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Mad Scientist Experiments for All Ages!

December 17th, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, December 17, 2014 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Reeko’s Mad Scientist Lab: Experiements

Age Range: All (There’s something for everyone here with parental assistance and supervision.)

This ad-supported website is a treasure trove of free, fun, and fascinating science experiments that will bring out the “mad scientist” in everyone.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief welcome message and a menu of science experiment topics below it for the following topics:

  • Atomic/Electric
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Chemistry
  • Cohesion
  • Floatation
  • Geometry
  • Inertia/Momentum
  • Light
  • Motion/Energy
  • Sound

Click on a topic and a new page opens with a menu of experiments rated as easy, medium, or hard. Click on the title of an experiment and a new page opens with a complete description of the experiment, instructions on how to conduct it, and a list of the
materials you will need. You also get an explanation of the scientific principles that govern the experiment.

From the traditional experiments of science fairs such as making a volcano or a lemon battery, to more unusual projects like making a cloud in a bottle or starting a fire with water – your whole family will have fun learning from the science activities at this site.

Don’t miss the “Fun Stuff” section where you will find puzzles, fun activities using encrypted messages, games, and science trivia.

Bookmark this site for access to science learning year ’round!

Virtual Tour of Underground Volcano!

June 21st, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, June 21, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

NeMO Explorer

Age Range: 11 and up (middle school/high school approximately, with parental supervision)

At this website, you can explore the NeMO seafloor observatory at an underwater active volcano located on the Juan de Fuca Ridge, off the coast of Oregon and Washington states. The site allows you to visit six virtual sites through an animated tour, interesting text, and video clips that document  the interaction of geology, chemistry, and biology on a mid-ocean ridge system where two of the Earth’s tectonic plates are moving apart, resulting in small earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. 

When you get to the site, read the brief introduction and explanations of the ways to take the Virtual Tours that include:

1)  Explore by Virtual Site – See six separate locations by viewing a panorama, watching a fly-through, and viewing video clips.

2)  Explore by Concept – Learn about the research at NeMO that covers mid-ocean ridges, hydrothermal vents, seafloor animals, Axial volcano, lava flow, etc.

When you’re through with the virtual tours, click on “Education” on the menu where you’ll find free, downloadable curriculum materials for middle school and high school students.

And don’t miss “Dive!” on the menu – it allows you to virtually dive with a remotely operated vehicle to an active submarine volcano. As explained at the website, T”he interactive experience uses video and computer animations that allow you to explore black smoker vents, unusual life forms and newly erupted lava flows.”  

 

Free Chemistry Activities for Kids 3-8!

October 2nd, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, October 2, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Styraki: Activities

Age Range: 3-8 (with parental guidance and supervision)

The author of the academic textbook, Conceptual Chemistry, for high school and beyond, created a series of educational picture/activity books featuring the main character, an apatosaurus named Styraki, who embarks on Earth Science related adventures. At the companion website, you’ll find information on purchasing the books, and you’ll also find a FREE series of experiments from the books that introduce kids to chemistry, along with fun coloring pages.

When you get to the site, just use the menu on the left side of the screen to access the activities that include:

  • Make a Volcano
  • Make a Miniature Tornado
  • Understanding Dimensions
  • Explore Geology with an Egg
  • Discover the Water Table
  • Investigate Glaciers
  • Learn About the Solar System
  • And more!

Just click on an activity and a new page opens with instructions, illustrations, pictures, and an explanation of the science behind the activity.

To access the free coloring pages, use the menu at the top of the screen and click onColoring Books.”

Enjoy!

Free K-12 Science Lessons, Activities, Videos & More!

September 27th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, September 27, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Science For Kids

Age Range: 5 – 18 (with parental supervision)

Your kids will enjoy the free science activities, lessons, videos, projects, experiments, cool facts, quizzes, and games available at this terrific website! They’ll learn about animals, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, weather, space science and more.
 
When you arrive at the site, you will see an introduction and the highlighted facts and features of the site. You can use the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page to explore the following topics.
 
*Experiments – Perform cool chemistry experiments and more with materials you’ll find around the house. Float an egg, melt some chocolate, make a vinegar volcano, breed bacteria, make invisible ink, germinate seeds, or make fake snot (ewwww!).

*Games – Try these challenging interactive games that test your tech skills while teaching the science behind activities that involve magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases, etc.

