Archive for the ‘science’ category

Serious and Silly Physics Songs

April 15th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, April 15, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PhysicsSongs.org

 

Age Range: All (Created for college students, but many songs will appeal to a wide range of ages, with parental supervision)

 

This website archives free songs about physics that help students remember critical concepts and formulas in a fun and entertaining way. The website is hosted by Haverford College and maintained by an associate professor of physics.

 

As explained at the website, songs may activate a different part of the students’ brains that “links into the musical aspect of intelligence, helping many students to build a richer ‘knowledge tree’ relating to the concept being taught, and thus promoting better retention.”

When you get to the site which is presented in a chaotic sort of way, you’ll see an old announcement about a physics sing-along event. Scroll below it to watch examples of video presentations from the 2013 sing-along. 

 

Scroll down a little further to view the video presentation called The Nano Song - the winner of the Nano Tube Contest sponsored by the American Chemical Society.

 

In the video “Miss Glory” sings to Muppet-type puppets and explains nanotechnology. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics to give you an idea…

Puppet: Miss Glory, what is nanotechnology?

Miss Glory sings:

Well, nanothings are way too small for you or I to see,
But soon the world will change because of nanotechnology.

A million nm that are lined up in a row
Are just about as long as a single flake of snow
Even germs are several thousand nm’s tall, 
So when you hear that something’s nano, it’s very very small.

 

Go to the site to hear the entire song – and I promise you’ll be singing along with the chorus in no time at all!

Then, look below the featured videos to find a menu that includes:

*Log of Recent Additions to PhysicsSongs.org - Includes the not-to-be-missed Bohemian Mechanics set to Queen’s legendary rock song, Bohemian Rhapsody. You’ll also find Newton’s Rap, and the Electromagnetic Hymn of the Republic.

 

*Fully Functional Physics Songs Database Search - Use the search engine to find physics songs on this site and others.

 

*Chapter-By-Chapter Suggestions for Songs to Use in Classes - A few topics (kinematics and Newton’s Laws) that are covered in the first 3 chapters of a typical introductory physics book/course are paired with links to suggested songs to enhance learning.

 

*Categorized Links to Other Physics Song Pages - Includes songs set to familiar tunes as well as original or less-familiar tunes.

 

You’ll also find links to songs by professors including Dr. James Livingston of MIT.

 

The Physical Revue by Tom Lehrer is also available, as are songs sung by the Cavendish Society in the early 1900′s, and the song list from the Physics Sing-Along of 2006 and 2007.

 

There’s even a “Holiday Season” party sing-along sheet with “Physics Carols” in printer-friendly format.

The site suggests many ways to use the songs including:

  • Add song links to a course web page to “spice it up”!
  • Sing the songs in class, or play recordings of them, or suggest that a musically-talented student sing them!
  • Read the lyrics of songs in class as poems.
  • Ask students to write their own songs, perhaps using some of those you can find through this page as inspiration.

All of these ideas can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

NOTE:  We couldn’t review ALL of the songs here. Since this was intended for college students (adults), PARENTS, AS ALWAYS, SHOULD PREVIEW THE MATERIAL TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT FOR CHILDREN.

Fun Family Science Experiments

April 8th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, April 8, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SciFun.org: Home Experiments

 

Age Range: 6-106 (Grade 1 through adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website developed by a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, encourages science literacy by providing free, family-friendly science experiments that you can do at home. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of experiments that include:

*Exploring Acids & Bases – Use an indicator made from red cabbage juice to determine whether household products are acids or bases.

*Chemiluminesence – Examine the chemiluminescent reaction that makes a Lightstick glow in the dark.

*Will A Bowling Ball Sink or Float? – The answer may surprise you.

*Make a Rainbow in a Glass – with common liquids you can find around your house.

*Build an Electric Motor – Just use wire, a couple of magnets, and a battery.

*Things That Glow in the Dark – Discover what makes certain materials “glow” under a black light?

*Needle Through A Balloon – Find out how to insert a needle into a balloon without popping it.

*Collapsing Can Trick – Crush a can using only air pressure.

*Egg in a Bottle – Even though the egg is bigger than the opening of the bottle, learn how to get it inside the bottle without touching it.

There are lots more! When you’re through experimenting check out the Home Page with links to an interactive Periodic Table of Elements and information on the Chemical of the Week and so much more!

An important note: You’ll also find science products for purchase, but you don’t have to buy a thing to access the free science experiments.

Free Biology and Life Science

April 1st, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, April 1, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Biology4Kids

 

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

 

This ad-supported website is sponsored by the same folks who created some of our favorite sites for kids such as Chem4Kids.com, NumberNut.com, and Physics4Kids.com.
On the site they are quick to tell you that it’s not just biology for kids, it’s for everyone. It offers a wide variety of free, engaging activities and quizzes to help kids learn and practice a variety of biology strands.

