Posts Tagged ‘competition’

See the Art of Science

April 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, April 22, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art of Science

(www.princeton.edu/artofscience/gallery/)

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

 

This is the most amazing “art gallery” – all of the images were produced by Princeton University in the course of science research. It offers a stunningly beautiful cross-section of art and science. The images were submitted for the First Annual Art of Science Competition at Princeton and you can view some of the submissions and the winners at today’s site.

When you get to the site you will see the first of three pages of images in the gallery. You’ll see photographs and microscopic images of wonders that include the Cygnus Nebula to individually marked ants used in a research study to virus-cell interactions. Click on the links at the bottom of the page to access additional years’ entries.

Whether black and white or drenched in neon colors these images are fascinating to behold.

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

April 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 22, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Kids on the Net

 

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of tips, techniques, and activities to help kids learn to write well.
If you’d like to just have some fun, click on “Word Games” on the menu at the top. A new page opens with interactive games that include hangman, word searches, crossword puzzles, a metaphor and simile quiz, and some fill-in-the-blank story activities. You can also try your hand at virtual magnetic poetry and much more.

For tips and techniques on learning to write well, from the main menu click on “Writing with a Difference” or “Creative Writing.” You will find activities and many examples of children’s stories and poems. There is also an “Authors & Reading” section at this site containing book reviews and advice from authors of children’s books.

This site has provided a forum for children to share their written work and is looking for volunteers to help this service continue. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to keep a notebook for the stories and poems they are inspired to write, and are welcomed to illustrate them using pictures from this site. Be sure to click on the “Competitions” button to learn about a story-writing activity. Although this competition has ended, your kids might enjoy the writing activity.

At the bottom of the page you will see “Monster Motel,” “Kids’ Castle,” and “Adventure Island” – where you can explore islands created by other kids, or create an island all your own. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices going. Get your notebook and pencil handy and dive on in!

We’ve saved the BEST part for last! From the main page, click on the waving dragon at the bottom of your screen and enter “Dragonsville.” This is an online writing project with 6 segments that include various kinds of writing activities all designed to inspire kids and make the learning fun! Kids can choose to name a dragon, design a poster, write a biography, complete a story about a dragon, read other kids’ stories about dragons, write to a dragon named “Greentoes” and read his replies. It will inspire the creative storywriter in most kids.

Calling All Young Inventors

November 18th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 18, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Museum of Education: Inventucation Central

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

The National Museum of Education’s website encourages young inventors by providing all kinds of information on inventors, inventions, and how to invent. It encourages students to invent with interactive games to challenge thinking and improve science skills. It also has a database of online science experiments, and terrific invention contests and competitions. They also maintain a “Hall of Fame” featuring student inventors!
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Scroll down to the main menu featuring five items:
  1. Student Inventors – Read comics featuring the biographies of student inventors, explore the student inventors and their inventions in the “Gallery for America’s Young Inventors”, and find out how you can submit an invention and be inducted to the hall of fame.
  2. Invention Competitions – Students can participate in competitions, awards, scholarships, and more. Check out the BubbleWrap competition, the Rubber Band Contest, Student Ideas for a Better America, and more.
  3. Science Activities – Check out this fantastic database of online activities that help kids learn how to design and build inventions, problem-solve, think scientifically, and use physics to develop their inventions. All of these lessons and experiments link to websites with terrific content for students of all ages and abilities. Who needs textbooks? This is a science curriculum all by itself.
  4. Inventors and Inventions – Explore this archive of famous and not-so-famous inventors from around the world (including African-American and women inventors). Check out the U.S. Patent Office for kids. Get a short list of museums featuring weird and wonderful inventions.
  5. Resources for Teachers – Get FREE invention curriculum, lesson plans, printables for your students, invention graphic organizers, recommended books, and more!

Bookmark this website – your young inventors will want to return often!

National History Bee – Free Resources!

