Posts Tagged ‘expeditions’

Rocks That Glow!

November 29th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, November 29, 2011, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This fantastic website showcases rocks that naturally glow in many different vibrant colors under invisible UV radiation along with interesting information about rocks and minerals. The rocks have been beautifully photographed by an avid rockhound named Herb Yates. (If you aren’t already a rockhound, this may inspire you!)

The site features interactive photos – you can sit back and watch as the rocks fade and intensify, or you can switch the UV on and off yourself to see what happens.

When you get to the site, use the menu across the top of the landing page that includes:

*Fluorescent Minerals – Get basic information about minerals that glow (fluoresce) or temporarily change color (tenebresce) when illuminated by invisible UV light – and where they can be found.

*Interactive Photos of Amazing Rocks Found in:

  • Franklin & Sterling Hill, NJ
  • Illimaussaq, Greenland
  • Other Locales

*About This Site – If you click on the photo of the group of people at the bottom of the page, you can read the photographer’s journal from his rockhunting expedition to Greenland. Near the photo, don’t miss “Minershop. There, you can find even more photos and information by mousing around a bit.

*Links – If you have the time, it is well worth your while to explore the other websites listed here that include museums and mineral societies. You will find a wealth of further information and many fantastic photos, even a slideshow or two, and information about geological expeditions open to the public.

If you made it down this far in the review, here’s your reward: CLICK HERE for the site’s main photo gallery. (Just the rocks, ma’am.) Click on any rock to see its corresponding (larger interactive photo, together with the names of the various minerals that comprise it, what color each mineral glows, and where the rock itself was found.


Cool Animation of Space Station Assembly

February 15th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, February 15, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Animation of Space Station Assembly

My husband suggested this website that offers a fascinating timeline animation of the Space Station assembly from 1998 through 2010

When you get to the site, the animation will begin. With each addition, there is a notation of what you are seeing on the screen. You’ll also notice a timeline that develops on the right side of the screen. Once the animation is completed, click on the items on the timeline to learn more about each section of the Space Station.

If this inspires your family to want to learn more, head over to NASA’s Space Station website.  You can read the latest news, see photographs and watch actual videos of the Space Station, and learn about:

  • Research & Technology
  • Crews & Expeditions
  • International Cooperation
  • Living & Working on the Space Station
  • Building & Assembly
  • Facts & Figures

This is an impressive feat of human engineering and technology that every kid on the planet should know about.

Don’t forget that you can get the latest update on the space station and space shuttle fly-bys as well as all of the latest info on celestial activity at  Enjoy!


Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Enter Google’s Online Science Fair!

January 11th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, January 11, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
Recommended Website:
Google’s Science Fair

Age Range: 13-18

This morning Google is launching a worldwide, web-based science fair! Students can enter and compete (individually or in a team of 2-3) to win cool prizes. The Grand Prize includes:

  • An all-expenses paid 10-day vacation to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions!
  • A $50,000 Scholarship
  • An experience at CERN, Google, LEGO, or Scientific American
  • A personalized LEGO Prize

Just submit an “interesting, creative project that is relevant to the world today” and then:

  • Plan your science project.
  • Conduct your experiment.
  • Write up your results.
  • Create either a two-minute video or 20-slide presentation giving an overview of your project.
  • Follow the directions to submit your project by April 4, 2011. 

The global science competition is being hosted in partnership with CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), LEGO, National Geographic and Scientific American.

Teachers can sign up to receive free classroom materials that include posters, stickers and bookmarks at the website where you’ll also find a free printable outline of the “Scientific Method” that includes:

  • Question
  • Hypothesis
  • Research
  • Experiment
  • Data
  • Observations
  • Conclusions

Put on your lab coats, get out your test tubes, and submit your entry! Or just follow the fair online to learn a lot and be inspired!

Balboa’s Epic Voyage & More!

September 23rd, 2010

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 23, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
ThinkQuest: Epic Voyages – Balboa

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12)

Vasco Nunez de Balboa, a Spanish explorer, is credited with discovering the Pacific Ocean on September 25, 1513. Perhaps “discovery” isn’t quite the right term. He was the first European to sight the Pacific Ocean from a mountaintop in what is now Panama and claimed it for Spain.

At this website, sponsored by Oracle, you can access free information about Balboa’s life, expeditions, voyages, and discoveries as well as those of other explorers including:

  • Roald Amundsen – Led the first expedition to the South Pole.
  • Christopher Columbus – Credited with the discovery of North America.
  • Francis Drake – First to circumnavigate the globe.
  • Ferdinand Magellan – His voyage provided proof that the Earth was round.
  • Marco Polo – Famous for journey along the “Silk Road” to China.

