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Calling All Young Inventors

November 18th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 18, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Museum of Education: Inventucation Central

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

The National Museum of Education’s website encourages young inventors by providing all kinds of information on inventors, inventions, and how to invent. It encourages students to invent with interactive games to challenge thinking and improve science skills. It also has a database of online science experiments, and terrific invention contests and competitions. They also maintain a “Hall of Fame” featuring student inventors!
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Scroll down to the main menu featuring five items:
  1. Student Inventors – Read comics featuring the biographies of student inventors, explore the student inventors and their inventions in the “Gallery for America’s Young Inventors”, and find out how you can submit an invention and be inducted to the hall of fame.
  2. Invention Competitions – Students can participate in competitions, awards, scholarships, and more. Check out the BubbleWrap competition, the Rubber Band Contest, Student Ideas for a Better America, and more.
  3. Science Activities – Check out this fantastic database of online activities that help kids learn how to design and build inventions, problem-solve, think scientifically, and use physics to develop their inventions. All of these lessons and experiments link to websites with terrific content for students of all ages and abilities. Who needs textbooks? This is a science curriculum all by itself.
  4. Inventors and Inventions – Explore this archive of famous and not-so-famous inventors from around the world (including African-American and women inventors). Check out the U.S. Patent Office for kids. Get a short list of museums featuring weird and wonderful inventions.
  5. Resources for Teachers – Get FREE invention curriculum, lesson plans, printables for your students, invention graphic organizers, recommended books, and more!

Bookmark this website – your young inventors will want to return often!

History of Innovative Inventions

June 11th, 2009

Recommended Website:
The Great Idea Finder

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental guidance)

This website provides an amazing historical archive of innovative consumer products for students, teachers, and anyone interested in the history, invention, and development of things we use every day. The idea is to inspire the “inventor” in all of us.

When you get to the site click on “Enter” and a new page opens featuring selected highlights. Use the menu on the left side of the page that includes:

  • First Time Visitors – Get an introduction to what is available on the site.
  • History Facts & Myths – Read some fascinating stories about inventions, read inventor biographies, explore the innovation timeline, and more.
  • Idea Showcase – “From alarm clocks to electronics, fashion to home safety, office products to Web tools” you’ll enjoy this showcase of the best and most innovative ideas.
  • Features – Which inventions were the result of an accident? What is the history of ordinary things like piggy banks, candy canes and printed books? Who were the inventors behind the products? What inventions provided breakthroughs for civilization? You’ll find the answers here.
  • Resource Center – Get recommendations for further learning about inventions and innovative products including links to websites, a bibliography, a list of movies and programs about inventors, a listing of contests, programs, and camps for young inventors and more. Some of these resources are available for purchase.
  • History Articles – Read in-depth articles about inventors and their inventions.

Bookmark this site to explore inventions in agriculture, chemistry, communications, computing, apparel, food and drink, household items, toys and games, healthcare, transportation, and much, much more!

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Top Science Sites of 2008!

January 6th, 2009

Continuing with our recap, here are ClickSchooling’s Top Science Sites for 2008…

Note: The links below take you to the ClickSchooling archives where you can read the original review. From there, you can click on a link to access the site.

Recommended Websites:

Robert Krampf’s Science Experiments!

Age Range: 5-17

Robert Krampf’s Science Education website provides some free science videos, fun experiments, and you can sign up for Krampf’s FREE science e-newsletter that delivers an “experiment of the week” to your email inbox. This free e-newsletter is one of the best science resources that exists for home educators.

AMAZING Free Science Videos, Slide Shows, and More!

Age Range: All (with parental guidance/assistance for children under 10)

This multi-media website combines science and entertainment to engage learners of all ages. You’ll find quizzes, photos, videos and strange scientific news that’ll fascinate even the most reluctant of science students. This one received a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence.

Free Online Biology Textbook

Age Range: 11-17

This was the most visited science site in the ClickSchooling archives. It provides a free, online biology textbook that is visually appealing with content that is thorough and challenging with numerous references and links.

Calling All Young Inventors! National Museum of Education: Inventucation Central

Age Range: 8-18 (approximately)

The National Museum of Education supports young inventors by providing all kinds of information on inventors, inventions, and how to invent. It encourages students to invent with interactive games to challenge thinking and improve science skills, a database of online science experiments, and terrific invention contests and competitions.

Periodic Table of Videos

Age Range: 8 and up (w/parental supervision)

The Periodic Table of Videos is educational, fun, and not to be missed! Each video is short (2-4 minutes) and provides basic information about the featured element, its history, its properties, and how it is used. The chemists, who narrate while demonstrating experiments with the various elements, have a contagious enthusiasm for the subject matter. Students of all ages will enjoy this!

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Are You The Parent of a Preschooler? You’ll Love Universal Preschool’s Learning Calendar! It’s chock-full of fun, easy activities & time-saving resources for learning with little ones all year long! Get your copy today…

DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website – fast! Visit the ClickSchooling archives.

Calling All Young Inventors! (CSAW)

November 11th, 2008

Recommended Website:
National Museum of Education: Inventucation Central

Age Range: 8-18 (approximately)

The National Museum of Education has a winner with this addition to their website that encourages young inventors by providing all kinds of information on inventors, inventions, and how to invent. It encourages students to invent with interactive games to challenge thinking and improve science skills, a database of online science experiments, and terrific invention contests and competitions. They also maintain a “Hall of Fame” featuring student inventors!

