Posts Tagged ‘optical illusions’

Free Science Curriculum from Museum of Vision

November 1st, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 1, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum of Vision

(museumofvision.org/education/)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by the Museum of Vision that has helped educate people of all ages about the eye, vision, and the history of eye care for more than 30 years.

The Museum of Vision has published on its website curriculum guides which focus on the human eye, perspective and how the brain processes images like optical illusions and 3-D.

When you get to the site you’ll see the guides that are in .pdf files:

  • Healthy Eyes, Healthy Body – Designed for parents and educators to use when teaching children about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for their whole body
  • Eye Openers – Describes the basic concepts of vision, anatomy of the eye, optical illusions, binocular vision, etc.
  • Animal Eyes – The animal kingdom is full of amazing eyes. Discover eyes that look like yours, and eyes that are wildly different. Join scientists on their exciting quest to understand how animals actually see.
  • Art & Vision – Describes how artists create the illusion of 3-dimensions by exploring the basic concepts of vision, size scaling, overlapping, atmospheric perspective and linear perspective.

Click on any one and the .pdf file opens to reveal a well-formatted education guide with interesting text and colorful photos and illustrations. You can review it online or print it out to use offline. Every guide provides interesting discussion points and fun interactive activities. Then take a quiz – Discover your Eye Q!

In addition to the free guides, this website houses online exhibits. From the menu at the top, choose Exhibitions. A new page opens with a menu of online exhibits to explore.

Free Molecular Investigations for Students

September 8th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, September 8, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Molecular Expressions: Powers of 10

(http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/

index.html)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This website 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 that 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.

Puzzled Logic for Young Thinkers!

March 17th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, March 17, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

AIMS Sandbox Puzzle Corner

 

Age Range: Varies (non-readers will need assistance)

 

AIMS Education Foundation (Activities Integrating Math and Science) offers hundreds of free math puzzles and printable activity pages designed to give students a fun way to develop divergent thinking, practice math skills, learn persistence, and be creative. This blog is updated with new puzzles and activities almost daily.
Designed for classroom use, these puzzles can be used at home as well – and are intended for use OFFLINE. The puzzles “have not been assigned a grade level because the ability to do a puzzle varies more by individual than by grade.” When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of puzzle categories. Here are the descriptions from the website: 

*Arrangement Puzzles – Move manipulatives or rearrange items according to specific rules.

*Dissection Puzzles – Assemble geometric shapes to form larger figures, or break them into smaller figures.

*Divergent Thinking Puzzles – Think in ways that defy typical assumptions.

*Logic Puzzles – Make sense of paradoxes, move items safely across divides, or complete challenges according to specific rules.

*Miscellaneous Puzzles – Paradoxes, games, magic cards, and more.

*Number Puzzles – Arrange numbers according to specific rules, look for patterns, or manipulate them to get different solutions.

*Toothpick Puzzles – Move, rearrange, and/or remove toothpicks to reach desired outcomes.

*Topological Puzzles – Explore geometric properties not affected by changes in size and shape.

*Visual Puzzles – Explain why optical illusions and visual paradoxes work.

*Get the Solutions – Get answers to the puzzles by clicking on the “solution link” directly below the puzzle.

Click on a category and a new page opens listing the newest puzzle posted. You’ll see some history about the activity and directions/instructions. Click at the bottom of the description to print out any game board or other materials you might need. At the very bottom of the puzzle you’ll find a link to the solution. 

Challenging Math Puzzles, ‘Numberpedia,’ and More!

December 3rd, 2012

Hi! It’s Monday, December 3, 2012 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Archimedes’ Laboratory

Age Range: 9 and up (Approximately, with parental supervision. Younger children may enjoy aspects of this site, too.)

This amazing commercial and ad-supported website was developed by fervent European puzzle enthusiasts, G. A. Sarcone and M.J. Waeber who comunicate the wonders of mathematics and science to the public through challenging and entertaining puzzles. You’ll find all kinds of free puzzles and brain teasers that incorporate math, logic, and geometry problems to challenge young minds to think in ways that lead to discovery and greater understanding.

When you get to the site, you’ll land on the “Puzzles & Tests” page that archives a selection of puzzles, tests, math games, brain-teasers, tangram-like manipulatives, and mental tricks. There’s a brief introduction (available in English, French, and Italian), and a menu that includes:

*Monthly Puzzle – Solve it and win a prize.

*Create Your Own – Get instructions and inspiration to build your own puzzles and try hundreds of puzzle activities.

*NumberpediaDon’t miss this! Explore (or download for free) a colossal collection of facts about numbers including:

  • Numbers in Various Writing Systems
  • Numbers’ History
  • Prime Numbers
  • Fibonacci Numbers
  • Magic Star Numbers
  • Barcode Numbers
  • 80-20 Rule – The Pareto Principle
  • Numerical Sculptures
  • Memorizing Numbers and Number Facts

Below that, you’ll find newly added activities, visitor favorites, and a way to purchase puzzles, games, and books from the online store. No purchase or registration is necessary to access the many freebies on this site.

But wait, there’s more! Use the tabbed index at the top of the page to investigate other regions of this site that include:

*Illusion & Paradoxes -Check out the “Illusion of the Month.” Stretch your brain by exploring the “Illusion Gallery” and be amazed by the “Hypnoptical Illusion.”

*Mind & Brain – Get a recipe for healthy brain food, play with an anti-stress tool, and test your mental aptitude though games and quizzes.

*Oddities & Curiosities – An assortment of activities that include, puzzles, tests, optical illusions, and “teacher resources” that index some of the activities in other areas of the site.

There are many, many links to activities on this site, and most of the ones I tried were good. I did find a few duds, but not enough to dampen my interest. You’ll want to bookmark this site, as it’ll take more than one visit to see it all.

French, Art, & Music Interactives for Kids

October 8th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, October 8, 2011 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Poisson Rouge

Age Range: PreK-10 and beyond (with parental guidance)

This is an ingenious website that helps children (and their families) explore online games and activities that teach about art, music, and languages including French, English, and a little Spanish as well!

This educational website for young children is unlike anything I’ve seen on the Internet. There are no instructions or explanations because the designers believe that it gets in the way of the experience. As explained on the site:

“Most people, even adults, do not read instructions, children who cannot read will ignore written text anyhow…the navigation through the various sections of the site is purposefully simple and intuitive…there is no right or wrong way of using anything on this site.

It’s up to the children to find what they want and to grow their naturally exploring mind. We found that what they don’t discover straight away, they’ll find later, what they don’t know how to do at first, they’ll learn when they are ready and, as many of you know and/or have found out, that is extremely powerful and confidence building.”

That said, the website designers discovered that adults were quite confused by the absence of text so a quick “User Guide” to all the games, activities and animations on the site are provided “for adults only!”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a colorful, animated illustration of a child’s room. Just click on the objects to reveal activities and games that teach about concepts such as:

  • French, English, and Spanish Alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Shapes
  • Art
  • Music
  • School of French
  • School of English
  • Optical Illusions

You’ll also find Mix-and-match and drag-and-drop puzzles, coloring pages, concentration games, jigsaw puzzles, and dot-to-dots.

You really have to experience it to understand how much learning content is available – so allow plenty of time to explore the site when you visit.

Another great feature?  This site is commercial free – so you don’t have to worry about random advertising. They do have a store where you can purchase CD-ROMs, notebooks, t-shirts, and more – but you don’t have to purchase a thing to access over 200 entertaining and educational activities. 

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.

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