Posts Tagged ‘Boomerang’

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.”

Famous Inventors, Inventions, and Invention 101

September 30th, 2003

Recommended Website:
Famous Inventors

I usually avoid About.com websites because of all of the annoying pop-up advertising windows. However, today’s site, recommended by list member Jonna of Indiana, is worth the inconvenience of closing pop-ups. Here’s what she had to say:

“I would like to suggest/nominate/recommend the “Inventors” site for Clickschooling. This site has great information on all sorts of inventors and inventions and they are broken down into easily searchable categories like Famous Inventors, Women Inventors, Black Inventors, etc. I came across it when searching for the cotton gin, but it has everything from that to Post-It Notes. Please check it out.”

When you get to the site there are some featured stories about inventors and inventions on the landing page. Look to the menu bar on the left under the title “Subjects.” You will see a boxed menu titled “Essentials” that offers links to:

  • 20th Century Inventions
  • The History of Computers/Internet
  • A to Z Inventions
  • A to Z Inventors
  • Timelines

The A to Z menu items offers a convenient way to search the site for information based on the name of the inventor or invention.

Below the “Essentials” box you will see more menu choices including:

  • Famous Inventions
  • Famous Inventors
  • Black Inventors
  • Canadian Inventors
  • Chinese Inventions
  • Women Inventors

But that’s not all! Continue down the menu to find Inventing 101 and information on how to fund and market your invention, as well as resources for inventors that include almost everything you need to know about copyrights and patents.

If you click on “Lesson Plans” a new page opens with links to the lesson plans as well as to other invention websites. One site offers a free inventors kit, but you do have to provide personal information to get it.

Click on “Young Inventors” to find activities and experiments sorted by age range from K-12.

You will find many other resources at this site, but again, each time you click on a new link be prepared to close the profusion of pop-up advertising windows.

P.S. Boomerang! the Parent’s Choice Award winning audio magazine for kids is now available through an exclusive arrangement with Homefires. For more information click here: http://www.homefires.com/boomerang.html.

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