Posts Tagged ‘experiments’

History Through Inventions

August 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 3, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Idea Finder

(www.ideafinder.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website was created by an Internet consulting company to inspire the “inventor” in everyone. It showcases the history of remarkable inventions, inventors, and great ideas throughout time.

When you get to the site, click on “Enter” and a new page opens. In the center of the screen you’ll see some features. Use the vertical menu on the left side of the page and at the top of the page to access: 

  • First Time Visitor – Get an indexed overview of what you’ll find on this content-rich website that features innovation information about the past, present, and future.
  • History Facts & Myths – Explore an incredible archive of history’s most interesting inventions and the stories behind them including the Abacus, Car, Coca-Cola, Frisbee, Hair Dryer, Internet, Jell-O, Liquid Paper, Microwave Oven, Post-It Notes, Slinky, and many more. Each invention includes a bibliography for further reading as well as links to more sources of info on the Internet.

Plus, you’ll find: 

  • Inventor Biography – Read the biographies of notable inventors such as Steve Jobs (Apple Computer), Ed Johnson (Christmas Lights), Harvey Ball (Smiley Face), Alfred Butts (Scrabble), and many more.
  • Innovation Timeline – Search any era in history (from ancient BC to the modern 21st Century) to learn about the innovations that occurred during that time period. Includes photographs, quotations, and resources for further learning.
  • Innovation Games & Trivia – Don’t be afraid to take this test BEFORE you explore the site. The questions are intriguing, so if you don’t know the answers and your curiosity gets the better of you – find out instantly by clicking the “answer” button. A great way to introduce the topic of invention and segue to a history lesson.
  • Idea Showcase – The point of innovation is to improve the quality of life. That said, inventors like making income by selling their inventions. In this section you can check out award-winning inventions and purchase them as well.
  • Features – Find out how many inventions were the result of an accident. See how inventors improve upon the inventions of others to “build a better mousetrap.” Check out inventions that changed civilization and had an enduring effect on the world.
  • Resource Center – Find resources for further learning and investigation including websites, books, movies, and a listing of contests, competitions, experiments, and projects for the young inventor. (Some are available for free, others for a fee.) Find resources for invention mentors too.
  • History Articles – Read in-depth articles on historical innovations, inventors, pioneers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Find out about the Patent Act of 1790 and explore some patents that have become products.

Students will need good reading skills to explore this site independently, and non-readers of all ages will enjoy the pictures and information with assistance.

Candy Science Experiments!

July 18th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, July 18, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Candy Experiments

(www.candyexperiments.com/p/experiments.html)

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

 

This website was created by a mom who is a writer with a science background and her inquisitive daughter. Together they’ve developed an incredible archive of free science experiments you can conduct with candy

As explained at the website, this all began when her daughter asked a life-changing question: “What would happen if I put these Nerds in water?”
  
That first candy experiment led to many with results like these: “Drop a Warhead in baking soda water, and bubbles erupt. Leave a Skittle in water, and the S floats to the surface. Melt a Starburst, and shiny oil spots form.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of candy experiments. Click on any one and a new page opens with a list of materials needed and instructions on how to conduct the experiment. Try: 

  • Acid Test
  • Chocolate Bloom
  • Color Separation
  • Lifesaver Lights
  • Oil Test
  • ~And Many More!

Under “Resources” at the top of the page, access Printables and Websites to read blog entries, find links to articles about candy, and lots of other fun stuff.

Infrared Astronomy

June 20th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cool Cosmos: Infrared

(coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/)

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

 

Here is another portion of the Cool Cosmos website reviewed last week. At this website, IPAC at Caltech has taken the science of infrared astronomy and made it accessible to students of all ages through a variety of free educational activities, web-tutorials, lessons, videos, experiments and resources that explain the infrared universe.

When you get to the website, you’ll see some features that include: 

  • Infrared World – Find out the role of infrared light in Veterinary Science, Geology, Art, Firefighting, Search and Rescue, Environmental Monitoring, Archaeology and more!
  • Infrared Universe – Discover how infrared light helps scientists explore the solar system, the Milky Way and other galaxies.
  • Infrared Missions and Surveys – Indulge in infrared astronomy through an array of images from telescopes worldwide. You can also explore a gallery of infrared images and check out a timeline on infrared technology.

