Hi! It’s Thursday, December 9, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 8 and up (approximately)
Brett Walters of the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op suggested this website that offers a free performing arts video series on the historical life and times of Sir Isaac Newton, who developed the theory of gravity and the math form of calculus, among other things.
Sponsored by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Open Dream Ensemble helps sustain young people in the performing arts and encourages them to incorporate education into their performances.
Open Dream Ensemble develops educational performance projects and then performs them in schools. They’ve filmed one of their performances and present it in a seven-episode series on the website. As explained at the site:
“It’s the story of a performing ensemble, which in addition to their work on stage and in the classroom, travel through history making certain that great discoveries in math and science happen.
Their nemesis is the great Dr. Disrupto who seeks to stop progress by sending his Quarksters to prevent scientists and mathematicians from making their discoveries. In the process, the series teaches Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion in a new and engaging way, connecting science and the arts.”
When you get to the site, you’ll see screen shots of all 7 webisodes. Start at the top and work your way though them to see the entire performance. It will take about an hour or so of your time to see the entire presentation.
Some of the antics in the epidsodes are a little corny and may make older students and adults groan, but younger kids will enjoy it. That said, everyone will learn something about Sir Isaac Newton from watching the performance.
Information at the website explains that more shows will be filmed and uploaded to the site in the future, so bookmark this and check back from time to time for updates.