Posts Tagged ‘inventors’

Virtual Field Trip to Drive a Zamboni!

December 3rd, 2010

Hi!  It’s Friday, December 3, 2010 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Zamboni

Age Range: All 

What’s a Zamboni? It’s the massive vehicle that cleans and grooms the ice at skating rinks. It was named after the inventor, Frank J. Zamboni. At this website you can virtually drive a Zamboni for free! Just watch the video that puts you in the driver’s seat of a Zamboni (model 552) for about 10 minutes!

Then, look at the menu on the left of the screen that says “Fun Stuff“.  If you click on “How the Machine Works” you’ll see an illustration with text that explains how the machinery inside the Zamboni works. Use the menu on the left of that screen to click on “Animation” to see the inner workings in action.

When you’re through with the fun stuff, use the horizontal menu at the top of the screen and click on “Home.” Then, click on the icon containing a picture of Frank Zamboni to learn “The Zamboni Story.”  It’s inspiring for all would-be inventors!

Great Inventions & Inventors Interactives

October 1st, 2009

Recommended Website:
ThinkQuest: Greatest Inventions

Age Range: 10-18 (about middle school and high school level)

ClickScholar Wendy suggested this website that traces the path of man through history via the “Greatest Inventions” of all time. As Wendy wrote, “It’s chock-full of timelines, quotes and other cool stuff!” And it includes descriptions of the great inventions as well as biographies of the inventors.

When you click on the url above, you will land on the “Site Map” for this website. It gives you a quick overview of what’s available and I found it to be the easiest way to navigate my way through the site. You’ll discover:

  • Timelines — See how people evolved from the invention of the printing press in 1450 to modern inventions like the DVD.
  • Inventions — Learn about some of the greatest inventions that have improved the quality of life for people and discover why Greek philosopher Plato said, “Necessity is the mother of invention”.
  • Inventors — Meet the great inventors who created tools and devices to improve the quality of the life.
  • Interactive — Try your hand at solving and playing the interactive puzzles and games. They require some of the specialized knowledge about inventors and inventions you’ll learn at the site.

You’ll also find links to all kinds of other websites that have resources about inventions and inventors to further learning.

I also HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking the virtual Guided Tour “Guided Tour” of the site, as it gives you a birds-eye-view of what you can learn here.

Enjoy!

History of Innovative Inventions

June 11th, 2009

Recommended Website:
The Great Idea Finder

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental guidance)

This website provides an amazing historical archive of innovative consumer products for students, teachers, and anyone interested in the history, invention, and development of things we use every day. The idea is to inspire the “inventor” in all of us.

When you get to the site click on “Enter” and a new page opens featuring selected highlights. Use the menu on the left side of the page that includes:

  • First Time Visitors – Get an introduction to what is available on the site.
  • History Facts & Myths – Read some fascinating stories about inventions, read inventor biographies, explore the innovation timeline, and more.
  • Idea Showcase – “From alarm clocks to electronics, fashion to home safety, office products to Web tools” you’ll enjoy this showcase of the best and most innovative ideas.
  • Features – Which inventions were the result of an accident? What is the history of ordinary things like piggy banks, candy canes and printed books? Who were the inventors behind the products? What inventions provided breakthroughs for civilization? You’ll find the answers here.
  • Resource Center – Get recommendations for further learning about inventions and innovative products including links to websites, a bibliography, a list of movies and programs about inventors, a listing of contests, programs, and camps for young inventors and more. Some of these resources are available for purchase.
  • History Articles – Read in-depth articles about inventors and their inventions.

Bookmark this site to explore inventions in agriculture, chemistry, communications, computing, apparel, food and drink, household items, toys and games, healthcare, transportation, and much, much more!

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Top Science Sites of 2008!

January 6th, 2009

Continuing with our recap, here are ClickSchooling’s Top Science Sites for 2008…

Note: The links below take you to the ClickSchooling archives where you can read the original review. From there, you can click on a link to access the site.

Recommended Websites:

Robert Krampf’s Science Experiments!

