Cell Craft – Grow your own cell

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Cell Craft is a state of the art game that invites you to delve into the world of the cell, learning about how a cell functions while you help it to survive in hostile environments. You will gain an understanding of important molecules such as glucose and ATP, as well as a variety of cellular organelles while going through an entertaining story guided by Platypus scientists in need of help. The game needs you to balance resources and grow a robust cell in order to fight off cold, starvation, and viruses. Can you use your cellular knowledge to grow a super cell and save the Platypus species?

I love this game because it not only makes the process of understanding and remembering fun but Imust apply my knowledge in order for the cell to survive.

There is music in this game but you can turn it off from the menu. It is one of those resources that need to be seen (or played with) to discover the full potential.[/text_output][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1035″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.carolina.com%2Fteacher-resources%2FInteractive%2Fonline-game-cell-structure-cellcraft-biology%2Ftr11062.tr||target:%20_blank|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true” id=”” class=”” style=””]Find more resources in the same subject area.[/custom_headline][the_grid name=”science”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Stop for science

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Stop for science is a site by Chandra X ray observatory. This site has tons of high quality content available for free.There is a set of beautifully illustrated posters on many scientific concepts including force and motion and when stars die. Poster are informative without being too detailed and the facts are explained with the help of pictures. They can be a good visual reference when studying one of these topics. There are many videos and animations on topics like Solar system, Photon emissions etc. Or you can download and print Chandra coloring and activity book, one of many printable content available, a 28-page coloring and activity book which includes general information on X-ray astronomy, Chandra and the STS-93 mission. It also looks at black holes, supernovas, galaxy clusters and more. Activities include mazes, word searches, connect-the-dots, crossword, code break, and word jumble. There are also presentations and powerpoints, screen savers and many other stuff so take some time and explore this site.[/text_output][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1031″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fchandra.harvard.edu%2Fedu%2Fstop%2F||target:%20_blank|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true” id=”” class=”” style=””]Find more resources in the same subject area.[/custom_headline][the_grid name=”science”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Adventures of Amelia the pigeon

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Adventures of Amelia the Pigeon is a great interactive site by NASA Science. The site tells the adventures of a pigeon who, equipped with a pigeon camera, goes around places in New York city. In a fun and interactive way, we are introduced to aerial photography, satellites and how these things may help us. When you are learning mapping skills, this site can be a great place to start. You will learn how things seem different when seen from the top and this is a crucial skill in map study. The site is in the form of a story, divided in five chapters. The narrative is in the form of audio as well as written text. One drawback is that slides can not be paused and so if you are eager to read the story by yourself, the transition may be quite speedy.

Note for Muslim readers: There is music at the transition of chapters and some in between so you will need to keep your hand ready on the speakers.[/text_output][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1028″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fscience.hq.nasa.gov%2Fkids%2Fimagers%2Famelia%2Findex.html||target:%20_blank|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true” id=”” class=”” style=””]Find more resources in the same subject area.[/custom_headline][the_grid name=”Geography”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Cut and fold platonic mathematical shapes

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Cut and fold platonic mathematical shapes with Howtoons[/text_output][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1024″][blockquote cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]Platonic solids are great mathematical fun. You can print, cut, and fold the five shapes below to make small 3D paper shapes perfect for game dice. Next, try using these templates to go big. Fold up some cardboard into a custom-size box for storage, or stretch some fabric over PVC piping to build an icosahedron fort![/blockquote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmakezine.com%2Fprojects%2Fhowtoons-platonic-solids%2F||target:%20_blank|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true” id=”” class=”” style=””]Find more resources in the same subject area.[/custom_headline][the_grid name=”Maths”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Mobile Computer Science Curriculum

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Learn computer science by making android apps.[/text_output][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1005″][blockquote cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]Twenty-eight lessons and projects focus on building socially useful mobile apps with App Inventor for Android.   Another 30 lessons focus on computer science topics ranging from algorithms to binary numbers to computer security.  Readings from Blown to Bits ask students to reflect on some of the big societal issues that characterize 21st century computing, such as privacy, security, social networking.[/blockquote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fram8647.appspot.com%2FmobileCSP%2Fpreview|title:Inklewriter|target:%20_blank|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true” id=”” class=”” style=””]Find more resources in the same subject area.[/custom_headline][the_grid name=”Computer Science”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

