Holiday Science

December 16th, 2008 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

This week, ClickSchooling is featuring a Holiday theme. If you enjoy these activities, you may also enjoy Homefires’ free Holiday Curriculum.

Recommended Websites:
Holiday Science

Age Range: Varies

Track Santa on Christmas Eve

This website is sponsored by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) which is the joint American and Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the United States and Canada that was created in 1958. Every year NORAD tracks Santa’s whereabouts so that children throughout the world can determine his location and how close he is to delivering goodies to their house on Christmas Eve. At the site you can get the scoop on the science behind tracking Santa including radar, satellites, Santa Cam, and jet fighter aircraft!

HowStuffWorks: How Holiday Lights Work

Get the 4-1-1 on how those mini decorative lights are made. Clear explanations and great illustrations and photos help you understand how these incandescent bulbs work, why the removal of one bulb in a strand can break the circuit, and how they get the bulbs to blink.

Science I.Q. – The Gingerbread Man

Ewwwww! It’s hard to believe, but at the Science I.Q. website they explain that gingerbread originated because of a wheat disease known as “stinking smut” that “replaces the wheat grain with a black powder of spores that has a strong fishy odor.” Learn more about it at the website, although it won’t exactly whet your appetite for gingerbread. Once you know the origin, try this experiment…

The Science in the Ingredients of Gingerbread

The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California offers an interesting science lesson based on the ingredients in gingerbread. Find out how baking soda chemically reacts with molasses to produce carbon dioxide – and what that does to the gingerbread dough. Try their recipe for gingerbread and use their suggestions for experimenting with the recipe ingredients to get a variety of interesting results.

Have fun!

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