Posts Tagged ‘vision’

Mad Scientist Experiments for All Ages

January 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, January 3, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Reeko’s Mad Scientist Lab: Experiments

(reekoscience.com/category/science-experiments)

Age Range: All (There’s something for everyone here with parental assistance and supervision.)

 

This ad-supported website is a treasure trove of free, fun, and fascinating science experiments that will bring out the “mad scientist” in everyone.

When you get to the site, there are 9 pages of science experiments that you can click on directly. Or you can hover your mouse over “Science Experiments” and click on the category of interest: 

  • Atomic/Electric
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Chemistry Experiments
  • Cohesion
  • Flotation
  • Geometry and Math
  • Inertia/Momentum
  • Light and Vision
  • Miscellaneous Science Experiments
  • Motion/Energy
  • Pressure
  • Sound and Vibrations

You’ll find a complete description of the experiment, instructions on how to conduct it, and a list of the materials you will need. You also get an explanation of the scientific principles that govern the experiment.

From the traditional experiments of science fairs such as making a volcano or a lemon battery, to more unusual projects like making a cloud in a bottle or starting a fire with water – your whole family will have fun learning from the science activities at this site.

Don’t miss the “Fun Stuff” section where you will find puzzles, fun activities using encrypted messages, games, and science trivia.

Bookmark this site for access to science learning year ’round!

Free Science Curriculum from Museum of Vision

November 1st, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 1, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum of Vision

(museumofvision.org/education/)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by the Museum of Vision that has helped educate people of all ages about the eye, vision, and the history of eye care for more than 30 years.

The Museum of Vision has published on its website curriculum guides which focus on the human eye, perspective and how the brain processes images like optical illusions and 3-D.

When you get to the site you’ll see the guides that are in .pdf files:

  • Healthy Eyes, Healthy Body – Designed for parents and educators to use when teaching children about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for their whole body
  • Eye Openers – Describes the basic concepts of vision, anatomy of the eye, optical illusions, binocular vision, etc.
  • Animal Eyes – The animal kingdom is full of amazing eyes. Discover eyes that look like yours, and eyes that are wildly different. Join scientists on their exciting quest to understand how animals actually see.
  • Art & Vision – Describes how artists create the illusion of 3-dimensions by exploring the basic concepts of vision, size scaling, overlapping, atmospheric perspective and linear perspective.

Click on any one and the .pdf file opens to reveal a well-formatted education guide with interesting text and colorful photos and illustrations. You can review it online or print it out to use offline. Every guide provides interesting discussion points and fun interactive activities. Then take a quiz – Discover your Eye Q!

In addition to the free guides, this website houses online exhibits. From the menu at the top, choose Exhibitions. A new page opens with a menu of online exhibits to explore.

Discover 100 Leaders in History

May 12th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, May 12, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100 Leaders in World History

(100leaders.org/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

With this website from National History Day, visitors will explore 100 leaders from history. What makes this list unique is that not all of the leaders chosen are heroes or have left a positive impact on history. Some leaders have left their dark mark on history.

Those on the list displayed the following traits: 

  • Articulates a vision
  • Motivates others
  • Makes effective decisions
  • Willingness to confront tough issues
  • Impacts history

Leaders also fall into one or more of the following categories: 

  • Artistic
  • Economic
  • Intellectual
  • Military
  • Political
  • Religious
  • Scientific
  • Social

When arriving at the site, you can view the leaders by either selecting “Leader Gallery” in the upper tool bar or select the box “See the Gallery of Leaders” in the main image map. From the gallery page either select the image of the leader or filter your choices by type, sphere of influence, or by time period. Once the leader page opens, each page includes facts about the person, a summary of their leadership, a brief biography, what made them a leader, keywords for further study, contemporaries, and more resource suggestions.

Also included on this website are classroom resources accessible from the upper tool bar. There are lesson plans, printable posters, and much more.

The stated purpose of this website is to “teach us to be more thoughtful if and when we might be placed in positions of leadership”. By examining the positive and negative leaders presented on the site, students may learn what it takes to be a good leader and to recognize those traits in others.

Free Molecular Investigations for Students

September 8th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, September 8, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Molecular Expressions: Powers of 10

(http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/

index.html)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free activities that allow students to explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy through amazing color photographs. You’ll see images of the cellular levels of everything from hamburgers to superconductors.