You’ll also find information on John Cabot, James Cook, Bartholomeu Diaz, David Livingstone, Robert Peary, Henry Stanley, and Amerigo Vespucci.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief biography of Balboa. Look for the menu at the top of the page to access:

*Home – The introduction page to this site has links to some fascinating information about the explorers and their expeditions.

*Voyages – Learn about the voyages of many explorers through an interactive map.

*Explorers – Read the biographies of the explorers featured on the site.

*Timeline – Explore a chronological listing of the explorers’ voyages.

This site provides a great introduction and overview of the explorers who risked it all to discover unknown lands that forever changed the view of the world. It’s a great springboard to further historical research and investigation.

Virtual Field Trip To Ghost Towns

August 1st, 2008

Recommended Website:

Take a virtual field trip to a Ghost Town! This website offers a virtual museum of historic “ghost towns” presented through both a video gallery and a photo gallery.

While there are some ghost towns that match the cowboy movie depiction of a deserted town of rickety old buildings bordering a dusty dirt road, where the long-abandoned saloon’s doors creak when the wind blows – this website offers a more realistic view.

Here, you can explore ghost towns that have been revitalized as tourist attractions and offer tours, activities like panning for gold, history museums, shops, and even kid-friendly saloons where you can order Yosemite Sam’s favorite drink – a sarsaparilla soda!

Of course, there are far more ghost towns that are shadows of their former past. Once vibrant and bustling communities, their decayed remains are little more than a blip on a topographical map. Accessing these old ruins (often called “real” ghost towns) can be tricky – so it’s nice that this site provides a way to do it from the comfort of your home computer swivel chair.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some pictures and a menu below it. Click on “Virtual Museum.” A new page opens where you can access the virtual tour of ghost towns via video or photo gallery.

When you’ve finished the virtual tour, explore the rest of this terrific website. If your family would like to visit a ghost town in the United States or Canada in REAL TIME, you’ll find all of the information and resources you need including:

  • How to Locate A Ghost Town
  • How to Read Topographical Maps to Find Ghost Towns
  • Things to Take With You On A Ghost Town Search
  • How to Take Pictures of Ghost Towns
  • And a Glossary of Ghost Town Terminology

This site provides a fascinating way to introduce history of the Old West – and it may inspire some exciting family expeditions!


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Science – Ology!

November 21st, 2006

Recommended Website:
American Museum of Natural History’s
Ology Website

Note: The grade range given was K-8 for some activities, with the majority designated for grades 3-8.

What’s “Ology?” At today’s site, you will learn that “ology” is a suffix meaning “the study of.” Many disciplines in science have this suffix in common (i.e., biology, geology, entomology, etc.) and because this site features so many of them, it is only fitting that it use the suffix as its name.

When you get to the site you will discover that it is 100% kid-friendly and engaging, with a wide assortment of educational science activities to learn many interesting facts. Click on any of the items on the menu to explore and
learn about Archaeology, Astronomy, Biodiversity, Earth, Einstein, Genetics, Marine Biology, and Paleontology.

As you explore each topic at the site, click every red asterisk (*) that you can find. Each asterisk is a link to a fact card (there are over 259 of them) that you can collect and store on your own “homepage” at the site (you must register to access this feature). Double-click the yellow arrow in the bottom right corner of the fact card to turn it over — and surprise! — now you can read more facts, learn about science expeditions, check out interviews with scientists, take quizzes and more. (Turn on your speakers to hear fun sound effects.)

You will want to visit as many topics and collect as many fact cards as you can. The fact cards enable you to create interesting projects. To see what sort of amazing projects students can create on this site, be sure to click
on “Hall of Fame” and “Past Winners.” These projects are informative too, and even more fun for your children because they were created by students like themselves.

To begin creating your own projects, you must:

  1. Register with a nonsense name and password. (This site has no interest in who you actually are.)
  2. Explore the site while learning and collecting fact cards.
  3. Go to your “homepage” to see the cards you have collected so far. You can also see the numbers (but not the contents) of the cards that you have left to collect.
  4. Choose your template, title, and cards to include in your project. The more you have learned on the Ology site, the more informative and interesting your project will be for other kids to read.

As you develop your project, try to use correct spelling and punctuation to make it easier for others to read. When you are finished, you can choose to submit it to a group of scientists who will actually review it for possible inclusion in the Hall of Fame! After they have reviewed it, you can read their review. If your project wins, you will get a yellow ribbon on your webpage! If your project didn’t win, you will receive a list of suggestions for improvement and some encouragement to try again. :)

Even if you don’t win, your project remains on your “personal homepage” and you can still read and enjoy it yourself and show it off proudly to your family and friends on your home computer screen.