Posts Tagged ‘space’

Virtual Tour of USS Pampanito (SS-383)

June 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Friday, June 22, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour of USS Pampanito

(maritime.org/tour/)

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

 

At this website, the San Francisco Maritime Museum provides a free virtual tour of the USS Pampanito, a WW II submarine.

The sub was built in 1943 as part of the U.S. Navy fleet of submarines that were instrumental in the Allied victory in the Pacific during World War II.

This online tour provides a glimpse of what life was like for the sailors aboard the vessel. You can even visit some compartments that are not safely accessible on the “live” tours (the sub is docked at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf) because of the vertical ladders and confined space.

When you get to the website read the introduction and follow the instructions to take a virtual tour of the sub including the: 

  • Main Deck Aft
  • Torpedo Room
  • Motor Room
  • Forward Engine Room
  • Crew’s Mess and Galley
  • Radio Room
  • Control Room
  • Pump Room

As you click on each section of the sub, a new page opens with an illustration that pinpoints the location on the sub. Below it is an actual photograph and text that explains its purpose.

The Sun

June 19th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, June 19, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various – see below

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

These websites offer terrific information on the nearest star to Earth – the Sun! It’s educational and entertaining.

NASA: Sun for Kids

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK4a7kWb6Ro)

Watch a terrific 6-minute video that provides an interesting overview of the sun – designed for kids!

NASA: The Sun Song

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a358QLi4Wgs)

Don’t miss this! Learn about heliophysics as you listen to the “Chromatics” sing facts about the sun in perfect harmony.

NASA: Goddard Space Flight Center

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm7tfLvHmXA)

Watch a 28-second video showing the moon’s shadow over North America during last year’s solar eclipse.

Free Science & Tech Videos & Activities!

June 12th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, June 12, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Futures Channel

(www.thefutureschannel.com/)

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

 

This commercial website provides some free science videos with printable lessons and activities that help make a connection between what students study (math and science) and how scientists, engineers, explorers and visionaries use it to shape the future of the real world.

The idea is to inspire kids to consider careers in the science and technology industries. Each week the website features a selection of new movies that are available for free for two weeks. There are some movies that are available anytime. When you get to the website you’ll see the currently featured videos. To find other free videos, look under “Real World Movies” on the menu and click on the various topics that include: 

  • Agriculture
  • Animals
  • Architecture
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental
  • Science & Technology
  • Space Science
  • Transportation
  • And more!

When you click on a topic, a new page opens with a menu of movies in that category. The free movies will say, “Now Playing.” There are about 15-20 free movies available on the site at any given time and all include downloadable/printable activities to enhance learning. The movies are about 2-6 minutes in length. The movies that are NOT free will say, “Available by Subscription.” You can also purchase DVDs that contain the most popular movies. But you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the free videos.

Be sure to check out the “Educator Resources” as well. This is a great way to introduce kids to various fields of science and technology and see how they are applied in the real world.

Help Contribute to Real Academic Research

June 5th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, June 5, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Zooniverse

(www.zooniverse.org/projects)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This website “is home to the internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects” developed by the Citizen Science Alliance.

The CSA works with scientists and researchers around the world on projects that use the efforts and ability of citizen volunteers. Parents and kids can have a great time together engaging in real science projects!

When you get to the site, you’ll see an image menu of the current projects. Click on any image and a new screen opens with a brief description. Click on “Learn More” to get a detailed explanation of the project and what volunteers do. Once you understand the scope of the project, you can sign up to participate (free). Some of the current projects include: 

  • CLIMATE – Help scientists recover worldwide weather observations using Royal Navy ship logs.
  • MEDICINE – Play a brain match game.
  • NATURE – Help marine researchers understand how whales communicate.
  • SPACE – Help track solar storms, measure and map our galaxy, identify meteors, and more!

Some of the projects include “Resources for Teachers” with interactive lesson plans, teachers’ notes, presentations, events and exhibitions. They are designed for classroom students but can be tweaked for use at home.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the “Paused” or “Retired” projects too!

This is a terrific way to engage the whole family in science explorations. Bookmark it to return often.

Free Solar System Science Fact Sheets!

May 29th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, May 29, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

8 Planets

(www.8planets.co.uk/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website has free scientific fact sheets containing “Everything You Ever Wanted To know About Our Solar System.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a scrolling screen that displays cartoon animations of the 8 planets in our Solar System along with an interesting fact about each one. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to explore the more content-rich information and fact sheets (that contain terrific photographs) archived under the headings:

  • The Sun
  • The Planets
  • The Moon
  • Dwarf Planets
  • Other Bodies (Asteroids, Meteors, Oort Clouds, etc.)
  • Astronomy (Astronomy, Galaxy, Gravity, etc.)
  • Space Exploration (Space Travel, Alien Life, etc.)

The facts are great conversation starters and may springboard your kids to want to learn much more.
 
Interestingly, we couldn’t find any information on this UK-based website that explains who sponsors the site. We didn’t find any notations or references for the source of the information either – even though it looks to be current and accurate. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site and supervise all Internet use.

Free “Citizen Science” Projects for You

April 10th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, April 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SciStarter

(www.scistarter.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grade 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides an archive of  “Citizen Scientist” projects that you and your kids can do at home to help researchers gather information on bees, birds, crickets, storms, solar energy, microbiomes, and much, much more.

You’ll learn all about science as you take part in both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts that make science simple and fun for the whole family.

At the top of the site, you’ll see that April 14, 2018 is Citizen Science Day! See if there are any events near you.

Or scroll down to see the featured projects. You can also “Find a Project” by location and topic. Select a subject of interest such as: animals, astronomy  space, birds, chemistry, climate & weather, food, health & medicine, insects & pollinators, nature & outdoors, physics, etc. Click on any item on the drop-down menu and a new page opens with a list of projects currently available in that category. You can do an advanced search from the next screen that allows you to filter for: 

  • Projects you can do online, outdoors, indoors
  • Projects suitable for different age groups

And you can even filter for projects that have classroom materials available.
 
From the home page you can also sign up to receive their free “newsletter” that delivers information about awesome projects to your email inbox.

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