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Scroll down to the main menu featuring five items:

  1. Student Inventors – Read comics featuring the biographies of student inventors, explore the student inventors and their inventions in the “Gallery for America’s Young Inventors” and find out how you can submit an invention and be inducted to the hall of fame.
  2. Invention Competitions – Students can participate in competitions, awards, scholarships and more. Check out the BubbleWrap competition, the Rubber Band Contest, Student Ideas for a Better America and more
  3. Science Activities – Check out this fantastic database of online activities that help kids learn how to design and build inventions, problem-solve, think scientifically, and use physics to develop their inventions. All of these lessons and experiments link to websites with terrific content for students of all ages and abilities. Who needs textbooks? This is a science curriculum all by itself.
  4. Inventors and Inventions – Explore this archive of famous and not-so-famous inventors from around the world (including African-American and Women inventors). Check out the U.S. Patent Office for kids. Get a short list of museums featuring weird and wonderful inventions
  5. Resources for Teachers – Get FREE invention curriculum, lesson plans, printables for your students, invention graphic organizers, recommended books, and more!

This site gets a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence! Bookmark it – your young inventor will want to return often!

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Are You The Parent of a Preschooler? You’ll Love Universal Preschool’s Learning Calendar! It’s chock-full of fun, easy activities & time-saving resources for learning with little ones all year long! Get your copy today…

DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website – fast! Visit the ClickSchooling archives.

Virtual Field Trip To Bubble Wrap® Company!

January 5th, 2007

Recommended Website:

Sealed Air: Bubble Wrap®

Do you still have holiday gift packaging Bubble Wrap® strewn about the house
or did your kids pop it all? Never fear, today’s website offers an
ever-lasting virtual supply of bubble wrap. That’s right. Visit the company
that pioneered bubble wrap, meet the inventors, discover the history of
Bubble Wrap®, learn how they make it, and then have fun virtually popping the
stuff. Be sure to turn the sound up and try the silly games and activities.
Don’t miss the links to other fun bubble wrap sites too.

You can do all of this in preparation for National Bubble Wrap® Appreciation
Day on Monday, January 29th, 2007!

On that day, the winners of the first-ever Bubble Wrap® Competition for
Young Inventors will be announced. At the website, you can view the entries
of the 10 Semi-Finalists (out of over 800 entries) — including that of
homeschooler Megan Guerrero! She invented “The Empire State Building
3-Dimensional Construction Project.” See it here (scroll down the page).

It’s really fun to see the amazing uses for Bubble Wrap® that these kids
invented. I used to keep Bubble Wrap® in the car to help the kids pass the
time on long road trips — but these young inventors take Bubble Wrap® to a
whole new level. You’ll get ideas for science experiments and art projects
that your family is sure to enjoy!

Who knows? It may provide incentive for your kids to enter next year’s
Bubble Wrap® Competition for Young Inventors.

By the way, you can find numerous “Bubble Wrap® Lesson Plans” for a variety
of subjects on the Internet just by typing “bubble wrap lesson plans” into a
search engine like Google. See what pops up! You’ll be surprised.

Here’s another interesting website your family may enjoy…

The Original Virtual Bubble Wrap® Website

When you get to this site you will find FAQs about Bubble Wrap®, free Bubble
Wrap® themed downloads, and even Bubble Wrap® music — Bubble Rapâ„¢? Try
popping a sheet of virtual bubble wrap. Click on “Diagnostics” on the menu
to learn the ins and outs of Bubble Wrap® including snappers, duds, buddy
bubbles, and edges or partials. You can even watch a video demonstration of
how pressing on one bubble can inflate a deflated neighboring bubble! Learn
Bubble Wrap® etiquette. If you like popping virtual Bubble Wrap®, don’t miss
the “Manic Mode” also housed at this site
— it has funny sound
effects that will delight the 10-12 year old boys in the house. :)

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Famous Inventors, Inventions, and Invention 101

September 30th, 2003

Recommended Website:
Famous Inventors

I usually avoid About.com websites because of all of the annoying pop-up advertising windows. However, today’s site, recommended by list member Jonna of Indiana, is worth the inconvenience of closing pop-ups. Here’s what she had to say:

“I would like to suggest/nominate/recommend the “Inventors” site for Clickschooling. This site has great information on all sorts of inventors and inventions and they are broken down into easily searchable categories like Famous Inventors, Women Inventors, Black Inventors, etc. I came across it when searching for the cotton gin, but it has everything from that to Post-It Notes. Please check it out.”

When you get to the site there are some featured stories about inventors and inventions on the landing page. Look to the menu bar on the left under the title “Subjects.” You will see a boxed menu titled “Essentials” that offers links to:

  • 20th Century Inventions
  • The History of Computers/Internet
  • A to Z Inventions
  • A to Z Inventors
  • Timelines

The A to Z menu items offers a convenient way to search the site for information based on the name of the inventor or invention.

Below the “Essentials” box you will see more menu choices including:

  • Famous Inventions
  • Famous Inventors
  • Black Inventors
  • Canadian Inventors
  • Chinese Inventions
  • Women Inventors

But that’s not all! Continue down the menu to find Inventing 101 and information on how to fund and market your invention, as well as resources for inventors that include almost everything you need to know about copyrights and patents.

If you click on “Lesson Plans” a new page opens with links to the lesson plans as well as to other invention websites. One site offers a free inventors kit, but you do have to provide personal information to get it.

Click on “Young Inventors” to find activities and experiments sorted by age range from K-12.

You will find many other resources at this site, but again, each time you click on a new link be prepared to close the profusion of pop-up advertising windows.

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