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Resources for ACS National Chemistry Week 2006: Your Home--It's All Built on Chemistry.

Online Resources

This is a collection of online resources (websites, software, etc.). A separate collection of Print Resources is also available.

Key: E = Elementary (K-5), I = Intermediate (6-8), HS = High School (9-12), C = College, G = General Public

Materials used to build structures

Ask the Builder. Provided by: Tim Carter, a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. (G)
Contains a broad array of information about home building and remodeling. URL:
Building Big. Provided by: PBS Online. (I, HS)
Explore large structures and what it takes to build them. See “The Labs” to test materials that engineers use to build big. URL:
Building Materials. Provided by: Wikipedia Encyclopedia. (G)
Just about every type of available material has been used for creating various human and animal homes, structures, and technologies. URL:

Materials in homes

How Everyday Things are Made. Provided by: Stanford School of Engineering. (G)
This site has virtual company tours and streaming videos. In Processes, see “Painting/Coating.” In Online Tours, see “Homes.” URL:
How Stuff Works — Home Stuff. Provided by: HowStuffWorks. (G)
This site is a leading source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works. URL:
Strange Matter Exhibit. Provided by: Ontario Science Centre. (I, HS, G)
This cool web site has materials science information that includes the games Materials Smackdown and The Transformer. URL:

Recycling and conservation

Alliance to Save Energy Kids Page. Provided by: The Alliance to Save Energy. (E, I, HS, C, G)
Help your parents reduce home energy use and therefore reduce their energy bills. Check out stories written for kids by kids. URL:
Earth 911: Recycling Centers, Water Pollution, and Conservation. Provided by: Earth 911. (G)
Enter a ZIP code to get information about recycling centers, green shopping, energy conservation, household hazardous waste, and composting. URL:
Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor. Provided by: U.S. Housing and Urban Development. (G)
This web-based tool helps improve energy efficiency in existing homes during renovation and remodeling. URL:
Follow That House (PDF). Provided by: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (E)
Kids are detectives discovering what parts of their houses are made of and how to conserve energy. URL:
Grassroots Recycling Network. Provided by: Grassroots Recycling Network. (G)
Their mission is to eliminate the waste of natural and human resources — to achieve Zero Waste. Reduce, reuse, recycle! Check out KIDS RECYCLE! URL:
Home Energy Saver. Provided by: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. (G)
This web site is the first web-based do-it-yourself energy audit tool. URL:

Home safety

Code Red Rover Home Page. Provided by: Home Safety Council. (E)
This web site for kids, parents, and teachers reinforces the home safety messages that many of you already know, as well as teach you new ones. URL:
Household Products Database. Provided by: National Library of Medicine. (G)
Learn more about products used in your house, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling. URL:
Kids Health — Household Safety Checklists. Provided by: Nemours Foundation. (G)
An accident or injury can occur in any part of your home. Use these checklists to make a safety check of your home. URL:
Learn About Chemicals Around Your House. Provided by: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (E, I)
Check out this site for a house tour and learn more about the chemicals around your home. URL:
National Ag Safety Database. Provided by: Centers for Disease Control. (G)
This site contains practical information for dealing with a variety of safety issues. URL:

Home preparedness

Emergency Preparedness and Response: Natural Disasters & Severe Weather. Provided by: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (G)
Learn how to be prepared for and respond to natural disasters and severe weather. Available in 7 languages. URL:
FEMA for Kids. Provided by: Federal Emergency Management Agency. (E, I)
Learn how to be prepared for disasters and prevent disaster damage. Also learn what causes disasters, play games, and read stories. URL:
Get Prepared: Preparedness an Everyday Task for Everyday Life. Provided by: American Red Cross. (G)
Being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school, work and in your community. Also in Spanish. URL:,1082,0_239_,00.html
Relief Web. Provided by: United Nations. (G)
ReliefWeb is the global hub for time-critical humanitarian information on Complex Emergencies and Natural Disasters. URL:

Design practices Building Industry Directory and Information Resource. Provided by: BuilderSpace. (G)
Check out resources section which includes links to associations and research portals. URL:
National Building Museum. (G)
Toolbase Services: Home Building Industry’s Technical Info Resource. Provided by: ToolBase Services. (G)
This site is a technical information resource on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems. URL:
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