Posts Tagged ‘astronauts’

Help Discover a New Planet & More!

September 10th, 2012

Hi! It’s Tuesday, September 4, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Zooniverse

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website that “is home to the internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects” developed by the Citizen Science Alliance. The CSA works with scientists and researchers around the world on projects that use the efforts and ability of citizen volunteers. Parents and kids can have a great time together engaging in real science projects!

When you get to the site, you’ll see an image menu of the current projects and some retired ones. Click on any image and a new screen opens with a brief description. Click on “Take Part” to get a detailed explanation of the project and what volunteers do. Once you understand the scope of the project, you can sign up to participate (free). Some of the current projects include:

SPACE – View images of space from the Hubble Telescope, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the STEREO spacecraft, the Kepler spacecraft, and the Spitzer Space Telescope to help researchers with these projects:

  • How Do Galaxies Form?
  • Explore the Surface of the Moon
  • Study Explosions on the Sun
  • Find Planets Around Stars
  • How Do Stars Form?

CLIMATE – Help scientists recover worldwide weather observations using Royal Navy ship logs.

HUMANITIES – Help scholars study the lives of ancient Greeks.

NATURE – Help marine researchers understand how whales communicate.

Some of the projects include “Resources for Teachers” with interactive lesson plans, teachers’ notes, presentations, events and exhibitions. They are designed for classroom students but can be tweaked for use at home.

You can also participate in “Experiments in Laboratory” that currently include: helping researchers review data about NASA Astronauts and Engineers living on an underwater base for 10 days; searching for life on another planet; and helping researchers describe music collections from various time periods.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the “Retired Projects” too!

This is a terrific way to engage the whole family in science explorations. Bookmark it to return often.

Design Your Own Space Station & More!

March 6th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, March 6, 2012 and time for Science at Clickschooling!
 
Recommended Website:
Cosmic Quest

Age Range: 7-13 (approximately, with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar recommended this website, sponsored by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, that offers a free “Field Guide to the Universe” and an interactive game that allows kids to try their hand at building and maintaining a space station for astronauts.

When you get to the website, place your cursor over the image of the book or the astronaut to access:

*Field Guide To The Universe – Get information on the Solar System, learn about various space craft, discover astronomers in ancient times, medieval times, the age of enlightenment, and today!

*Living In Space: Interactive Game – Answer questions correctly to try and earn the rank of “Mission Commander.” You’ll learn the answers to:

  • What’s the best air (gas mixture) to breathe in space?
  • How much water should you bring to drink?
  • What combination of protein, carbs, calories and fat should the food you bring contain?
  • What kind of space toilet will you need?
  • What’s the best power source to use?
  • How will you bathe in space?
  • How many oxygen-producing plants will you need?

At the end of the game you can print out a certificate of completion.

This is a terrific, multi-media resource for introducing kids to space science!

 

Just for Young Astronomers

May 3rd, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, May 3, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Star Child

Age Range: 6-13

NASA created this website to introduce kids to astronomy through colorful, animated pictures and interesting text accompanied by audio narration.

The site offers two levels of study for the same topics. Beginners start with level 1 and then progress to level 2 for more in-depth learning. Those who already know a little about the solar system and space can start with level 2. The topics explored in each level are:

*Solar System — A complete description of the solar system including the sun, planets, comets, asteroids, and more. Includes links to more facts, trivia, and includes some interactive Q & A. (Level 2 offers a movie courtesy of NASA.)

*Universe — Learn about galaxies, The Milky Way, stars, quasars, black holes, cosmology, and dark matter. Listen to a song about the Doppler effect. (Level 2 offers “Universe Activities” that include interactive puzzles and art.)
 
*Space Stuff — Great information on astronauts, space suits, space travel, space probes, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Who’s Who in Space — along with “Space Activities.”

This site also contains a link to “Imagine the Universe” which is designed for students 14 and up, and has been featured previously on ClickSchooling.

Virtual Field Trip To The Moon!

March 4th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Friday, March 4, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
We Choose the Moon

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental guidance)

At this website you can take a virtual ride with the famous Apollo 11 astronauts on man’s first journey to the moon! This carefully crafted, highly detailed, multi-media animation brings you from Stage 1 at the launch pad to Stage 11 where the astronauts make their way back to earth and land in the ocean. 

