Posts Tagged ‘galaxy’

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.

Free Molecular Investigations for Students

September 20th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, September 20, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Molecular Expressions: Powers of 10

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

ClickScholars send me links to this website a few times each year as they stumble across it on their own Internet travels. It 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 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.

Amazing Online Science Activities for All Ages

September 13th, 2011

Hi! It’s Tuesday, September 13, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
COSI: Online Activities

Age Range: All (Grades Pre-K-12 and beyond with parental supervision.)

The Center of Science and Industry in Ohio sponsors this website that is an extension of their museum and provides free educational activities in science, industry, health, and history.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of online activities that include:

*Virtual Knee Surgery – Take on the role of a surgeon as you conduct knee replacement surgery.

*Open Heart – Learn about the anatomy of the heart, heart disease and heart surgery.

*Bet the Farm – Invest in a farm and try to make it as profitable as possible while dealing with inclement weather, insects, plant disease and market forces that conspire to ruin harvests and kill profits.

*Zoom: Travel To A Star – Travel near the speed of light to other areas of the galaxy and strange things happen to the passage of time!

*Simple Machines – Learn about levers, wedges and pulleys.

*Stop: Practice Stopping A Vehicle at Intersections – Pick a vehicle and practice safely stopping at or crossing busy intersections.

You’ll also find out if you can parachute to safety from the stratosphere, jump over sharks on a water ski, and try your hand at a Tangram challenge!

Bookmark this site to explore all of these fun investigations in science!