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New science databases in libraries supplement classroom learning
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Forsyth County News

Just in time for the start of the new school year, school-aged students now have access to two online science databases to supplement classroom learning.

Forsyth County Public Library launched the databases on Monday to help elementary, middle and high school students.

“Today’s Science,” provided by Infobase Learning for students in middle school and high school, is a complementary database to “Science Online,” which the library system (FCPL) already houses.

“Science Online” offers a broad range of traditional science content, including definitions, biographies, diagrams and experiments.
The new information provided in “Today’s Science” is intended to “bridge the gap between science taught in class and science in the news.”

According to Laura Bradley, program manager for FCPL, it delivers in-depth coverage of important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics and technology. It also illustrates how one scientific advance leads to another.

“Content has the added benefit of correlating to state, national, Common Core, International Baccalaureate and national STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) standards,” she said.

The second new database, “World Almanac for Kids,” is designed for elementary and middle school-aged students.

The all-in-one resource offers content in science and social science topics, including animals, plants, famous people, sports, career ideas, countries, states, maps and flags, space and astronomy and holidays and celebrations, Bradley said.

This database allows the libraries’ younger patrons to explore age-appropriate topics while developing online research skills with a trusted source of content. The kid-friendly content includes up-to-date articles, homework help tools, fun facts, hot topic articles, images, videos, maps and interactive games and quizzes.

“World Almanac for Kids” is an award-winning database that supports state, national and Common Core standards.

To learn more about both of the new science databases or to use other research archives, visit your local library branch or forsythpl.org.