Posts Tagged ‘astronomy’

Math Biographies, History, & More!

November 5th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, November 5, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MacTutor History of Math Archive

(www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/index.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website archives the biographies of famous and not-so-famous mathematicians, including a “Mathematicians of the Day” feature. It also maintains an index of the history of various math strands like Numbers, Algebra, and Geometry, as well as the history of math in various cultures such as those in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, China, India, America and more.

When you get to the site, simply use the search tool or the menu on the left of the screen to access: 

  • Biographies Index – Read the life stories of mathematicians through the ages. Search for names alphabetically, or search various time periods from 500 AD to the present.
  • History Topics Index – Click on links to learn about mathematics in various cultures from Ancient Babylonia to the Mayan culture to present day America. You can also learn the history of various mathematical topics such as Algebra, Analysis, Numbers, Number Theory, Geometry, Topology, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Astronomy, and more.
  • Famous Curves Index – Learn the history of various math curves such as the Cartesian Oval, Devil’s Curve, Fermat’s Spiral, Involute of a Circle, Newton’s Parabolas, Serpentine, Talbot’s Curve, Watt’s Curve, the Witch of Agnesi, and more.
  • Mathematicians of the Day – Find out which mathematicians were born (and who died) every day of the year. Bookmark the site, and check it daily. The entire year is archived here – look up your birthday and see what mathematician was born on the same day as you!

This site offers a unique way to engage students in the study of mathematics, and a way to further explore math for those who simply can’t get enough of it.

Free Quality Science Lessons/Activities for K-12

August 14th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 14, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science NetLinks

(sciencenetlinks.com/)

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

 

This ad-free website, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, provides free, quality science lessons, hands-on activities, printables, interactives, teaching aids, and links to science resources for grades K-12All of the resources can be used online or printed to use offline.


When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured activities and resources. Click on “Lessons” located on the menu at the top of the page to access an archive of learning resources that cover: 

  • Earth Science
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Health/Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Technology

You’ll even find resources for Social Sciences, Mathematics/Statistics, and Careers.

Click on “Tools” to find interactives that help you: 

  • Explore 29 different structures in the brain with a 3D Brain App
  • Learn about solar and lunar eclipses
  • Find out about the science of the Olympic winter games

Don’t miss the “Afterschool” section that offers free science experiments you can do at home to learn about geysers, classifying organisms, honeybees, forces, sound, gravity, and more.  

Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often!

Free Solar System Science Fact Sheets!

May 29th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, May 29, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

8 Planets

(www.8planets.co.uk/)

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

 

This ad-supported website has free scientific fact sheets containing “Everything You Ever Wanted To know About Our Solar System.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a scrolling screen that displays cartoon animations of the 8 planets in our Solar System along with an interesting fact about each one. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to explore the more content-rich information and fact sheets (that contain terrific photographs) archived under the headings:

  • The Sun
  • The Planets
  • The Moon
  • Dwarf Planets
  • Other Bodies (Asteroids, Meteors, Oort Clouds, etc.)
  • Astronomy (Astronomy, Galaxy, Gravity, etc.)
  • Space Exploration (Space Travel, Alien Life, etc.)

The facts are great conversation starters and may springboard your kids to want to learn much more.
 
Interestingly, we couldn’t find any information on this UK-based website that explains who sponsors the site. We didn’t find any notations or references for the source of the information either – even though it looks to be current and accurate. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site and supervise all Internet use.

Free “Citizen Science” Projects for You

April 10th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, April 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SciStarter

(www.scistarter.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grade 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides an archive of  “Citizen Scientist” projects that you and your kids can do at home to help researchers gather information on bees, birds, crickets, storms, solar energy, microbiomes, and much, much more.

You’ll learn all about science as you take part in both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts that make science simple and fun for the whole family.

At the top of the site, you’ll see that April 14, 2018 is Citizen Science Day! See if there are any events near you.

Or scroll down to see the featured projects. You can also “Find a Project” by location and topic. Select a subject of interest such as: animals, astronomy  space, birds, chemistry, climate & weather, food, health & medicine, insects & pollinators, nature & outdoors, physics, etc. Click on any item on the drop-down menu and a new page opens with a list of projects currently available in that category. You can do an advanced search from the next screen that allows you to filter for: 

  • Projects you can do online, outdoors, indoors
  • Projects suitable for different age groups

And you can even filter for projects that have classroom materials available.
 
From the home page you can also sign up to receive their free “newsletter” that delivers information about awesome projects to your email inbox.

Make Bizarre Science Experiments

February 13th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, February 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bizarre Stuff You Can Make in Your Kitchen

(bizarrelabs.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is an archive of classic “old school” science experiments from the early to mid-20th century. The experiments are easily made with stuff you will find around the house – especially in the kitchen. That said, the creator of the site doesn’t guarantee all of the experiments will work or that they are all safe, so parental discretion and oversight is a must.

You will find experiments that include every branch of science including: 

  • Gasses and Liquids
  • Force, Motion, & Balance
  • Locomotion
  • Temperature
  • Sound and Light
  • Electricity
  • Atomic
  • Chemistry
  • Life
  • Earth, Weather and Astronomy
  • Communications
  • and more!

Learn everything from how to cast animal tracks, to how to make a solar oven or a foxhole radio. It’s all here. The instructions are simple and easy to follow.

As with all science activities read through the list of “ingredients” and be sure you have what you need before convincing your child to try an experiment. Nothing dampens the scientific creative spirit more than not having the necessary materials to experiment in one’s kitchen laboratory.

Take a Journey to a Black Hole!

November 28th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, November 28, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HubbleSite: Black Holes – Gravity’s Relentless Pull

(hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/black_holes/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

The Space Telescope Science Institute offers this terrific website that allows you to engage in a multi-media, in-depth inquiry into the astronomy and physics of black holes through animations and interactive experiments. Explore light, gravity, and the scale of our universe.

When you get to the site, watch a brief, narrated animation that provides information on how black holes are formed. Then, begin your virtual journey to a black hole through three interactive modules that include: 

  • Finding the Invisible – Locate and identify various objects in the universe such as a binary star, the Cygnus galaxy, the Andromeda spiral galaxy, the sun, the moon, the Milky Way, a quasar, a red giant, Saturn, the crab nebula and more. As each object comes into view, read more about it on the sidebar and by clicking on the “Learn More” button.
  • The Voyage – Learn about scales and distances by taking a virtual trip to a black hole. Find out about the objects you pass on your trip through space. Measure your speed and distance traveled. Get explanations of the concepts of lightspeed and lightyear. When you reach your destination, mouse over the black hole to learn about its features.
  • Up Close and Personal – Orbit a black hole and learn all about it. Try some interactive experiments and answer related questions.

You can also explore the “Black Hole Encyclopedia” and “Glossary” to learn even more.

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