Posts Tagged ‘earthquake’

Learn All About Earthquakes

October 4th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Earthquakes for Kids

(earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s site, sponsored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), offers a multi-media exploration of earthquake history, animations, project ideas and a lot more.

When you get to the site simply use the icon menu to explore:

  • Latest Quakes – See a map depicting where earthquakes have occurred worldwide over the past 7 days.
  • Animations – Watch terrific video animations of Amplification, A Blind Thrust Fault, Foreshocks, and much more!
  • Become An Earthquake Scientist – Learn what it takes to be a Geophysicist.
  • Cool Earthquake Facts – Learn fascinating trivia and tidbits about earthquakes.
  • Earthquake ABC – This provides a good introduction to earthquakes for children along with safety tips and info for parents and teachers.
  • Puzzles & Games – Under Plate Tectonics Activities there are Flashcards, Matching, Concentration and Word Search games.

And more!

Free Seismology Lessons, Videos, & More

June 7th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 7, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

IRIS (www.iris.edu/hq/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site offers free science tools, lessons, animations, software and more to help students learn all about seismology, plate tectonics, earthquakes, geology and much more! 

Sponsored by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (funded by the National Science Foundation), this website has powerful, interactive learning tools from a consortium of over 100 U.S. universities dedicated to the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. We know this may sound “heady” but there are all kinds of engaging multi-media activities that students of a wide range of abilities and interests will enjoy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a variety of offerings. We suggest clicking on “View The Seismic Monitor” that is prominently featured on the landing page. A new screen opens where you can access: 

  • Earthquake Headlines – Read news stories about earthquakes.
  • Last 30 Days Earthquakes – See a list of earthquakes, their location and magnitude over the past 30 days.
  • Special Events – Review recent earthquake teachable moments.
  • Plate Tectonics – Discover the continual slow movement of the tectonic plates.
  • Education Links – Get access to free animations, video lectures, lessons and resources with links to materials, and much more!

There is so much content here that you can’t really see and enjoy it all in one visit. Bookmark the site to return again.

Free Seismology Lessons, Videos, & More!

July 30th, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, July 30, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

IRIS http://www.iris.edu/hq/

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12 and beyond)

This site offers free science tools, lessons, animations, software and more to help students learn all about seismology, plate tectonics, earthquakes, geology and much more!

Sponsored by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (funded by the National Science Foundation), this website has powerful, interactive learning tools from a consortium of over 100 US universities dedicated to the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. I know that may sound “heady” but there are all kinds of engaging multi-media activities that students of a wide range of abilities and interests will enjoy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a variety of offerings. I suggest clicking on “View The Seismic Monitor” that is prominently featured on the landing page. A new screen opens where you can access:

*Earthquake Headlines – Read news stories about earthquakes.

*Last 30 Days Earthquakes – See a list of earthquakes, their location and magnitude overthe past 30 days.

*Special Events – Review recent earthquake teachable moments.

*Plate Tectonics – Discover the continual slow movement of the tectonic plates.

*Education Links – Get access to free animations, video lectures, lessons and resources with links to materials, and much more!

There is so much content here that you can’t really see and enjoy it all in one visit. Bookmark the site to return again.

 

See How Bolts Are Made!

May 3rd, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, May 3, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Portland Bolt & Manufacturing Company

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

At this website you can watch a five-minute video on how bolts are manufactured.

You may know that the building of a new San Francisco Bay Bridge, the world’s largest single-tower, self-anchored suspension span, is underway. You may have also heard that one third of the 96 bolts (threaded steel rods that are 3 inches in diameter and 17-24 feet long) broke after workers placed them in March 2012. The bolts were used to connect the bridge at the pier to help control swaying and seismic uplift during an earthquake.

Metallurgy experts suspect that galvanizing the steel bolts trapped hydrogen atoms beneath the zinc coating causing the bolts to become brittle. 

Interestingly, the company featured on today’s website, declined to submit a bid on manufacturing the Bay Bridge bolts because of the riskiness of the galvanizing requirement. (Galvanizing this kind of bolt is prohibited in the Caltrans bridge design manual – but engineers opted to do it anyway! They haven’t explained why.)

When you get to the website, you can read about the history of the Portland Bolt & Manufacturing Company. Scroll down to the end of the page to find the video, “How It’s Made: Portland Bolt.” Then click on the arrow to watch the video that includes:

  • Shearing
  • Heading
  • Chamfering
  • Threading
  • Hot-Dip Galvanizing
  • Caustic Soda Bath
  • Sulfuric Acid Bath
  • Flux Bath
  • Cooling
  • Shipping

Rock-It Science Videos!

June 26th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, June 26, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Rock-It Science Videos

Age Range: 7-14 (with wiggle room, and fun for all ages)

First, I’d like to preface this review by saying I know the Founder of Rock-It Science. His name is John McChesney, and the kids fondly refer to him as “Mr. Mac.”  My sons took homeschool science classes from him for about 6 years. That’s how much his brand of science education appealed to them – they couldn’t get enough! 

So, I’m excited to tell you that you and your kids can watch some Rock-It Science Videos of classes and fun experiments for free!

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of videos that include:

*Meet “Mr. Mac” – Find out who the quirky genius is behind these innovative science lessons.

*Dry Ice – Watch a series of experiments showing the amazing properties of Dry Ice.

*Air Pressure – Watch the video and then try some experiments in your own kitchen!

*What Happened to Japan’s Nuclear Reactors? – Get a kid-friendly explanation of what happened to Japan’s nuclear reactors after the earthquake and tsunami.

*How to Light a Match – Find out the safe way to handle matches, and use flames in science experiments.

*Crash Test Dummies – See how students (ages 11-16) build a device that will protect an egg during a crash.

*Global Warming – Hear and see Mr. Mac’s explanation of the “Greenhouse Effect.”

When you’re through watching the videos poke around the site to learn about the history of Rock-It Science, their mission, and read Mr. Mac’s blog.

 

Tsunamis & Earthquakes (Special Edition)

March 11th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Friday, March 11, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

SPECIAL EDITION:  Because of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, instead of a Virtual Field Trip, this issue of ClickSchooling offers information about natural disasters including what causes them and emergency preparedness. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this disaster.

Age Range: 5-18 (varies; with parental guidance)

Recommended Websites:

PBS: Savage Seas – This site offers a tsunami simulator that allows you to create a virtual ocean wave. You’ll also find facts and information on tsunamis, freak waves, trade winds, and more.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) – Offers information on disasters and disaster preparedness for children (about ages 6-12) including:

Earthquakes for Kids – Learn the science of earthquakes, the history of earthquakes, get the latest earthquake information worldwide, see animations, and learn how to become a geologist and/or an earthquake scientist.


International Tsunami Information Centre – Offers several educational resources including:

*The Great Waves – A  free, downloadable, 12-page booklet that explains what a tsunami is, how fast and how big they can be, what causes them, and describes programs undertaken to mitigate this hazard, including the development of tsunami warning centers, and safety rules describing what to do when a tsunami strikes your coastline. Available in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese.

*K-12 Tsunami Curriculum – These downloadable publications are divided into two grade ranges (Kindergarten-to-Grade Six, and Grades 7-12). Each topic includes information, activities with exercise sheets, and a teacher’s guide.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers the following information: *Tsunami Warning Brochure for Kids

I hope this information brings great understanding about these natural disasters.

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