September 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, August 30, 2012 and time for History at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

National History Bee

Age Range: 6-18 (Includes elementary, middle, and high school levels – with parental supervision.)

Have you heard of the National History Bee? It’s a nationwide competition that allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of history. The competition takes place during the 2012-2013 school year. The website provides detailed information and registration. Plus, you can access free history resources that include links to educational websites and history quizzes that cover the following topics:

*American History – Civil War, U.S. State History, American Presidency, etc.

*European History – Vikings, The Middle Ages, The Renaissance, Martin Luther, The Tudors, French Revolution, Russian History, and the Conquistadors

*Ancient History – Romans, Greeks, Indus Valley, Mesopotamia, and Egypt

There is a section for downloadable “Study Guides” – but currently a “Coming Soon” message is displayed on that section of the site.

Note: There is a separate History Bee for high school students that you can access here: http://hs.historybee.com/

I received an announcement about this competition with the message from the Director of the National History Bee: “We believe strongly that this is an extra-curricular activity in which home school children can find enjoyment, enrichment, and success. We want to make an extra effort for the 2012-2013 competition to see that home school families are represented well and that they enjoy participating.”

Registration for the competition is $125. Homeschool organizations can register and all of their members can participate. Individual students can also enter the competition, but they pay the same registration fee of $125. You do not have to register for the competition to access the free history resources and quizzes.

If you have questions, you can contact the Director of National History Bee, Nick Clusserath, at nick@historybee.com or 864-475-1776.

YouTube Space Lab – Teen Science Contest!

October 18th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, October 18, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
 
Recommended Website:
YouTube: Space Lab
 

Age Range: 14-18 (with parental guidance)

YouTube has teamed up with NASA and others to launch a “Space Experiment Contest” that challenges students (ages 14-18) to use their skills in science, math, and engineering to design a science experiment that can be conducted aboard the International Space Station

The top 60 experiments will be announced on January 3, 2012. One of the judges will be renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.

According to Space.com, six finalists will meet in Washington, D.C., in March 2012, and get a chance to experience zero-gravity flights on an aircraft and receive other prizes.

Two global winners (one from the 14-16 age group and one from the 17-18 age group) will be picked from among the six finalists. The winning experiments will be performed on the space station next summer.

But that’s not all! The two winners will get to choose one of two grand prizes: a trip to Japan to watch their experiment blast off, or (after they turn 18) a chance to undergo spaceflight training in Star City outside Moscow, the training center for Russian cosmonauts.

When you get to the website, watch the welcome video. Then use the menu on the left side of the screen to learn:

*What is the YouTube Space Lab? – Learn more about this video archive that helps people learn about space.

*The Competition – Get all of the details to enter and wind teh competition. You can enter as a group of 2-3 or solo. You have to submit your video entry on YouTube by December 7th, 2011 (by 23:59 PT) – no exceptions!

*Direct From Space – Get the latest news and images from the ISS.

*Discover Space – Take a journey through the Solar System and watch the most inspiring space videos from across YouTube.

*Technology In Orbit – Find out what laptop they use in space.

Whether you enter the competition or not, you can use this site to learn a lot about space science. Wouldn’t it be cool if a homeschooler won?  :)

Virtual Field Trip to Cable Car Museum!

July 15th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Friday, July 15, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field
Trip
at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Cable Car Museum

Age Range:  8 and up (with parental guidance)

At this website you can take a virtual walking tour of San
Francisco’s Cable Car Museum

When you get to the website, just scroll down the page to see
the pictures and read the descriptions that include information about the labyrinth of tunnels, cables, sheaves (pulleys), and mechanisms that run the cars up and down the hills of San Francisco.

Don’t miss the “Video Clip Library” where you can click on
snapshot photos to see a short video clip from the Cable Car
Museum’s archives of a cable car in action, vintage cable
cars, and watch a clip from the annual “Cable Car Bell Ringing
Competition.”

Then, head over to the “Home Page” to learn more about Cable
Car history. 

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