NASA Exoplanet Exploration

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Planet Quest is another excellent site offered by NASA. Planet Quest is all about humans’ quest for exo planets or planets outside solar system. It has many neat interactives. Interactive Timeline is an excellent resource tracing the history of astronomy and space exploration from the Greek philosophers through today. This timeline has actually three elements combined into one: technology, discovery, and culture as they relate to astronomy and space exploration especially exo planet quets. Each element on the timeline is narrated. Users can select individual elements on the timeline or choose autoplay to hear the narration of each item in sequence.[/text_output][text_output]NASA exoplanet exploration[/text_output][text_output]Also have a look at Exoplanet travel bureau – where planets are described in the best travle bureau format, Strange new worlds, where you can explore the discovered exo planets in 3D and Historic timeline. There is some music in the interactives so you may need to keep the sound off, or shuffle the on and off switches on your speakers quite frequently. Over all this site is an asset for students and educators alike like the other resources from NASA.[/text_output][text_output]NASA exoplanet exploration[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fexoplanets.jpl.nasa.gov%2F|title:Inklewriter|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Wolf quest

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Today’s post is gonna be about this game called Wolfquest.

A free game developed by Minnesota zoo in partnership with Eduweb as well as Yellowstone National park, you play as a wolf inside of Yellowstone national park. Your primary goal is: survive, find a mate, find a den, care for pups, then take them to a rendezvous site to spend the summer, and then basically the game ends there. Along the way, you encounter threats such as coyotes and grizzly bears that keep coming to your den, trying to steal your pups.

Wolfquest title screen

Wolfquest title screen

The game has 2 modules, which are: 1) Amethyst Mountain and 2) Slough Creek.

Here’s a brief explanation of the 2 different modules, you can explore and learn all the little perks when you play for yourself😉

Amethyst Mountain is where you are during fall. In Amethyst Mountain you need to visit all the wolf territories and fight the wolves there. Once you have paid a visit at least once in all 3 territories, you can then find a mate. Once you have a mate, your Amethyst Mountain quest is complete.

Interacting with wolves in other territories in Amethyst Mountain

Interacting with wolves in other territories in Amethyst Mountain

The real challenge begins in Slough Creek. The first time you spawn in Slough Creek, it’s winter. You and your mate have to find a densite. There are 3 densites available for you to choose from, each one of them having their own pros and cons. Once you choose your densite, it timeskips to spring, and you have pups. A litter of pups in Wolfquest always consists of 4 pups. You cannot have more than that. Once the pups are here, the game gets even more challenging. You have to make sure your pups stay close to the den, you have to find extra food so you can feed the pups, you have to keep stranger wolves out of your territory, and lastly you have to prevent you pups from wandering too far and/or being eaten by predators.

A den in Slough Creek

A den in Slough Creek

You have to feed the pups and gain them weight, and when your pups reach 15lb weight, they’re ready to go the rendezvous site. Once you are ready to go to the rendezvous site, one more predator is added: the eagle (some people call it a hawk, to be honest, it’s really a mixture of both. The texture of hawk with the sounds of eagle). So that hawk will start circling in the air above the target puppy. It will get lower and lower till it almost lands on the ground. At that moment, you have to shoo the hawk away, else it will swoop your pup off the ground and fly high. Then your pup will die.

The hawk coming nearer

The hawk coming lower
The hawk at the swooping stage

The hawk at the swooping stage

Anyway, once you make it to the rendezvous site, your game has ended and your mission was accomplished. Obviously, you can start another game and start over again if you wish.

The rendezvous site. The game is programmed so that the wolves automatically start howling and celebrating, which is what's shown here.

The rendezvous site. The game is programmed so that the wolves automatically start howling and celebrating, which is what’s shown here.

Up until now, everything was about single player. Additionally, there is a multiplayer option available as well, which requires you to be registered on the Wolfquest forums. But however, I find multiplayer a bit boring, as it has no objectives. You just kind of run around and hunt around and when you’re done you just log out. That’s why, I typically like to play single player, and occasionally multiplayer.

