Posts Tagged ‘galaxy’

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!