Posts Tagged ‘Nova’

NOVA: See Inside A Submarine

June 19th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, June 19, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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NOVA Online: See Inside A Submarine

(http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/subsecrets/inside.html)

 

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

 

At this website you can take a virtual tour of the inside of two nuclear powered submarines, the original USS Nautilus commissioned in 1955, and an “attack” submarine, the USS Springfield, commissioned in 1993. You can visit the control room, the crew quarters, and officers’ deck, see navigational equipment, and check out the periscopes, plotting tables, and weapons control panel. Learn about life on a submarine from members of the crew and their families.
This site is part of the larger PBS/NOVA companion website to the film presentation, “Submarines, Secrets, and Spies.” If you click on that title (located on the left side of your screen) you will go to the home page where you can learn a great deal more about submarines and underwater research including the fascinating science of how sound travels underwater. In fact, you can take an informative “true or false” quiz on that topic – answer the questions, and then find out the scientific reasoning behind the correct answers. For example: True or False? Do dolphins produce notes 100 times higher than the highest note a soprano can reach? Go to the website to find out!

A 4th of July Curriculum

July 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 3, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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

 

The 4th of July offers lots of opportunities to learn more about U.S. History, Social Studies, Science and more! Here are some websites to get you started.

 

ClassBrain.com – 4th of July

 

At this site you will find a stunning compendium of 4th of July themed activities with links to:

  • History lessons
  • Primary source documents
  • Texts, literature, poems, and songs
  • Quizzes, puzzles, coloring pages
  • Crafts
  • and much more.

 

There is enough material here to provide an entire unit study on American history and in particular the events associated with Independence Day.

 

Kaboom!

 

Sponsored by PBS Nova, this site is all about the science behind fireworks. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Anatomy of a Firework – an illustrated guide to the different parts that make up a firework
  • Pyrotechnics: It’s Elemental – find out what elements from the Periodic Table of Elements are used in fireworks
  • Demolition Woman – read an interview with a female pyrotechnician and find out about what her job entails.
 
If you have kids who are fascinated by fireworks – they will enjoy learning about the science behind the sparklers. Happy 4th of July!

Interactive Viking Voyage of Discovery

January 30th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, January 30, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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NOVA Online -The Vikings

 

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

 

What kid is not fascinated by the stories of Vikings? In 2000, PBS aired a 2-hour NOVA program exploring the less barbaric side of the Norsemen. Take an interactive voyage of discovery through this companion website and gain a better understanding of the Viking world.

Put your oars of exploration in the waters of learning with these topics: 

  

  • Explore a Viking Village by viewing video ‘walk throughs’ of a 1:30 scale model of a medieval Viking village in Sweden.
  • Who Were the Vikings? This question and others are answered wonderfully in a Q&A session with Dr. William Fitzhugh, who gives a better view of what Vikings were really like.
  • Examine the Secrets of Norse Ships, their construction, and how many different types of Viking ships have been discovered.
  • The Viking Diaspora examines the settlement of the Vikings in other lands with the aid of a clickable map.
  • Write Your Name in Runes and learn the meaning of each letter of the Viking alphabet using the interactive feature.
  • Build a Tree-Ring Timeline and discover how scientists have used this method to determine the date of the remains of Viking ships.
 

And because this is a simple to navigate but thorough website, further your Viking studies by examining the other recommended resources.

Explore Nova Scotia

January 24th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, January 24, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Landscapes of Nova Scotia

 

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

 

Climb aboard for a virtual helicopter ride with Dr. Ralph (a.k.a. Air Wolf) to explore the scenic vistas and geological wonders of Nova Scotia.

