Archive for the ‘science’ category

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.

Biology Q&A

July 12th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, July 12, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Biology Q&A

(www.biology-questions-and-answers.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades: Middle School, High School, and beyond; children with parental supervision)

 

This website helps build biological knowledge step-by-step through an intelligent sequence of questions and answers. This Q&A format discusses all branches of biology.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Then use the menu on the left side of the page to explore over hundreds of questions and answers divided into biology branches that include: 

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Physiology
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • And More!

Each of these branches are then subdivided into specific subjects. For example, under the heading “Microbiology” you’ll find the following subject areas: 

  1. Bacteria
  2. Protists (Protozoans and Algae)
  3. Fungi Kingdom
  4. Viruses

Explore the site to satisfy your interest or curiosity in any given subject area. Or enter your question in the search form to find related answers in the archive.

Be an Energy Hog Buster!

June 28th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 28, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Hog!

(www.energyhog.org/childrens.htm)

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

 

These interactive games for kids help them understand the importance of energy conservation in their home.

When you get to the site, you will be greeted by two animated energy inspectors. They will help you explore all of the “rooms” in a virtual house to find energy-wasters through playing five games. Your objective is to defeat the energy hogs in all of them to earn your official “Energy Hog Buster” certification! You can navigate by the “Navigation” control in the upper right corner or by clicking “Floorplan” or “Training Games” just below the game window. Watch the badge in the bottom left corner of your screen (it looks like a stack of numbered squares unless you click on it) to keep track of your progress. The games include: 

  • Fridge Frenzy – Upgrade to Energy Star refrigerators by finding the old fridges with matching contents. But hurry! Leaving refrigerator doors open too long wastes energy.
  • Bulb Hunter – Make your way through a dark maze, converting all of the bulbs to energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs before time runs out.
  • Whack a Hog – Whack 20 energy hogs in the shower before they waste all the hot water. (Aim carefully; these hogs can be mighty elusive!)
  • Wacky Windows – Caulk all the windows before the energy hog gets in! Hint: Aim for the window corners, and remember to reload your caulk gun frequently. It’s helpful to have the speakers on for this game, although not necessary.
  • Attic Attack – Get up there and roll out the insulation, whacking the energy hogs before they can get you! This is another beat-the-clock game, and it’s the final game of the five needed for your certificate.

NOTE: The bonus game link and the “Hog and Seek” link did not work for us during our review of the site.

And there’s more: 

  • Download the .pdf Scavenger Hunt – with an adult, answer ten of the twelve questions found here, and see what can be done to make your own home more energy efficient.
  • Check out the .pdf Energy Hog Busting Handbook for pointers to share with your parents!
  • Click “Who is Hog” to get the low-down on several energy hogs you wouldn’t want to meet in your home.

Free Seismology Lessons, Videos, & More

June 7th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 7, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

IRIS (www.iris.edu/hq/)

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

 

This site offers free science tools, lessons, animations, software and more to help students learn all about seismology, plate tectonics, earthquakes, geology and much more! 

Sponsored by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (funded by the National Science Foundation), this website has powerful, interactive learning tools from a consortium of over 100 U.S. universities dedicated to the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. We know this may sound “heady” but there are all kinds of engaging multi-media activities that students of a wide range of abilities and interests will enjoy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a variety of offerings. We suggest clicking on “View The Seismic Monitor” that is prominently featured on the landing page. A new screen opens where you can access: 

  • Earthquake Headlines – Read news stories about earthquakes.
  • Last 30 Days Earthquakes – See a list of earthquakes, their location and magnitude over the past 30 days.
  • Special Events – Review recent earthquake teachable moments.
  • Plate Tectonics – Discover the continual slow movement of the tectonic plates.
  • Education Links – Get access to free animations, video lectures, lessons and resources with links to materials, and much more!

There is so much content here that you can’t really see and enjoy it all in one visit. Bookmark the site to return again.

Mendel’s Pea Experiment

May 31st, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 31, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pea Soup

(www.sonic.net/~nbs/projects/anthro201/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This very simple website provides the biography of Johann Gregor Mendel, who, through experimentation with developing new color variations in flowers discovered hybridization.

When you get to the site, use the menu to read Mendel’s biography. Then, learn about his experiments that led to the birth of genetics.

Next, try the “Interactive Pea Experiment” and breed your own virtual hybrid pea plants!

This is a short and easy scientific exercise, that provides a great springboard to further learning and exploration.

Biographies of Scientists

May 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 3, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Eric Weisstein’s World of Scientific Biography

(scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers over 1,000 encyclopedia-style biographies of scientists along with illustrations.

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to search for a scientist by: 

  • Branch of Science – Search for a scientist by his/her field of study from Archaeology to Sociology.
  • Gender/Minority Status – Women, African Americans, Asian Americans, etc. (Note: This section is woefully short on scientists of varying races and ethnicities. Fortunately, the FAQ section on this website tells you how to submit names for inclusion.)
  • Nationality – Find scientists from many nations including the U.S., China, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, and Russia.
  • Prize Winners – Read the Bios of Scientists and Mathematicians who have been awarded prizes (i.e., The Nobel) for their work.
  • Alphabetical Index – An A to Z list of all of the scientists and mathematicians whose biographies are archived on the website. Click on any one, and a new page opens with the scientist’s picture and bio. References are provided as well.

As mentioned previously, there are over 1,000 entries and we only read about 10. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

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