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Nuclear Power Plants, Meltdowns, & Radiation

March 16th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, March 16, 2011 and time for Language Arts at
ClickSchooling!

In light of the nuclear power plant failures in Japan, a ClickScholar from New Zealand requested recommendations for websites that explain nuclear power, meltdowns, and radiation in a way kids can understand. Here are some sites where you can read (Language Arts) and learn more about it. Parents, as always, should preview the materials to determine what is suitable.

Recommended Websites:
See Below

Age Range: 7 and up (with parental discretion)
 
U.S. Energy Information Administration: Energy Kids

This site offers basic information about nuclear energy,
uranium, fission, types of nuclear reactors, radioactive waste
and spent fuel storage.

Environmental Protection Agency: RadTown USA

Explore a free interactive, virtual town and learn about
radiation sources or radiation-treated items you might
encounter in everyday life

When you get to the site look on the right side of the screen
to click on “Enter RadTown USA” in order to begin the
interactive exploration. The topics covered here include:

*Personal Exposure – Everyday activities in homes, schools, or
offices contribute to an individual’s radiation exposure.
Being aware of the sources allows you to better control your
personal radiation exposure.

*Use of Radioactive Materials – Use of radiation in industrial
equipment and consumer products are sources of radiation that
if improperly handled can result in environmental
contamination or personal exposure.
 
*Radiation-Treated Materials – Food, mail, and other items are
treated with radiation to kill pathogens. Learn more about
these processes and potential sources of contamination.
 
*Transportation – Radioactive waste may be transported from
its generation site to a disposal facility. Find out what
safeguards are in place to prevent exposure in the event an
accident occurs.
 
*Radioactive Waste – Industrial processes that use radioactive
materials create radioactive waste. Learn more about disposal
and storage.
 
*Natural Radiation – Uranium, radium, plutonium, and most
other radioactive materials naturally occur in Earth’s crust,
but they can contaminate air, water, and soil. Learn how and
why.
 
*Security – Radiation is involved in many aspects of homeland
security and in safety devices such as smoke detectors and
airport luggage screeners. It is also used in military
applications.
 
This website also explains the roles that governments and
international organizations play in protecting people from
harmful exposure to radiation, and describes what you can do
to protect yourself and your family
.

Information is also available in a series of simple fact
sheets with links to more in-depth information
that you can
access from the center of the home page. Or, use the menu to
learn how to navigate the site and get links to a wealth of
information about radiation archived on this massive site.

Radiation and Radiation Poisoning

This site offers encyclopedic information for kids on
radiation, including natural and man-made radiation sources,
and effects of exposure. It also offers a brief explanation of
radiation poisoning.

I hope these websites help to bring understanding and clarity on these topics that are so prevalent in the news. 
 

Virtual Field Trip To The Moon!

March 4th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Friday, March 4, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
We Choose the Moon

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

At this website you can take a virtual ride with the famous Apollo 11 astronauts on man’s first journey to the moon! This carefully crafted, highly detailed, multi-media animation brings you from Stage 1 at the launch pad to Stage 11 where the astronauts make their way back to earth and land in the ocean. 

When you get to the website the animation begins with a brief introduction and an explanation of what you are about to experience. All stages of the mission are historically accurate. Each one comes with explorative views that you can click on to learn more, including facts and photo galleries of the actual events of that very day.

As each stage progresses, you hear live recordings of NASA engineers talking to the astronauts and the astronauts’ replies. Hearing the actual audio footage ads an electrifying mood to the overall experience. 

Watch as the rocket takes off and separates into sections, as empty fuel pods are ejected in flight. See the moon landing in action and hear the astronauts utter the famous words “The Eagle has landed”.

Gather the family around the computer to watch this amazing interactive now!

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

Meteor Showers & Climate Change Game!

August 12th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Thursday, August 12, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Before we get to today’s recommended website, I want you to know that the finest meteor shower of 2010, the Perseids, begins tonight! No telescope is required to enjoy this event.

According to NASA Science News:

“From 10 pm until dawn, meteors will flit across the starry sky. 2010 is a good year for Perseids because the Moon won’t be up during the midnight-to-dawn hours of greatest activity. For sheer numbers, the best time to look is during the darkest hours before dawn on Friday morning, Aug. 13th, when most observers will see dozens of Perseids per hour.” 

It’s time for a backyard campout to enjoy the heavenly fireworks! Learn more by clicking on the link above.

Today’s Recommended Website:
CEO2 Climate Game

Age Range: 11-17 (about middle school and high school)

ClickSchooling mom Cie wrote, “My son recommends this free game in which you become the CEO of a company and try to successfully run it while reducing CO2 emissions. He says the game teaches a lot about business and the environment, and the choices are not as easy as you might think.”

Developed by World Wildlife Fund and Allianz (a global finacial services provider), players take on the role of the CEO of one of four major industries that include:

*Insurance – This industry is involved in economic development and liability. As the CEO will you insure green energy projects and invest in education?

*Automotive – As CEO will you continue to manufacture gas-fueled combustion engines or will you develop cars using alternative fuel sources? 

*Chemical – This industry manufactures fertilizers, insulation, plastics, industrial gasses and chemicals. Will you use chemistry to stay profitable and reduce greenhouse gasses?

*Utility – Can you meet consumer demand for energy resources with sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels?

The presumption here is that climate change is the biggest threat facing nature and humanity in the 21st century. Your goal is to maximize profit and bring CO2 emissions to nearly zero by the year 2030. 

When you get to the site, select an industry. You must enter a player name and company name. The game will download. Then you can watch a video about that industry and it’s potential role in climate change, discover your objective, and play the game.  

