Posts Tagged ‘competition’

National History Bee – Free Resources!

September 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, August 30, 2012 and time for History at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

National History Bee

Age Range: 6-18 (Includes elementary, middle, and high school levels – with parental supervision.)

Have you heard of the National History Bee? It’s a nationwide competition that allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of history. The competition takes place during the 2012-2013 school year. The website provides detailed information and registration. Plus, you can access free history resources that include links to educational websites and history quizzes that cover the following topics:

*American History – Civil War, U.S. State History, American Presidency, etc.

*European History – Vikings, The Middle Ages, The Renaissance, Martin Luther, The Tudors, French Revolution, Russian History, and the Conquistadors

*Ancient History – Romans, Greeks, Indus Valley, Mesopotamia, and Egypt

There is a section for downloadable “Study Guides” – but currently a “Coming Soon” message is displayed on that section of the site.

Note: There is a separate History Bee for high school students that you can access here:

I received an announcement about this competition with the message from the Director of the National History Bee: “We believe strongly that this is an extra-curricular activity in which home school children can find enjoyment, enrichment, and success. We want to make an extra effort for the 2012-2013 competition to see that home school families are represented well and that they enjoy participating.”

Registration for the competition is $125. Homeschool organizations can register and all of their members can participate. Individual students can also enter the competition, but they pay the same registration fee of $125. You do not have to register for the competition to access the free history resources and quizzes.

If you have questions, you can contact the Director of National History Bee, Nick Clusserath, at or 864-475-1776.

YouTube Space Lab – Teen Science Contest!

October 18th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, October 18, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
Recommended Website:
YouTube: Space Lab

Age Range: 14-18 (with parental guidance)

YouTube has teamed up with NASA and others to launch a “Space Experiment Contest” that challenges students (ages 14-18) to use their skills in science, math, and engineering to design a science experiment that can be conducted aboard the International Space Station

The top 60 experiments will be announced on January 3, 2012. One of the judges will be renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.

According to, six finalists will meet in Washington, D.C., in March 2012, and get a chance to experience zero-gravity flights on an aircraft and receive other prizes.

Two global winners (one from the 14-16 age group and one from the 17-18 age group) will be picked from among the six finalists. The winning experiments will be performed on the space station next summer.

But that’s not all! The two winners will get to choose one of two grand prizes: a trip to Japan to watch their experiment blast off, or (after they turn 18) a chance to undergo spaceflight training in Star City outside Moscow, the training center for Russian cosmonauts.

When you get to the website, watch the welcome video. Then use the menu on the left side of the screen to learn:

*What is the YouTube Space Lab? – Learn more about this video archive that helps people learn about space.

*The Competition – Get all of the details to enter and wind teh competition. You can enter as a group of 2-3 or solo. You have to submit your video entry on YouTube by December 7th, 2011 (by 23:59 PT) – no exceptions!

*Direct From Space – Get the latest news and images from the ISS.

*Discover Space – Take a journey through the Solar System and watch the most inspiring space videos from across YouTube.

*Technology In Orbit – Find out what laptop they use in space.

Whether you enter the competition or not, you can use this site to learn a lot about space science. Wouldn’t it be cool if a homeschooler won?  :)

Virtual Field Trip to Cable Car Museum!

July 15th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Friday, July 15, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field
at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Cable Car Museum

Age Range:  8 and up (with parental guidance)

At this website you can take a virtual walking tour of San
Francisco’s Cable Car Museum

When you get to the website, just scroll down the page to see
the pictures and read the descriptions that include information about the labyrinth of tunnels, cables, sheaves (pulleys), and mechanisms that run the cars up and down the hills of San Francisco.

Don’t miss the “Video Clip Library” where you can click on
snapshot photos to see a short video clip from the Cable Car
Museum’s archives of a cable car in action, vintage cable
cars, and watch a clip from the annual “Cable Car Bell Ringing

Then, head over to the “Home Page” to learn more about Cable
Car history. 

Science – EcoKids!

January 23rd, 2007

Recommended Website:

EcoKids – The Environmental Education Program of Earth Day Canada

This site originates in Canada, but children all over the world have been playing the terrific games, participating in the online forum, and using the printables, teacher helps, and other educational resources to enjoy learning about ecology.

This site can be navigated with the horizontal menu across the top of the screen, or by clicking on different items in the illustration of the clubhouse on the home page. You’ll find:

  • Play and Learn — This is where most kids will want to spend the bulk of their time. Here you will find printables: coloring pages, word searches, instructions for tree planting and making a toad house, and games to take with you on your next nature walk. You will also find interactive stories, where you make choices that partially determine the fate of an endangered species. Learn something new about wildlife, science, nature, the environment, or energy from the collection of over 1000 pages of attractively-presented and well-organized science facts. (Most of these topics are actually fun learning games!) Send in some artwork or poetry for the world to see. Print out an eco-calendar to post on your wall, so you can learn new facts all year. Plus recommended books, links, and much, much more!

Bonus: If you live in Canada, these two sections are just for you:

  • EcoKids Club: Canadian teachers and students, sign up for free membership in the EcoKids club! Periodic free ecology kits will be sent to your school.
  • EcoKids Challenge: Canadians can also compete in an annual competition: get as many other kids involved as possible in some activity that benefits the environment (the kids can be recruited from your school or any other extra-curricular club or youth group in Canada). The entry form and complete details are here. The deadline for this is May 17, so you will want to get started as soon as you can!

Enjoy! :)