Posts Tagged ‘engineering’

Science & Engineering Thru Comics

June 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, June 3, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

HowToons

 

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 to adult; children with adult supervision.)

 

This Do-It-Yourself website provides a free and unique way for kids to learn science and engineering by building cool things using illustrations and instructions provided in comic-book format.
The website is the brainchild of three people – a comic book artist, an inventor, and a toy designer – whose mission is to provide engaging science content that inspires creativity, art, and imagination by using “tools of mass construction.”
When you get to the site, you’ll see a variety of information, but to get right to the projects and activities simply click on an item in the “Howtoon Menu” on the left side of the homepage that includes:
  • Animation – Learn how to make a zoetrope.
  • Computing – Use your hands to count in binary mode.
  • Communication – Write letters using materials from nature.
  • Energy – Make an alternative energy source with baked beans, or have fun with a DIY pin wheel.
  • Engineering – Make a soda bottle submarine or spring-loaded chopsticks.
  • Environment – Gauge the wind speed with the Beaufort scale.
  • Fashion – Try on a stylish trash-bag raincoat!
  • Holiday – Make your own snow globe.
  • Music – Become a one-person marching band!
  • Play – Make a marshmallow shooter or a pair of stilts.
  • Tools – Try on a pair of soda bottle goggles.
There is much, much more. Just click on an item and a new page opens with a cartoon story related to the project, a materials, list, downloadable/printable materials, illustrations and even how-to video instructions.
This is a terrific science resource – bookmark it to use again and again.

Free Virtual Math Club!

June 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Monday, June 2, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Virtual Math Club

 

Age Range: 11-15 (Grades 5-10, with parental supervision)

 

This blog offers a Virtual Math Club that provides a new, free math problem set each week along with video solutions and lessons on key math topics.
The site was developed and is maintained by Jolene Gleason who has a M.S. degree in electrical engineering. She worked as an electrical engineer for 15 years before becoming a full-time homeschool parent to her highly gifted son. She currently teaches middle-school Competitive Math Training.
Challenge your mathematical problem solving skills with problems similar to those found on math contests such as the AMC 8, AMC 10, MATHCOUNTS, or the middle school Math Olympiads.
 
She posts a problem set each week, and then comes back later in the week to post the answers and video solutions. She will also post lessons on key topics that are not typically covered in the standard mathematics curriculum such as combinatorics, probability, and number theory. 

Even if you are not interested in participating in math contests,
you will benefit from sharpening your problem-solving skills. You’ll probably even enjoy it. These problems are fun, more like puzzles. The process of solving a problem can be frustrating, but solving a hard problem is extremely satisfying and leaves you craving more. And the more problems solved the better problem solver you’ll become. Develop the persistence, patience, and perseverance it takes to be a good problem solver.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the current week’s problem set. Use the menu at the top of the page and click on “Problems” to access all of the problems and solutions that have been posted so far.

This is an on-going terrific resource for those who find joy in the process of mathematical problem-solving.

Free Virtual Science Boxes

April 29th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, April 29, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

My Science Box

 

Age Range: 5-22 (Grades 1-College, children with parental supervision)

 

This website developed by a California Science Teacher provides free access to hands-on, classroom tested, science lessons for a wide grade range.
The site uses the concept of a virtual “teaching box” to organize the activities and lessons. In a classroom environment, a “teaching box” is a cardboard box that contains an assortment of materials, lesson plans, resources, and assessments for teaching a particular topic. The virtual teaching boxes at My Science Box are designed to provide you with everything you need to teach a unit of science in areas such as:
* Biology/Life Science
* Cell Biology
* Chemistry
* Earth Science
* Ecology
* Genetics
* Geology
* Human Biology
* Physics
* Technology and Engineering

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Use the menu on the left to review the lessons offered by grade level including K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and college. Or explore the lessons by scientific concept (as described above). The lessons are also sorted by:

* Classroom Activity
* Labs and Projects
* Curriculum Unit
* Field Trip (for destinations in San Francisco Bay Area)
* Computer Activity

Most of these lessons and activities can be tweaked for use at home or by a homeschool support group or co-op class.