*Facts – “Did you know that the ears of a cricket are located on its front legs?” Get the facts and enjoy fun trivia about animals, planets, the human body, and other fascinating topics.

*Quizzes – Test your knowledge about elementary science through quizzes with questions ranging from easy to hard. Enjoy printable science word searches and puzzle worksheets too!

*Projects – Learn about the “scientific method” while you try the science projects offered in every field of science for students in grades K-12. Grow salt crystals, make a kaleidoscope or a simple microscope, learn about forensics and
much, much more!

*Lessons – Get fun and educational science activities for students and lesson plans for teachers from elementary to high school level including resources, ideas, and activities.

*Images – Use this archive of illustrations, photos, and diagrams to create a science report or project.

*Videos – Watch incredible video clips of animal behavior, cellular behavior, chemical reactions, and more. See “How-To” videos on everything from making a lemon battery to surviving a bear attack. You’ll find videos on engineering, video game technology, dinosaurs, robots and more!

*Topics – Get a wide range of teaching resources and ideas on over 30 science topics.

This is an ad-supported website and the ads are randomly generated. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise use.

There are an amazing number of things to do and learn on this site – bookmark it to return often.

Virtual Volcano!

July 8th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Thursday, July 8, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Discovery Channel: Virtual Volcano

Age Range: 9 and up (Younger children may enjoy some aspects, with parental guidance.)

The Discovery Channel offers this terrific, free Virtual Volcano animation where you can learn about the geography and geology of our world, discover the three types of volcanoes, and build your own volcano and watch it erupt!

When you get to the site just click on “enter” to explore global tectonic plates and see where volcanoes are located throughout the world.  Use the menu to learn more including:

*Global Perspective – Find out where the “Ring of Fire” is located and see the layers that make up our planet including earth’s crust, upper mantle, lower mantle, outer core, and inner core.

*Volcano Types – Find out the differences between Stratovolcano, Cinder Cone, and Shield volcanoes.

*Inside a Volcano – See the Magma chamber and learn about the central vent, crater, fissures and more.

*Virtual Volcano – Build your own volcano! Adjust the gas and viscosity settings to build a volcano – and watch it erupt!  (Be sure to turn your speakers on.)

This engaging and fascination presentation is an adjunct to a Discovery Channel episode on the ancient city of Pompeii that was buried and destroyed by ash from an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Don’t miss this website exhibit of Pompeii: The Last Day, a companion to the broadcast.

A Virtual Mad Scientist’s Lab for All Ages

October 28th, 2008

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Recommended Website:
Reeko’s Mad Scientist Lab

Age Range: All (There’s something for everyone here – young children and non-readers will need assistance and supervision.)

ClickSchooling subscriber Leslie DeHart recommended this website that is an archive of fun and fascinating science experiments that will bring out the “mad scientist” in everyone. She wrote:

“I think you’ve featured this website before, but it has been updated and improved. One of the best features is a section where you can choose the experiments that you want to do by subject (for the week or an entire semester), and it creates a printable shopping list of the materials you will need. (Note: Print your list before you leave the website, because once you close your browser or leave the virtual Lab, the supply list will be cleared out.)”

ClickSchooling did feature this site in June of 2002, when it occupied an entirely different url. Leslie is right, the site has undergone a complete renovation and added lots of new content.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief welcome message and some featured experiments below it. You can jump right in and start clicking around on topics of interest, or use the menus at the top of the screen or on the left side of the screen to navigate the site.

To get right to the heart of the site, click on EXPERIMENTS. A new page opens that allows you to search for experiments by name, category, popularity, and level of difficulty for the following topics:

  • Atomic/Electric
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Chemistry
  • Cohesion
  • Floatation
  • Geometry
  • Inertia/Momentum
  • Light
  • Motion/Energy
  • Pressure
  • Sound

Click on an experiment and a new page opens with a complete description of the experiment, instructions on how to conduct it, and a list of the materials you will need. You also get an explanation of the scientific principles that govern the experiment.

From the traditional experiments of science fairs such as making a volcano or a lemon battery, to more unusual projects like making a cloud in a bottle or starting a fire with water – your whole family will have fun learning from the science activities at this site.

Look for hidden science tips throughout the site by clicking on icons and images on various pages.

Don’t miss the “Fun Stuff” section where you will find puzzles, a contest, fun activities using encrypted messages, games, and a science pop quiz.

Bookmark this site for access to science curricula year ’round!

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