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Favorite science web-sites

Galaxy Zoo "A cool site where you can look at new images from space and classify them as different types of galaxies" - Will.

Extreme Science "The explanations are kid-friendly and the videos can be used to stimulate student interest" - Kristy

NCSU Elementary Science links "A collection of useful and informative links" - Dave W.
"A great overview website that contains links to over 20 Interactive Websites related to Elementary science education topics. -Erin

MarineBio "A great site for kids doing research on the ocean" Kaitie

Internet4Classrooms  "A helpful site organized by content categories - Aaron.

Manduca Entomology "A really interesting science site...; one with a heavy emphasis on investigations. - Bill  

Life Science Connections."  The site also includes interactive quiz pages for student use. Be sure to skip the intro! - Peter

Rock Hounds  " not too simple and not to complicated" - Will

Awesome Library a useful collection of resources with "simple links and graphics" - Peidi

Sci4Kids - a USDA site and a mine of information with "interviews with scientists written with children as the audience in mind" - Heidi

Eploring Earth - the animations "help solidify some of those giant, but slow moving processes" that shape the Earth - Willie

Science Education Resources

Delta Education includes FOSS, DSM and SCIS
The Elementary School Classroom
The Middle School Classroom
Assessment for Learning formative assessment for students and teachers
The Exploratorium - a collection of resources on Inquiry.
The CESU Technology resource page.  A collection of on-line recourses for teachers and students in  K - 8 classrooms.

Interactive Science Activities

AAAS Science Netlinks - interactive science activities.
BBC Education - the "Beeb"
NOVA - interactive
FOSSWeb - free previews
ExploreLearning - on-line "gizmos"
The Exploratorium in San Francisco
Bill Nye - The science guy
PBS - Teacher source science page
The Jason Project - real science, real time, real learning
NASA - science challenges



GED 695 Teaching K - 8 Science and Design Technology

at Williston Central School

July 9 - 20, 1 - 4:30 pm

Instructors; Graham Clarke and Tim Whiteford

Rubber Band Roller 





We held a design technology competition to see whose rubber band roller went the furthest and whose was the fastest. Dave J's went the furthest (about 45 feet) and Bill's was the fastest (around 2 ft/sec or about 1.5 mph).

Pond-life study



 Despite the rain we managed to dip our nets between the bullrushes and even caught a large green frog.

Exploring the 5 Senses with Kindergarten students







We explored the properties and characteristics of the five
senses through activities at different stations.

Using Microscopes to study cells



We used microscopes to increase the powers of our
visual observation skills.

Ramps and Cars



 We rolled small "cars" down ramps to explore the relationship between
 slope, weight and distance. The goal was to make the "car" stop 4 feet
 from the end of the slope.

The Egg Drop



We made devices to protect eggs from being
broken when dropped from a great height. All,
except one, worked well when dropped from 9
feet. How will they fare when dropped from 95 feet?

Design Technology, Lego and basic programming

We made model cars using Lego blocks and sensors.
We then programmed the models to perform simple tasks
using a computer programming system and radio control.


Motors and Magnets 






We used the STC Motors and
Magnets series of activities to
explore the properties and power
of electromagnets.


Tower and Pendulum



 We discovered the difference between design technology and science by
 constructing a tower using a copy of the local newspaper
 (design technology) and then used the tower to explore the properties
 of a pendulum (science).

Drops of Water

We explored the properties of water drops using the science process skills.




  We made drops of water using a
  dropper and then moved them around,
  colored them, tried them on different
   surfaces, made large and small drops,
   and found how many drops will fit on
 a penny. We discovered that a meniscus can be more than a torn cartilage in
  the knee.

Constructivist Puzzle

A day for exploring, experiencing, and constructing meanings of constructivist
thinking and conceptual change.

 Putting the floor puzzle together
 blindfolded enabled us to examine
 some of the assumptions we make
 about learning, the power of prior
 knowledge, and the need to establish
 a common language so we could communicate effectively. As "observers", we
 experienced how important wait time is and how hard it is not to jump in an
 "tell" or "show".

Photographs by Graham Clarke



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