Posts Tagged ‘careers’

Math Using Ciphers & Secret Codes!

November 10th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, November 10, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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NSA/CSS: CryptoKids

 

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The National Security Agency and Central Security Service are America’s code makers and breakers for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. This website contains free games, puzzles, codes, ciphers and activities related to cryptology to educate and inspire the next generation of “mathematicians, linguists, engineers, and analysts.”

When you get to the site you can choose to view it in Flash (multi-media with sound and animation) or Text (printed copy only). Use the menu to explore:

*Codes & Ciphers – Learn the definition and history of codes and cipher. Use your math and logic skills to make your own cipher and learn how to break/decode ciphers.
*Games & Activities – Use math and logic to solve challenging brainteasers. Crack cryptograms using “substitution” or “transposition” ciphers. Make your own cipher machine from items found in your home. Use math, language, and memory skills to play some online games.
*Student Resources – Explore links to sites about the history of cryptology, see a photo gallery of cryptologists and the equipment they use. Check out the Cryptologic Museum. Read declassified top secret documents about the Korean War, Kennedy’s assassination, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and more. Learn about careers in the NSA along with high school and college programs and scholarships.

This is an engaging site that teaches, informs, and entertains while it helps students hone their math skills.

Save the Estuary Online Game

October 21st, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, October 21, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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NOAA: Waterlife

 

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The game is based upon an ecosystem of a United States west coast estuary and follows an animated human girl as she encounters a talking sea otter. Together they visit an “oracle” (a wise old turtle) who introduces them to a geoduck clam. The characters embark on a journey that raises student awareness and interest in estuaries, water quality, tides, endangered and threatened species, pollution and marine debris, and what students can do to help. The characters face challenges along the way, and by using the game’s “Field Guide” they get in-depth information that helps them heal the estuary and return home safely.

There is lots of good content here delivered through downloadable pdfs, activities, and quizzes. We found the game to be a bit slow-moving and we didn’t spot any “obvious” way to fast forward. That may be intentional by the designers who want students to take the time to learn the various concepts and information offered.

THE BEST PART in our opinion, are the additional learning opportunities beyond the game at this site. Use the menu that includes: 

    • For Kids – Click on links to maps where you can find real estuaries to visit, or take a virtual field trip to an estuary.
    • Careers – Meet the scientists, researchers, and ecologists who work to help us all better understand and preserve marine estuaries.
    • What We Do – Watch video clips that bring the game to life, as you watch real people working and visiting estuaries.
When you’re through playing the game “Where Rivers Meet the Sea”, click on the “Games@NOAA” button on the right hand menu to play arcade games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes.

Energizing Power Plant Tour

May 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Friday, May 2, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Friday: Energizing Power Plant Tour

 

Age Range: 8-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

We use energy every day but do we understand how it is made and where it comes from? With this fascinating virtual tour through a power plant, discover the answers to these and many more questions about energy production. Sponsored by Xcel Energy and part of the larger Energy Classroom website, join your young guides, Jenna and Bobby, as they walk you through one of the biggest of Xcel Energy’s 86 power plants and explain how energy is made. There are 3 stops on your tour: 

  • Introduction – General information about the tour
  • Electricity – Walks through the steam energy production process from coal to transmission to customers
  • Environment – Explains the way the company works to conserve resources and keep the air and water clean

 

When you are finished with your tour, use the sidebar navigation or select “Energy Classroom” at the top of the navigation bar to find a great number of excellent resources available on this site to continue your study of energy. Resources include: 

  • Interactive games
  • Printable worksheets, information sheets, activity ideas, and experiments
  • Informative videos

 

Choose from the following topics:

  • Power Sources
  • Clean Energy Planet
  • Conservation
  • Power & Wildlife
  • Careers in Energy
  • Power Questions
  • Power Words
  • Teacher Resources
  • Energy Safety Calendar

 

While the materials on this site were created for students in grades 3-5, there is a wealth of information that can be adapted for both younger and older students. Turn on the lights to exploration of power when you visit the Energy Classroom website.

Dig These Free Geology and Paleontology Lessons

January 14th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, January 14, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Paleontology Portal

 

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

 

Funded by the National Science Foundation and produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the United States Geological Survey and others, this website offers a free “portal” to resources and interactive lessons that help students learn geology and paleontology

At the website, select from one of the following destinations

 

  • Exploring Time & Space – Discover the geology and paleontology of the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
  • Fossil Gallery – View fossil images of plants, fungi, invertebrates, vertebrates, and more.
  • Famous Flora & Fauna – Click on an interactive map to learn about significant North American fossil finds.
  • K-12 – This section is a TREASURE TROVE of links to interactive resources that help students fully appreciate paleontology by exploring plate tectonics, geologic time, and fossil records.  Don’t miss the fun and informative interactive called “What Did T. Rex Taste Like?”  Enjoy lessons that encourage creative thinking and writing skills: 
    • The Life Story of a Fossil (for grades 6-8)
    • A Cross-Country Trip in the Old Days (for grades 6-12)
    • PaleoEnvironmental Booklet (for grades 6-12)

 

You’ll also find links to resources for careers in paleontology, information on how to collect fossils, links to museums you can visit with fossil collections, and read bios and interviews with paleontologists and geologists.

 

Navigating this website is simple and fun, making this a wonderful starting point for those interested in paleontology.

Take a free virtual cruise on the Belle of Louisville

January 10th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, January 10, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Electronic Field Trip to the Belle of Louisville

 

Age Range: 7-14 (grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

Take a free virtual cruise on the oldest Mississippi River-style steamboat still in operation, the Belle of Louisville, and learn all about steamboats.

  

This wonderfully laid out website put together by KET (Kentucky Educational Television) provides a boat-load of educational opportunities for your family.
  • Watch the over 20-minute video that explores the history of river travel and steamboat life and tours the Belle of Louisville
  • View an animation video of how the Belle is powered by steam
  • Take a virtual boat tour to explore various areas of the boat
  • Exam the history of steamboats timeline
  • Learn new related vocabulary
  • Discover steamboat careers
  • Test your knowledge by playing the fun interactive game and put the Belle back together
  • Download related lesson plans and related instructional resources

It’s full steam ahead to learning when you make a visit to this website!

Science Projects for Serious Students K-12

December 10th, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, December 10, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
ScienceBuddies.com

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

This ad-supported, non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century. You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:

  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Science

You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Budddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Project Ideas – Over 1,000 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!

*Project Guide – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.

*Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.

*Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

*Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.

This is a comprehensive resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

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