lists additional sites in the Science Education section. Links to sites with demonstrations can found in the Demos section, or in the Edible/Inedible Experiments Archive on the MadSci Site.

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