Archive for the ‘science’ category

Meet CryoSat, Envisat, Rosetta, Columbus, and more!

July 30th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 30, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

European Space Agency Kids Page

(www.esa.int/kids/en/learn)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

So you know a lot about astronauts, satellites, and space probes? On this European Space Agency (ESA) website for kids, you may be surprised not to find mention of American spacecraft such as Endeavor, Galileo, Voyager, Pioneer, and Challenger. In their place, meet CryoSat, Envisat, Rosetta, Columbus, Ariane-5 and more!

There is no mention of John Glenn, Sally Ride, or Neil Armstrong; the heroes here include such greats as Vladimir Remek, Miroslav Hermaszewski, Samantha Cristoforetti, Andreas Mogensen, Christer Fugelsang, and Timothy Peake. Move over, NASA — make room for the ESA! You will definitely learn something new and different at this website! 

When you get to the site you will see some features. Use the menu toward the top of your screen to explore topics such as: 

  • Our Universe
  • Life in Space
  • Technology

As you click each main topic, you will see a related photo; click on it to learn all about the planets, galaxies, space stations, life in space and more. 

From the main page you will also see a menu at the top: 

  • News
  • Things To Do
  • Multimedia
  • Teachers
  • And more

These sections contain interesting facts, activities, things to build, a competition, news items, and more.

There is too much here to explore in one visit. Bookmark it so you can come back often!

Be an Energy Hog Buster!

July 2nd, 2019

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Hog!

(www.energyhog.org/childrens.htm)

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

 

These interactive games for kids help them understand the importance of energy conservation in their home.

When you get to the site, you will be greeted by two animated energy inspectors. They will help you explore all of the “rooms” in a virtual house to find energy-wasters through playing five games. Your objective is to defeat the energy hogs in all of them to earn your official “Energy Hog Buster” certification! You can navigate by the “Navigation” control in the upper right corner or by clicking “Floorplan” or “Training Games” just below the game window. Watch the badge in the bottom left corner of your screen (it looks like a stack of numbered squares unless you click on it) to keep track of your progress. The games include: 

  • Fridge Frenzy – Upgrade to Energy Star refrigerators by finding the old fridges with matching contents. But hurry! Leaving refrigerator doors open too long wastes energy.
  • Bulb Hunter – Make your way through a dark maze, converting all of the bulbs to energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs before time runs out.
  • Whack a Hog – Whack 20 energy hogs in the shower before they waste all the hot water. (Aim carefully; these hogs can be mighty elusive!)
  • Wacky Windows – Caulk all the windows before the energy hog gets in! Hint: Aim for the window corners, and remember to reload your caulk gun frequently. It’s helpful to have the speakers on for this game, although not necessary.
  • Attic Attack – Get up there and roll out the insulation, whacking the energy hogs before they can get you! This is another beat-the-clock game, and it’s the final game of the five needed for your certificate.

NOTE: The bonus game link and the “Hog and Seek” link did not work for us during our review of the site.

And there’s more: 

  • Click “Who is Hog” to get the low-down on several energy hogs you wouldn’t want to meet in your home.
  • Click “Teachers” to access Resources and learn about The Energy Hog Challenge.
  • Download the .pdf Scavenger Hunt – with an adult, answer ten of the twelve questions found here, and see what can be done to make your own home more energy efficient.
  • Check out the Handbook for pointers to share with your parents!

YouTube Zoo and Much More!

June 11th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, June 11, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lil’ Fingers: YouTube Zoo

(www.lil-fingers.com/games/zoo/index.php)

Age Range: 3 and up (Grades PreK and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Designed by a computer usability professional, Lil’ Fingers is a friendly website for the littlest computer users with free animated and narrated storybooks, interactive educational games, coloring pages – and a terrific archive of over 100 animal videos in their YouTube Zoo! 

This site was designed with young children in mind, but the animal videos can be enjoyed by folks of all ages. When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of “Animal Zones” including: 

  • African Region – See lions, eagles, hyenas, and more.
  • Asia Adventure – View bears, hornbills, monkeys, and porcupines.
  • Polar – Check out penguins, polar bears, reindeer, and a walrus.
  • Elephant Jungle – Watch camels, capybaras, elephants, guanacos, etc.
  • Forest Fun – Observe birds, owls, okapis, river otters, etc.
  • Outback – Watch koalas, kangaroos, a monitor lizard and more!

As explained at the website, “All videos have been reviewed to not include animals mating, killing or bodily functions.” Plus, because you watch the videos on this website, you don’t have to be concerned about shielding your kids’ eyes from inappropriate comments that are sometimes posted by random visitors on the YouTube site. Some of the videos are no longer available but there are so many animals to choose from you’ll be sure to find something you’re interested in.

When you’re through watching videos, be sure to use the vertical menu on the left side of the screen to access the animated and narrated storybooks, play interactive computer games that teach as they entertain, and print out coloring pages that include the alphabet, numbers, shapes, animals, events, and much more!

This is an ad-supported website. Parents, as always, should preview the site to determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use.

Mendel’s Pea Experiment

June 4th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, June 4, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pea Soup

(www.sonic.net/~nbs/projects/anthro201/)

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

 

This very simple website provides the biography of Johann Gregor Mendel, who, through experimentation with developing new color variations in flowers discovered hybridization.

When you get to the site, use the menu to read Mendel’s biography. Then, learn about his experiments that led to the birth of genetics.

Next, try the “Interactive Pea Experiment” and breed your own virtual hybrid pea plants!

This is a short and easy scientific exercise, that provides a great springboard to further learning and exploration.

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.

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