Posts Tagged ‘lab’

Bird Nest Cams!

September 15th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, September 15, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Nest Cams

(www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/)

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

 

Bookmark this site now! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors this website that provides live feed from cameras trained on bird nests. You can watch a wide variety of birds as they tend their nests. See eggs, hatchlings, and watch the mama and papa birds feed their young. This is a fascinating view of the world of birds.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured birds cams. Click on the one you want to watch or scroll over the Live Cam menu and click on All Cams to see them all including: 

  • Panama Fruit Feeders
  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • Savannah Ospreys
  • Barred Owls
  • and many more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens for your viewing delight. (Some link to other sites with live cams; some are videos of past viewings.)

When you are done watching the birds, be sure to check out the menu for lots of information on birds including courses!

Want to help scientists learn more about birds? Then, become a certified NestWatch monitor. Click here for details.

This is a wonderful demonstration of how science and technology blend to create amazing learning opportunities for us all.

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.

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.

Free Biology Lessons & Lab Animations

March 31st, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Biology Place

(www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/)

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

 

This site, sponsored by textbook publisher Pearson, offers free biology lessons and lab animations. This multi-media resource can be used in conjunction with any basic biology textbook or curriculum, or as a fascinating exploration for the incurably curious.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of three items: 

  • BioCoach – This section is designed for reviewing and enhancing biology information gleaned from textbooks and classroom lessons. However, the animations and interactive aspects really help all learners (including those outside classroom walls) to visualize and understand biological concepts including: 
    • Biomembranes
    • Biomolecules
    • Cardiovascular System
    • Cell Structure and Function
    • DNA Structure and Replication
    • Meiosis
    • Mitosis
    • Plant Structure and Growth
    • And more!
  • LabBench – This is an interactive virtual lab that helps students further understand basic biology concepts. References are made to actual classroom lab activities (for example, an instruction to look at a slide under a microscope). However, the virtual lab offers a picture of what you would see if you were viewing the slide through a microscope. So, while you might not have the hands-on experience, you can still learn a lot. You can even take a quiz at the end of each lab to see what you retain. There are 12 labs in all that include: 
    • Diffusion & Osmosis
    • Enzyme Catalysis
    • Mitosis & Meiosis
    • Plant Pigments & Photosynthesis
    • Cell Respiration
    • Molecular Biology
    • Genetics of Organisms
    • Population Genetics
    • Transpiration
    • Circulatory Physiology
    • Animal Behavior
    • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Glossary – Get definitions of biological words, terms, and phrases.

This is a good resource for introducing biology concepts, supplementing any study of biology, and it can be used to refresh your memory about biology course material as well.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 11th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, February 11, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 14-17, 2020.

This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to The Great Backyard Birdcount website. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, and view the bird photo gallery.

Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.com. Use a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

[ClickSchooling] TED.com: Agile Aerial Robots

January 14th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, January 14, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TED.com: Agile Aerial Robots

(http://www.ted.com/talks/vijay_kumar_robots_that_fly_and_cooperate.html)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This is a fascinating and entertaining physics tutorial on the development of tiny, autonomous, agile, aerial robots that have many applications – from being first responders in disaster situations to playing musical instruments.

In this 17-minute video filmed for TED.com (TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment & Design”), the speaker is Vijay Kumar from the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his students blend computer science and mechanical engineering to create the next generation of robotic wonders.

Watch as the flying quadrotor robots fly through hula hoops, work together to build construction projects, provide 3-D imaging of buildings, and even play musical instruments.

If this doesn’t get you interested in science, physics, engineering, entertainment, and the possibilities they offer – nothing will.

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