Posts Tagged ‘space’

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.

Bring Physics to Life Through Pictures!

February 1st, 2022

Physics Central: Physics In Pictures

(www.physicscentral.com/explore/pictures/)

Grade: Around middle school & up; younger children may enjoy as well. Parental supervision required.

Want to get your physics on? This is the place! The American Physical Society sponsors this exciting website that demonstrates through multi-media technology, how things work and the importance of physics to everyone. You’ll find free information on the physics of light, sound, matter and more in the form of articles, animations, and videos.

The site is massive, so I’m featuring one of the most engaging sections for this review called “Physics In Pictures.” It provides virtual “illustrations of nature’s infinite variety and humankind’s ingenuity.”

Each picture and title entices you to want to know more. You can explore the science content by reading a brief explanation and then further your learning with links to stories on related current physics research. Your brain can take a quick dip in the physics waters or dive in and soak it all up.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured “Physics Pictures” that include. Click on any one to learn more. Then, if you look at the menu on the right side of the screen, you’ll see a list of “Physics in Pictures by Topic” that includes:

  • Chaos
  • Compression Waves & Sound
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Force & Motion
  • Light & Optics
  • Material Science
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Space & the Universe
  • Thermodynamics & Heat

Click on a topic to explore more. When you’re through, use the menu at the top of the screen and click on “Experiment.” You’ll be rewarded with experiments to try at home along with other activities sponsored by this website.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Old Fort Niagara

January 28th, 2022

Old Fort Niagara

(www.oldfortniagara.org/virtual-tour)

All grades; children with parental supervision

Take a virtual field trip to Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York at the mouth of the Niagara River.

When you arrive at the site, you’re ready for your Virtual Tour! The page, via photos and reading, will help you navigate the fort grounds and points of interest.

Highlights include:

  • French Castle – includes views of the Commandant’s quarters, Jesuit Chapel, Soldier’s Barracks, trade room, and officer’s mess
  • Bake House – Explore the workspace for the fort baker.
  • The River Defenses – view of the river from cannon station
  • Powder Magazine – Discover the storage space for ammunition and gun powder.
  • North Redoubt – Examine the British 1770’s addition to Fort Niagara’s defenses.

When you have finished your tour, check out the other educational materials available at the site using the links at the top of the page:

  • History – Read about the 300-year history of the fort as well as read a featured article focused on a specific historical event at the fort.
  • Education – Select the Pre-Visit Materials link in the drop-down menu to download Old Fort Niagara’s colorful PDF booklet “Flintlocks & Council Fires” that includes history, activities, and links to videos.
  • Gallery – See “Static Images” of re-enactments, buildings, and more as well as find a link to the Old Fort Niagara Association’s YouTube page of videos.

Enjoy your tour!

Windows to Earth & Space Science

November 9th, 2021

Science: Windows To The Universe

(www.windows2universe.org/)

Grades 3 & up, approximately, with parental supervision

The National Earth Science Teachers Association sponsors this website that offers comprehensive, multi-media information to encourage learning Earth and Space science as well as a range of other related sciences for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students.

When you get to the website you’ll see a sliding panel featuring several of the science presentations in the archives. You can click on anyone to jump right in, or take some time to explore the menu and see what’s available including:

  • Sun – Explore the closest star to Earth including sunspots, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections.
  • Earth – Learn about our planet’s atmosphere and magnetic field, both of which are critical for sustaining life on Earth.
  • Solar System – Discover planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, the heliosphere, and interstellar space.
  • Space – Study stars, galaxies, and other mysterious objects in our Universe.
  • Sciences – Learn how Earth and Space sciences are interconnected with geology, physics, chemistry, and biology.
  • Culture – Browse a collection of myths, folk tales, and stories about the Earth and sky. Check out artwork, poetry, books, and movies that portray the natural world.
  • People – Access biographies of scientists who made science history!
  • Games – Enjoy scientifically themed crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, word searches, and concentration. Play interactives about the carbon cycle, planets, space, and more! Enjoy coloring pages and paper activities
  • Space Weather – Learn about radiation, fluctuating magnetic fields, solar wind and the complex ways they interact with Earth’s magnetic field, including disruption of cell phone communication.
  • Multimedia – Get links to all sorts of pictures, animations, videos, podcasts, and interactive multimedia that are on the “Windows to the Universe” website.
  • Postcards – Read collections of virtual postcards from scientists doing field research around the world with sharks, penguins, ice, rocks, the atmosphere, and the ocean.
  • Citizen Science – Find out about science projects where the public can get involved in scientific research and data collection.

You’ll also find news, research information, and tips for teachers.

Note: This ad-supported site is free, however, you can purchase a membership to access the site ad-free, along with some other interactive features.

Explore the Night Sky

October 19th, 2021

WikiSky.org

(www.wikisky.org/)

Grades 4 and up, with parental supervision

WikiSky.org is to the universe what Google Earth is to the Earth — a fantastic way to explore the constellations and galaxies from the comfort of your home.

WikiSky has created an extremely detailed sky map to help everybody better understand the information gathering about any space object and various phenomena connected with those space objects. When you get to the site, you can type in the name of the object you are looking for in the “Find Object” box. Or you can scroll over and click on any of the links on the right. You’ll see that object on the screen along with some text explaining more. However, we suggest you click on “Getting Started” to learn more on how to move about the site.

Science Videos and Shows for Elementary & Middle School

September 28th, 2021

Idaho Public Television: Science Trek

(sciencetrek.org/)

Grades 1-6, with parental supervision

Idaho Public Television sponsors this site that provides archives of free educational video shows and compatible resources to help kids learn about history and science.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured video. Then use the right-hand menu to view topics such as:

  • Ages Past
  • Animals
  • Earth Science
  • Environment
  • Human Body
  • Science Fundamentals
  • Space
  • Technology
  • And more!

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you can watch or download the full show, or a short video clip. Be sure to click on the tabs at the top of the page to access terrific facts, links to further learning, games, resources for teachers and more.

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