FREE LESSONS: Be sure to click on “Teachers” on the menu to find free infrared lesson plans, printables, research, resources, and more!

Through this website, you’ll discover that “to study the cool cosmos, infrared light is our window into the heat of the coolest things around.”

Ask An Astronomer Videos & Lessons

June 13th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 13, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cool Cosmos

(coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/ask_astronomer/video/index.html)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-9, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, NASA scientists and astronomers at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center & the SIRTF Science Center answer kids’ questions about the universe in entertaining video format.

Plus, the site provides free classroom activities, lessons, tutorials, image galleries, games, and resources that can be used to sate the curiosity of anyone interested in learning about the universe.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured videos. Below that is a menu of questions with video answers that include: 

  • Why is the sky blue?
  • What will happen to the Earth when the Sun dies?
  • How do you discover an asteroid?
  • What is the nearest galaxy to the Milky Way?
  • Why isn’t Pluto a planet any more?
  • What is a brown dwarf?
  • What causes an eclipse of the moon?

Once you’ve explored the videos, use the menu at the top of the page that includes: 

  • Cosmic Classroom – Find a wide spectrum of activities, experiments, and lessons that focus on infrared light.
  • Cosmic Kids – Learn to build your own model of the Spitzer Space Telescope, find out if people glow in the dark, enjoy a story about “What’s in Space?”
  • Image Galleries – A spectacular collection of images from the Spitzer Space Telescope.
  • Videos – Not only will you find the “Ask An Astronomer” videos, but you can enjoy Spitzer Observatory animations, and a series of funny and informative educational videos about a variety of science and technology topics.
  • Cosmic Games – Play astronomy-themed online games including Concentration, Hangman, Word Search, and more!

There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

Science Experiments, Games, & More

May 30th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 30, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Planet Science

(www.planet-science.com/)

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

 

This website offers free, fascinating, and fun science activities, experiments, and games that will entice and engage the most reluctant scientist in your family

When you get to the website you’ll see some featured items and a menu that includes: 

  • Under 11s – Get free resources, articles, games and activities to learn about technology, chemistry, our world, our bodies, space, and more.
  • Over 11s – Enjoy articles, ideas, and activities for middle and high school students about the natural world, the human body, space, physics, technology, chemistry, and more.
  • Experiments – Get weird and wacky science experiments in biology, chemistry, technology, and the weather. Plus, you’ll find categories such as: Messy, Outdoors, and Magic Tricks!
  • Extras – Explore a selection of interesting science presentations and resources.
  • Weather Labs – Click on this link and a new site opens where you can engage in two challenges: 
    1. Check the accuracy of the weather forecast.

    2. Become a weather broadcaster.

You’ll also find tips for parents and teachers on how to make science enjoyable for learners of all ages.

Mt. St. Helens Virtual Tour

May 19th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, May 19, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Adventure Earth Science Mt. St. Helens

(academic.greensboroday.org/~martint/AdventureES/StHelen/Home.htm)

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

 

This website created by 8th grade science teacher, Tim Martin, shares information and images of his trip to Mt. St. Helens in 2001.

Use the left-hand sidebar menu to begin your “Virtual Field Trips.” When arriving on the next page, scroll over the map to find locations to explore or use the side bar menu again to select your destination. Locations include: 

  • Johnston Ridge
  • Blast Zone Hills
  • Trail of Two Forests
  • Ape Cave
  • Lahar View
  • Lava Canyon

Most of the locations provide a manual slide show. Please note that when selecting to “Begin the Hike” or the “Explore” link the page opened to a message about using Internet Explorer but we clicked the “If you would like to proceed anyway, click here.” link and were able to successfully access the slides for the tour. The images include brief descriptions and information about the location. When you have finished with the tours, select the “Up” link to return to the home page. There are a few more links that visitors will also want to check out: 

  • May 18, 1980 – provides a brief article about the day Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980
  • Related Links – links to pages on the USGS website and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
  • For Educators – suggestions for experiments and demonstrations relating to volcanoes
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