Posts Tagged ‘lab’

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.

Journey to the Stars and Back

June 30th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, June 30, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lockheed Martin – Generation Beyond

(www.generationbeyondinschool.com/virtualfieldtrip)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Watch this video virtual field trip presentation about the Lockheed Martin Space Operations Simulation Center in Littleton, Colorado and what it takes to make it into space.

When arriving at today’s link teachers will want to download the companion guide for an overview of the virtual field trip and additional activity ideas. Visitors can watch the virtual presentation in its entirety or select to watch the different segments: 

  • Chapter 1: VFT Introduction, 3D Printing and Virtual Reality in Space
  • Chapter 2: Testing & Prep for Space Missions to Mars, Jupiter, and Asteroid Bennu
  • Chapter 3: Orion Test Lab and Mars Habitat Module
  • Chapter 4: Managing Space Missions in Flight and VFT Conclusion

Visitors will tour: 

  • 3D Printing lab
  • Virtual Reality Lab Chill
  • Space Operations Simulation Center
  • Orion Test Lab
  • Mars Habitat Module
  • Mission Support Area

This virtual field trip is a great resource not only to see some interesting space technology, but also discover the many important career paths available in the space field.

Science Lessons & Activities for ages 5 and up

May 9th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 9, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Understanding Science

(undsci.berkeley.edu/)

Age Range: 5 and up (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision)

 

The University of California Museum of Paleontology (with funding by the National Science Foundation) provides this website that endeavors to provide fun, accessible, and free resources that accurately communicate what science is and how it really works.

The activities here are designed to improve students’ ability to critically assess scientific evidence and understand the strengths, limitations, and basic methods of science.

When you get to the website you’ll see a variety of ways to get started. Explore the website or jump right into the lesson called “Understanding Science 101.”

Look for “For Teachers” as well. Use the grade level key below it. Click on a grade level and a new page opens. Scroll to “Getting Started” and below it, click on “Sample Starting Activities.” Here is just a example of what is available in each grade level: 

  • K-2 – Exploring Liquids is an activity in which students use their senses to investigate and observe three liquids. They see, hear, touch, smell, and taste to collect data and to ask and answer questions. This lesson can be used to introduce how scientists work. Students share knowledge, observe, draw and record, explain their reasoning, and ask additional questions.
  • 3-5 – Tennis Shoe Detectives has students make observations, examine data, and form hypotheses about a set of footprints and what they can tell us. This activity provides a good opportunity to clarify the difference between the observations we make and our interpretations of those observations.
  • 6-8 – Exploring Bouncing Balls – In this lesson, students explore the physical properties of a variety of balls and how they bounce (i.e., their bounciness or elasticity). The point of the activity is not necessarily to have students arrive at a precise explanation for the phenomena they are investigating, but to provide students with an opportunity to participate in and reflect on the process of science.
  • 9-12 – The Checks Lab – Students construct plausible scenarios to explain a series of bank checks. As students examine additional canceled checks, they revise their original hypotheses with new evidence. In the process, they learn how human values and biases influence observation and interpretation.
  • 13-16 –  Umbrellaology – Based on a classic philosophical exercise (Somerville, 1941), students are asked to read a letter that describes detailed data collected on umbrellas. Their task is to determine whether or not umbrellaology represents science.

In addition to the sample activities, you’ll also find tips for assessing your student’s ability, tips for teaching science, and a variety of more free lessons as well.

There is a great deal of free content here. Bookmark the site to make return visits.

The Science of Cooking

April 4th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 4, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Accidental Scientist – Science of Cooking

(www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/)

Age Range: 6-16 (Grades 1-10, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers free lessons, activities, virtual field trips and access to webcasts that explain the science of food.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured items and a menu selection that includes: 

  • Eggs – Turn your kitchen into a lab and learn the scientific processes that occur when you cook eggs.
  • Pickles – Discover the ancient culinary craft of preserving foods in salt brine and vinegar and how it manipulates microbes in foods.
  • Candy – Get up close and personal with a sucrose molecule and discover how different types of candy are made.
  • Bread – Take “Bread Science 101” that includes a microscopic tour of the staff of life.
  • Seasonings – Explore your senses through the world of spices.
  • Meat – Learn about fat, proteins, and collagen – and the molecular art of grilling.

This is the ultimate kitchen-science excursion – and fun for the whole family!

Bird Nest Cams!

March 21st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Nest Cams

(watch.birds.cornell.edu/nestcams/camera/index)

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

 

Bookmark this site now! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors this website that provides live feed from cameras trained on bird nests. You can watch a wide variety of birds as they tend their nests. See eggs, hatchlings, and watch the mama and papa birds feed their young. This is a fascinating view of the world of birds.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured birds cams. Click on the one you want to watch or click “All” under the Bird Cam menu to see them listed in alphabetical order including: 

  • Great Blue Herons
  • Great Horned Owls
  • Laysan Albatross
  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • ~ and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens for your viewing delight. (Some link to other sites with live cams; some are videos of past viewings.)

Want to help scientists learn more about birds? Then, become a certified NestWatch monitor. Click here for details.

This is a wonderful demonstration of how science and technology blend to create amazing learning opportunities for us all.

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