Global Climate Change

Understanding and responding to global climate change is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. The science is complex and the data can often appear both bewildering and contradictory.

Modern Physics

Modern physics deals with many concepts that elude simple visualization. The following applets are designed to help address some critical points in a student's understanding. Most are still under development and many have accompanying lesson plans and ancillary files.

Special Relativity

An essential part of Modern physics is Special Relativity. These applets address some critical points in a student's understanding about this fascinating topic. Most are still under development and many have accompanying lesson plans and ancillary files.


The following applets have been produced by KCVS as part of a series of on-line astronomy courses. For the most part the applets are "beta" versions and address a wide range of concepts from the properties of stars and planets to cosmology and the large-scale structure of the universe.


Interactive visualizations to see and understand fundamental ideas related to isotopes and atomic weights, spectroscopy, the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with molecules, three dimensional molecular structures, and how knowledge in chemistry can contribute to understanding of global challenges such as climate change.

Mathematical Modeling

How do we use mathematics to enhance our understanding of the natural world or to make predictions about possible events? These KCVS resources give examples of how mathematical models can be used to furnish useful insights into important problems, such as the transmission of disease.

Elementary Science

Resources to help elementary, middle school, and junior high school students and teachers understand the particle nature of matter, the use of scientific models, and physical and chemical changes involving matter.

Multiple Uses of Chemicals

“Scientists are not born with ethics, nor is science ethically neutral,” says Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. KCVS resources help the public see and understand ethical dimensions to scientific work. Here you will find interactive web materials for a joint OPCW/IUPAC project that raises awareness of the multiple ways humans use chemicals and details about Roald Hoffmann’s play ‘Should’ve.’

Isotopes Matter

This suite of interactive, electronic learning tools was created as part of the development and global dissemination of the IUPAC Isotopic Periodic Table. The online interactive learning resources have been designed to communicate the importance of isotopes and their diverse applications, while helping students and educators understand why atomic weight intervals have been introduced for some elements and how they should be used.

Air Quality Matters

These projects aim to help citizens obtain qualitative measures of several priority air pollutants using a home-made low-cost air quality sensor or an inexpensive commercial air quality sensor, the PocketLab Air. The Air Quality Matters website provides information on how to build an air quality sensor, interpret air quality data, and obtain information about targeted air pollutants. This project was done in partnership with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with funding from the European Union. The Alberta Education Air Quality website provides information on data analysis and the use of the PocketLab Air and the Alberta Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) Mapping tool. The website also contains the TELUS World of Science Edmonton (TWOSE) lesson plans for grades 4, 7, 9, and Science 30 in grade 12 along with links to many other resources on air quality. This project was done in partnership with TWOSE and Myriad Sensors. As a result of both projects, we hope citizens will become aware of local and global air quality issues and actively participate in improving air quality.

Air Quality Matters