Posts Tagged ‘DNA’

Math with Phi: The Golden Number

June 19th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, June 19, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Phi: The Golden Number

(www.goldennumber.net/math/)

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

 

This website is devoted to the exploration of Phi, an irrational number like Pi that is the ratio of the line segments that result when a line is divided in a special way. You’ll find many demonstrations of Phi along with its history from ancient Greece and Egypt, to the Renaissance, to modern day with its appearance in quasi-crystals — a form of matter discovered in the 1980’s.

Use the menu to see Phi demonstrated in many different areas including: 

  • Design/Art – Phi is in Art, Architecture, Color, Music, Poetry, Marketing, and even Credit Cards.
  • Life – Explore Phi in Human Anatomy, Animals, Plants, DNA, and Population Growth.
  • Mathematics – Including Means, Fibonacci Patterns, Pascal’s Triangle, and more.
  • Geometry – Look for Phi in Bucky Balls, Circles, Triangles, Orthogons, Quasi-crystals, Spirals, and more.
  • Markets/Gaming – See how Phi and Fibonacci numbers are used to predict stock market moves.
  • Cosmos – Phi appears in the Solar System, Universe, Quantum Matter, Quantum Time, etc.
  • Theology – See a demonstration of Phi in the Bible.

This is an ad-supported website that provides a fascinating demonstration of mathematics (and particularly Phi) in all aspects of life. It is beautifully illustrated and clearly written.

A Tour of the Cell

March 15th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, March 15, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Tour of the Cell

(www.nsf.gov/news/overviews/biology/interactive.jsp)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Can you imagine how many millions of these tiny cells are inside of your body at this very moment? Amazing! This virtual tour of a cell from the National Science Foundation is very detailed and informative.

“Although the cell is the smallest unit of life, it is by no means simple.”

Thus begins this brief-but-fascinating exploration. The opening picture is a large, full-color image of a cell. To begin, click on any of the numbered parts of the cell as they float past you on the screen. A beautiful, detailed close-up image of that cell art will appear, along with one or two paragraphs of information about it. Parts featured include the cell membrane, DNA, RNA, endoplasmic reticulum, and mitochondria, among others.

Once you have viewed a part of the cell, you will see small numbers below the photo of that part. These numbers provide a convenient way to navigate through the site sequentially, if you prefer. If you click “Explore More,” you will go back to the main page.

American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology”

March 8th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology”

(www.amnh.org/ology/)

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

 

The suffix “ology” refers to the study or a particular field or academic discipline. At this website sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History you can explore archaeology, marine biology, paleontology, and other fields of science such as genetics, astronomy, biodiversity, earth science, physics and more!

When you get to the site, you may be overwhelmed with all of the fun choices. On the left of the screen, the “Find Stuff to See and Do” link will bring you to the list of programs found at the museum along with links to other resources.

In the center of the main menu, explore some of the fields of science. There will be links for games, stories, hands-on activities and videos

  • Astronomy – Go on a solar system scavenger hunt.
  • Biodiversity – Play a game to learn about the plants and animals in an African rain forest.
  • Earth – Grow rock candy and meet some geologists.
  • Physics – Learn more about Albert Einstein.
  • Genetics – Become a DNA detective or take a mystery photo challenge.
  • Marine Biology – Journey to deep sea vents.
  • Paleontology – Meet T. Rex and the strange members of his family tree.
  • Water – Solve story puzzles to find out how things live in the Arctic.
  • Archaeology – See if you can find the lost Spanish mission.

There are many engaging educational games and activities to bring out the “Ologist” in you!

Lab Science Videos, Activities, Worksheets, & Games

January 12th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 12, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jefferson Lab Science Series

(education.jlab.org/scienceseries/archive.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virginia, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The lab’s primary mission is to conduct research on the atom’s nucleus using the lab’s unique particle accelerator.

In addition to its science mission, the Lab provides programs and resources designed to help educate the public in science and technology, including a free “Science Series” of engaging lectures that are video-recorded and archived at the website for viewing. Plus, the Lab offers free learning resources including activities, worksheets, games, and more! 

