Posts Tagged ‘Milky Way’

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.

Just for Young Astronomers

May 3rd, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, May 3, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Star Child

Age Range: 6-13

NASA created this website to introduce kids to astronomy through colorful, animated pictures and interesting text accompanied by audio narration.

The site offers two levels of study for the same topics. Beginners start with level 1 and then progress to level 2 for more in-depth learning. Those who already know a little about the solar system and space can start with level 2. The topics explored in each level are:

*Solar System — A complete description of the solar system including the sun, planets, comets, asteroids, and more. Includes links to more facts, trivia, and includes some interactive Q & A. (Level 2 offers a movie courtesy of NASA.)

*Universe — Learn about galaxies, The Milky Way, stars, quasars, black holes, cosmology, and dark matter. Listen to a song about the Doppler effect. (Level 2 offers “Universe Activities” that include interactive puzzles and art.)
 
*Space Stuff — Great information on astronauts, space suits, space travel, space probes, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Who’s Who in Space — along with “Space Activities.”

This site also contains a link to “Imagine the Universe” which is designed for students 14 and up, and has been featured previously on ClickSchooling.

Free Social Science Videos From PBS NOVA

June 5th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Free Social Science Videos From PBS NOVA

On this website, you can watch 39 different PBS NOVA videos for free online.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and the most recently added programs are featured on the page. Look on the right side of the screen to see a menu of topics covered by these films including:

  • Anthropology – Watch films about Israel’s Cave of Letters, Ape Genius, and the Lost Treasures of Tibet.
  • Disasters – Learn about doomsday Asteroids and Mass Extinction, and the devastating floods of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Earth – Explore Sand Dunes, Glaciers, Hurricanes, Lightning, etc.
  • Exploration – Crack the Maya Code and find out if MARS is Dead or Alive.
  • Flight – Discover the remains of Four-Winged Dinosaurs and find out what’s Missing in MiG Alley.
  • Health – Get information about the Flu, Aging, Animal Hospitals, Cancer, the Human Genome, Eating Disorders, Epigenetics, Life’s Greatest Miracle, Marathon Running, RNAi, Sleep, Stem Cells, and more.
  • History – Enjoy the story behind Absolute Zero, Papyrus from ancient Egypt, the Parthenon, and Sputnik.
  • Investigations – Meet an archeologist who is helping to rewrite the history of the Old West.
  • Nature – Learn about Fish Surgery, Frozen Frogs, Ants, and T.Rex.
  • Physics and Math – Watch films about robot swarms, a particle accelerator, coded sculpture, string theory and more.
  • Space – Find out about Hollywood aliens, the Monster of the Milky Way, and the 10th Planet.
  • Technology – View films about Artificial Life, Cars of the Future, Fuel Cells, Robots, Lab Meat, Solar Energy and more.

Click on any film of interest and a new page opens. The films are divided into chapters or segments for ease of viewing. Some of the video pages link to further resources, teacher’s guides, transcripts of the films, and more.

This is a terrific resource to enhance learning – bookmark it to return often.

Singing Science!

April 15th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Singing Science Records

Age Range: 5-10 (The songs are geared for early elementary school-age children, however, there are aspects that the whole family can enjoy.)

What fun! ClickSchooling subscriber Cie Buschle recommended today’s website that offers free science songs!

As the website owner explains,

“As a kid my parents got this six-LP set of science-themed songs for my sister and me. They were produced in the late 1950s / early 1960s by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer. We played them incessantly. In February 1998, I found the LPs in my parents’ basement. I cleaned them up…burned them onto a CD…and encoded them into MP3, so now you can hear them on the web.”

When you get to the website you will see a menu of about 80 songs divided into subject categories that include:

  • Space Songs – Learn about The Milky Way, the Sun, Shooting Starts, Longitude and Latitude, the Ballad of Sir Isaac Newton, Friction, Gravity and more!
  • Energy and Motion Songs – Find out about Energy, Electricity, Engines, Kinetic and Potential Energy, Chemical Energy, and Atomic Energy.
  • Experiment Songs – Listen to songs that provide instructions on how to conduct experiments that teach about Magnets, Air, Shadows, Rock, Gems, Minerals, and more.
  • Weather Songs – Discover information about the Stratosphere, Wind, Clouds, Warm and Cold Fronts, Humidity, Hurricanes, Tides, Snowflakes, and other weather marvels.
  • Nature Songs – Learn about Leaves, Trees, Insects, Mammals, Fish, Birds, Silk Worms, and other natural wonders.
  • More Nature Songs – Sing along to songs that teach about Metamorphosis, How a Frog Becomes a Frog, Fossils, Why the Sky is Blue, Parts of a Flower and more.

