Posts Tagged ‘space’

Explore the National Geographic Resource Library!

June 23rd, 2022

It’s Thursday, June 23, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

National Geographic Education Website!

(education.nationalgeographic.org/?q=&page[number]=1&page[size]=25)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

A Maryland ClickScholar tipped me off to this National Geographic’s education website.

It offers an expanded and updated library of popular, free, multimedia education content that brings geography, science, social studies, and technology to life for educators, learners, and their families.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured resources that include:

  • Resource Library – Every subject is worth exploring. From science and geography to human culture and history—there’s a world of knowledge waiting to be uncovered.
  • Learn Anywhere – No matter where you are learning, we offer a space to connect with our community, share strategies, lesson plans, education guides, and offer encouragement and inspiration!
  • Education Blog – Explore inquiry-based ideas, lessons, and stories. Learn from other Explorers, educators, and young people. Join #GenGeo, our next generation of Explorers.
  • MapMaker Interactive – Create and view interactive maps.
  • Black Line Maps – Customize maps to download, print, or share.

Science Experiment Resources for K-12

June 21st, 2022

It’s Tuesday, June 21, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Home Science Tools

(learning-center.homesciencetools.com/science-projects/)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

Today’s website is a bit of a diversion in that the site is a commercial enterprise called “Home Science Tools” that sells all kinds of science kits and curriculum that help students (in Pre-K through high school) explore life science, space, biology, chemistry, physics and more. HOWEVER, they also provide FREE hands-on science ideas that you can try at home.

Some of the categories of science projects include:

  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • Earth and Space
  • Physics & Engineering
  • And more!

Some of the experiments include:

  • Make a Super Bubble Solution
  • Test a plant for starch
  • How to make a rubber band car
  • and lots more!

Each experiment comes with a materials list and instructions. It also offers suggestions for science kits and products (available from the site’s store) to further learning. This is clever marketing. Again, you don’t have to buy a thing to explore the free resources.

Amazing Oceanic & Atmospheric Photos!

May 31st, 2022

It’s Tuesday, May 31, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

NOAA Photo Library

(www.photolib.noaa.gov/)

All grades, with parental supervision

Incredible photographs! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association offers this amazing collection of artistic and educational photographs that you won’t want to miss.

When you get to the site, click on the word “collections” near the top of the page. You will see that NOAA has divided their photo library into albums and catalogs based on topic. As you browse through the menu, you will see collections that include:

  • Flying with NOAA – fly with pilots through the clouds
  • NOAA’s Ark – all kinds of animal photos
  • Sanctuaries – marine sanctuary images
  • Voyage to Inner Space – undersea research
  • National Severe Storms Laboratory – including hail, lightning, and tornadoes
  • And much, much more!

Click on any category and a new page opens containing a short introduction. You can click on any thumbnail for a larger picture.

While this site stands on its own as a representation of artistic expression through photography, be prepared for it to pique your family’s interest in any given topic. It’s a great way to introduce a subject you may want to study – or to enhance your current studies. It’s also just a visually pleasing experience to look through these amazing photo albums.

Virtually Cruise Historic Route 66!

April 1st, 2022

It’s Friday, April 1, 2022, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Roadside Peek: Learn History & Get Your Kicks on Route 66

(www.roadsidepeek.com/)

Grades 5 & up, with parental supervision

One of the great things about a summer road trip is seeing the landscape that reflects our culture through the architecture and signage along the way.

At this website, you can take a virtual journey along old routes and highways (through photographs and text) to see the long-gone, but not forgotten drive-in restaurants, gas stations, motels, neon signs, and tourist traps of the 1950s-1970s.

Many are the roadside haunts of your parents and grandparents – so, ask them to take this nostalgic online tour with you, and I’ll bet they’ll provide some personal and historical perspective for your whole family.

When you get to the site use the menu to explore:

  • Architecture – See examples of Art Deco, Googie (space-age architecture), Tiki Villages and more.
  • Auto Alley – Visit vintage auto showrooms, gas stations, and car washes.
  • Eateries – Check out the burger joints, coffee shops, diners, and hot dog stands of bygone eras – often shaped like the food they served!
  • Entertainment – Explore bowling alleys, drive-in theaters, and skating rinks of yesteryear.
  • Neon – Be dazzled by the neon lights advertising motels, theaters, eateries, and more.
  • Road Icons – Discover roadside attractions that include giant cows, artichokes, and dinosaurs, as well as legendary folk heroes.

You can even explore these memorable roadside stops by regions including the East, Great Plains, Midwest, Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest.

If this makes you want to hop in the car and find your own roadside treasures, be sure to check out RoadsideAmerica.com for an online guide to offbeat tourist attractions.

And don’t forget to take along my book, Carschooling, to entertain the family between roadside attractions.

Virtually Tour the USS Pampanito

March 25th, 2022

San Francisco Maritime Museum: Virtual Tour of WWII Submarine

(maritime.org/tour/)

Ages 8 and up, with parental supervision

At this website, the San Francisco Maritime Museum provides a free virtual tour of the USS Pampanito, a WW II submarine.

The sub was built in 1943 as part of the U.S. Navy fleet of submarines that were instrumental in the Allied victory in the Pacific during World War II.

This online tour provides a glimpse of what life was like for the sailors aboard the vessel. You can even visit some compartments that are not safely accessible on the “live” tours (the sub is docked at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf) because of the vertical ladders and confined space.

When you get to the website read the introduction and follow the instructions to take a virtual tour of the sub including the:

  • Main Deck Aft
  • Torpedo Room
  • Motor Room
  • Forward Engine Room
  • Crew’s Mess and Galley
  • Radio Room
  • Control Room
  • Pump Room

As you click on each section of the sub, a new page opens with an illustration that pinpoints the location on the sub. Below it is an actual photograph and text that explains its purpose.

Chemistry Experiment Videos

February 8th, 2022

Chemistry Comes Alive: Chemistry Experiment Video Collection

(www.chemedx.org/page/video)

Ages 10 & up, with PARENTAL SUPERVISION. (See note in review.)

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to ClickScholar Deena Ortiz from Rancho Cucamonga who suggested this website that offers free video clips of various chemistry experiments along with explanations of the science behind them. This “Chemistry Video Collection” from the Journal of Chemical Education is entertaining and sure to ignite interest in this fascinating branch of science. The science explanations here are geared for middle school or high school level and up, but many of the experiments are fun to watch regardless of age.

NOTE: While the experiments in the videos are conducted in controlled and safe laboratories, they are dangerous and involve explosions. AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the videos to determine the suitability of content. If you watch the videos with your children be certain they know to NEVER try these experiments at home.

When you get to the site you’ll see the videos listed down the center of the screen. You can also choose the most popular videos in the lists on the right of the screen. Click on a video and click start to begin. Turn on your speakers to listen to the narration of the experiment. Some of

the experiments include:

  • Reaction of sodium and chlorine
  • The Chemistry of Outer Space
  • See An Explosion Caused by a Feather
  • Watch What Happens When You Mix Sodium with Acid
  • Electrolysis of silver nitrate
  • Dehydration of sucrose with sulfuric acid

Again, these are fascinating experiments to watch and may jumpstart interest in chemistry.

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