Posts Tagged ‘experiments’

Make Bizarre Science Experiments

February 13th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, February 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bizarre Stuff You Can Make in Your Kitchen

(bizarrelabs.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is an archive of classic “old school” science experiments from the early to mid-20th century. The experiments are easily made with stuff you will find around the house – especially in the kitchen. That said, the creator of the site doesn’t guarantee all of the experiments will work or that they are all safe, so parental discretion and oversight is a must.

You will find experiments that include every branch of science including: 

  • Gasses and Liquids
  • Force, Motion, & Balance
  • Locomotion
  • Temperature
  • Sound and Light
  • Electricity
  • Atomic
  • Chemistry
  • Life
  • Earth, Weather and Astronomy
  • Communications
  • and more!

Learn everything from how to cast animal tracks, to how to make a solar oven or a foxhole radio. It’s all here. The instructions are simple and easy to follow.

As with all science activities read through the list of “ingredients” and be sure you have what you need before convincing your child to try an experiment. Nothing dampens the scientific creative spirit more than not having the necessary materials to experiment in one’s kitchen laboratory.

Take a Journey to a Black Hole!

November 28th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, November 28, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HubbleSite: Black Holes – Gravity’s Relentless Pull

(hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/black_holes/)

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

 

The Space Telescope Science Institute offers this terrific website that allows you to engage in a multi-media, in-depth inquiry into the astronomy and physics of black holes through animations and interactive experiments. Explore light, gravity, and the scale of our universe.

When you get to the site, watch a brief, narrated animation that provides information on how black holes are formed. Then, begin your virtual journey to a black hole through three interactive modules that include: 

  • Finding the Invisible – Locate and identify various objects in the universe such as a binary star, the Cygnus galaxy, the Andromeda spiral galaxy, the sun, the moon, the Milky Way, a quasar, a red giant, Saturn, the crab nebula and more. As each object comes into view, read more about it on the sidebar and by clicking on the “Learn More” button.
  • The Voyage – Learn about scales and distances by taking a virtual trip to a black hole. Find out about the objects you pass on your trip through space. Measure your speed and distance traveled. Get explanations of the concepts of lightspeed and lightyear. When you reach your destination, mouse over the black hole to learn about its features.
  • Up Close and Personal – Orbit a black hole and learn all about it. Try some interactive experiments and answer related questions.

You can also explore the “Black Hole Encyclopedia” and “Glossary” to learn even more.

Ask A Biologist

November 21st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, November 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ask A Biologist

(askabiologist.asu.edu/home)

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

 

This site, from the School of Life Sciences of Arizona State University, is a “biology learning resource tool for students, teachers, parents, and life-long learners.”

When you get to the site, start at the right side bar where you’ll see a question and a link to the answer. Then you can link to more top questions like: 

  • Does brain size relate to intelligence?
  • How does eye color get passed from parents to children?
  • Is a Macadamia nut really a seed, or a nut?

You can also ask your own question using the “Ask a Question” link at the top. (Be sure to read the guidelines before you submit a question.)

In the Teacher Toolbox, you can search a topic by category, grade level or activity type. Also check out: 

  • Activities – Experiments, puzzles and coloring pages
  • Stories – Read or listen to one of the podcast shows.
  • Images – Look at things up close and guess what they are.
  • Links – Will help you find what you need on the Internet

There is extensive information here so bookmark this site to return often to get your biology questions answered.

[ClickSchooling] Experiments & Activities for National Chemistry Week

October 17th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, October 17, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ACS: National Chemistry Week

(www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html?_ga=1.263860047.250502132.1491251064)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

National Chemistry Week takes place next week, October 22-28, 2017 and the American Chemical Society provides all kinds of free, fun ways to celebrate chemistry at their website. (Get a head start on the fun!)

The program is designed to reach the public, particularly elementary and secondary school children, with positive messages about chemistry. The theme for this year is “Chemistry Rocks.” You can: 

  • Enter a contest – Illustrated Poem Contest
  • Read the current issue of “Celebrating Chemistry” – includes some activities and experiments along with educational articles
  • Learn more under Educational Resources.

Then on the side bar, check out Explore Chemistry. There you’ll find experiments, games, activities, and information such as: 

  • What is chemistry?
  • Periodic Table
  • Adventures in Chemistry
  • This Week in Chemical History
  • What’s That Stuff? Chemistry Behind Everyday Products
  • Reel Science — science in classic movies

And more!


Happy Chemistry Week!

Genetics for Kids!

October 10th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, October 10, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mendel for Kids

(web.pdx.edu/~cruzan/Kid‘s%20Mendel%20Web/)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 2-7 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers “A Kid’s Guide to Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics.”  

Mendel was a monk who used garden peas to conduct heredity experiments upon which modern genetics were founded. This site serves as a starting place for introducing the concept of genetics to kids. It has some good basic information. When you enter the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • The Life of Gregor Mendel – Read a brief biography about Mendel’s life and work.
  • Pollination Station – This simple interactive allows kids to virtually cross-breed sets of plants and see the results.
  • Original Paper & Kid Translation – Read Mendel’s original notes on plant hybridization (in English or German), and then click on a link that explains the notes so kids can more easily understand them.

NOTE: Under ‘links’, we found only 2 are working: MendelWeb and Genetics Society of America.

Science With Fall Leaves & More!

October 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Made Simple: Autumn Leaves and Fall Foliage

(www.sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

It’s fall and kids everywhere are asking, “Why do leaves change color in the fall?” This site answers everything kids want to know about autumn leaves that includes scientific information, quick-and-easy science experiments, etc.

But wait, there’s more! Look at the menu at the top of the page and click on “Science Projects.” Here you’ll find links to projects using common household items that explore topics such as: 

  • What is static electricity?
  • Why is the sky blue?
  • How do animals spend the winter?

Again at the top menu, click on “Articles.” There you’ll find information and activities on a variety of science subjects.
 
Also check out “Science Fair” with topic suggestions, project ideas, and more.
 
If you like what the site has to offer, you can sign up for their monthly newsletter for a fee and access even more science projects and resources.

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