Posts Tagged ‘galaxy’

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.

Free Molecular Investigations for Students

September 8th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, September 8, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Molecular Expressions: Powers of 10

(http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/

index.html)

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

 

This website offers free activities that allow students to explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy through amazing color photographs. You’ll see images of the cellular levels of everything from hamburgers to superconductors.

When you get to the site, you will see a brief introduction that explains that you are about to take a virtual journey from the Milky Way to the microscopic world. In successive orders of magnitude, journey from the Milky Way Galaxy “into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.” When you are through watching the display, use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore: 

  • Optics Timeline – See highlights of important events and developments in the science of optics from prehistory to the beginning of the 21st century.
  • Student Activities – Investigate light, optics, and color with an assortment of online activities. Discover more about:
    • Animal Vision
    • Eclipses
    • Cameras and Photography
    • Binoculars, Periscopes, & Kaleidoscopes
    • 3D Images & Holograms
  • Tutorials – Access a curriculum resource package for elementary grade students that combines scientific inquiry, hands-on and interactive computer-based instruction, text, and animated manipulatives for a variety of learning experiences. Some of the activities include:
    • Newton’s Prism Experiments
    • Refraction of Light
    • Microscope Magnification
    • Optical Illusions
    • Human Vision

You can also explore digital video galleries to learn more about digital microscopes and the spectrum of applications. The content on this site is massive, so bookmark it to return often.

Free Solar System Science Fact Sheets!

September 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, August 28, 2012, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

8 Planets

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

I stumbled across this UK-based website by accident, and am so glad I did!  It’s currently an ad-free site with free scientific fact sheets containing, “Everything You Ever Wanted To know About Our Solar System.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a scrolling screen that displays cartoon animations of the 8 planets in our Solar System along with an interesting fact about each one. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to explore the more content-rich information and fact sheets (that contain terrific photographs) archived under the headings:

  • The Sun
  • The Planets
  • The Moon
  • Dwarf Planets
  • Other Bodies(Asteroids, Meteors, Oort Clouds, etc.)
  • Astronomy(Astronomy, Galaxy, Gravity, etc.)
  • Space Exploration (Space Travel, Alien Life, etc.)

You can explore this information online, or print out the fact sheets to use offline. The facts are great conversation starters and may springboard your kids to want to learn much more.

Interestingly, I couldn’t find any information on this UK-based website that explains who sponsors the site. I didn’t find any notations or references for the source of the information either – even though it looks to be current and accurate. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site and supervise all Internet use.

Take a Journey to a Black Hole!

May 22nd, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, May 22, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
 
Recommended Website:
Hubblesite: Black Holes – Gravity’s Relentless Pull
 
Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision; non-readers will need assistance)

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 — Loc ate 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. Get the latest scoop from notable scientists.
 
You can also explore the “Black Hole Encyclopedia” and “Glossary” to learn even more.

 

Free Theoretical Physics Video Lessons & Resources!

April 24th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, April 24, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Perimeter Institute:  Students

Age Range:  11 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics of Canada sponsors this website that offers free educational resources for young people to convey the wonder and mystery of the universe and the power of theoretical physics including: Condensed Matter, Cosmology & Gravitation, Particle Physics, Quantum Physics, Superstring Theory, and more

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of educational resources that includes:

*ALICE & BOB IN WONDERLAND –  Join your animated hosts, Alice & Bob, in this series of 60-second video adventures as they learn about the world around us from discovering how a flashlight works to learning about gravity and time-travel.

*CHALLENGE OF QUANTUM REALITY – Explore the quantum world in a 30 minute video featuring the double-slit experiment and the concept of wave-particle duality.

*EVERYDAY EINSTEIN: GPS & RELATIVITY – Find out what Einstein and the Global Positioning System have in common.

*MEET A SCIENTIST – Watch short video interviews with leading researchers from around the world.

*MYSTERY OF DARK MATTER – Explore the mysterious substance that makes up about 90% of the mass of every galaxy in the universe.

*THE PHYSICS OF INNOVATION – Watch an inspirational video that explains how the technology we enjoy today is powered by the four key scientific concepts of quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, special relativity, and general relativity.

*POWER OF IDEAS –  Explore the six most powerful ideas in physics history through this multimedia experience

*VIRTUAL ISSYP – Learn more about the wonders of modern physics and the excitement of research and discovery by watching video excerpts from the Perimeter Institute’s two-week International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP).

These remarkable presentations are certain to inspire your inner Einstein.

 

Super-Sized Lunar Eclipse & Much More!

December 6th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, December 6, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
NASA Science News

My favorite science e-newsletter for homeschoolers is NASA’s Science News. It keeps you posted on the latest and greatest scientific discoveries and events in space. It’s free to subscribe, and you’ll get links to stories that you can read online that often include an audio narration or a video to watch on NASA’s YouTube channel.  For example, here are a couple of recent alerts:

*Super-Sized Lunar On Saturday morning, Dec. 10th, sky watchers in the western United States and Canada will witness a total lunar eclipse swollen to super-sized proportions by the Moon illusion. The action begins at 4:44 AM (Pacific Standard Time). You can read the full story by clicking on the link above, or watch a video version.

*Kepler Confirms First Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-like Star. In a significant milestone on the road to finding Earth’s “twin” elsewhere in the galaxy, NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the habitable zone of a distant sun-like star. Read the full story.

From these pages you can explore the wide variety of services and information NASA provides to students and the general public including:

*NASA’s Citizen Science – Find out how you can help NASA conduct their research from your own backyard. 

*NASA’S The Space Place – A great place for kids to explore the solar system.

*NASA’s Mission: Science – Engaging science and educational resources for teens, including a timeline of the Physical Sciences.

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