When you get to the site, you will see a brief introduction that explains that you are about to take a virtual journey from the Milky Way to the microscopic world. In successive orders of magnitude, journey from the Milky Way Galaxy “into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.” When you are through watching the display, use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore: 

  • Optics Timeline – See highlights of important events and developments in the science of optics from prehistory to the beginning of the 21st century.
  • Student Activities – Investigate light, optics, and color with an assortment of online activities. Discover more about:
    • Animal Vision
    • Eclipses
    • Cameras and Photography
    • Binoculars, Periscopes, & Kaleidoscopes
    • 3D Images & Holograms
  • Tutorials – Access a curriculum resource package for elementary grade students that combines scientific inquiry, hands-on and interactive computer-based instruction, text, and animated manipulatives for a variety of learning experiences. Some of the activities include:
    • Newton’s Prism Experiments
    • Refraction of Light
    • Microscope Magnification
    • Optical Illusions
    • Human Vision

You can also explore digital video galleries to learn more about digital microscopes and the spectrum of applications. The content on this site is massive, so bookmark it to return often.

Discover the Achievements of the 20th Century

September 4th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 30, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Academy of Achievement

 

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website instills you-can-do spirit, while teaching about the remarkable achievements of the 20th century and the people who achieved them!
When you get to the site you will see a picture of the Academy of Achievement and a brief introduction. Click on the picture and a new page opens offering the following menu items: 
  • Library – This is an incredible assembly of the single most favorite book titles that inspired some of the great achievers of our times. In their own words, people like Robert Ballard (Discoverer of the Titanic), Jeff Bezos (Founder of Amazon.com), Oprah Winfrey (Entertainment Executive), Ellie Wiesel (Nobel Prize for Peace), Wynton Marsalis (Pulitzer Prize for Music), Dr. Stephen Gould (Paleontologist), and many more tell you what book was pivotal in their lives.
  • Gallery – Click on this option and a new page opens with two main sections: 
    • Gallery of Achievers in the Arts, Business, Public Service, Science & Exploration, Sports, and The American Dream – Click on one of the topics and a new page opens with photos of people who have achieved a great deal in their field during the 20th century. Click on a photograph, and you can read an interview with that person – in some cases you can see videos and hear audio clips as well.
    • Steps To Success – Quotes by achievers on having passion, vision, preparation, courage, perseverance, and integrity.
  • Achievement TV – At one time television broadcasts on the lives of inspiring achievers were available to schools. Now those broadcasts have been moved to video and audio tapes that you can purchase at this website. There are FREE support materials for printout and download that include teacher’s guides, student activities and handouts, reference material, and more.
  • Curriculum Center – For educators, parents, teachers, and students in grades 4-12, this section of the site contains audio and video downloads as well as text materials on great achievers of our time that tie into curriculum materials for History, Language Arts, Science, Ethics, Business & Careers, and more. This is a remarkable collection of study materials, lessons, and activities to enhance numerous subject studies.
  • Achiever’s Club – Listen to audio addresses by members of the Academy of Achievement as they share practical insight that may inspire you to achieve excellence.
There is a vast amount of material at this website to enhance any social studies curriculum. Bookmark it, as you’ll want to return often.

Cardboard Bike Project

March 11th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, March 11, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Cardboard Technologies

 

Age Range: 9-18 (upper elementary through high school, with parental supervision)

 

Many thanks to one of our ClickScholars, Angel for recommending that we view this inspiring video log! As with all internet videos, we recommend that parents preview the content. It should also be noted that this website requests donations but this is not required to view the video or read about the project.

 

This is an ingenious undertaking that engineers believed impossible until inventor and engineer, Izhar Gafniis, made his vision come true. This Popular Science Award winning bicycle, despite being primarily made of cardboard, is durable, fire and water resistant, and can support up to 300 pounds. The brief 6-minute video tells the story from Izhar’s dream’s inception to creation and is evidence that if you have a dream and work hard enough and long enough, you can make anything happen!

 

The company has already begun work on plans for cardboard wheelchairs, baby strollers and supermarket trolleys. The recycled cardboard used for packaging is folded origami style to make it strong. It’s then treated to make it both waterproof, and fireproof. Ingenious! Their goal is to contribute to a future where transportation is much more eco-friendly and where more people have access to it.

 

When you get to the website, you’ll see a video box with an image of Izhar working in his shop. You’ll see the caption, “See the story of how it all began”. Click on the “play” prompt to view the video recorded by Giora Kariv Productions and be inspired!

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