Welcome to our Young Adults page! Our teen librarian Linda has been collecting links of interest to teens grades 6-12.
We’re still adding more (much more!), but in the meantime, feel free to browse what we have!
BWS Educational consulting: Online practice tests ACT/SAT etc.
Free Test Prep & College Admissions Guides
Courera: College course
Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies
fiveable: Courses for high school, lots of AP classes
AP Courses online – virtual classroom experience/Live events
Edgerton Center: All Ages
K through 12 Virtual Maker Space: The Edgerton Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a home for experiential learning for students of all ages.
The completely free, open-source video game creation software Godot allows you to develop your own modern-looking games at home. Click here to visit the developer site and download the program, and visit this Youtube channel for a free tutorial series to learn how to use the engine.
Teens who like to Code
Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens from Alice to vidcode- the best free coding apps
for tweens and teens.
Teens and Space
Host an amateur radio contact with Space Station, or attend a free online lecture on
how Nasa observes Earth from air and orbit, or join Club for the Future and get a
postcard from space. These and more are all available from the NASA website.
Can Figure It geometry:
A unique way to teach and learn geometric proofs.
Dr. Rogers Math Neighborhood: High school math videos
Mr. Rogers meets YouTube but without the singing – Virtual classroom experience/Talk and chalk.
Mathscore.com: K- 8 Geometry
Developed by MIT graduates, MathScore helps students acquire a deep understanding of math by providing adaptive math practice that functions like self-guided lessons.
American Chemical Society:
Articles relating to chemistry – ChemMatters explains chemistry behind everyday phenomena. Its a great starting place for students to write a research report involving chemistry or science. Each ChemMatters article is written in an accessible manner, allowing students to grasp chemistry concepts that they can then research further or incorporate into a presentation or a research paper.
Biology Simulations: Developed for 9th grade Honors Biology classes
Biology Simulations helps students to learn about biology and practice data analysis skills. These simulations allow students to experiment with concepts that may take too much time or too many resources to complete in a traditional science lab setting. Some simulations are guided virtual labs while others can be used for a science inquiry approach by allowing the user to make decisions and control multiple variables.
Chemistry: High School
Collisions helps high school students visualize and interact with chemistry concepts through fun and challenging games.
Everyday earth: All ages
EveryDay Earth is a non-traditional learning program, in that it is based on location-based inquiry-based learning.
Every day, kids that go outside and play in the dirt or roll in the grass are learning. They learn about their environment by interacting with that environment. By traveling to many places, we broaden the child’s ability to interact with many environments, and further expanding their potential to learn!
EveryDay Earth builds off this concept, as a location-based example of inquiry learning. Like a field trip, we take the user places, and interact with that place, in a manner of their choosing.
K-12 online learning: But all ages too
K through 12 Science, Math, Social Studies, and Photography – study guides, simulations, interactive learning, and practice exams.
Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade.
7 standard courses: Language Arts, Reading/Literature, Math, Science, History/Social Studies, Visual/Performing Arts, and Physical Education.
Chrome Music Labs: All ages
A super cool website to learn about music and create your own music, with just your phone, tablet, laptop or computer.
Quiz Hub features quiz games for students, including teens in middle and high
school. Teens can take quizzes to review subjects such as biology, U.S. history,
middle school math and SAT vocabulary.
TedEd features fun, animated lessons and how-to videos that help students learn
about a variety of topics in just a few minutes. You can filter the videos by category
such as Business & Economics, Health or Mathematics to find what you need. Most
videos are about five minutes or less and explain a specific concept or answer a
question like "Why Should You Read Macbeth?”
Parents: Have a child starting to use Google Classroom? Here’s a step-by-step, basic guide to understanding how it works:
in order to assist the increased number of homebound students, Tutor.com
has expanded its hours. Students will be able to connect with tutors from 9
AM-10 PM, Monday through Friday, until June 15.
Advice for Parents on Teaching Your Teens Life Skills While at Home:
Published by the Boy Scouts of America, Boys' Life magazine and the accompanying
website provide fun, ideas and knowledge to boys from ages 7 to 18. Play games,
read jokes and comics, learn about the latest outdoor gear, enter a contest or check
out some awesome Eagle Scout projects. If you love the outdoors, this website is full
of expert advice and outdoor hacks.
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mad scientists trap an employee in space and force him to watch some of the worst movies that you could ever get the rights to broadcast—so he riffs on the films with the help of robot buddies built from parts of the theater control system.
Teen Nick fans will find information on the latest shows, as well as games, videos
and quizzes through Teen Nick’s website. While the site offers updates about Teen
Nick shows, it also has features that interest teens such as surviving high school and
back to school ideas.
The InSite is designed for teens who have an interest in improving the world. Teens
can learn about social justice, building a positive self-image and helping the Earth.
They can also submit artwork and writing or participate in discussions about
making the world a better place.
Teen Fashion Sites
Teens who love fashion can find the latest fashions as well as create original
fashions online. There are a number of sites that will appeal to those who enjoy this
Stardoll features games that allow teens to express their fashion sense. Design
outfits or play dress up games to experiment with different types of fashion. The
company consistently produces new and exciting features like new fashion lines, as
well as a host of ways to make the ultimate experience more exciting for teens and
tweens. There is always something new going on at Stardoll.
Vogue is one of the top fashion magazines and Teen Vogue caters specifically to the
teen audience. Check out the latest styles for teens or learn all about celebrity style.
Habbo Hotel is a place for teens to come and chat. Each teen receives a personal room to decorate with virtual objects. They can also customize their avatars by dressing them in virtual clothes or create games to play with friends. The room might have music, be set up like a classroom, or have other features so the different avatars can visit one another. The rooms teens can interact in are staffed by adult moderators to make sure it stays safe.
Marco Polo App
Videochatting with friends and family is great, but sometimes your schedules just don’t align. Marco Polo is a bit like SnapChat, except that you can’t
search for users or add them without their phone number. Simply record a video message to a specific friend or family member, and they can watch live if they’re around– or record you one when they have a moment later. Marco Polo also doesn’t sell ads or user data, making it a safer choice than most social media sites!
Hosted by MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Program, Scratch is a place where teens program and share stories, games and animations they create. To join the free online community, teens only need to create a username and provide their country, age, gender and an email address. Check out the creations of others, then comment and chat about them, or make your own animation to share.
Teens looking for other teens to talk with about problems or embarrassing questions can call, text, email or online chat with trained teenage volunteers through Teen Line. All lines of communication are open in the evenings to provide peer support to teens during after school hours. Every topic, from gender identity to divorce or depression, can be discussed with another teenager who understands where you’re coming from. There are also tons of message boards for lighter topics like fashion and pop culture, health and fitness or homework help. Due to the current corona virus pandemic, phone lines are closed, but text and email remain open.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Girlshealth.gov features health information for tween and teen girls. In addition to articles on health, fitness and nutrition, girls will also find quizzes, celebrity spotlights and videos with tips on topics such as bullying, relationships and planning for the future.
Young Mens Health
Boston Children’s Hospital presents Young Men’s Health, a website designed to provide information about teen health. Teen boys can ask questions or review the question of the week to find information on uncomfortable health issues. They can also browse in-depth health guides in categories ranging from health and fitness to emotional or sexual health.