Presented by the Department of Natural Resources in Nova Scotia, Canada, this site takes the visitor on a picturesque trip through the province of Nova Scotia. Through the use of breathtaking aerial photographs and closer views of geological features, this site is a geologist’s gold mine of information. Some of the locations of exploration include:
  • Halifax Harbor and the Atlantic Uplands
  • Hants lowlands
  • Five Islands
  • Wittenburg Mountain
  • Gibraltar Rock
  • Lismore
  • Northumberland Strait coast and Cape George
  • Chedabucto Bay
  • Strait of Canso
  • Cape Breton
  • Gulf of St. Lawrence
  • St. Georges Bay

 

For each ‘stop’ of your journey, the images are accompanied by informative text that not only gives visitors a geographical description of the destination but also provides an in-depth geological explanation of the stop. The “Summary for non-geologists” is perfect for the lay-person to develop an understanding of the geology of Nova Scotia

 

Before you finish your tour, be sure to stop by the “Passing Views” and “Vistas of the Month” pages for more splendid views of the land as well as the “Reading Material” and “Links” sections of the home page. 

 

Effortlessly navigate through this site and expand your knowledge of geology and Nova Scotia.

Einstein’s Birthday & Pi Day on March 14th!

March 12th, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, March 12, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Albert Einstein, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist of The Theory of Relativity, was born on March 14, 1879. March 14th also happens to be world Pi Day. I thought you might like to explore some websites devoted to Einstein, his famous equation E=MC2, and Pi Day…

Recommended Websites:

See Below

Age Range: Varies (with parental supervision)

Brief Bio of Albert Einstein 

This website, designed for kids, offers a brief biography of Albert Einstein that will give some context to the other websites recommended below.

PBS: That’s My Theory! 

PBS uses a game show format (similar to “What’s My Line?”) to help you become familiar with notable scientists, including Einstein. Several questions are presented and answered by “guests.” Select which guest’s answers reveal the real Albert Einstein.

PBS NOVA: Think Like Einstein 

PBS presents Einstein’s special theory of relativity as an online, animated activity that will require you to think about the same things Einstein had to consider (such as velocity and the speed of light) to develop his theory. Then answer some questions by reasoning out the solutions.

PBS NOVA: Einstein’s Big Idea

Watch this almost 2-hour movie presentation that dramatizes the story behind Einstein’s revolutionary special theory of relativity represented by the equation E = MC2.

One Minute Physics: E=MC2 

Watch a one-minute video explanation of Einstein’s equation, E=MC2.

Coincidentally, Einstein’s birthday on March 14th, is also “World Pi Day!The mathematical symbol Pi (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter or 3.14159…) is celebrated on March 14 at 1:59 PM (3.14159…)! 

You’ll find a brief history of Pi and some free Pi activities at the Exploratorium’s website.

Explore The Great Pyramids of Egypt!

November 4th, 2011

Hi! It’s Friday, November 4, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
PBS NOVA: Pyramids

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

The tomb of Egyptian boy-King Tut was discovered on November 4, 1922. Would you like to explore a pyramid and check out a pharaoh’s burial chamber? At this PBS website, you can take a free virtual tour of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the tombs and temples of Thebes, and you can even take a virtual walk around the Sphinx! This interactive virtual tour of the Land of the Pharaohs is provided through 360° panoramas and stunning photographs with interesting and informative text.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of pyramids in the center of the page. Click on the words, “LAUNCH INTERACTIVE” next to the picture. A new screen opens to a map of ancient Egypt and drop-down menus that allow you to explore:

*Old Kingdom – Explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Khufu Pyramid, the Khafre Pyramid, the Sphinx, and the Giza Plateau.

*New Kingdom – Virtually tour the Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Colossus of Memnon, the Tomb of Riekhmire, and the Tomb of Ramose.

Simply click on the place you want to explore.

If you select a pyramid, the image will appear on the screen with a drop-down menu that invites you to look inside the pyramid, see a cross-section map of the pyramid, view artifacts, and browse the photo gallery.

If you select a monument such as the Sphinx or Colossus of Memnon, you can take a “walk-around” virtual tour.

The images and content are spectacular. Younger children may enjoy this presentation with adult assistance to read the text and navigate the site.

 

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