Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

Exogeology Rocks!

September 30th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 30, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Exogeology Rocks!

 

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

 

Zoe, a teenager, created this terrific website with information on exogeology that combines the sciences of geology and astronomy in the study of planets, asteroids, moons, etc. She and her family were interviewed about unschooling in 2011 on the “Today Show.” The segment included information about Zoe Bentley’s passion for Exogeology. You can watch the Bentley Family’s segment on the “Today Show” here and see reactions to the piece.
To begin learning about Exogeology, use the menu under the headline “Things To Do” on the right side of the homepage that includes a definition of Exogeology, and other information about the site. You can also learn more about Zoe. You’ll find:

*Exogeology Rocks: Episodes/Meet Real Exogeologists – Watch Zoe’s on-camera interviews with exogeologists who explain what their work entails.

*How To Become An Exogeologist – Get information on what it takes to have a career in exogeology. Kids will find suggested activities and links to further information about:

  • NASA
  • Rock collecting
  • Dig-sites
  • Stargazing
  • Visiting geologic formations

*Games & Puzzles – Enjoy playing crossword puzzles, word searches, and jigsaw puzzles themed around geology, astronomy, and exogeology.

You’ll also find a photo gallery, a great list of resources to explore, and more! Read about about “Zoe’s Geo Party,” a trivia game she invented that involves weekly video clues that are posted on the site. Scroll down the page to see the archive of past clues and games.

This is an incredible demonstration of where interest-initiated learning and unschooling can lead, and may inspire your homeschooler or unschooler to explore their passions with the same gusto!

The Sun – Science, Tour, & Song!

September 9th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 9, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various – see below

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

These websites offer terrific information on the nearest star to Earth – the Sun! It’s educational and entertaining…
Watch a terrific 6-minute video that provides an interesting overview of the sun – designed for kids!
Don’t miss this! Learn about heliophysics as you listen to the “Chromatics” sing facts about the sun in perfect harmony.
This site provides a multi-media virtual tour of the sun through the use of text, photographs, illustrations, animations, and film clips. The entire tour takes about 20 minutes and includes information about solar wind, sun spots, solar eclipses, solar flares, and more.
New Mexico is the “clean energy state” and offers this website with solar energy science projects for grades 3-12 that include:
Grades 3-6:
* Let’s Study the Sun
* Intro to Light & Matter
* Make a Pizza Box Solar Oven
* Simple Solar Cell Demo
Grades 7-12:
* Intro to Electricity
* Solar Cell Demo
* Explore Passive Solar Design
* Explore Photovoltaics
* Electrolysis: Obtaining hydrogen from water
* Explore Fuel Cells
* Intro to Light & Matter
* Experiment with Passive Solar Design Lab
The information here is presented in a user-friendly way, and all of the lessons and projects can be downloaded and/or printed out for use offline.

NASA’s SciJinks!

May 20th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, May 20, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SciJinks

 

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This NASA website provides free information about weather, space, atmosphere and satellites through engaging multi-media animations, images, activities, games and downloadable teacher resources.
When you get to the site you’ll see a featured presentation in the center of the screen. Directly to the left, you’ll see a menu that includes:
  • Weather – Learn from topics such as, Ask a Weatherman, Weather Folklore, Write a Weather Adventure, Bad Weather Joke Machine and more.
  • Hurricanes and Storms – Find out how a hurricane forms. Watch a “Parade of Floods.”
  • Clouds, Water, and Ice – Check out a “Gallery of Glaciers”. Try some of the “Classroom Activities” that can be tweaked for homeschool use.
  • Tides and Oceans – Discover what causes tides and why they’re weird sometimes. View a “Gallery of Oceans.”
  • Atmosphere – Get the answer to the age-old question, “Why is the sky blue?”
  • Seasons – Learn why the Earth has seasons.
  • Satellites and Technology – Make a weather satellite, learn all about GOES, and be “Spuzzled!” Lots of great satellite info here.
  • Space Weather – Learn how weather on the sun affects us. Check out the weather on other planets. Enjoy a “Gallery of Space Weather.”

