Archive for the ‘science’ category

View Active Eagles’ Nests

April 25th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 25, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dollywood Nest Cams

(www.eagles.org/eagle-nest-cams/dollywood-nest-cam/)

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

 

At this website you can virtually visit two live bald eagles’ nests at the American Eagle Foundation’s (AEF) Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. Cameras are trained on the nests providing live footage of the action in the nests.

The first nest belongs to Independence and Franklin, who are waiting for their eggs to hatch. The eggs were laid about 4 weeks ago at time of publication – and incubation takes about 35 days. Eaglets will remain in their nest until they are approximately 5 weeks of age. The second nest belongs to Eleanor and Mr. Roosevelt, whose 2 eaglets hatched on April 11 and April 13, respectively.

If this sparks interest in learning more about Bald Eagles, the National Eagle Center website has lesson plans categorized by grade level. Visit the National Eagle Center website here(www.nationaleaglecenter.org/lesson-plans/)

Free Bee Identification Cards

March 28th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 28, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Sunflower Project

(www.greatsunflower.org/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by San Francisco State University, wants you to become part of their scientific research team by growing sunflowers, observing and counting the bees that visit them, and reporting the data back to The Great Sunflower Project.

To aid you in this endeavor, they will send you a free PDF file of Bee Identification Cards! Just create an account with a user name and password and you’ll be able to download and/or print them out. (Note: You MUST click on the link that comes by email to confirm your account and get your cards.)

When you get to the site, there’s a short introduction that explains the program. Basically, they want you to plant Lemon Queen sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that can be grown in a pot on a deck or patio or in a garden to help identify the effects of pesticides on pollinators and report your findings. Here is a link to one site that sells the sunflowers. This company has “offered to pass along 25% of her proceeds from seeds bought at her website to the Great Sunflower Project. If you use the Coupon Code FR225A and whether you buy Lemon Queen sunflowers to participate in our pesticide research project or some other plants (which you can also use to count pollinators), 25% of the proceeds will be donated to us.”

But that’s not all! Learn all about sunflowers, gardening, and bees through the free guides, lessons and activities that integrate a variety of subjects (meeting California state curriculum standards) and are designed for students in grades K-12. Access them by clicking on “Explore” and then “Pollinator Info” on the menu at the top of the home page.

Be sure to spend some time at this site clicking the various links – they all lead to amazing content and resources that can be utilized to suit whatever style of un/homeschooling you use.

Bird Nest Cams!

March 21st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Nest Cams

(watch.birds.cornell.edu/nestcams/camera/index)

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

 

Bookmark this site now! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors this website that provides live feed from cameras trained on bird nests. You can watch a wide variety of birds as they tend their nests. See eggs, hatchlings, and watch the mama and papa birds feed their young. This is a fascinating view of the world of birds.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured birds cams. Click on the one you want to watch or click “All” under the Bird Cam menu to see them listed in alphabetical order including: 

  • Great Blue Herons
  • Great Horned Owls
  • Laysan Albatross
  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • ~ and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens for your viewing delight. (Some link to other sites with live cams; some are videos of past viewings.)

Want to help scientists learn more about birds? Then, become a certified NestWatch monitor. Click here for details.

This is a wonderful demonstration of how science and technology blend to create amazing learning opportunities for us all.

Make Your Own Science Toys!

March 7th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 7, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Toy Maker

(www.sciencetoymaker.org/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides complete step-by-step instructions on how to make your own science toys using easily accessible and cheap materials so that “nobody is excluded because of cost.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and an animated menu of science toys in two categories: 

  • Quick and Easy – This section provides instructions for making science toys that young kids (elementary school age) can do. Make a propeller, a vortex, a top, an oscillating woodpecker, a parachute, a periscope, a robot finger and more!
  • Advanced – Tweens, teens and adults can make these science toys that include a water rocket launcher, a putt-putt boat, hot air balloon, helicopter, robot hands, and even a lie detector!

Click on any one and a new page opens with instructions (some in streaming video), photos, illustrations, explanations, related activities and links for further research.
 
The projects are open-ended enough to encourage creative invention and tinkering. As the website explains, it is “a resource for inspired parents, kids, teachers, teenagers, home schoolers, science fair participants and citizen scientists everywhere.”

Free Science Projects

February 28th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 28, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Home Science Tools

(www.homesciencetools.com/a/science-projects)

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

 

Today’s website  is a bit of a diversion in that the site is a commercial enterprise called “Home Science Tools” that sells all kinds of science kits and curriculum that help students (in Pre-K through high school) explore life science, space, biology, chemistry, physics and more. HOWEVER, they also provide FREE hands-on science ideas that you can try at home.

Some of the categories of science projects include: 

  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • High School
  • Earth and Space
  • Physical Science and Engineering

Some of the experiments include: 

  • Make a Cartesian Diver – all about scuba diving and buoyancy
  • How your heart pumps – Make a pump using a jar, a balloon, and two straws.
  • Build a Solar Oven – Use solar power to cook food using a pizza box
  • and lots more!

Each experiment comes with a materials list and instructions. It also offers suggestions for science kits and products (available from the site’s store) to further learning. This is clever marketing. Again, you don’t have to buy a thing to explore the free resources.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 7th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 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)

 

It’s not too early to mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 17-20, 2017.

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.com. Use 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.

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