Do you know what your blood type is? Maybe you have heard people say that they have Type A or Type O blood. Blood type is a way to describe the type of antigens, or proteins, on the surface of red blood cells. Learn more about blood types to celebrate National Blood Donor Month in January 2019.
Explore how snowflake crystal shapes depend on the temperature of the cloud.
On November 28th we celebrate the Red Planet - Mars. Let's visit Mars virtually, plot the course, send the coordinates to activate the rover, and see if you can make it to your destination to win the game. An interactive game that provides live video feed from Mars.
Celebrating Evolution Day on the 24th of November? Learn more about Charles Darwin's trip to the Galapagos Islands in this video documentary then use scientific inquiry to answer questions posed by the three levels of study about ecosystems and biodiversity from the American Museum of Natural History.
World Diabetes Day is 11/14. Diabetes has a history dating back to Ancient Greece. Our treatment of it, however, is more recent and was originally made possible with the help of man's best friend. Due to physiological traits shared with humans, dogs have saved countless lives through the discovery of insulin. This learning module shares the story of the canine's great contribution to man -- and how we can all reap the medical benefits.
National Golf Day is this month. Learn the science, technology, engineering and math of golf through this collection of short original video clips. The video series features both scientists and pro golfers.
Design, analyze, then build STEM applications
Pros: Students are able to engage in an authentic engineering process that builds science knowledge.
Cons: Kids may get lost in the heavy text sections.
Bottom Line: Complete learning modules include simple CAD design simulation tools, a digital competition, and options for hands-on building.
PBS Kids: Plum Landing
Web games, outside adventures offer in-depth tour of Earth’s ecosystems
Pros: Hands-on investigations help kids explore the world around them and build scientific understanding.
Cons: Alignment to the Next Generation of Science Standards leaves a bit to be desired.
Bottom Line: Student-directed investigations and outdoor extension activities elevate Plum Landing beyond just a companion site for the TV show.
Did you ever wonder how music travels from a radio station to a radio receiver? How do the sounds travel through air and buildings and everything else in between you and the station? Celebrate National Radio Day (8/20) by learning all about radio waves.
Check out these useful resources for learning about the important role bees play in pollinating plants, especially those we eat. Includes a downloadable student magazine full of information about bees, an interactive pollination chart, and a quiz.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.