You can also click on the horizontal menu near the top of each page that includes:

  • Fun & Games – A selection of fun games from the extensive menu described above.
  • Now I Get It – A selection of popular topics from the extensive menu including “What is the Scientific Method” along with ideas for a weather science project.

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return many times to enjoy it all.

Cool Cosmos Lessons & Activities for K-12!

October 1st, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, October 1, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Cool Cosmos

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

At this website, NASA has taken the science of infrared astronomy and made it accessible to students of all ages through a variety of free educational activities, web-tutorials, lessons, videos, experiments and resources that explain the infrared universe.

ClickSchooling reviewed this site a few years ago, but the site was rebuilt and relaunched in 2013 to provide the best educational experiences for both desktop and mobile browsers.

When you get to the website, you’ll see some features that include:

Infrared World – Find out the role of infrared light in Veterinary Science, Geology, Art, Firefighting, Search and Rescue, Environmental Monitoring, Archaeology and more!

Infrared Universe – Discover how infrared light helps scientists explore the solar system, the Milky Way and other galaxies.

Infrared Missions and Surveys – Indulge in infrared astronomy through an array of images from telescopes worldwide.

You can also explore a gallery of infrared images and check out a timeline on infrared technology.

FREE LESSONS:  Be sure to click on “Teachers” on the menu to find free infrared lesson plans, printables, research, resources, and more!

Through this website, you’ll discover that “the universe sends us light at all wavelengths, with each portion of the spectrum bringing us unique information about the cosmos.”

Cosmic Science Quest

September 17th, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, September 17, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Cosmic Quest

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-8)

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis sponsors this site that offers some fun and free activities all about outer space! There is information about the planets, astronomers, and various spacecraft. You can also design a space station!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Field Guide to the Universe – Learn about our solar system including the sun, planets, moons, and asteroids. Get information on spacecraft that have been used for planetary and space probes. Read about astronomers during the “Age of Enlightenment” and modern times.

*Living In Space – Prepare for virtual lift-off and discover how NASA and the Russian space agency have solved the problems of living in space. Match wits with their engineers and design a human habitat like the International Space Station.

Click on any one and a new page opens with engaging pictures and illustrations as well as interesting text designed to spark kids’ interests and imaginations.

Help Discover a New Planet & More!

September 10th, 2012

Hi! It’s Tuesday, September 4, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Zooniverse

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website that “is home to the internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects” developed by the Citizen Science Alliance. The CSA works with scientists and researchers around the world on projects that use the efforts and ability of citizen volunteers. Parents and kids can have a great time together engaging in real science projects!

When you get to the site, you’ll see an image menu of the current projects and some retired ones. Click on any image and a new screen opens with a brief description. Click on “Take Part” to get a detailed explanation of the project and what volunteers do. Once you understand the scope of the project, you can sign up to participate (free). Some of the current projects include:

SPACE – View images of space from the Hubble Telescope, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the STEREO spacecraft, the Kepler spacecraft, and the Spitzer Space Telescope to help researchers with these projects:

  • How Do Galaxies Form?
  • Explore the Surface of the Moon
  • Study Explosions on the Sun
  • Find Planets Around Stars
  • How Do Stars Form?

CLIMATE – Help scientists recover worldwide weather observations using Royal Navy ship logs.

HUMANITIES – Help scholars study the lives of ancient Greeks.

NATURE – Help marine researchers understand how whales communicate.

Some of the projects include “Resources for Teachers” with interactive lesson plans, teachers’ notes, presentations, events and exhibitions. They are designed for classroom students but can be tweaked for use at home.

You can also participate in “Experiments in Laboratory” that currently include: helping researchers review data about NASA Astronauts and Engineers living on an underwater base for 10 days; searching for life on another planet; and helping researchers describe music collections from various time periods.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the “Retired Projects” too!

This is a terrific way to engage the whole family in science explorations. Bookmark it to return often.

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