Archive for the ‘science’ category

Save the Estuary Online Game

February 20th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, February 20, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NOAA: Waterlife

(games.noaa.gov/oscar/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They offer what NOAA refers to as a “serious” arcade-type game to learn the factors that produce healthy estuaries, food webs, and why estuaries are essential to all life on earth.

The game is based upon an ecosystem of a United States west coast estuary and follows an animated human girl as she encounters a talking sea otter. Together they visit an “oracle” (a wise old turtle) who introduces them to a geoduck clam. The characters embark on a journey that raises student awareness and interest in estuaries, water quality, tides, endangered and threatened species, pollution and marine debris, and what students can do to help. The characters face challenges along the way, and by using the game’s “Field Guide” they get in-depth information that helps them heal the estuary and return home safely.

There is lots of good content here delivered through downloadable pdfs, activities, and quizzes. We found the game to be a bit slow-moving and we didn’t spot any “obvious” way to fast forward. That may be intentional by the designers who want students to take the time to learn the various concepts and information offered.

For more games, click on the “Games@NOAA” button on the left hand menu to play arcade games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes. NOTE: Some of the links in the other sections did not work, but the games worked fine.

Make Bizarre Science Experiments

February 13th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, February 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bizarre Stuff You Can Make in Your Kitchen

(bizarrelabs.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is an archive of classic “old school” science experiments from the early to mid-20th century. The experiments are easily made with stuff you will find around the house – especially in the kitchen. That said, the creator of the site doesn’t guarantee all of the experiments will work or that they are all safe, so parental discretion and oversight is a must.

You will find experiments that include every branch of science including: 

  • Gasses and Liquids
  • Force, Motion, & Balance
  • Locomotion
  • Temperature
  • Sound and Light
  • Electricity
  • Atomic
  • Chemistry
  • Life
  • Earth, Weather and Astronomy
  • Communications
  • and more!

Learn everything from how to cast animal tracks, to how to make a solar oven or a foxhole radio. It’s all here. The instructions are simple and easy to follow.

As with all science activities read through the list of “ingredients” and be sure you have what you need before convincing your child to try an experiment. Nothing dampens the scientific creative spirit more than not having the necessary materials to experiment in one’s kitchen laboratory.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, February 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 16-19, 2018.

This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to the website http://gbbc.birdcount.org/. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, explore the kids page with fun online games that teach about birds as they entertain, and view the bird photo gallery.

Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.comUse a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

Fantastic Cell & Science Animations!

January 30th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 30, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CELLS Alive!

(www.cellsalive.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific, ad-supported site offers free animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, amazing photography, and interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and functions of cellsIt was developed by a photographer with 30 years of experience capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.


When you get to the site, click on a link of interest or scroll over “Contents” in the menu bar to explore categories that include: 

  • Cell Biology – Learn about the structure of plant, animal, and bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and function.
  • Microbiology – Get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites from E.coli to strep to HIV – and take the quiz on microbes.
  • Immunology – Don’t miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the immune system.
  • Microscopy – Get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping microscope images.

Under “Explore” in the menu bar, you can also examine cell models, view an animation of the cell cycle (mitosis), watch the “Cell Cams” that let you see in real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.

You can purchase downloads, but no purchase is necessary to access the free content. 

This is a “must see” site for anyone studying the sciences in grades 6 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too  – parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the most interest to their kids. Bookmark this site to return often.

More Snowflake Science

January 9th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 9, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Snow Crystals

(www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/)

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

 

We’ve featured this website by the geniuses at Cal Tech in the past. At this time of year, it’s well worth another look because it provides some great science explorations with snowflakes – and even explains how to make your own!

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction, a pitch for their book, The Secret Life of a Snowflake, and then some terrific information on snowflakes that includes: 

  • Natural Snowflakes – Includes a photo collection with normal and unusual forms.
  • Designer Snowflakes – Watch videos of snowflakes growing in the laboratory.
  • Snowflake Science – Explore the “Snowflake Primer” to learn what snow crystals are, how they form, and why they grow in such diverse shapes.
  • Snow & Ice Activities – Get some unique projects you can do with ice and snow including making your own ice spikes (sort of like ice stalagmites) using distilled water and an ice cube tray in your freezer.

This is a fun and engaging website that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Gingerbread Science

December 19th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, December 19, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Gingerbread House Design

(csip.cornell.edu/Curriculum_Resources/CSIP/Brechner/Brechner_Gingerbread.html)

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

 

Build a gingerbread house using the “Teacher’s Guide” from this site.

Problem-solving, creative thinking, and cooperation are all covered in this activity available in a downloadable and printable document from Cornell University. It was written for a middle school/high school class, but it can easily be done at home.

And here are some other gingerbread sites: 

The Science Behind the Invention of Gingerbread

Ewwwww! It’s hard to believe, but at the Science I.Q. website they explain that gingerbread originated because of a wheat disease known as “stinking smut” that “replaces the wheat grain with a black powder of spores that has a strong fishy odor.” Learn more about it at the website, although it won’t exactly whet your appetite for gingerbread.

Gingerbread Science

Young children may enjoy the gingerbread tactile and sensory suggestions, along with weights and measurement activities suggested by preschool and early elementary grade teachers at this website.

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