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the “Science Series” video titles including: 

  • The Origin of the Elements
  • Adventures in Infectious Diseases
  • DNA: The Strand that Connects Us All
  • Einstein for Everyone
  • Understanding Flight: A Physical Description of How Airplanes Fly
  • The Physics of Stock Car Racing
  • The Physics of Baseball
  • Comic Book Physics
  • Chemistry – It’s More Than Puffs and Bangs!
  • Radiation: What Is It and How Can It Affect Me?
  • Jellyfish: The Big Sting
  • From Acne to Suntans: Dermatology for the Teenager
  • And Many More!

Each title has a brief description and a link you can click to watch the video online.

Wait! There’s more! When you’re through watching the lectures check out the Education Home section of this site that contains free resources including hands-on activities, worksheets, puzzles and games. Look in the “Teacher Resources,” “Student Zone,” and “Games and Puzzles” sections to access all of the free science goodies.

Free Molecular Investigations for Students

September 8th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, September 8, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Molecular Expressions: Powers of 10

(http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/

index.html)

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

 

This website offers free activities that allow students to explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy through amazing color photographs. You’ll see images of the cellular levels of everything from hamburgers to superconductors.

When you get to the site, you will see a brief introduction that explains that you are about to take a virtual journey from the Milky Way to the microscopic world. In successive orders of magnitude, journey from the Milky Way Galaxy “into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.” When you are through watching the display, use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore: 

  • Optics Timeline – See highlights of important events and developments in the science of optics from prehistory to the beginning of the 21st century.
  • Student Activities – Investigate light, optics, and color with an assortment of online activities. Discover more about:
    • Animal Vision
    • Eclipses
    • Cameras and Photography
    • Binoculars, Periscopes, & Kaleidoscopes
    • 3D Images & Holograms
  • Tutorials – Access a curriculum resource package for elementary grade students that combines scientific inquiry, hands-on and interactive computer-based instruction, text, and animated manipulatives for a variety of learning experiences. Some of the activities include:
    • Newton’s Prism Experiments
    • Refraction of Light
    • Microscope Magnification
    • Optical Illusions
    • Human Vision

You can also explore digital video galleries to learn more about digital microscopes and the spectrum of applications. The content on this site is massive, so bookmark it to return often.

Forensic Science Interactive Games!

November 11th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

CSI: Forensic Science Web Adventures

 

Age Range: 11-adult (Grades 5-adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Rice University in conjunction with CBS, the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, offers free interactive forensic science investigations based on the CSI television series. You become a CSI investigator, analyze the forensic evidence, and test your investigative and problem-solving skills to crack the case! If you aren’t familiar with CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you should know that the object of each activity is to investigate a crime scene that involves a death and/or homicide. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

When you get to the site, find five CSI cases:

  • Case One: Rookie Training (Beginner Level) – Visit online labs to collect information and tools about forensic biology, toxicology, firearms and toolmarks, the medical examiner, and CSI ethics.
  • Case Two: Canine Caper (Intermediate Level) – Interview suspects, visit the crime scene and labs, take photographs and measurements, collect and analyze evidence and data.
  • Case Three: Burning Star (Advanced level)
  • Case Four: Bitter Pill (Advanced level)
  • Case Five: Fatal Interactions (Advanced level)

The last three cases are more complicated and require some time to collect evidence and analyze it using a variety of tools and resources.

Challenging, fascinating and informative! If you have any difficulty with navigation, click on “WalkThrough” in the upper right corner of the screen for each individual case, to get directions on how to proceed.
You are given the opportunity to register (free). It allows you to save your place so that you can continue wherever you left off after a session. One game can take more than an hour to master. 
Once you’ve explored the “Web Adventures,” use the horizontal menu again and click on “Fun Stuff” to access:
  • Educator’s Guide – Get free, downloadable activities “to see how bone length can be used to calculate height, create your own bill for forensic testing, or solve forensic logic problems – and more!”
  • Family Guide – The description on the website says, “Looking for some fun forensic activities to do at home? From blood spatter analysis to DNA extractions, we’ve got fun (yet safe) activities for all ages. Check it out!”
  • Online Activities – Learn about entomology, handwriting analysis, and test your memory and power of observation.
  • Cool Links – Get links to websites on forensic science, toxicology, pathology, fingerprints, and other forensic games.

This site requires all lot of time to fully explore, so bookmark it to return.

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