Introduce Your Kids to Albert Einstein

Einstein Is a Great Role Model for Science-Oriented Kids

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An Internet introduction to Albert Einstein for kids makes a great online science activity. By the time children are in elementary school, most have heard of Einstein. By the time kids are in high school, they have all heard of Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Albert Einstein was born in Germany in 1879. He published his classic theory of relativity in 1905. Not only was Einstein’ brilliant, but he was a great role model for kids who face challenges and overcome them in their own way.

As a child, Einstein was hardly an academic standout, and he actually dropped out of school at the age of 15 before returning several years later. A Jew in Nazi Germany, he was forced out of his home country in 1933. 

Yet despite his challenges, Einstein changed the way we think about the universe. And, at the same time, he was well-liked -- and even funny!  Who doesn't love that famous picture of him sticking his tongue out?

Einstein brings a gentle, human face to advanced physics. In getting to know Einstein, we somehow feel a bit more connected to the larger world of science, particularly through a number of engaging, kid-friendly websites.

Einstein For 4th to 6th Graders

Einstein – Everything’s Relative is a fantastic site about Einstein for kids ages 9 to 12. Einstein’s theories are presented in a surprisingly simple and straightforward manner by people who obviously know their stuff. The site includes articles about the speed of light, gravity, black holes, and space-time.

In some ways visiting this site is like a trip through time. I’ve never read such a 'kid friendly' explanation of Einstein’s ideas. These pages are a part of The WHY? Files - a math and science Internet series, produced by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Einstein For Kids in Middle School

There are a couple of great web pages about Einstein for kids in middle school.

Was Einstein a Space Alien? is an interesting article about Albert Einstein’s days as a young family man, trying to make ends meet while revolutionizing modern physics in his spare time. Middle school students will certainly enjoy the article’s description of Einstein’s constant challenging of authority... along with his 7th-grade teacher’s prediction that Einstein would never get anywhere in life! This web page gives visitors the option of listening to the article through a streaming audio file.

Albert Einstein in Brief is an informative overview of the scientist’s life. It also includes many of his quotes. This page is actually a shortened version of a more in-depth site, Image and Impact, that are recommended for high school students. However, if Einstein’s brainy curiosity seems to be rubbing off on your middle school kid, this web page does provide links that will take you to that more comprehensive site.

Einstein for High School Students

Einstein: Image and Impact is a site that was created by the American Institute of Physics. It is a thorough look at Albert Einstein’s life and theories. There is enough material here to support a number of high school research papers. The site includes articles about Einstein and his legacy written by noted historians.

There are also numerous links to other Einstein related sites on the Internet. There is even an essay written by Einstein, himself. 

Einstein’s Big Idea is a first class website for high school students, college students, and life-long learners. Created by PBS, it showcases the educational content of an episode of NOVA in the format of a multimedia website. One of the highlights of the site is E=MC2 Explained, in which 10 physicists describe the famous equation in a series of audio files. Other interesting articles include Genius among Geniuses, Relativity and the Cosmos, The Theory Behind the Equation, and Einstein Timeline.