Posts Tagged ‘lab’

Visit an Oil Refinery and Drilling Rig

May 4th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, May 4, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Discover Petroleum – Fawley Tour & Captain Tour

(resources.schoolscience.co.uk/ExxonMobil/index.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Part of the larger Discover Petroleum site from ExxonMobil, take virtual tours of an oil refinery and drilling platform in the UK.

Our first stop is the oil refinery. Select the “The Fawley tour” link. After reading through the introduction, begin the tour by either clicking the arrow at the top of the page to “start tour” or selecting the text link in the introduction box. Use your mouse to zoom around the 360° image and learn about the location and the refining process with the informational text to the left of the image. Locations visitors will see include: 

  • Jetty – south end
  • Jetty control
  • Salt marsh
  • South trestle
  • View from the admin block roof
  • Storage tank
  • Perimeter tank
  • Fawley village
  • COGEN – COmbined heat and power GENeration
  • Bund by SP4
  • Gate 1
  • Hythe Terminal
  • View from the fire station roof
  • Pipe farm

After finishing your tour, return to the homepage by selecting the “part of the Discover Petroleum site” link at the top of the page. Select “The Captain tour.” With this tour of a drilling platform located on the edge of the Moray Firth 68 miles north of Aberdeen, visitors will see: 

  • The helicopter deck
  • Mess and galley
  • Drill deck
  • Drill control room
  • Well heads
  • Chemistry lab
  • Walkway to the bridge
  • Middle of the bridge
  • Top of the Bridge Linked Platform (BLP)
  • Control room

Use the tools under the informational blocks in each tour to learn more about oil drilling, the refinery process, and much more. There is a lot of interesting information provided, so don’t hesitate to check out the other links provided.

Archeology for Kids

March 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Archeology for Kids

(www.nps.gov/history/archeology/public/kids/index.htm)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, sponsored by the National Park Service, kids can learn all about the science of archeology. Many national parks maintain dig sites where researchers and scientists find clues to the stories of the past. This site includes information about archeologists and the fields in which they specialize.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu below the big words “Archeology for Kids” that includes: 

  • Who Are Archeologists – Meet men and women who study fossil remains of humans, animals, marine life, and the geology of the earth through time.
  • How Do They Work – Find out how archeologists explore various dig sites. Learn about surveys, measuring, excavation, dating, recording, artifacts, and more.
  • The Archeology Lab – Learn what archeologists do in the lab including cataloging artifacts, preserving specimens, and more.
  • Try it! – Enjoy three different fun activities to learn what archeologists do and how they sift for clues that help explain the people and cultures of the past.
  • Dig Deeper – Get information on what it takes to have a career as an archeologist.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, February 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

Age Range: All (All grades, children with parental supervision)

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 16-19, 2018.

This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to the website http://gbbc.birdcount.org/. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, explore the kids page with fun online games that teach about birds as they entertain, and view the bird photo gallery.

Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.comUse a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

Discover the Mary Rose

January 5th, 2018

It’s Friday, January 5, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Explore the Mary Rose

(www.maryrose.org/discover-our-collection/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website, explore the virtual exhibit of the Mary Rose, a 16th century warship that was King Henry VIII’s favorite.

After a long and successful military career, it sank during an engagement with the French fleet in 1545. Nautical archaeologists raised it in the 1980’s. Now part of an exhibit at a museum in Portsmouth, England, the Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display in the world.

At today’s interactive website, you can take a virtual tour of the Mary Rose and, while you’re at it, learn about the Tudor period of world history as well.

When you get to the site either scroll through the page to begin exploring or use the right-hand “Quick links” menu to select:

  • The Crew of the Mary Rose
  • The Mary Rose at Sea – 1511-1545
  • Why did the Mary Rose Sink?
  • The Story of the Ship
  • Artefacts 

     

  • Her Crew

Browse through the image galleries to see images of the Mary Rose and artifacts recovered from the wreck site. On “The Story of the Ship” look on the right side under “Useful resources” to locate “Dive in” to access an interactive presentation. Use the menu to explore a 3D model of the ship, meet the crew, learn the history and archaeology of the Mary Rose, and see artifacts. Also available on “The Story of the Ship” page, be sure to check out the Mary Rose STEM Lab that presents “Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in a unique context.”