When you get to the website you will see the menu. Click on any title and a new page opens that contains an introduction to that biology strand and, on most pages, a recommended activity and/or quiz. There is a lot to learn – you can click on these titles from the main menu:

  • Biology Overview
  • Scientific Method
  • Cell Structure
  • Cell Function
  • Microorganisms
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Vertebrates
  • Animal Systems

Go to the site map to view the overwhelming amount of information available about core biology and life science on Biology4kids. If you’re looking for some detailed examples don’t forget to look at the examples page or use the search engine on the right.

Cardboard Bike Project

March 11th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, March 11, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Cardboard Technologies

 

Age Range: 9-18 (upper elementary through high school, with parental supervision)

 

Many thanks to one of our ClickScholars, Angel for recommending that we view this inspiring video log! As with all internet videos, we recommend that parents preview the content. It should also be noted that this website requests donations but this is not required to view the video or read about the project.

 

This is an ingenious undertaking that engineers believed impossible until inventor and engineer, Izhar Gafniis, made his vision come true. This Popular Science Award winning bicycle, despite being primarily made of cardboard, is durable, fire and water resistant, and can support up to 300 pounds. The brief 6-minute video tells the story from Izhar’s dream’s inception to creation and is evidence that if you have a dream and work hard enough and long enough, you can make anything happen!

 

The company has already begun work on plans for cardboard wheelchairs, baby strollers and supermarket trolleys. The recycled cardboard used for packaging is folded origami style to make it strong. It’s then treated to make it both waterproof, and fireproof. Ingenious! Their goal is to contribute to a future where transportation is much more eco-friendly and where more people have access to it.

 

When you get to the website, you’ll see a video box with an image of Izhar working in his shop. You’ll see the caption, “See the story of how it all began”. Click on the “play” prompt to view the video recorded by Giora Kariv Productions and be inspired!

Today is Pancake Day!

March 4th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, March 4, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Websites:

 

See below.

 

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades K3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today is Pancake Day! Pancake Day is also known as “Shrove Tuesday” among some religions. It is the day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent is the 40 days of penance, prayer, and fasting that precedes Easter. Traditionally, people abstained from eating eggs and fats during Lent, and pancakes were the perfect way of using up those ingredients before Lent began. Pancake Day is also known as “Mardi Gras” which is French for “Fat Tuesday.”

 

We thought it would be fun to celebrate with some Pancake Science for a variety of ages and abilities.

 

Recommended Websites:

 

Metamorphic Rock Pancakes

 

This website offers a fun activity with pancakes that helps students understand how metamorphic rocks form. Before you do this, you might want to learn a little about metamorphic rocks. You’ll find good info here.

 

The Science of Bread: Ethiopian Pancakes or Injera

 

The Exploratorium Museum offers this website with a recipe for Ethiopian pancakes called “injera.” It also offers a scientific explanation for the formation of bubbles in pancakes as they cook.

 

The Straight Dope

 

This site offers a scientific answer to the question, “Why are pancakes round?”

 

BBC: Ever Wondered: Food

 

This site offers the science behind burnt or unevenly cooked pancakes.

 

Have fun learning about Science through pancakes!

Fun Creative Chemistry Activities

February 25th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, February 25, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Creative Chemistry

 

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

 

A chemist in the United Kingdom created this website for students, teachers, and those who are simply interested in chemistry. It offers free chemistry puzzles, interactive quizzes, instructive molecular models, worksheets and fun activities designed to help you learn about chemistry in a fun and engaging way.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu that includes links to all kinds of practical guides and worksheets, info on balancing equations, chemistry-themed word searches, concentration games, and more. You’ll also find:

*Fun Practical Activities – Get instructions for anodizing, blueprinting, dyeing, fingerprinting, fire writing, flame tests, and how to conduct a urine analysis.

*Interactive Crossword Puzzles – Do chemistry-themed crossword puzzles that teach and reinforce knowledge about chemical families, acids, alkalis, chemistry apparatus, metals and ores, rocks, and organic chemistry.

*Impossible Mission Quizzes – Race the clock to answer multiple choice questions about chemistry including acids and alkalis, metals and reactivity, oil and air, aqueous and organic, and more.

*The Molecule Warehouse – Play with animated molecular models to better understand organic chemistry. You can move, rotate and resize them, and learn about tetrahedral molecules, trigonal bipyramidal molecules, octahedral molecules, isomers of organic compounds and much more. If that sounds the least bit intimidating, just explore the site for a bit and you’ll become comfortable with those concepts in no time!

Most of the activities come with a downloadable PDF, pictures and instructions too. There are great science experiments and lessons for you to learn all about chemistry. And Don’t Miss “Fun Stuff” with old-school style games like breakout, hangman, and Tetris!
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