Archive for the ‘science’ category

The Science of Non-Destructive Testing

September 27th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, September 27, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NDT Resource Center

(www.ndt-ed.org/EducationResources/HighSchool/highschool.htm)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

What is Non-Destructive Testing? It’s a method of testing and inspecting industrial parts and materials without damaging them. NDT technicians and engineers test for material conditions and flaws that might cause planes to crash, reactors to fail, trains to derail, pipelines to burst, etc.

Through methods such as radiology, NDT allows inspection without interfering with a product’s final use. NDT inspectors use the sciences of: 

  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • X-Rays
  • Sound

This website provides free, interactive lessons in all four of these sciences for students in middle school and high school.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction, and then an icon menu of all 4 sciences. Click on any one, and a new page opens with a table of contents for the curriculum in that field of science.

Click on any topic to learn more, or just follow the arrows to chronologically follow the curriculum. Each page offers interesting text and illustrations. Many pages contain multi-media, interactive demonstrations of the concepts discussed. The material is presented in an engaging way to capture student interest.

If your student enjoys the material here, they may be interested in learning more about a career in NDT. You’ll find information about that (designed just for middle and high school students) at the site as well. Here’s the direct link: http://www.ndt-ed.org/Welcome/welcome_jr_sr_high.htm.

Explore the “Space Place” for Kids!

September 13th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, September 13, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NASA Space Place

(spaceplace.nasa.gov/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

NASA sponsors this non-commercial website to show kids that science, technology, and learning about space are fun and within their grasp. It offers free projects and activities that lead kids step-by-step through challenging subjects such as the electromagnetic spectrum, orbits, gravitational waves, tidal forces, binary and hexadecimal notation, and more. As the website explains, these topics are “treated simply and concisely, with everyday analogies and metaphors, concrete examples, and compelling illustrations.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the Space Place logo and below it a menu of activities that includes:  

  • Explore – Learn about planets, lasers, weather satellites, orbits, gravity, and more through interactive animations, demonstrations, and videos.
  • Do – Build a bubble-powered rocket, make moon cookies, make a relief map, build a physics machine, and whip up some El Nino pudding! You’ll find instructions and illustrations for these hands-on projects.
  • Play – Play interactive games that teach as they entertain. Go on a virtual mission to Jupiter, explore the solar system, compare the sizes of planets, do space-themed crossword puzzles, word searches, and more.

This is a terrific way to engage kids in learning about science through technology.

Free Storm, Oceanic and Atmosphere Science Activities

August 30th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, August 30, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science with NOAA Research

(www.oar.noaa.gov/k12/index.html)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website is provided by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The goal of the site is to provide middle school science students and teachers with research and investigation experiences using online resources.

You can also download FREE Student Activity Books and teaching materials (from the “Teacher” link) for each of the topics that include: 

  • El Niño – Find out about El Niño, how it forms, and its effects on the weather of the world.
  • Storms – Investigate hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning by tracking their courses and measuring their strength. Learn how weather is forecast.
  • Atmosphere – Investigate the origins and effects of global warming and the effects solar events have on the Earth.
  • Fisheries – Manage various species of fish after learning about what overfishing and the environment can do to commercial fishing.
  • Great Lakes – Interpret maps of winds, waves, and temperature. Learn about zebra mussels and how to control them.
  • Oceans – Take real measurements such as temperature and wave height and graph the changes. Also, find out about ocean currents.

The Chaparral Ecosystem

August 9th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, August 9, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Chaparral Ecosystem

(www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=08-P13-00018&segmentID=6)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website offers terrific information on an ecosystem that doesn’t get much attention – the Chaparral. The information is presented by “Living on Earth,” a weekly environmental news program distributed by Public Radio International.

When you get to the site you’ll see the title of the program, “Re-education At Camp Chaparral,” along with a link you can click on to listen to the broadcast – and you can follow along by reading the transcript that is posted on the page. The transcript is enhanced with photographs of the chaparral. It provides a fascinating introduction to the chaparral ecosystem along with a link to further resources about it.

Once you’ve learned about the chaparral, browse the Living on Earth archives by date (dating from 1991 to present) or search for a particular story or topic such as: 

  • Climate Change
  • Renewable Energy
  • Biofuel
  • Polar Bears
  • Pesticides
  • Organic Fish Farming
  • Antarctica
  • Biomimicry
  • Rachel Carson
  • Wetlands
  • ~and much, much more!

This is a terrific resource for enhancing one’s knowledge of science and how it applies to the world we live in.

European Space Agency Kids Page

August 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, August 2, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

European Space Agency Kids Page

(www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/index.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

So you know a lot about astronauts, satellites, and space probes? On this European Space Agency (ESA) website for kids, you may be surprised not to find mention of American spacecraft such as Endeavor, Galileo, Voyager, Pioneer, and Challenger. In their place, meet CryoSat, Envisat, Rosetta, Columbus, GIOVE-A, Ariane-5 and more!

There is no mention of John Glenn, Sally Ride, or Neil Armstrong; the heroes here include such greats as Vladimir Remek, Miroslav Hermaszewski, Anousheh Ansari, Ulf Merbold, Christer Fugelsang, and Thomas Reiter. Move over, NASA — make room for the ESA! You will definitely learn something new and different at this website! 

When you get to the site you will see some features. Use the menu at the top of your screen to explore topics such as “Our Universe” and “Life in Space.”  As you click each main topic, you will see a related photo; parts of the photo can be clicked to learn all about the planets (Pluto has not been demoted here), galaxies, space stations, life in space and more. 

From the main page you will also see a menu on the left of your screen with three items: “Lab,” “Fun,” and “News.” These sections contain interesting facts, sliding-panel puzzles, games, activities, things to build, animated cartoons, news items, and more. Each time you change topics, these sections may change, so be sure to keep checking them.

In the “News” section, don’t miss the word “More” at the bottom right-hand corner — this leads to the site archives with tons of fascinating articles and activities. 

There is too much here to explore in one visit, and this site is kept updated. Bookmark it so you can come back often!

Ask Dr. Universe

July 26th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, July 26, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ask Dr. Universe

(askdruniverse.wsu.edu/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

Do you have any questions that you just can’t get answered to your satisfaction no matter how hard you try? Ask Dr. Universe! This friendly feline philosopher devotes her time to answering all the questions kids come up with. Most of the questions are science-related, but all topics are welcomed.

Dr. Universe takes kids’ questions as her opportunity to contact many interesting people around Washington State University involved in researching various fields. Here is what you will find: 

  • Meet Dr. Universe – There are many questions on this site which are bigger than “Who is Dr. Universe?”, but this is perhaps the first one a visitor might have. This page gives that question the attention it deserves.
  • Search and Explore – Click on a category or just put a word or two in the Search field. Some of the tough questions children ask are: 
    • Why do bees have stuff that looks like hair?
    • If there were a black hole between the Earth and moon, what would we see?
    • Why do we age?
    • Will electricity ever run out?
    • Why is Pi 3.1415…? What if it was just 3?
    • What are boogers?
    • Why don’t plants get sunburns?
  • Ask – Here is the place to ask Dr. Universe a question your child might have.
  • How to – Gives a handy list of things to do if your child wants to become a scientist

And at the bottom there is a link for Educators and Parents where you can subscribe to a weekly email.

The diversity of the topics covered here is phenomenal. Just explore the questions your kids are interested in — the answers may springboard you into a whole new area of science study.

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