As explained at the website, “Explore the Mary Rose is designed to encourage pupils to do two things: to do their own research, and to work from evidence. They can find out for themselves about one member of the crew and his life on board, and discover the main facts about the history and archaeology of the ship. Using the knowledge gained in this way, they can then look more closely at photographs of the artefacts and, working from them, start to draw their own conclusions from the evidence available.”

The site was designed to be used independently by the learner so they can explore the Mary Rose at will. It engages the student and provides basic information. There is a lot of material available throughout the site so if students want to learn more, they can browse through the other sections of the site to find virtual 3D reconstructions of skulls and artifacts, more resources for researching the Mary Rose, and much more.

Nevada Gold Mine Virtual Tour

October 20th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, October 20, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Xplorit – Nevada Mining Virtual Tour

(vtour.govtour.com/xplorit.php?tid=70628)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Explore a Nevada gold mine with this virtual tour from Xplorit.

When arriving at today’s link, listen to the audio introduction and then begin exploring the mine site. Throughout the tour there are brief video presentations explaining the area and the mining process. Videos include: 

  • Drilling – Blast Hole Drilling, Exploration Drilling, Surface Blast Drilling
  • Overviews – General Overview, Blasting Overview, Lab Overview
  • Cores – Core Saw, Cores Archive, Cores Receiving
  • Processes – Gold Refining, Fire Assaying, Reclamation
  • People – General Foreman, Ground Support, Mine Engineer
  • Safety, Maintenance, and more – Underground Mine Rescue Training, Refuge Chamber, Truck Maintenance, Mine Entrance

To navigate through the virtual tour, select icons on the moving image to discover the following locations: 

  • Assay Lab
  • Core Archive
  • Core Receiving
  • Core Saw
  • Fire Assaying
  • Mine Overlook
  • Mine Reclamation
  • Mine Testing Room
  • Ore Processing Control Room
  • Process Lab
  • Refinery
  • Robotic Operations
  • Surface Mine – Ariel Overview, Blast Drilling, Bottom, Control Room, Shovel Operation
  • Truck Maintenance – Closeup and Shop
  • Underground Mine – Entrance, Operations, Refuge Chamber

Use your mouse to navigate around the tour and be sure to have your sound on for the various available audio features. Use the left-hand icon menu to return to the home location, see more information about a location, or lists of the videos and locations. 

This is not only an interesting tour about mining but very informative about the whole mining process.

Fun Math Learning Game Lab!

August 7th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, August 7, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Snacks

(mathsnacks.com/)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab created this site, which aims to provide “smart educational animations, games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts.”

The site’s collection of “snacks,” are highly entertaining educational movies, games, and apps that focus on specific mathematical concepts, each requiring only a small amount of time. Some of the videos and games you’ll find include: 

  • Watch the fabled Atlantis sink, thanks to a Dodgeball coach who lacks a clear understanding of ratios.
  • Identify numbers that sum to ten, and decimals that sum to 1 – while driving a school bus full of monsters and deforming the neighborhood (this one you’ve got to see to believe).
  • Watch a supervillain and superhero match wits, scaling things up and down by the same factor.

There are many more as well. Each “snack” includes guides for student and teacher, as well as transcripts of the video clips, to help solidify the concepts.

A handy reminder from the teachers’ page: “Math Snacks isn’t a curriculum, but a series of activities you can use with the curriculum you are already using in grades 4-8.” Since they’re snacks, you’ll be glad to hear that they’re portable; if you have a mobile device, you can learn something new on the go. Perfect for Carschooling!

Be sure to check out the rest of the teachers’ page for helpful hints on how to get the most benefit out of this website.

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