Simply click on the version of the tune you want to download, wait a minute, and the song will begin to play. The lyrics are not included, but the performers annunciate very clearly. After just a listen or two – you’ll be able to sing along!

You’ll recognize some of the tunes as classics set with new lyrics. I sampled a few of the songs and was surprised at how much science language is included.

For example, in “Why Does The Sun Shine” the lyrics include these lines:

The sun is a mass Of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where Hydrogen is built into Helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees.

And in “How Does a Frog Become a Frog?” the lyrics include this:

How does a frog become a frog
Squatting on a bump of a log
How does a frog become a frog
Instead of a big pollywog?

In the spring the frogs have mated
The females eggs were expelled
Then the male frog fertilized the eggs
and said farewell.

Soon the eggs were tiny embryos
The embryos became pollywogs…

The songs are typical of the 1950s-1960s era and are sure to bring a wave of nostalgia to those familiar with the innocence of those times – even though it was the “Atomic Age.” :) Parents, as always, should preview the songs to determine the suitability of the content for their own children.

Cie wrote:

“I listened to some and found them fun and hilarious. They are definitely dated, but I still think young kids will enjoy them and older kids will laugh at them while still learning. They can be listened to directly on the site, or downloaded if you are more ‘techno-savvy’.”

This is great stuff! Enjoy!

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Science Songs!

January 24th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Singing Science

Gather the kids around the computer for a fun science sing-along! List member Dora Moreland recommended today’s website. She wrote, “There are about 80 science songs that you can listen to or download. They are old and some are corny (but my kids love them!) and I think they are a real treasure for those of us who would hate to memorize what longitude is!”

Everything is easier to memorize when it’s set to music and that includes science facts and concepts. As the website owner explains in the introduction at the site, his parents bought these songs on records (circa 1950’s) and he and his sister listened to them incessantly. He has painstakingly loaded them to his website where you can listen online or download them onto CD.

When you get to the site you’ll see the brief intro followed by a menu of song titles sorted into subject categories that include:

  • Space Songs — Learn about the Milky Way, find out about shooting stars, hear the “Ballad of Sir Isaac Newton” and learn some physics laws along the way.
  • Energy & Motion Songs — Listen to songs about electricity, kinetic and potential energy, motion, and atomic energy.
  • Experiment Songs — Not only do these songs explain scientific concepts, they include experiments you can try at home. Learn about magnets, rocks, gems, minerals, rain, thunder, rainbows and more!
  • Weather Songs — You’ll sing about the stratosphere, how clouds are formed, the water cycle, hurricanes, and snowflakes.
  • Nature Songs — These ditties explain mammals, insects, plant parts, fish, rocks, birds, fossils, and even how a cow makes milk!

The only drawback of this site is that the song lyrics are unavailable. HOWEVER, the songs are sung so cleanly and crisply that you can hear and understand the lyrics with little effort. Because you can download the songs onto CD, you can take them anywhere — a great resource for carschooling! :)

StarChild for Young Astronomers!

October 8th, 2002

Recommended Website:
StarChild

This is a wonderful site for introducing kids to astronomy. Colorful, animated pictures and an audio option makes exploration of the universe fun and interesting. The site offers two levels of study for the same topics. So, beginners start with level 1 and then progress to level 2 for more in-depth learning. Those who already know a little about the solar system and space can start with level 2. The topics explored in each level are:

  • Solar System — A complete description of the solar system including the sun, planets, comets, asteroids, and more. Includes links to more facts, trivia, and includes some interactive Q & A. (Level 2 offers a movie courtesy of NASA.)
  • Universe — Learn about galaxies, The Milky Way, stars, quasars, black holes, cosmology, and dark matter. Listen to a song about the Doppler effect. (Level 2 offers “Universe Activities” that include interactive puzzles and art.)
  • Space Stuff — Great information on astronauts, space suits, space travel, space probes, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Who’s Who in Space — along with “Space Activities.”

This site also contains a link to “Imagine the Universe” which is designed for students 14 and up, and has been featured previously on ClickSchooling.

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