When you get to the website the animation begins with a brief introduction and an explanation of what you are about to experience. All stages of the mission are historically accurate. Each one comes with explorative views that you can click on to learn more, including facts and photo galleries of the actual events of that very day.

As each stage progresses, you hear live recordings of NASA engineers talking to the astronauts and the astronauts’ replies. Hearing the actual audio footage ads an electrifying mood to the overall experience. 

Watch as the rocket takes off and separates into sections, as empty fuel pods are ejected in flight. See the moon landing in action and hear the astronauts utter the famous words “The Eagle has landed”.

Gather the family around the computer to watch this amazing interactive now!

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

Science with ” We Choose The Moon”

July 14th, 2009

We have a Guest Reviewer today! Michael Grice provided today’s ClickSchooling review. Michael is the founder of Home-Schooler.com (an online community for home-schoolers), the father of five home-school children, and the former editor of the “HEAV Update”, a free weekly e-newsletter distributed by the Home Educators Association of Virginia.

Visit Michael’s website at: http://www.Home-Schooler.com

Recommended Website:
We Choose The Moon

Sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum and AOL, “We Choose The Moon” is an interactive website commemorating the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to land on the Moon.

The website is a real-time, interactive re-creation of the July 20, 1969 landing on the moon, and the fulfillment of President John F. Kennedy’s speech given before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”

The site is divided into 11 stages. You can check the “Mission Tracker” to see the current stage. Currently, the mission is still at Stage 1: Prelaunch. Note: The original launch took place on July 16, at 9:32 A.M. (Eastern).

The countdown clock tells you when the next stage is beginning.

You can view archival mission images and video, or even follow the astronauts on Twitter.

After July 20 (the anniversary of the landing), return to experience the mission again at your own pace.

Experience is best in fullscreen. The astronauts have a lot to say, so turn up the volume.

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User-Created History Timeline

August 23rd, 2007

Recommended Website:

The Timeline Index

Age Range: about 10 and up (IMPORTANT: See note to parents below.)

List member, Christina Sonas, suggested this website. She wrote:

“I have been looking and looking for a good online timeline site and I think I stumbled across it. You can browse by who/what/when/where/which, and you can search. I think I’m in heaven. It’s got nice visuals, links to pages with more information, and so on. It looks to be a wiki (user-created) but it’s nicely filled out at this point.”

The Timeline Index is a portal that provides a user-created chronological context of the following categories:

  • PEOPLE, PERSONALITIES, & HEROES – You’ll find historical entries for Actors • Alchemists • Archaeologists • Artists • Astronauts • Composers • Conquerors • Dictators • Explorers • Inventors •
    Mathematicians • Musicians • Philosophers • Scientists • Settlers • US Presidents • Writers • Women, and much more!
  • SUBJECTS, EVENTS, & ISSUES – Explore the timelines for: Art • Culture • Education • Exploration • Health • Industry • Law • Nature • Politics • Religion • Sports • Disasters • Discoveries • Empires • Revolutions • Theories • War, and more.
  • PERIODS, AGES, & EPISODES – Examine these eras in chronological context: Bronze Age • Ice Age • Industrial Age • Iron Age • Middle Ages • Reformation • Renaissance • Stone Age, and more.
  • REGIONS, CONTINENTS, & COUNTRIES – Travel back in time to Africa • America • the Arctic • Asia • Europe • Middle East • Oceania, and the Universe.
  • OBJECTS, THINGS, & CREATIONS – See the context of a variety of topics through time such as Books • Film • Music • Paintings • Economics • Fiction • Myths • NonFiction • Poetry • Travel, and more.

Click on any timeline entry in any given topic area and a new page opens with further information that is user-created and includes some illustrations and urls to other websites where you can get more information.

You can also create your own timeline item and add it to the Timeline Index, or you can add a related link (URL) to an existing item. Details are available at the site and entries require registration.

NOTE TO PARENTS: While this is an exciting idea, it comes with an element of risk because it is user-created. There are a vast array of topics, so it was impossible to review all of the entries. While the website reserves the right to edit/remove items that are contributed to maintain quality, it’s unknown if editing occurs prior to posting. It’s also unclear if suggested links for further research are reviewed for suitable content. AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

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