Archive for the ‘science’ category

Free Unplugged Computer Science Activities for Kids!

January 29th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, January 29, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Computer Science Unplugged

(csunplugged.org/en/topics/)

Age Range: 5-15 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website provides free lessons and activities that teach computer science. It’s a collaborative effort by the University of Canterbury, Google and Microsoft.

Designed with classroom use in mind, the activities can be tweaked for the homeschool environment. When you get to the site you’ll see the five topics: 

  • Binary Numbers
  • Kidbots
  • Sorting Networks
  • Error detection and correction
  • Searching Algorithms

There are 3-6 lessons in each topic – there’s also a unit plan along with curriculum integrations. Some of the choices are: 

  • Binary Candles or Normal Candles on your Cake
  • Storytelling
  • Growing into a butterfly
  • Quick card flip magic
  • Where is my hat
  • and more!

You’ll also find photos and some videos that illustrate the activities as well as links to other useful resources.

Lab Science Videos, Activities, Worksheets, & Games

January 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, January 22, 20198, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jefferson Lab Science Series

(education.jlab.org/scienceseries/archive.html)

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

 

This website is sponsored by The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virginia, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The lab’s primary mission is to conduct research on the atom’s nucleus using the lab’s unique particle accelerator. In addition to its science mission, the Lab provides programs and resources designed to help educate the public in science and technology, including a free “Science Series” of engaging lectures that are video-recorded and archived at the website for viewing. Plus, the Lab offers free learning resources including activities, worksheets, games, and more

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the “Science Series” video titles including: 

  • What Every Dog Should Know About Quantum Physics
  • The Origin of the Elements
  • Adventures in Infectious Diseases
  • DNA: The Strand that Connects Us All
  • Einstein for Everyone
  • Understanding Flight: A Physical Description of How Airplanes Fly
  • The Physics of Stock Car Racing from a NASCAR Champion’s Perspective
  • The Physics of Baseball
  • Comic Book Physics
  • Chemistry – It’s More Than Puffs and Bangs!
  • Radiation: What Is It and How Can It Affect Me?
  • Jellyfish: The Big Sting
  • From Acne to Suntans: Dermatology for the Teenager
  • And many more!

Each title has a brief description and a link you can click to watch the video online.

Wait! There’s more! When you’re through watching the lectures check out the Education Home section of this site that contains free resources including hands-on activities, worksheets, puzzles and games. Look in the “Teacher Resources,” “Student Zone,” and “Games & Puzzles” sections to access all of the free science goodies.

Winter Activities with Science

January 15th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, January 15, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Elementary Science Program – Winter Activities

(www.espsciencetime.org/WinterActivities.aspx)

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

 

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

The winter topics include: 

  • Animals in Winter
  • Bubbles
  • Earthquakes
  • Groundhogs and Shadows
  • Kitchen Chemistry
  • Measuring Snow
  • Moon Watching
  • Stars
  • And many more!

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

The Particle Adventure!

January 8th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, January 8, 20198, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Particle Adventure

(particleadventure.org/)

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

 

This website offers an award-winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors.

Sponsored by the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, it is available in an impressive array of languages including Spanish, Greek, Italian, German, Chinese, Polish, and more!

Click the “Go” button to begin one of the adventures: 

  • The Standard Model
  • Fireworks on the 4th of July
  • Accelerators and Particle Detectors
  • Exploring Unsolved Mysteries
  • Particle Decays and Annihilations

Once you begin, the menu appears in the left column, and you can jump to any topic of interest. The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to proceed sequentially by using the arrows at the top right of each page.

Lively illustrations and good-natured humor keep you smiling as you learn fascinating and amazing facts about physics and the microscopic wonders of the world in which we live.

In the lower part of the main page, you can also find links to classroom activities and more.

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.

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