Archive for the ‘science’ category

The Physics of Baseball

May 14th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, May 14, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Physics of Baseball

(www.laserpablo.com/baseball/baseball.htm)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website was created by a retired high school physics teacher with a passion for baseball. At his website, he offers many free activities, lessons, and video clips that teach the physics of baseball.

When you get to the site, you can watch three video presentations/interviews that were broadcast on networks (PBS, etc.) including:

  • The Physics of Baseball
  • The Science of Home Runs
  • Out of the Park – The Physics of Baseball (includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide)

Then, continue the learning with the free, downloadable links to activities/worksheets (pdf) that explore the physics of baseball including: 

  • Anatomy of a Homer
  • Anatomy of a Pitch

You’ll also discover links to numerous free resources that further explore the physics of baseball.

Biographies of Scientists

May 7th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, May 7, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Eric Weisstein’s World of Scientific Biography

(scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers over 1,000 encyclopedia-style biographies of scientists along with illustrations.

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to search for a scientist by: 

  • Branch of Science – Search for a scientist by his/her field of study from Archaeology to Sociology.
  • Gender/Minority Status – Women, African Americans, Asian Americans, etc. (Note: This section is woefully short on scientists of varying races and ethnicities. Fortunately, the FAQ section on this website tells you how to submit names for inclusion.)
  • Nationality – Find scientists from many nations including the U.S., China, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, and Russia.
  • Prize Winners – Read the Bios of Scientists and Mathematicians who have been awarded prizes (i.e., The Nobel) for their work.
  • Alphabetical Index – An A to Z list of all of the scientists and mathematicians whose biographies are archived on the website. Choose the letter, then click on any name, and a new page opens with the scientist’s picture (if available) and bio. References are provided as well.

As mentioned previously, there are over 1,000 entries and we only read about 10. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

Science with Leonardo da Vinci!

April 16th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 16, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Da Vinci – The Genius

(www.mos.org/leonardo/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

Born in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, invented the diving bell, and designed the airplane, helicopter and parachute. The Museum of Science, Boston offers this free online exhibit with activities and lesson plans to explore the life, times, and scientific inventions of da Vinci. As the site says, “Though this site was designed to be most appropriate for students in grades four through eight, many of the activities can be adapted for younger or older students as needed.”


When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction and a menu that includes: 

  • Da Vinci – The Artist – Browse his paintings, and learn about techniques of linear perspective. Become Leonardo’s virtual apprentice to play with size and distance and investigate aerial perspective.
  • Da Vinci – The Inventor – Explore Leonardo’s fascination with machines and how they work including wheel and axles, pulley, screw, lever, gears and more. You’ll also learn about Leonardo’s interest in gadgets. Use your imagination to sketch a gadget and invent a useful machine. Take a quiz to see if you can identify Leonardo’s machines from his sketches.
  • Da Vinci – The Scientist – Learn about his curiosities.

Other activities include: Find out how to do “mirror writing” and generate a hypothesis about da Vinci’s reasons for writing backwards. And make sure you check out the Teaching Tips.

This is an engaging online presentation that demonstrates how Leonardo da Vinci creatively applied the scientific method in every aspect of life.

Pond Scum Science

April 9th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 9, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ron’s Pond Scum

(www.silkentent.com/gus1911/RonPond.htm)

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

 

This website provides a virtual exploration of the critters living in pond scum.

When you get to the site, simply click on the links in the text to see remarkable photographs and learn about:

  • protozoan
  • paramecium
  • actinopods
  • vorticella
  • anchor worms
  • fly larvae, amoeba
  • water mites
  • algae
  • and other single-celled and multi-celled oddities

All of this comes to you courtesy of a retired Computer Systems Analyst named Ron DeAngelis. Several years ago, he set up an outdoor fish pond and became interested in micro pond life. He bought a good microscope and when he discovered he could take excellent pictures with a digital camera, “Ron’s Pond Scum” was born!

Ron gets emails from students all over the world, as well as from frustrated parents who confide that without Ron’s website, their child would never have finished his or her science project.

Ron’s Pond Scum is a terrific way to explore the life teeming in pond water without getting wet. It’s a great supplement to any science curriculum. 

Make Asteroids Collide with Earth!

April 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 2, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Impact Earth!

(www.purdue.edu/impactearth/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This is so cool! Purdue University sponsors this free, web-based computer program that lets you calculate the damage an asteroid would cause if it collided with Earth.

You can customize the size, density, and speed of the incoming object, determine where it will land, and watch an animation of the asteroid’s crash course with our planet. Then find out the catastrophic results of your efforts (if any).

When you get to the site, wait for the program to load. (While you’re waiting, use the menu to learn about “Famous Craters,” read documentation about this project, and check out a short glossary of terms used in the program.) Then, simply enter the parameters including: 

  • Projectile Diameter
  • Projectile Density
  • Angle of Impact
  • Velocity
  • Target (Water, Sedimentary Rock, or Crystalline Rock)
  • Distance from Impact

Finally, click on “Calculate Impact” to start the animation and see the results. If you’re not sure what to input, there are drop-down lists with suggestions you can use. Once you get the hang of it, it’s fascinating to try different scenarios to see if humanity survives your asteroid or suffers total annihilation.

The Periodic Table of Comic Books

February 26th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, February 26, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Periodic Table of Comic Books

(www.uky.edu/Projects/Chemcomics/index.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

A couple of chemists took it upon themselves to collect comic strips that mention elements from the Periodic Table and compile them on this website. The result is a “literature” tie-in to the science of chemistry and elements in particular, making them both seem less daunting and more fun.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a Periodic Table of Elements. Click on any element and a new page opens where you can see the comic strips where the element has been mentioned or featured.

Once you’ve checked out the comic, if you want more technical information on any particular element, visit the site called WebElements.

NOTE TO PARENTS: Comic strips may have controversial subject matter. In addition, this site contains links to other websites that we have not reviewed. As always, you should preview the content to determine suitability for your own children.

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