Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

Discover How Computer ICs are Made

September 5th, 2014


It’s Friday, September 5, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Renesas Virtual Factory Tour


Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)


Computer geeks of all ages will enjoy this virtual factory tour that explains how ICs (integrated circuits) are made. Presented by Renesas Electronics in Santa Clara, California, the tour uses cartoon characters with speech bubbles of the audio narrated text, photos, and videos to explain the process of making IC chips.
When you arrive at the link, select the “Introduction: IC’s around you” to learn the basics of semiconductors, how and where ICs are used. If you want to skip the introduction, select the “Start Factory Tour” to begin the presentation. You can sit back and allow the tour to progress on its own or you may use the navigation above the presentation to select from the following: 
  • About the Factory Tour
  • Front End Processing
    • Before Entering the Factory
    • Water Arrangements
    • Rinsing
    • Deposition
    • Photolithography
    • Ion Implantation & Metallization
    • Inspections
  • Back End Processing
    • Dicing
    • Die Bonding
    • Wire Bonding
    • Encapsulation
    • Decoupling & Labeling
    • Inspection
    • Shipment
  • Renesas Electronics IDM Model

You may also navigate through the factory by selecting the “Production Flow” option which will open a window in the presentation that shows a ‘map’ of the processing procedures and will allow you to select your destination by clicking on the image.

While moving through the presentation, there are additional Topics that can be selected for deeper understanding of terms and processes.

Not only is this a very thorough tour, but there is a lot of technological information presented throughout giving a wonderful educational opportunity to the visitor.

Learn How Soap is Made

August 29th, 2014


It’s Friday, August 29, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Vermont Soap


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


Take a brief break from your day to visit this website to learn how organic soap is made.
Presented by Vermont Soap in Middlebury, Vermont, enjoy 3 short videos and a number of pictures that explain how this company makes their certified organic soaps. Video presentations include:
  • How we make organic bar soaps
  • How we make organic liquid soaps
  • Cutting Soap with Nate
While this is a commercial website, these videos give visitors a great, concise look at the process of making soap.

Virtual Tour of Latex Balloon Factory

August 15th, 2014


It’s Friday, August 15, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Balloon Headquarters


Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)


Ever wonder how latex and Mylar balloons are made? You can find out by taking a virtual field trip to this site. When you get there scroll down a little and you can read a general overview and some Q&A’s about how balloons are manufactured. There are some photographs that help illustrate the text. You will discover how balloons are molded, how the rolled lip is formed, how they are colored and imprinted, and there is even information on how to make latex balloons at home! (Parental supervision is required!)
But don’t stop with the tour….this site has all kinds of fascinating and educational information about balloons (some more appropriate for high school level and beyond). When you finish the “tour” click on “The Guide” on the menu at the top of the screen. Look under the headline: The How’s and Why’s of Balloons. You will see a menu that offers:
  • How balloons are made – click on it to repeat the tour.
  • How helium-filled balloons float – includes a discussion of “Archimedes’ Principle.”
  • Why do balloons pop? – an in-depth discussion of the effects of static electricity on balloons, an engineer’s explanation of stress on balloons, the molecule arrangement of balloons, and much more.
  • Balloon Science 101 – includes science discussion about balloons from the simple to the highly technical (for example: Stupid Human Tricks with balloons to Entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics as applied to latex).
  • Balloons and Teaching – A COMPLETE 6-WEEK SAMPLE CURRICULUM that covers balloon safety, twisting balloons, connecting balloons, making balloon sculptures, hats, and critters – and some interesting suggestions/experiments with balloons and dry ice.

You can also read all about the history of balloons and much more! This is a delightful site for the balloon aficionado in your family. Be sure to have a gross of balloons handy when you visit this site – the urge to inflate and pop will be overwhelming!

