Posts Tagged ‘shuttle’

Cool Animation of Space Station Assembly

February 15th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, February 15, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Animation of Space Station Assembly

My husband suggested this website that offers a fascinating timeline animation of the Space Station assembly from 1998 through 2010

When you get to the site, the animation will begin. With each addition, there is a notation of what you are seeing on the screen. You’ll also notice a timeline that develops on the right side of the screen. Once the animation is completed, click on the items on the timeline to learn more about each section of the Space Station.

If this inspires your family to want to learn more, head over to NASA’s Space Station website.  You can read the latest news, see photographs and watch actual videos of the Space Station, and learn about:

  • Research & Technology
  • Crews & Expeditions
  • International Cooperation
  • Living & Working on the Space Station
  • Building & Assembly
  • Facts & Figures

This is an impressive feat of human engineering and technology that every kid on the planet should know about.

Don’t forget that you can get the latest update on the space station and space shuttle fly-bys as well as all of the latest info on celestial activity at  Enjoy!


Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

President’s Day Special: Double Spaceship Flybys!!

February 18th, 2008

Even though there isn’t a “regular” ClickSchooling message today, I wanted you to be aware of a celestial event that is taking place this evening…

Recommended Website:
Space Weather News

DOUBLE FLYBY: If all goes according to plan, space shuttle Atlantis will undock from the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday morning, Feb. 18th, at approximately 4:30 am EST. This is good news for sky watchers across North America who will be able to witness a rare double flyby on Monday evening. Atlantis and the ISS will appear as a tight pair of lights, as bright as Jupiter or Venus, gliding in tandem across the twilight sky–an unforgettable sight. Favored cities include Los Angeles, New Orleans, Dallas, Jackson (MS), Pensacola, Philadelphia, Reno, San Diego and others. Double flybys continue on Tuesday, Feb 19th, albeit not as tight because the shuttle will be moving away from the ISS as it prepares to land on Wednesday, Feb. 20th.

You can receive telephone and email alerts when the spacecraft are about to fly over your backyard by subscribing to Spaceweather PHONE or look for flyby timetables at Heavens Above. And should you miss the event, visit for images and movies.


Fun, Interactive Math Facts Games

February 12th, 2007

Recommended Website:
Math at Play Kids Games

At this website, you’ll find a variety of fun, interactive games designed to
help kids learn and practice their math skills.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that include:

  • Math Shuttle Launch — You choose whether to work on addition, subtraction,
    multiplication, division, or a random assortment of them all. You also get
    to choose your level: Easy, Medium, or Hard. Every time you answer a math
    question correctly, you get to watch your rocketship launch successfully and
    reach the moon. :)
  • Save the Math Apples: Answer the math questions correctly and the monkey
    can get the apples safely across the river. One misstep, though, and the
    hungry crocodile gets a snack!
  • Seahorse Counting: Count the seahorses and click on the correct
    corresponding number. Great for young children learning to recognize their
  • Robot Calculator: Type in the correct answers to the math questions that
    appear on the calculator screen to make your robot very happy.
  • Math Pinball: Shoot the ball and hit it with the paddles; watch it bounce
    all around inside the pinball machine. Each time the pinball successfully
    ricochets off of the components of a math question, you need to answer it
    correctly before you can continue the game. Complete with sound effects.
  • Math Tunnel Blaster: Shoot the correct answers to make your way through the
    walls and through the tunnel.
  • Calculator Quizzer: The questions appear vertically (in the Robot
    Calculator they appear horizontally).

But that’s not all! There are other subjects also available at this site.
Just click on the house icon at the top left corner of your screen to access
them! And in the “new” section, you can download a free math drills
adventure game to play on your home computer. (Note: This particular game
might be scary for some younger children; parents should preview the game to
determine suitability).

Winter Math Ideas for Pre-K – 12

January 13th, 2003

Winter themed math activities are fun. Here are 2 sites, one for young children, and another for grades 8-12:

Recommended Websites:

Math Cats: Winter Math Idea Bank

Just for young children, this site offers a Winter Math Idea Bank. When you get to the site, scroll down a little and you will see a list of activities for classroom use that you can adapt for home including:

  • Matching Game called Dress the Snowman
  • Graphing Who Wears Gloves in Winter
  • Estimating How Much Will A Mitten Hold
  • Estimating How Many Snowballs (miniature marshmallows) In The Jar
  • Comparing Child’s Height to a Penguin’s
  • and more!

These ideas are easy to do, lots of fun for kids, and reinforce math concepts.

Search for Ice and Snow

This online activity is designed for students in grades 8-12. They search NASA Space Shuttle images of Earth at three recommended websites for ice and snow. Students record geographic location, latitude and longitude, and other pertinent info that helps determine where frozen water sources are located in the world. This is an integrated lesson combining math, research, computers, geography, and science in one.