Multiplayer

Multiplayer

So yeah, that’s all what I have to say about Wolfquest! You can download the game for free here. It’s very light and doesn’t require a heavy graphics card or anything. You should definitely check it out![/text_output][text_output](Today’s post is courtesy of Ahmad Muhammad from www.flyingtothehorizon.wordpress.com Ahmad is an enthusiastic horse rider but he also likes gaming, reading and writing. You can check out his original post here.)[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwolfquest.org%2F||target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Free 3D Software Autodesk 123D Design

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]If you are new to 3D modelling and still want to learn your way around it, Tinkercad is a very useful tool. But soon you will want to do more than the basic stuff and design intricate work. And then you will need a more powerful tool than Tinkercad.

Autodesk 123D Design is the next step.[/text_output][text_output]serious 3D modelling with autodesk 123D Design[/text_output][text_output]Autodesk 123D Design is from the same developers as Tinkercad. So the transition is really simple. The interface also looks familiar to those who have worked before in Tinkercad.[/text_output][text_output]3D modelling with autodesk 123D Design[/text_output][text_output]You will need to download this software on your computer, it is not browser based. You can also find many tutorials on the site. You can explore others projects to find inspiration. You can also download pre made 3D models to use in your projects. And one of the best ways to learn serious 3D modelling is to download 3D models and start modifying them.[/text_output][text_output]P.S. Learn how to make a Dodecahedron (what????) in Autodesk 123D Design.

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The Bees

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]There is a lot of buzz about bees in the news lately. Honey bees are a most vital part of our survival. They are responsible for pollinating most of fruits, nuts and vegetables we eat and with the recent decline in bee populations, humans are indeed facing a threat.

So lets see these wonderful little bugs up close and learn more about them not only because they are responsible for growing of our food but also because they are important enough to be mentioned in Quran and to be declared a sign of Allaah.

[/text_output][text_output]mention of bees in Quran[/text_output][text_output]Let’s start from the beginning and watch the first 21 days in the life of a honey bee in this super awsome timelapse video.

Bees have powerful social structures. A lone bee is pretty amazing on its own but their true strength comes from their numbers. Find out about the honey bee castes. And since they depend a lot on their hive-mates, they have a wonderful way of communicating with those hive inmates. Learn more about the dance language of the honey bee.

And now let’s take a look at how the little bug does it’s main job i.e. how does bees make honey?

[/text_output][text_output]So what is it about honey bees and hexagons? After all the bees could have just as easily stored honey in triangles or squares so why hexagons? Turns out that our small fuzzy friends are excellent mathematicians. You can either read about this subject or you can watch the video below.

[/text_output][text_output]Now let’s get to the yummy part! the sticky sweet gift that bees give us. Let’s see how is it harvested and stored and so on.

[/text_output][text_output]And now comes the sad part. It is a truth that honey bees are dying out. But why? Scientists have different opinions as to the cause. Lets find some of the suggested causes.

 

But what can we do about it? Turns out a lot! Taking small steps, providing small measures in our own communities we can make a big impact on preserving bees. Plant a bee garden, keep stones and sticks in your bird bath so the bees are able to drink water, don’t use pesticides in your garden and support bee friendly farming.

And lastly don’t forget, if you swat, watch out: Bees remember human faces.

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Tinkercad

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Have you ever wondered how to make your own 3D models? Modelling in 3D is going to be a very useful skill as 3D printers are getting more and more common. Soon every one will be able to print things like a favorite spatula or a specialized toy. But for that we will need to learn how to model that special spatula or toy first in 3D.

3D modelling comes with a steep learning curve especially if you start in programs which are super powerful but also super confusing. So how should one go about it?

Enter Tinkercad![/text_output][text_output]learn 3d modelling with tinkercad[/text_output][text_output]Tinkercad has been specially made for those people who are new to the world of 3D modelling and the full versions of 3D software are too overwhelming for them. But it doesn’t mean that you can not make good 3D models in Tinkercad. Inspite of its easy interface and relatively simple options, Tinkercad is quite powerful.[/text_output][text_output]learn 3D modelling with tinkercad[/text_output][text_output]And one of the reasons Tinkercad is perfect for beginners is that it comes with its very own mini lessons. These lessons will give you a good idea about how to draw basic shapes, navigate and pan around and merge and play with different properties of shapes. And soon you will be on your way to design that special spatula or a beloved toy![/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tinkercad.com%2F|title:Tinkercad|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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