You can also simply click on the horizontal menu at the top of the page to access “Curriculum Boxes” that offer lessons and activities for MIDDLE SCHOOL students in grades 6-8 on:
*Ecology – Habitats, ecosystems and population change
*Watersheds – Watersheds, wetlands, erosion and the San Francisco Bay
*Geology – Rock cycle, geologic time, and Earth history
*Genetics & Evolution – DNA, genes, evolution & adaptation
*Plate Tectonics – Sea floor spreading, volcanoes, and earthquakes
*Physiology – Cell biology, plants, animals, and the characteristics of life
Click on any box and a new page opens with a variety of lessons and activities to teach that particular topic.
Because the teacher who designed this site lives and works in California, the lessons are aligned with the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools. They are designed to “actively engage students in observing, experimenting, discovering, discussing, and building models during both ‘lecture’ and ‘lab’ sections.”
Almost every lesson can be printed out for use offline. Just click on the words “Printer-friendly version” at the bottom of each lesson page.

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.

Sparticl – Science for Teens!

October 22nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, October 22, 2013, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Sparticle.org

Age Range: 13-19 (middle and high school, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Brett suggested this website developed by Twin Cities Public Television with the support of 3M. This brand new, free web and mobile service is designed to improve teens’ understanding of and interest in science through a collection of the very best the web has to offer in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (or STEM).

As explained at the website, “You and your students can get answers to science questions, browse cool images, watch great videos, play fun games, and discover great hands-on activities. All of the content has been curated and vetted by a team of experts. Each topic has a mix of easy, medium, and challenging articles, and multiple videos. Sparticl can be used in the classroom, after school, and at home.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message and some featured science videos, games, and articles. Use the horizontal menu near the top of the page to access the science behind:

*Living Things – Includes Life Science Basics, Mammals, Aquatic Life, Bugs & Worms, Retiles & Amphibians, Plants, Birds, and Microbes & Fungi.

*Matter & Energy – Learn Physics Basics, Chemistry Basics, Materials Science, Energy, Forces & Motions, Sound & Waves, Light & Electricity, and Particle Physics.

*Tech & Invention – Get the scoop on Gadgets & Inventions, Biotech, Computers, Engineering, and Transportation.

*Body & Brain – Explore the latest in Health & Medicine, the Human Body, Food & Nutrition, Genetics & Heredity, and Mind & Behavior.

*Earth & Space – Discover the Solar System, Universe, Dynamic Earth, Ecology & Environment, Biomes & Ecosystems, Oceans & Water, Atmosphere & Weather, Landforms & Geology, and Rocks & Minerals.

*Explore – Access the latest science News, learn about Dinosaurs & Fossils, Natural Disasters, Everyday Science, and much more!

This is a remarkable resource. Bookmark it to return often!

London Science Museum Online!

August 13th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, August 13, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science Museum

Age Range: 9-18+ (There is more content here for older elementary through high school grades. Younger children and non-readers may enjoy aspects of the site with parental guidance. AS ALWAYS, preview the topics to determine suitability of content.)

This website is an online version of the Science Museum in London, England. When you get to the site you’ll see some featured exhibits that you can explore. Use the vertical menu on the left side of the page to view the different science SUBJECTS offered including:

  • Physics and Math
  • Space
  • Transport
  • Current Science
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Everyday Things
  • Medicine & Biology
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Communications and Computing

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of online exhibits presented with interesting text and photographs of exhibit pieces.

You can also use the vertical menu to explore:

*People – Read the biographies of men and women who have advanced science, technology, engineering, and medicine throughout human history.

*Museum Objects – Discover science artifacts of yesteryear.

*Games – Access an arcade of online games that improve science literacy.

*Science News from Antenna – Listen to broadcasts about the latest science innovations.

Bookmark this site because you’ll never be able to experience the volume of content here in just one visit. 

 

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