Physics, Science, Video

Frostbite Theater

Welcome to Frostbite Theater, a collection of Liquid Nitrogen Experiment videos + More Cool Stuff, produced by Jefferson Lab!

Have you ever wanted to play with liquid nitrogen, but didn’t happen to have any lying around the house? No problem! Since liquid nitrogen is a hazardous substance that should not be handled by homeschool students anyway, the folks at the Jefferson Lab did the experiments and filmed them for your viewing pleasure. Their website has over 30 “cool” videos to check out. They are fun to watch, are only a couple minutes each, and you’ll learn a lot in the process.

(There’s also a bonus collection of Static Electricity Experiments and Experiments that You Can Do at Home on this page!)

Click here to go to the videos!

Biology, Science

Optical Illusions: Do You Really See what you Think You See?

The Museum of Vision  put together this wonderful ebook a few years ago on how our eyes work, and how they can be tricked by perspective, persistence of vision, and other phenomena

This ebook is chock full of great illustrations, fascinating optical illusions, and “hands on” learning activities and projects that will appeal to students of all ages. Highly recommended!

To download the PDF ebook directly from the Internet Archive, CLICK HERE!

 

Biology, Science

What? Huh? and Your Sense of Hearing

How do our ears detect sound? How do our brains interpret it?

Today we return to the Neuroscience for Kids website created and curated by Dr. Eric Chudler to focus on the Sense of HEARING, and learn about the parts of the auditory system and how they work.

Click here to go to the introduction about the sense of hearing.

Click here for a collection of experiments all about your sense of hearing.

And the PDF Lesson Guides: The Teacher’s Guide is HERE. The Student’s Guide is HERE.

Biology, Science

Sniff, Stink, and Your Sense of Smell

What does your NOSE tell you?  Like your other senses, it tells you such things as:

  1. What is out in the environment.
  2. How much is out there.
  3. Is there more or less of it than before.
  4. Where is it.
  5. Is it changing in time or place.

Today we focus on the Sense of Smell, with this great activity guide and lesson plan from the Neuroscience for Kids website, created and curated by Dr. Eric Chudler.

CLICK HERE to go to the “Smell Experiments” page.

Then for the complete Lesson Plan/Unit Study…

CLICK HERE to go to the Teacher’s Guide

CLICK HERE to go to the Student’s Guide

Biology, Science

Yum, Yuck, and Your Sense of Taste

Delicious, scrumptious, delectable, mouth-watering, yummy.
Stale, awful, terrible, unsavory, bland, unpalatable.

These are just a few of the many words to describe how food tastes.

Today’s freebie resource is this neat collection of lessons and activities about the sense of “taste”, from the site Neuroscience for Kids, curated by Dr. Eric H. Chudler for students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system.

Start with this COOL INTRODUCTION TO THE SENSE OF TASTE

Next, check out this COMPLETE LESSON PLAN (WITH LAB EXPERIMENTS) ON TASTE

Here are lots more short, fun HANDS ON EXPERIMENTS to try

…and there are more links to other “tasty” resources in these pages! Bon apetit!

Science

Home Science Experiments

Home Science Experiments!

University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri shares the fun of science through this way cool page which contains dozens of fascinating and fun science experiments you can easily do at home. These are tried-and-true kid pleasers, and are all great fun! Check them out and bookmark the site!

CLICK HERE to go to the site

Science

Elementary Life Science

Here’s a complete Elementary level “Life Science” curriculum for younger students by Scot McQuerry (aka Mr. Q), with both student and parent ebooks provided. Very colorful, playfully designed and written — this should be a hit with your littles!

Click here to go to the download page.

Tip: Scroll down the page, the downloads are there!

Science

Everyday Mysteries

Here’s a fun and educational site created by researchers at the Library of Congress. It answers some of the more unusual questions they have gotten about everyday life, such as “What is ‘freezer burn’?”, “Why is the ocean blue?”, “Why don’t I fall out when the roller coaster goes upside down?”  “Why does chopping an onion make you cry?” and many more.

Fun and informative scientific explanations for some very interesting questions about everyday things that your kids will definitely enjoy.

Click here to go to the site!

Physics, Science

Explain That Stuff!

How does it work? What makes it go? What’s the science behind it? If those are the kinds of questions you like to ask, “Explain That Stuff” is the right place to go.

Explain that Stuff is an online book written by British science writer Chris Woodford (author of many popular science books for adults and children). It includes 450 easy-to-understand articles (plus over 2000 photos and 1000 illustrations), covering how things work, cutting-edge science, cool gadgets, and computers. (Their motto: “We take the “pain” from explain and the “tough” out of stuff!”) There’s more information on this website than in your average expensive science book, it’s continually updated, and it’s completely free to use. Highly recommended!

Click here to go to the site!