As Cie said, players will discover that balancing concerns for profit and climate change are not as easy as it may seem. That said, you’ll have a better understanding of why, after playing the game.

The Science of Plants in Motion

May 4th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, May 4, 2010 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Plants in Motion

Age Range: 8-88 (While the biology is geared for middle/high school and beyond, there are aspects here that will fascinate youngsters as well.)

ClickScholar Nancy Hogan recommended this website, sponsored by Indiana University’s Department of Biology, that offers free, fascinating QuickTime movies using time-lapsed photography to show plants germinating and growing that explains how they search for light and nutrients, avoid predators, exploit neighbors, and reproduce.

As the website explains, “Although our lives depend on plants for virtually everything that keeps us alive (oxygen, food, fibers, lumber, fuel, etc), their lives remain a secret to most of us.”  The presentations at this website will reveal “that plants are living organisms capable of some extraordinary things.”

When you get to the site, just click on the “theater ticket” to enter. You’ll see an introduction. Use the menu on the left side of the screen to watch movies showing:

*Germination – See how the life of corn, sunflowers, and Arabidopsis begin.

*Photomorphogenesis – Discover how plant seedlings develop with and without light.

*Tropisms – Watch how tomatoes, corn, and sunflowers can alter their growth to move and change their circumstances for optimal light that benefits their health and development.

*Nastic Movements – View the spectacular plant movements that “include the closing of the carnivorous Venus Flytrap leaf when it captures prey or the folding of the mimosa leaf when it is disturbed.”

*Circadian Responses – Plants respond to changes in time. You can watch movies of plants closing their flowers to “sleep” at night, and changing the position of their leaves in response to environmental stimuli such as light and temperature.

*Flowers – Watch flowers unfold and discover how cells on opposite sides of the petals expand at slightly different rates to cause opening and closing.

All of these movies are accompanied by explanatory text that describes the science behind what you are viewing.

Don’t miss the “Teaching/Learning Projects” where you’ll find some free, fascinating science experiments using plants that you can do at home. 

And for fun, check out “Plant Art” that lists the many Hollywood movies that have been made starring plants.

Bill Nye the Science Guy – Climate Lab!

April 20th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, April 20, 2010 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Bill Nye’s Climate Lab

Age Range: 6-16 (approximately, non-readers will need assistance)

“Woot, woot, woot…did I find something cool!” That was the message I received from ClickScholar Cie as a recommendation for this website. How could I resist checking it out?

Many of you may already know the Emmy-award-winning science educator Bill Nye the Science Guy. This website, presented by Chabot Space & Science Center, offers free fun missions and activities that increase climate literacy and teach strategies to reduce energy consumption.

Bill’s online Climate Lab is a companion to the actual exhibit that opens in late 2010. As explained at the website, “It explores the effects of climate change on Earth’s interconnected systems; use of the sun, wind, land, and water to generate clean energy; and innovative technology and design that will yield long-term benefits for human health and the planet.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction. Then you can choose to go on interactive missions that include:

*Waste Not – Learn about the energy wasters in your home and what you can do to stop them.

*Choose Renewables – Find out about fossil fuels and how they create pollution. Then learn about alternative sources and bio-fuels.

*Watts in Your Water – Discover how to harness water power to produce energy.

*Driving Change – Design a better more fuel-efficient vehicle for transportation.

*Growing Green – Grow and harvest a virtual garden.

*Building Boost – Turn your roof and house into a model of energy efficiency.

*Citizen Science – Join a citizen science project!

*Power in your Hands – Track how much you reduce, reuse, and recycle.

If you want to keep track of your mission scores, you must register (it’s free).

For each mission there are a number of outside resource links for further learning.  These can be accessed by clicking on “resources” at the bottom of the page. Note: I did not review the links, so parents (as always) should preview them to determine suitability of content.

Kids Exercise and Fitness

October 19th, 2008

Recommended Website:
KIDS EXERCISE

All ages; non-readers will need assistance.

Normally, I don’t feature Physical Education on ClickSchooling, but this note from Louise Clare of the “Kids Exercise” website intrigued me:

“We have created a public interest website that focuses on keeping your kids fit, active and healthy, which I thought may be of interest to your readers. We don’t make any profit from the site but we’d like to spread the word and get the information out to as many people as possible.”

Essentially this site archives interesting articles with tips and advice for keeping your kids active and fit by providing exercise and nutrition ideas!

When you get to the site, you’ll see instructions at the top of the screen for how to navigate the site. Below that are some featured articles of interest. Use the menu on the left to access many articles by experts and journalists on these topics:

  • Fit Families – Learn how to make time for family fitness including using pets as exercise partners.
  • Fit Kids – Find out how much activity kids need, get fitness suggestions for 5-12 year olds, learn about fitness equipment, personal trainers, and yoga for kids.
  • Fit Teens – Discover fitness games for teens, how to have a healthy body image, and how to manage stress through exercise.
  • Fit Under 5’s – Get fun activities to channel your preschooler’s boundless energy and form good nutrition and exercise habits early.
  • Fitness On the Go – Incorporate movement into holidays and vacations. Get the scoop on Sports and Weigh Loss Camps.
  • Home Fitness – Enjoy suggestions for active indoor play. Learn about exercise videos for kids and how to get fit playing computer games!
  • Nutrition & Health – Learn about foods that fuel active, growing bodies and improve health and fitness.
  • Sports – Read advice on all kinds of sports activities from cold weather sports to extreme sports to martial arts for kids and more!

The articles I read were well-written with a nice balance of facts, practical advice, and easy tips for incorporating health and fitness into your family’s daily lives.

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