Archive for the ‘science’ category

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.

Summer Activities with Science

June 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 23, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Elementary Science Program – Summer Activities

(www.espsciencetime.org/SummerActivities.aspx)

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

 

Summer is here! At this site you will find free sets of questions that lead to science investigations that you can easily do.

The summer topics include: 

  • Animal Students
  • Ants
  • Backyard Safari
  • Beach Science
  • Build a Birdbath
  • Butterfly Watching
  • Caterpillar Hunt
  • Clouds
  • Fireflies
  • And many more!

These questions and activities should keep you busy for the rest of the season!

Learn all about Saturn and its Moons

June 16th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 16, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Solar System Exploration – Cassini

(solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/cassini/overview/)

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

 

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in July 2004 and, along with the European-built Huygens probe, opened a window into a world never seen before.

When arriving at the website, read the Overview to learn about Saturn and the Cassini mission, lasting over two decades. Make sure to scroll down to see the 10 Ways Cassini Mattered. Next, hover your mouse over the menu in the middle: 

  • The Journey – Timeline, Spacecraft, Grand Finale
  • Mission – The Saturn Tour has photos and videos.
  • Science – Learn about Saturn and its largest moon, Titan, and its tiny moon, Enceladus.
  • Galleries – Images, Videos, and more

After exploring all that this website has to offer, check out the “Kids” link under the “More” menu at the top for coloring pages and activities.

If you know someone interested in astronomy, particularly Saturn, this website is a down-to-earth resource for an out-of this world study.

Fun Science Activities

June 2nd, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 2, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Instructables – Science

(www.instructables.com/teachers/projects/?subjects=science)

Age Range: 5 and up (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website contains thousands of instructions explaining how to do a wide variety of things from cooking to building robots and much more.

As the website explains, “Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of icons including: 

  • Model Earth
  • Solar System Dimensions
  • Homemade Parachute
  • Alka-Seltzer Rockets
  • Build a Model of a Human Cell
  • Make a Human Lung Model
  • Rainbow in a Bottle
  • and much more!

This is a terrific resource you can refer to again and again. Bookmark it to return often!

NOTE – Parents, as always, should preview the site to determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use.

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