Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

Winter Solstice Science

December 17th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, December 17, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SciJinks: What’s a Solstice

(scijinks.gov/solstice/)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

The Winter Solstice will soon be here (for those in the Northern Hemisphere of planet Earth). It marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The winter solstice is celebrated by various cultures and religions worldwide. But what exactly is a solstice?

At this NASA-sponsored website, scientists provide an easy-to-understand explanation of the solstice complete with illustrations and photographs. This presentation includes information about: 

  • The Equator
  • Earth’s Axis of Rotation
  • Arctic Circle
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Antarctic Circle
  • Spring and Autumnal Equinox

When you’re through exploring the solstice page, use the menu to access mini-lessons and games that teach about: 

  • Weather
  • Hurricanes and Storms
  • Clouds, Water, and Ice
  • Tides and Oceans
  • Atmosphere
  • Seasons

And more!

Free Science Broadcasts, Videos, and more

October 1st, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 1, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Friday

(www.sciencefriday.com/episodes/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Science Friday website is a companion to the weekly science talk show, broadcast on PBS.

Each week, the host Ira Flatow, a science journalist, moderates a panel discussion among expert guests on science topics that are in the news such as: 

  • NASA To Launch An Eye In The Sky For Asteroids
  • Why AI Is A Growing Part Of The Criminal Justice System
  • Widening The Lens On A More Inclusive Science
  • SciFri Book Club: One For The Birds
  • Where There’s Thunder, There’s Lightning Science
  • and many more

When you get to the site, scroll down to the topic of choice where you can listen to a segment or the whole episode. Or scroll all the way down to choose by topic: 

  • Physics & Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Space
  • Health
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • and more

But that’s not all…

Use the menu at the top of the page to: 

  • Explore – Read Articles, Listen to Audios, Watch Videos and more
  • Educate – Scroll through the educational resources or choose by grade level, duration or subject

There is a lot of rich content archived at this site that can be used to explore science topics in depth – or simply to spark conversations to peak interest in science.

As always, we recommend that parents preview this site to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.

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!

Learn about the Universe (ages 14+)

December 4th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, December 4, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NASA – Imagine the Universe

(imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/)

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Imagine the Universe is a learning center from NASA for ages 14 and up and for anyone interested in learning more about our universe.

When you get to the site, you can browse the Latest Features or you can choose from the following: 

  • Science – Astronomer’s Toolbox, How Scientists Get Data, and more
  • Special Exhibits – Satellites, Scientist Profiles, and more
  • Educators’ Corner – Lessons Plans, Materials, and Programs
  • Ask an Astrophysicist – So many topics to choose from!

Make sure you check out the Resources – many links to other sites with explanations and graphics.

Learn about the Universe (ages 5-13)

November 27th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, November 27, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StarChild

(starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

StarChild is a learning center from NASA for young astronomers to learn more about the universe.

When you get to the site, choose between Level 1 (easier reading) or Level 2 to learn more about: 

  • Solar System – Sun, Moon, Planets, and more
  • Universe – Galaxy, Stars, Black Holes, and more
  • Space Stuff – Astronauts, Space Travel, Hubble, and more

Each section has audio or video and activities such as Planet Tic Tac Toe, Moonlight Madness, Draw a Space Shuttle, and more.

There is also a Glossary – to look up the definitions of words used on the site.

Next week we will review the NASA site for older children, “Imagine the Universe.”

The Sun

June 19th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, June 19, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various – see below

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

These websites offer terrific information on the nearest star to Earth – the Sun! It’s educational and entertaining.

NASA: Sun for Kids

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK4a7kWb6Ro)

Watch a terrific 6-minute video that provides an interesting overview of the sun – designed for kids!

NASA: The Sun Song

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a358QLi4Wgs)

Don’t miss this! Learn about heliophysics as you listen to the “Chromatics” sing facts about the sun in perfect harmony.

NASA: Goddard Space Flight Center

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm7tfLvHmXA)

Watch a 28-second video showing the moon’s shadow over North America during last year’s solar eclipse.

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