Posts Tagged ‘microscopy’

Free, Online Science Games & Activities & More!

September 9th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Eduweb.com

Age Range: 5-17+ (Kindergarten to High School/College)

Eduweb develops online, multi-media learning games and activities for museums, zoos, universities, and other educational organizations. They archive the links to these, playful, thought-provoking, award-winning interactives for science, and a wide variety of other subjects, at their website. Most of the content is absolutely free.

When you get to the website you’ll see a sign-up form to receive email notifications whenever a new game is available.

Below that is the featured new game, and to the left of your screen is an icon menu of the “Latest and Greatest” activities they have produced.

Use the menu bar right above the sign-in form to access the learning games by subject or grade level (K-12). Subjects include: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Natural History, History, People & Cultures, Reading Strategies, Economics, and the following Science categories:

  • Earth & Space Science — Learn about black holes, living in outer space, extraterrestrial intelligence, how to engineer a spacecraft, how to build a bridge in earthquake country, and more
  • Engineering & Technology — Command a submarine, design a satellite, take a virtual tour of a research vessel, learn about microscopy and nano-visualization, and explore solar energy
  • Health & Medicine — Find out about acids and bacteria that cause tooth decay, experiment to find the healthiest foods and cleaning habits to maintain a healthy smile

Many of these compelling and effective learning interactives include role play simulation. For example, become a member of a wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park. Explore the wilderness, hunt elk, find a mate, raise pups, and ensure the survival of your pack. As explained at the site, “The WolfQuest experience goes beyond the game with an active online community where you can discuss the game with other players, chat with wolf biologists, and share artwork and stories about wolves.”

This is really a remarkable learning resource. Bookmark it to return often.

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Animated Cellular Structure & Activity

August 14th, 2007

Recommended Websites:

XVIVO: Scientific Animation

Age Range: 14 and up (note: designed for college level biology
students)

List member Nancy Hogan suggested this website that offers an
incredible 8-minute video-animation titled “The Inner Life of the
Cell” that was designed “to transport Harvard Biology students into a
three-dimensional journey through the microscopic world of a cell.”
It moves beyond textbooks and “vividly illustrates the mechanisms
that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond
to an external stimulus. This animation explores the different
cellular environments in which these communications take place.”

While it is fascinating to watch, unless you have some knowledge of
cell structure and function it may be difficult to understand what
you are seeing — as no explanation is provided, just musical
accompaniment. If this triggers interest, then use the following
website to develop a foundation to better understand this video…


Cells Alive!

Age Range: 12 and up (younger children may enjoy various aspects of
this site)

Cells Alive was previously featured on ClickSchooling in 2002. The
site has been updated and is really worth visiting multiple times. It
uses animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, and
interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and
functions of cells. The categories include:

  • Cell Biology — all about the structure of plant, animal, and
    bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and
    meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and
    function.
  • Microbiology — get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites
    from E.coli to strep to HIV – and take the quiz on microbes.
  • Immunology —don’t miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of
    allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the
    immune system.
  • Microscopy —get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging
    and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping
    microscope images.

Under “Interactive” on the menu, you can examine cell models, view an
animation of the cell cycle, watch the Cell Cams that let you see in
real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to
double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.

This is a “must see” site for anyone studying the sciences in grades
7 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too —
parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the
most interest to their kids. You will want to bookmark this site and
return often.

Extreme Science!

March 21st, 2006

Recommended Website:
Extreme Science

We have featured this site in the past. It has been updated with lots of new info and is well worth another visit.

There isn’t a kid (make that person) who won’t find something interesting at this science site that focuses on EXTREMES in any given scientific field of study. The information is user-friendly and well organized with lots of wonderful photographs and illustrations.

When you get to the site, scroll past the ads, read the introduction and visit the featured presentations that include:

  • The Giant Squid & Giant Jellyfish
  • Extreme Weather Records
  • The Creepiest Creatures on Earth

Then, use the menu on the left to explore science presentations such as:

  • Earth Science — find out about the geological record setters: the highest mountain, deepest ocean cavern, biggest earthquake, highest wave, etc.
  • Maps — a wonderful source for maps and atlases online with everything from topographic maps to star charts.
  • Space — learn all about our solar system, how Earth evolved, explore the stars and night sky.
  • Technology — learn about the latest developments in robotics, lasers, electron microscopy, superconductors, fiber optics, nuclear cold fusion and more.

You can also check out “Animals & Animal Pictures.” Learn all about the biggest, fastest, and most deadly creatures (insects, mammals, reptiles, etc.) on the face of the earth!

You’ll also find links to other terrific science resources on this site too.

Extreme Science is one of the best science websites currently available. If you have a child who loathes science — or just doesn’t seem to have an interest in it — visit this site with them. There is something of interest for every age and ability.

A Molecular Look At The History of Burgers and Fries!

December 13th, 2005

Recommended Website:
Molecular Expressions: Burgers and Fries

This website is one of the very best for exploring the world of microscopy.

