Posts Tagged ‘solar system’

Just for Young Astronomers

August 29th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 29, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StarChild

(starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)


NASA created this website to introduce kids to astronomy through colorful, animated pictures and interesting text accompanied by audio narration. 

After the solar eclipse last week, maybe your kids are more interested in astronomy. This site offers two levels of study for the same topics. Beginners start with level 1 and then progress to level 2 for more in-depth learning. Those who already know a little about the solar system and space can start with level 2. The topics explored in each level are: 

  • Solar System – A complete description of the solar system including the sun, planets, comets, asteroids, and more. Includes links to more facts, trivia, and includes some interactive Q & A. (Level 2 offers a movie courtesy of NASA.)
  • Universe – Learn about galaxies, The Milky Way, stars, quasars, black holes, cosmology, and dark matter. Listen to a song about the Doppler effect. (Level 2 offers “Universe Activities” that include interactive puzzles and art.)
  • Space Stuff – Great information on astronauts, space suits, space travel, space probes, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Who’s Who in Space – along with “Space Activities.”

This site also contains a link to “Imagine the Universe” which is designed for students 14 and up.

Infrared Astronomy

June 20th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cool Cosmos: Infrared

(coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/)

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

 

Here is another portion of the Cool Cosmos website reviewed last week. At this website, IPAC at Caltech 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.

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 “to study the cool cosmos, infrared light is our window into the heat of the coolest things around.”

Math with Phi: The Golden Number

June 19th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, June 19, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Phi: The Golden Number

(www.goldennumber.net/math/)

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

 

This website is devoted to the exploration of Phi, an irrational number like Pi that is the ratio of the line segments that result when a line is divided in a special way. You’ll find many demonstrations of Phi along with its history from ancient Greece and Egypt, to the Renaissance, to modern day with its appearance in quasi-crystals — a form of matter discovered in the 1980’s.

Use the menu to see Phi demonstrated in many different areas including: 

  • Design/Art – Phi is in Art, Architecture, Color, Music, Poetry, Marketing, and even Credit Cards.
  • Life – Explore Phi in Human Anatomy, Animals, Plants, DNA, and Population Growth.
  • Mathematics – Including Means, Fibonacci Patterns, Pascal’s Triangle, and more.
  • Geometry – Look for Phi in Bucky Balls, Circles, Triangles, Orthogons, Quasi-crystals, Spirals, and more.
  • Markets/Gaming – See how Phi and Fibonacci numbers are used to predict stock market moves.
  • Cosmos – Phi appears in the Solar System, Universe, Quantum Matter, Quantum Time, etc.
  • Theology – See a demonstration of Phi in the Bible.

This is an ad-supported website that provides a fascinating demonstration of mathematics (and particularly Phi) in all aspects of life. It is beautifully illustrated and clearly written.

Explore the “Space Place” for Kids!

September 13th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, September 13, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NASA Space Place

(spaceplace.nasa.gov/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

NASA sponsors this non-commercial website to show kids that science, technology, and learning about space are fun and within their grasp. It offers free projects and activities that lead kids step-by-step through challenging subjects such as the electromagnetic spectrum, orbits, gravitational waves, tidal forces, binary and hexadecimal notation, and more. As the website explains, these topics are “treated simply and concisely, with everyday analogies and metaphors, concrete examples, and compelling illustrations.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the Space Place logo and below it a menu of activities that includes:  

  • Explore – Learn about planets, lasers, weather satellites, orbits, gravity, and more through interactive animations, demonstrations, and videos.
  • Do – Build a bubble-powered rocket, make moon cookies, make a relief map, build a physics machine, and whip up some El Nino pudding! You’ll find instructions and illustrations for these hands-on projects.
  • Play – Play interactive games that teach as they entertain. Go on a virtual mission to Jupiter, explore the solar system, compare the sizes of planets, do space-themed crossword puzzles, word searches, and more.

This is a terrific way to engage kids in learning about science through technology.

Fun Sample Interactive Math Games & Tools

September 12th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, September 12, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Brainormous

(www.brainormous.com/)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This is a commercial website that sells downloadable math games and tools. However, Brainormous provides a generous sampling of their products for free – making this site worth a visit if you just want a little random math practice.

When you get to the home page you’ll see a menu that includes:

  • Multiflyer – Multiply your way through the solar system.
  • Math-teroid Multiplication or Division – Use your math skills to keep asteroids from destroying your space station.
  • Addition, Multiplication, and Division Worksheet Creator – Make custom worksheets to practice various math skills.
  • Coloring Page Maker – Create your own space scene, then print it out to color.
  • Gridiant – Place spheres strategically on the grid.

We played one of the Math-teroid games, and even though our time ran out on the sample game, we were able to restart it and play some more. 

If you enjoy the games and/or tools and want more, you can purchase and download them for “home use” for about $5-$10 each. Again, you don’t have to purchase a thing – you can test-drive these programs for FREE.

Free Science Videos for Kids

September 6th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, September 6, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NeoK12: Educational Videos for Kids

(www.neok12.com/)

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

 

This website archives educational videos from across the Internet in one place. The videos are terrific learning tools that explain and illustrate the wonders of science to kids in grades K-12.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of main categories that includes: 

  • Physical Science – Watch videos about the atom, electricity, gravity, laws of motion, magnetism, relativity, state of matter, and more.
  • Chemistry – View videos on acids and bases, the periodic table, organic chemistry, etc.
  • Life Science – See films on wildlife, insects, marine animals, plants, cell division, photosynthesis, pollination and more.
  • Human Body – Watch information on the circulatory system, digestive system, respiratory system, nervous system, skeletal system and more.
  • Earth & Space – Enjoy videos about comets, galaxies, the moon, the solar system, deserts, forests, glaciers, oceans, seasons, volcanoes, and more.

You’ll also find a selection of videos on other subjects such as Social Studies, Health, Math, English, etc. 

Note: This site explains that all of the videos listed are reviewed for appropriate content for children. Nevertheless, we recommend that parents AS ALWAYS preview every film to be certain the content is suitable for your own family.

Bookmark this site to use it as a learning resource again and again.

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