Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Discover Minnesota

May 11th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, May 11, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Minnesota DNR: Virtual Tours

(www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/virtual_tours.html)

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

 

On May 11, 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state to join the Union. Discover the parks, trails, waterways and more of Minnesota with this page from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page to locate a destination and then choose from two types of tours: 

  • Panoramic tour – Explore with multiple 360° images. When the window opens, use your mouse or arrow keys to move around the image. Locate the “Pin” in the image to move to the next destination in the park or select an image in the bottom picture strip. There is also drop-down map available at the top of the image to find another location within the park. Hover over the blue dots on the map for the name of the location and click to the image to load. Descriptive text accompanies each image.
  • Snapshot tour – Each tour provides multiple images along with information texts. At the bottom of each tour there are additional links to go to the home page of the location.

In addition to the panoramic and snapshot tours, the following locations also include video tours: 

  • Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
  • Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
  • Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area
  • Heartland State Trail (Video tour only)
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail (Video tour only)
  • Gitchi-Gami State Trail
  • Root River State Trail
  • Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

(Please note that some of the video tours are stored on YouTube, so as always be sure to view prior to allowing children to use the site.)

When you have finished with your tours, use the upper menu to navigate to the Teacher Resources page to find downloadable educational materials. Select the Education & Safety option, then More, then scroll down to the Natural Resources section to locate the Teacher Resources link.

This page makes a nice addition to your state studies resources.

Amazing Science Videos

November 7th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, November 7, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vega Science Trust

(www.vega.org.uk/video/index.html)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This archived website offers free videos on science, technology, engineering and mathematics that provide a fundamental understanding of the principles of nature and the physical world.

When you get to the site you’ll see the video icon menu containing an archive of scientific videos which can all be viewed from this non-profit website. The videos cover a broad range of topics such as: 

  • Interviews with Scientists – Including Nobel prize-winners in the fields of physics, medicine, chemistry, and more.
  • Careers in Science – Interviews with a biochemist, ecologist, entomologist, food scientist, cosmologist, computer engineer, quantum chemist, robotics engineer and more!
  • Issues of Concern – Scientists and politicians discuss their primary world concerns including climate change, malaria, etc.
  • Masterclass Science Videos – Scientists share their personal views on key concepts and achievements as well as their approach to the scientific method. Topics include bird flight, life in space, and states of matter.
  • The Next Big Thing – Scientists discuss antimatter, cloning, defying death, energy, artificial intelligence, safety of mobile phones, nanotechnology, and “The Theory of Everything!”
  • Educational Resources – A selection of short instructional films (for school or home study use) on wind power, electricity, transistors, nanotubes, bucky ball workshops, states of matter workshops (solids, liquids and gases) and more.

Scientists guided the development of the videos so that the content is presented in a natural and engaging way that is intellectually challenging.

Nevada Gold Mine Virtual Tour

October 20th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, October 20, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Xplorit – Nevada Mining Virtual Tour

(vtour.govtour.com/xplorit.php?tid=70628)

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

 

Explore a Nevada gold mine with this virtual tour from Xplorit.

When arriving at today’s link, listen to the audio introduction and then begin exploring the mine site. Throughout the tour there are brief video presentations explaining the area and the mining process. Videos include: 

  • Drilling – Blast Hole Drilling, Exploration Drilling, Surface Blast Drilling
  • Overviews – General Overview, Blasting Overview, Lab Overview
  • Cores – Core Saw, Cores Archive, Cores Receiving
  • Processes – Gold Refining, Fire Assaying, Reclamation
  • People – General Foreman, Ground Support, Mine Engineer
  • Safety, Maintenance, and more – Underground Mine Rescue Training, Refuge Chamber, Truck Maintenance, Mine Entrance

To navigate through the virtual tour, select icons on the moving image to discover the following locations: 

  • Assay Lab
  • Core Archive
  • Core Receiving
  • Core Saw
  • Fire Assaying
  • Mine Overlook
  • Mine Reclamation
  • Mine Testing Room
  • Ore Processing Control Room
  • Process Lab
  • Refinery
  • Robotic Operations
  • Surface Mine – Ariel Overview, Blast Drilling, Bottom, Control Room, Shovel Operation
  • Truck Maintenance – Closeup and Shop
  • Underground Mine – Entrance, Operations, Refuge Chamber

Use your mouse to navigate around the tour and be sure to have your sound on for the various available audio features. Use the left-hand icon menu to return to the home location, see more information about a location, or lists of the videos and locations. 

This is not only an interesting tour about mining but very informative about the whole mining process.

Eclipse Across America!

August 15th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 15, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NASA-Total Eclipse

(eclipse2017.nasa.gov/)

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

 

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental US. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event.

As the site explains: “On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.”

Check out the extensive menu beginning with these headings: 

  • Eclipse 101
  • Science
  • Activities
  • Education
  • Resources

If you are not near the path of the total eclipse, or some clouds roll in, you can connect to NASA’s Live Streaming Event. (www.nasa.gov/eclipselive) 

You can even share your own eclipse experience

“through imagery, video and artwork!” (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/flickr-gallery)

Don’t forget, do not look directly at the sun with the naked eye.  (eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety)

Learn All About Earthquakes

October 4th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Earthquakes for Kids

(earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s site, sponsored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), offers a multi-media exploration of earthquake history, animations, project ideas and a lot more.

When you get to the site simply use the icon menu to explore:

  • Latest Quakes – See a map depicting where earthquakes have occurred worldwide over the past 7 days.
  • Animations – Watch terrific video animations of Amplification, A Blind Thrust Fault, Foreshocks, and much more!
  • Become An Earthquake Scientist – Learn what it takes to be a Geophysicist.
  • Cool Earthquake Facts – Learn fascinating trivia and tidbits about earthquakes.
  • Earthquake ABC – This provides a good introduction to earthquakes for children along with safety tips and info for parents and teachers.
  • Puzzles & Games – Under Plate Tectonics Activities there are Flashcards, Matching, Concentration and Word Search games.

And more!

Explore a Variety of Power Plants

August 5th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, August 5, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
 at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MidAmerican Energy Virtual Plant Tours

(www.midamericanenergy.com/virtual-plant-tours.aspx)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision).

 

Electricity is made in many different ways today and with the video virtual tours from MidAmerican Energy, visitors can learn all about the histories and processes of creating energy. Videos last between 5 and 10 minutes and use digital animation to present interesting and thorough explanations of the different types of energy plants.

These include: 

  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Geothermal
  • Hydroelectric
  • Combustion-fueled
  • Coal-fueled

When you are done taking your tours, select the “Safety” option in the upper menu, then select “Education Programs” on the side bar menu. When that page opens, select the “Energy for Education website” text link to be taken to the “Electric Universe/Energy Underground” website where there are lessons, activities, games, and more for students in grades Kindergarten through 9th grade that will expand upon your virtual tours.

The virtual tours and the accompanying Energy for Education website will be a fabulous resource to use in your science studies of energy.

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