Age Range: 5-17

Robert Krampf’s Science Education website provides some free science videos, fun experiments, and you can sign up for Krampf’s FREE science e-newsletter that delivers an “experiment of the week” to your email inbox. This free e-newsletter is one of the best science resources that exists for home educators.

AMAZING Free Science Videos, Slide Shows, and More!

Age Range: All (with parental guidance/assistance for children under 10)

This multi-media website combines science and entertainment to engage learners of all ages. You’ll find quizzes, photos, videos and strange scientific news that’ll fascinate even the most reluctant of science students. This one received a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence.

Free Online Biology Textbook

Age Range: 11-17

This was the most visited science site in the ClickSchooling archives. It provides a free, online biology textbook that is visually appealing with content that is thorough and challenging with numerous references and links.

Calling All Young Inventors! National Museum of Education: Inventucation Central

Age Range: 8-18 (approximately)

The National Museum of Education supports young inventors by providing all kinds of information on inventors, inventions, and how to invent. It encourages students to invent with interactive games to challenge thinking and improve science skills, a database of online science experiments, and terrific invention contests and competitions.

Periodic Table of Videos

Age Range: 8 and up (w/parental supervision)

The Periodic Table of Videos is educational, fun, and not to be missed! Each video is short (2-4 minutes) and provides basic information about the featured element, its history, its properties, and how it is used. The chemists, who narrate while demonstrating experiments with the various elements, have a contagious enthusiasm for the subject matter. Students of all ages will enjoy this!

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Calling All Young Inventors! (CSAW)

November 11th, 2008

Recommended Website:
National Museum of Education: Inventucation Central

Age Range: 8-18 (approximately)

The National Museum of Education has a winner with this addition to their website that encourages young inventors by providing all kinds of information on inventors, inventions, and how to invent. It encourages students to invent with interactive games to challenge thinking and improve science skills, a database of online science experiments, and terrific invention contests and competitions. They also maintain a “Hall of Fame” featuring student inventors!

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Scroll down to the main menu featuring five items:

  1. Student Inventors – Read comics featuring the biographies of student inventors, explore the student inventors and their inventions in the “Gallery for America’s Young Inventors” and find out how you can submit an invention and be inducted to the hall of fame.
  2. Invention Competitions – Students can participate in competitions, awards, scholarships and more. Check out the BubbleWrap competition, the Rubber Band Contest, Student Ideas for a Better America and more
  3. Science Activities – Check out this fantastic database of online activities that help kids learn how to design and build inventions, problem-solve, think scientifically, and use physics to develop their inventions. All of these lessons and experiments link to websites with terrific content for students of all ages and abilities. Who needs textbooks? This is a science curriculum all by itself.
  4. Inventors and Inventions – Explore this archive of famous and not-so-famous inventors from around the world (including African-American and Women inventors). Check out the U.S. Patent Office for kids. Get a short list of museums featuring weird and wonderful inventions
  5. Resources for Teachers – Get FREE invention curriculum, lesson plans, printables for your students, invention graphic organizers, recommended books, and more!

This site gets a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence! Bookmark it – your young inventor will want to return often!

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See How Duct Tape is Made!

October 26th, 2007

Recommended Website:
How Duct Tape Is Made

At this website you can watch an entertaining, 3 1/2 minute video
presentation of how duct tape is made. A versatile and utilitarian product,
duct tape is not only the handyman’s friend, but the tool of inventors and
artists alike. After you watch the video, learn more about this remarkable
product by visiting…

Duck Tape University

This site offers a humorous look at the true history of duct tape. When you
get to the site, simply read the text in the center of your screen and click
on the embedded links to learn more than you ever wanted to know about duct
tape. Explore the menu for more fun and fascinating facts and activities
about duct tape. In particular, don’t miss:

Duct Tape Coloring Book, Puzzles and Games

Duck-Tivities (Things You Can Make with Duct Tape aka Duck Tape)

Duck Tape Contests (Win Prizes for Your Duct Tape Creations!)

Have fun!

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