Posts Tagged ‘shuttle’

Learn about the Universe (ages 5-13)

November 27th, 2018


It’s Tuesday, November 27, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:



Age Range: 5-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)


StarChild is a learning center from NASA for young astronomers to learn more about the universe.

When you get to the site, choose between Level 1 (easier reading) or Level 2 to learn more about: 

  • Solar System – Sun, Moon, Planets, and more
  • Universe – Galaxy, Stars, Black Holes, and more
  • Space Stuff – Astronauts, Space Travel, Hubble, and more

Each section has audio or video and activities such as Planet Tic Tac Toe, Moonlight Madness, Draw a Space Shuttle, and more.

There is also a Glossary – to look up the definitions of words used on the site.

Next week we will review the NASA site for older children, “Imagine the Universe.”

Math at Play Kids Games

April 4th, 2016


It’s Monday, April 4, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Age Range: 4-13 (Grades Pre-K-8, with parental supervision)


At this website, you’ll find a variety of fun, interactive games designed to help kids learn and practice their math skills.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that include: 

  • Space Shuttle Launch: You choose whether to work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a random assortment of them all. You also get to choose your level: Easy, Medium, or Hard. Every time you answer a math question correctly, you get to watch your rocket ship launch successfully and reach the moon.
  • Save the Math Apples: Answer the math questions correctly and the monkey can get the apples safely across the river. One misstep, though, and the hungry crocodile gets a snack!
  • Seahorse Counting: Count the seahorses and click on the correct corresponding number. Great for young children learning to recognize their numbers.
  • Robot Calculator: Type in the correct answers to the math questions that appear on the calculator screen to make your robot very happy.
  • Math Pinball: Shoot the ball and hit it with the paddles; watch it bounce all around inside the pinball machine. Each time the pinball successfully ricochets off of the components of a math question, you need to answer it correctly before you can continue the game. Complete with sound effects.
  • Math Tunnel Blaster: Shoot the correct answers to make your way through the walls and through the tunnel.
  • Calculator Quizzer: The questions appear vertically (in the Robot Calculator they appear horizontally).

But that’s not all! There are other subjects also available at this site. Just click on the button of your choice at the top including: 

  • Alphabet
  • Memory
  • Vocabulary
  • Geography
  • Arts

Paper Modeling for Art and More

May 23rd, 2015


It’s Saturday, May 23, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website: Free Models (


Age Range: 11-Adult (Grades 6-Adult; children with parental supervision)


Enter the world of card modeling (or paper modeling) with the free models available at this website. Using paper to create models is a centuries-old and challenging hobby. With the advent of home computers, internet, and printers, this hobby created increased interest.
At this website, visitors can download files for free, print to card stock, and create their own paper models of: 
  • Airplanes
  • Airships
  • Spacecraft
  • Rockets
  • Buildings
  • Land Vehicles
  • Ships
  • Fictional Items
  • And more.
Each model provides a skill level so that visitors can select those that they find appropriate for their experience. A good paper model to start with would be the Canada Post Letter Box which is a skill level 1/5. Each model page provides a brief description of the subject and a link to see photos of the finished project as well as the downloadable files with instructions and the parts to create your model. Some models include:
  • Skill level 2
    • FMX-4 Facetmobile
    • RVT Re-Usable Rocket
    • World War II Airfield Buildings
    • Eurotunnel Shuttle Locomotive
  • Skill level 3
    • Concorde
    • Graf Zeppelin
    • Cardington Airship Shed
    • Titanic
  • Skill level 4
    • N-1 Rocket Booster
    • Link Trainer

Whether an experienced CAD modeler or just being introduced to the hobby, these free models could add hands-on fun for older students to your history or science studies.

Spectacular Planet Show & More!

May 10th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, May 10, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
NASA: Space Weather News

Age Range:  All

One of my fondest memories of homeschooling, was waking my kids up in the pre-dawn hours to witness celestial events and space shuttle fly-bys. Consider starting this tradition with your own family beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, May 11th. NASA reports that you can watch a spectacular planetary gathering

“Look out any east-facing window about a half hour before sunrise. If you have a clear view of the horizon, you’ll see Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter clustered together in a patch of sky less than 10 degrees wide.

The best morning is May 11th, when Venus and Jupiter converge to form a tight pair only 1/2 degree apart. Venus and Jupiter are so bright you might think you’ve witnessed a double supernova beaming through the morning twilight. But, no, it’s just the two brightest planets in our own solar system.”

At today’s website you can learn more about this event by watching a free ScienceCast video that includes an animated sky map.

NASA also reports that, “on May 13th, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter form a bright celestial triangle–almost equilateral. It’s a geometry lesson before breakfast.”

The show comes to an end on May 30th when an exquisite crescent Moon joins the four planets for a Grand Finale–five heavenly lights dotting the eastern sky all at once.”

If your family enjoys the real-time space event, you may want to further the learning with a virtual tour of space at this website…

When you get to this site, sit back and relax as you watch the 12-minute presentation that simulates a trip to outer space using real NASA photos of planets, nebulas, and more. There is a sound component for part of this presentation, but most of the information is delivered through text that is flashed on the screen. Non-readers will need assistance.

Cool Animation of Space Station Assembly

February 15th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, February 15, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Animation of Space Station Assembly

My husband suggested this website that offers a fascinating timeline animation of the Space Station assembly from 1998 through 2010

When you get to the site, the animation will begin. With each addition, there is a notation of what you are seeing on the screen. You’ll also notice a timeline that develops on the right side of the screen. Once the animation is completed, click on the items on the timeline to learn more about each section of the Space Station.

If this inspires your family to want to learn more, head over to NASA’s Space Station website.  You can read the latest news, see photographs and watch actual videos of the Space Station, and learn about:

  • Research & Technology
  • Crews & Expeditions
  • International Cooperation
  • Living & Working on the Space Station
  • Building & Assembly
  • Facts & Figures

This is an impressive feat of human engineering and technology that every kid on the planet should know about.

Don’t forget that you can get the latest update on the space station and space shuttle fly-bys as well as all of the latest info on celestial activity at  Enjoy!


Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

President’s Day Special: Double Spaceship Flybys!!

February 18th, 2008

Even though there isn’t a “regular” ClickSchooling message today, I wanted you to be aware of a celestial event that is taking place this evening…

Recommended Website:
Space Weather News

DOUBLE FLYBY: If all goes according to plan, space shuttle Atlantis will undock from the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday morning, Feb. 18th, at approximately 4:30 am EST. This is good news for sky watchers across North America who will be able to witness a rare double flyby on Monday evening. Atlantis and the ISS will appear as a tight pair of lights, as bright as Jupiter or Venus, gliding in tandem across the twilight sky–an unforgettable sight. Favored cities include Los Angeles, New Orleans, Dallas, Jackson (MS), Pensacola, Philadelphia, Reno, San Diego and others. Double flybys continue on Tuesday, Feb 19th, albeit not as tight because the shuttle will be moving away from the ISS as it prepares to land on Wednesday, Feb. 20th.

You can receive telephone and email alerts when the spacecraft are about to fly over your backyard by subscribing to Spaceweather PHONE or look for flyby timetables at Heavens Above. And should you miss the event, visit for images and movies.