Take Me Out to the Ball Park – Progressive Field

August 8th, 2014


It’s Friday, August 8, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Cleveland Indians: Progressive Park


Age Range: All (children, with parental supervision)


Take me out to the ball game – virtually, that is. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, and home to the Cleveland Indians, tour Progressive Field through sixteen 360-degree virtual tours. Opening in 1994 and previously known as Jacobs Field, this park can seat over 42,000 people and for 455 straight games between 1995 and 2001, every Indians’ game was sold out. Quite an accomplishment!
Baseball fans of all ages will enjoy investigating the various locations of Progressive Field. When arriving at the page, you are able to select a location by clicking an image. Then a new window will open to begin your virtual tour. You can just sit back and let the tour automatically pan around the location, or you can take control of navigation using your mouse to rotate around or move in and out of the site. Destinations include:
  • Center Field
  • Heavy Hitters room
  • Batting Cage
  • Market Pavilion
  • Top of Center Field
  • Party Suite
  • Meeting Room
  • Bud Light Party Deck
  • Dugout Suite
  • Upper Deck
  • Heritage Park
  • Press Interview Room
  • Progressive Field Marquee Corner of E. 9th and Carnegie
  • Champions Suite
  • Tent
  • Club Lounge

After touring Progressive Field, check out the 3-D Seat Viewer at this link. You can check out the view of the ball field from any seat in the house if you are every lucky enough to be able to attend a game at the park.

Grab your popcorn, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks and enjoy your visit.

Virtual Tours with Mr. Rogers

August 1st, 2014


It’s Friday, August 1, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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PBS: Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood: How People Make Things


Age Range: 2-9 (Grades PreK-4, with parental supervision)


Part of the larger PBS Kids Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood website, this page offers video segments from the television series of various factory tours. While Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood is typically geared for very young children, do not dismiss checking out these virtual tours with the whole family. At the link above, join icon favorite and beloved neighbor of all, Fred Rogers, to see how the following are made:
  • Balls
  • Crayons
  • Fortune Cookies
  • Guitars
  • Sneakers
  • Wagons

After watching these tours, click the “Videos” link at the bottom of the page to be taken to another page for even more videos. On the right hand side of the screen you will see a list of available videos. Select the “How People Make Things” button to find more factory tours for:

  • Bread
  • Construction Paper
  • Towels

Next select the “Field Trips” button for videos of:

  • A Visit to the Pediatrician
  • A Visit to a Construction Site
  • Yo Yo Ma Visit
  • A Visit to a Fire Station
  • A Visit to an Art Museum
  • Storycorner: Eric Carle
  • Umbrella Dance
  • Dinosaur Exhibit at the Museum
  • Tuba and French Horn
  • Penguins
  • Mister Rogers Visits STOMP!

While you are visiting the site, you may also view full episodes, song snippets, and much more. In addition to the videos, there are loads of coloring pages and games for further learning fun. Every day is a beautiful day for learning and exploring in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

Take a Virtual Tour of Green Gables

July 25th, 2014


It’s Friday, July 25, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Green Gables


Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)


Through this website, travel to Cavendish on Prince Edward Island and visit Green Gables. Serving as the inspiration for the setting of L.M. Montgomery’s beloved story of the red-haired orphan, Anne of Green Gables, Green Gables welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world. Now, you too can tour Green Gables from your own home with this interactive website.

When arriving at this website, below the introductory text, you will find 2 interactive floor plans. Select a room to visit by clicking on the red text links on the floor plans and a pop-up window will open. Navigate around the room by clicking on the image and moving your mouse. Zoom in or out using the plus and minus signs at the bottom of the image.

Rooms available to visit include:

* First Floor:
  • Kitchen
  • Entrance Hall
  • Dining Room
  • Parlour
  • Pantry
  • Matthew’s Room

* Second Floor

  • Anne’s Room
  • Hired Hand’s Room
  • Marilla’s Room
  • Guest Room
  • Sewing Room

This website would make a wonderful supplement to a literary study of the book but Anne of Green Gables fans will simply enjoy this visual tour into the world of their favorite character.