Today, we are highlighting a feature at the site called “Burgers and Fries.” Essentially, it’s a history lesson punctuated with colorful cellular images. Discover the REMARKABLE history behind America’s gastronomical favorites and, through microscopic examination, discover the layers of this culinary classic including bun, beef, cheese, onion, lettuce, and potato. This is a short presentation loaded with information and cellular illustration.

When you are through learning about “Burgers and Fries,” click on the “Home” page button at the bottom of the screen to get an idea of the depth and breadth of this site. Not only does this site house one of the Web’s largest collections of color photographs taken through an optical microscope (commonly referred to as “photo-micro-graphs”), it explains in plain English what you are viewing, and often includes the interesting history behind it.

Don’t miss these features:

  • See what Tylenol, the headache remedy, looks like through a microscope — you’ll be amazed!
  • Look at various things through a virtual microscope via free interactive tutorials.
  • Or just learn all about microscopes and microscope photography, light, color, and more. Don’t miss the Museum of Microscopy featuring historical microscopes ranging from 16th century Dutch designs through the scopes of 18th and 19th century Europe to the latest microprocessor-powered models of today.

This is one cool website. It has stunning color photography and plenty of historic background, providing high-quality education for the whole family.

Microscopic Images

January 13th, 2004

Recommended Website:
Molecular Expressions

Gather the family around the computer to view an amazing array of microscopic images in the Molecular Expressions Photo Gallery. This is just one portion of a website devoted entirely to exploring the world through microscopy. The Photo Gallery is full of photomicrographs (photographs taken through a microscope) in every field imaginable. I selected just the Photo Gallery for ClickSchooling, but you can surf the entire website at your leisure — just click on “Home” when you get there and it will take you to the starting web page for the entire site.

The Photo Gallery provides beautiful photography of cellular structures of everything imaginable taken through a microscope. You will ooh and aah your way through the images with your kids. You can look at everything from DNA to Ice Cream. There are scientific explanations of what you are viewing — in laymen’s terms — so this is something everyone in the family can enjoy. When you get to the site you will see an introduction — scroll down a little until you come to the alphabetical list of collections you can view. Click on the collection of your interest, and a new pages opens displaying photomicrographs of that topic as well as information about what you are viewing. Here is a small sample of just some of the collection titles available for viewing at this website:

  • AMINO ACIDS — The building blocks of proteins.
  • ANTIBIOTICS — Fungi are helping us kill bacteria.
  • THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION — Ancient relics found in archeological digs.
  • BEER — See what some of your favorite beverages look like under the microscope.
  • BIRTHSTONES — Check out the beautiful minerals that make birthstones.
  • BUCKYBALLS — The newly discovered third form of naturally occurring carbon.
  • CHIPSHOTS — Surface features of integrated circuits.
  • CHOLESTEROL — Beautiful shots of the artery-clogging steroid.
  • THE CRIME COLLECTION — Items used in crimes and law enforcement.
  • DINOSAUR BONES — Beautiful fossilized relics from these ancient reptiles.
  • DNA — Views of the genetic material.
  • THE EDUCATION COLLECTION — Things you use in school.
  • FEATHERS — These masterfully-crafted structures allow birds to fly.
  • ICE CREAM — The Ben and Jerry’s Collection.
  • METEORITES — Rocks from outer space.
  • MITOSIS — The process whereby cells divide.
  • NEUROTRANSMITTERS — Chemicals that allow your brain cells to communicate.
  • THE OCEAN SPRAY COLLECTION — Unique products from a unique company.
  • PESTICIDES — Drugs for Bugs.
  • PHARMACEUTICALS — Drugs for people.
  • THE RELIGION COLLECTION — From religions around the world.
  • SOFT DRINKS — Cool tools for a POP culture.
  • THE SPORTS COLLECTION — Football, baseball, and basketball — something for everyone.
  • SUGARS — Pour some sugar on me.
  • SUPERCONDUCTORS — A new revolution in the making.
  • VEGETABLES — We’re running the garden on the microscope.

Allow plenty of time to explore the images — and don’t forget to bookmark the site, as you may want to return often.

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A Virtual Pond Exploration

November 4th, 2003

Recommended Website:
A Virtual Pond Dip

THIS is so cool! This site was designed so that beginners can virtually explore pond life and all of the amazing microscopic critters that live there. When you get to this site you will see an illustration of a collection jar with pond water and lots of unusual creatures in it. You will also see the instructions for how to examine each creature in the pond-water jar. Click on any one and a new page opens with detailed information. When you are through examining protozoa, algae, paramecium, amoeba, and many others, click on the words “Pond Life Identification Kit” in the introduction.

A new page opens with a terrific guide that will help you identify pond life — and it provides instructions on how to collect microscopic pond life from freshwater ponds wherever you live. There are links to websites that use multi-media tools for extensive study of pond life as well. This is a great tool to help you begin microscopic examinations with your students — even if you don’t own a microscope.

P.S. If you are looking for more fun science activities to enhance your
curriculum check out:
http://www.homefires.com/curriculum/science.html.

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