Posts Tagged ‘magnetometer’

Amazing Summer Learning Activities from NatGeo!

June 28th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, June 28, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
National Geographic Education

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

ClickScholar Cie recommended this incredible and brand new website from National Geographic that is a treasure trove of multi-media resources and hands-on activities that will stimulate the intellectually curious while improving Geo-Literacy this summer (and, I suspect, all year long). What’s Geo-Literacy? As explained at the site, “Geo-literacy is the ability to make decisions based on an understanding of how the world works and how people and places are connected.” This goal is accomplished through engaging hands-on projects such as:

  • Building a magnetometer to track solar storms that affect Earth’s magnetic field
  • Creating a local weather map
  • Adopting a vacant lot
  • Exploring geographic regions at your grocery store
  • Making a fossil you can eat

You’ll find a smorgasbord of articles, video clips, and opportunities to participate in citizen science projects too.

When you get to the site you’ll see some of the featured resources. It can be a little overwhelming. I suggest you use the horizontal menu at the top of the page that includes:

*Teachers – Find multimedia educational projects aligned with national standards and designed for classroom use.

*Informal Educators – That term, “Informal Educators” is defined as “Educators of Grades K-12 in out-of-school settings.”  Can you say “Homeschoolers”?  LOL. What you’ll find in this section are educational activities and resources that can be used outside of the classroom setting. 

*Families – You’ll find lots of innovative and informal ways for families to learn together through opportunities that exist in the real world – enhanced with the marvelous resources provided by NatGeo.

*Students – This section is designed to appeal to students (about middle school and up) with suggestions for projects and activities that enhance learning. It wouldn’t surprise me to see this develop into a resource for things like “science fair projects.”

*Kids – This has a “just for fun” vibe to appeal to kids in elementary grades. There are a variety of interactive games, along with cool photos and videos, and suggestions for fun explorations that teach as they entertain.

There is a considerable overlap from one section to the other. All of them offer articles, videos, projects, and activities to enhance learning. Bookmark this site – it will take several visits to see it all. 

Because this site is in Beta testing, you’ll be invited to provide feedback for improvement.


Northern Lights!

January 2nd, 2007

Recommended Website:

Northern Lights

Santa has come and gone, but you can give your children an idea of what’s happening at the North Pole right now. The heavens are performing a spectacular light show! MaryAnna discovered this terrific website all about the Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights…

When you get to the site, for an instant and awesome display of the Northern Lights simply click on the small strip of beautifully colored panels near the upper right of the screen to start viewing a slideshow of about 1,700 aurora photos! These are some of the best to be found anywhere, and with good reason.

This website runs a monthly and an annual aurora photo competition, and all the winners are posted here! (If your contribution wins, you get an all-expense-paid trip to Norway! The catch is, you would have to be somewhere near an aurora first in order to snap a winning photo! :)

The northern lights have been especially active at the North Pole lately due to recent strong sunspot activity. The little Magnetometer icon in the upper right corner of this website is updated every thirty seconds to show you what’s going on in the earth’s magnetic field right this minute! More information about current conditions is located in the right-hand column of the main page of this site. (You can easily return to the main page from anywhere on the site by clicking the logo centered at the top of your screen.)

What do sunspots and the earth’s magnetic field have to do with auroras? And what do auroras have to do with the northern lights? You can read all about the science behind the Northern Lights and more by using the menu located in the upper left corner of the main page. It includes:

  • What Are Northern Lights? — Find out the physics behind a northern lights display, the frequency of occurrence, the colors, form and structure, the sounds they make, and discover auroras on other planets! Be sure to watch the aurora video clips in the right hand columns located in the “What Are Northern Lights” subcategory, “Colours”. Some of them are just too awe-inspiring for words.
  • Aurora in Science — Meet the auroral research pioneers. Then explore modern research including magnetic, radiowave, and Rocket Range observations.
  • Realtime Measurements — Check out the gadgets and gizmos (auroral instruments) that stream their up-to-the-minute animations and cams of current aurora activity!
  • Auroral Mythology — Find out how Vikings, Native Americans, and people in olden times explained the strange lights in the sky.
  • User’s Corner — Did you know there was once a man-made, artificial aurora? Download a photo of it here, along with a few other wallpapers (computer screen backgrounds), or read the FAQ’s and join a discussion with other aurora fans. Find a list of links to other websites where you can “ooh” and “aaaah” all day to your heart’s content! :)

If after viewing all of these incredible aurora photos, video clips, and cams you simply must go see the northern lights, you can get information here to help you plan your next vacation. There’s nothing quite like seeing
them in person. Pack warmly, and bon voyage! :)