Archive for the ‘science’ category

Bird Nest Cams!

September 15th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, September 15, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Nest Cams

(www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/)

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

 

Bookmark this site now! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors this website that provides live feed from cameras trained on bird nests. You can watch a wide variety of birds as they tend their nests. See eggs, hatchlings, and watch the mama and papa birds feed their young. This is a fascinating view of the world of birds.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured birds cams. Click on the one you want to watch or scroll over the Live Cam menu and click on All Cams to see them all including: 

  • Panama Fruit Feeders
  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • Savannah Ospreys
  • Barred Owls
  • and many more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens for your viewing delight. (Some link to other sites with live cams; some are videos of past viewings.)

When you are done watching the birds, be sure to check out the menu for lots of information on birds including courses!

Want to help scientists learn more about birds? Then, become a certified NestWatch monitor. Click here for details.

This is a wonderful demonstration of how science and technology blend to create amazing learning opportunities for us all.

Make Your Own Science Toys!

September 1st, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, September 1, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Toy Maker

(sciencetoymaker.org/)

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

 

This website provides complete step-by-step instructions on how to make your own science toys using easily accessible and cheap materials so that “nobody is excluded because of cost.” 

When you get to the site, use the menu at the top to choose from: 

  • Walkalong Gliders
  • Boomerang
  • Dragonfly Helicopters
  • All Projects
  • Extras

Under “All Projects”, you can choose between Quick and Easy, Intermediate, or Advanced. In the Quick and Easy section, you’ll see instructions for making science toys that young kids (elementary school age) can do. Make a propeller, a vortex, a top, an oscillating woodpecker, a parachute, a periscope, a robot finger and more! In the Advanced Section, Teens and adults can make science toys that include a water rocket launcher, a putt-putt boat, hot air balloon, helicopter, robot hands, and even a lie detector! Click on any one and a new page opens with instructions (some in streaming video), photos, illustrations, explanations, related activities and links for further research.

The projects are open-ended enough to encourage creative invention and tinkering. As the website explains, it is “a resource for inspired parents, kids, teachers, teenagers, homeschoolers, science fair participants and citizen scientists everywhere.”

Free Science Projects

August 25th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, August 25, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Home Science Tools

(learning-center.homesciencetools.com/science-projects/)

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

 

Today’s website is a bit of a diversion in that the site is a commercial enterprise called “Home Science Tools” that sells all kinds of science kits and curriculum that help students (in Pre-K through high school) explore life science, space, biology, chemistry, physics and more. HOWEVER, they also provide FREE hands-on science ideas that you can try at home

Some of the categories of science projects include: 

  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • Earth and Space
  • Physics & Engineering
  • And more!

Some of the experiments include: 

  • Make a Super Bubble Solution
  • Test a plant for starch
  • How to make a rubber band car
  • and lots more!

Each experiment comes with a materials list and instructions. It also offers suggestions for science kits and products (available from the site’s store) to further learning. This is clever marketing. Again, you don’t have to buy a thing to explore the free resources.

Make Your Own Virtual Kaleidoscope

August 18th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, August 18, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Make Your Own Kaleidoscope

(https://krazydad.com/kaleido/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website allows you to make an online virtual kaleidoscope from any image.

Simply find an image you like on the internet, and paste the image URL into the space provided at the website. Then, when your image is loaded, simply mouse over it or click and drag your mouse over the image to make all kinds of kaleidoscopic image variations. If you settle on one you like, you can create a JPEG of the image and send it to a friend to see. (The image is good for 24 hours.)

Scroll down for the full instructions.

If you prefer to make a real kaleidoscope, here is one site with fairly easy instructions.

Ocean and Air-themed Games

August 11th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, August 11, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NOAA: Planet Arcade

(games.noaa.gov/welcome.html)

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

 

This website is sponsored by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They offer games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes.

When you get to the site, you’ll see icons including:

  • Beat the Uncertainty – Plan a climate-resilient city.
  • Recycle City – Take the Recycle City challenge or play the Dumptown Game.
  • Save Our Beach – Learn all about the beach.
  • NOVA’s Energy Lab – Design renewable energy sources for a city. You’ll be brought to the PBS NOVA website where you can create an account or use a guest pass.
  • NOVA’s Cloud Lab – Investigate the role clouds play in severe storms. This is also on the PBS NOVA website.

Back on the NOAA games home page, be sure to check out the “Fun Education Resources” – more games and activities for kids.

Incredible photos of aviation, weather, marine life, space, animals and more!!

August 4th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, August 4, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NOAA Photo Library

(www.photolib.noaa.gov/)

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

 

Incredible photographs! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association offers this amazing collection of artistic and educational photographs that you won’t want to miss.

When you get to the site, click on the word “collections” near the top of the page. You will see that NOAA has divided their photo library into albums and catalogs based on topic. As you browse through the menu, you will see collections that include: 

  • Flying with NOAA – fly with pilots through the clouds
  • NOAA’s Ark – all kinds of animal photos
  • Sanctuaries – marine sanctuary images
  • Voyage to Inner Space – undersea research
  • National Severe Storms Labratory – including hail, lightning, and tornadoes
  • And much, much more!

Click on any category and a new page opens containing a short introduction. You can click on any thumbnail for a larger picture.

While this site stands on its own as a representation of artistic expression through photography, be prepared for it to pique your family’s interest in any given topic. It’s a great way to introduce a subject you may want to study – or to enhance your current studies. It’s also just a visually pleasing experience to look through these amazing photo albums.

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