Archive for the ‘science’ category

Holiday Science

December 18th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, December 18, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HowStuffWorks: How Holiday Lights Work

(christmas.howstuffworks.com/christmas-lights1.htm)

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

 

Get the information on how those mini decorative lights are made.

Clear explanations and great illustrations and photos help you understand how these incandescent bulbs work, why the removal of one bulb in a strand can break the circuit, and how they get the bulbs to blink.

Here are some more free science resources for some holiday cheer.

Science I.Q. – The Gingerbread Man


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.

Track Santa on Christmas Eve
 
This website is sponsored by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) which is the joint American and Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the United States and Canada that was created in 1958. Every year NORAD tracks Santa’s whereabouts so that children throughout the world can determine his location and how close he is to delivering goodies to their house on Christmas Eve. At the site (under the link for Secret Santa Files in the NORAD HQ section) you can get the scoop on the science behind tracking Santa including radar, satellites, and jet fighter aircraft!

How Everyday Things Are Made

December 11th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, December 11, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

How Everyday Things Are Made

(manufacturing.stanford.edu/)

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

 

This website provides videos explaining the manufacturing process of everything from candy to airplanes.

Designed with kids and families in mind, the videos show how over 40 different products are made. It even explains manufacturing processes, like forging, casting, and injection molding.

When you get to the website you’ll see an introduction. Just click on the words, “How Everyday Things Are Made.” A new page opens with an introductory video that explains the easiest way to navigate the site. Don’t miss it, as it points out special features beyond the manufacturing videos, including a section with thought-provoking questions and a section called “Apply It” that gets you to use your reasoning skills to apply the knowledge you’ve gained at the site.

Bookmark this one, as you’ll want to return often to view all of the videos.

If you like this website you will also like…

How Products Are Made

This site contains 7 volumes that list various products from toys to industrial equipment and details the manufacturing process of each one through text and illustrations. As the introduction at the site explains, this site provides step by step descriptions of the assembly and the manufacturing process. Each product also has related information such as the background, how the item works, who invented the product, raw materials that were used, product applications, by-products that are generated, etc. For example, you can find here descriptions of Air Bag, Air Conditioner, Artificial Snow, Automobile, Battery, Blue Jeans, Chewing Gum, Coin, Compact Disc, plus many, many more!

When you get to the site you will see the menu for all 7 volumes. You can click on one of the volumes on the menu. A new page opens listing the products in that volume in alphabetical order. Select any one, click on it, and a new page opens. Careful, at the top of each page you will find “Google Ads” — scroll past them to get to the information about how the product is made.

Learn about the Universe (ages 14+)

December 4th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, December 4, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NASA – Imagine the Universe

(imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/)

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Imagine the Universe is a learning center from NASA for ages 14 and up and for anyone interested in learning more about our universe.

When you get to the site, you can browse the Latest Features or you can choose from the following: 

  • Science – Astronomer’s Toolbox, How Scientists Get Data, and more
  • Special Exhibits – Satellites, Scientist Profiles, and more
  • Educators’ Corner – Lessons Plans, Materials, and Programs
  • Ask an Astrophysicist – So many topics to choose from!

Make sure you check out the Resources – many links to other sites with explanations and graphics.

Learn about the Universe (ages 5-13)

November 27th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, November 27, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StarChild

(starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

StarChild is a learning center from NASA for young astronomers to learn more about the universe.

When you get to the site, choose between Level 1 (easier reading) or Level 2 to learn more about: 

  • Solar System – Sun, Moon, Planets, and more
  • Universe – Galaxy, Stars, Black Holes, and more
  • Space Stuff – Astronauts, Space Travel, Hubble, and more

Each section has audio or video and activities such as Planet Tic Tac Toe, Moonlight Madness, Draw a Space Shuttle, and more.

There is also a Glossary – to look up the definitions of words used on the site.

Next week we will review the NASA site for older children, “Imagine the Universe.”

The Science of Thanksgiving Dinner!

November 20th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

The Chemistry of Thanksgiving Dinner

(www.wksu.org/news/story/20130%20)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Listen to 3-minute audio clip in which professors talk about proteins, peptides, alkenes, amino acids, tryptophan and more. Discover the chemistry and molecular structure lurking in your Thanksgiving dinner.

Also, visit the following websites and amaze your Thanksgiving dinner guests with scientific knowledge of the chemical composition and scientific aspects of the feast!

How Pop-Up Turkey Timers Work


How does this little device imitate a thermometer?

Everyday Mysteries: Sweet Potato or Yam?


Learn the scientific difference between a sweet potato and a yam.

The Chemical Make-Up of a Potato


Discover the chemical content and nutritional value of a potato. Do green potatoes really contain a deadly toxin?

The Science of Cranberry Sauce


Find out why cranberry sauces that use the same ingredients produce different results. Why does one become a gelatin?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall Activities with Science

October 30th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Elementary Science Program – Fall Activities

(www.espsciencetime.org/FallActivities.aspx)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

At this site you will find free sets of questions that lead to science investigations that you can easily do.

The fall topics include: 

  • Apples
  • Bats
  • Buds in Fall
  • Cones
  • Cranberries
  • Five Senses in Fall
  • Leaf Activities
  • Nuts
  • October Changes
  • Signs of Fall
  • The Start of Fall
  • Traveling Seeds
  • Turkeys
  • Which Trees Change First?
  • And many more!

These questions should keep you busy for the rest of the fall season!

css.php