Sunday, April 14, 2013

Review: Supercharged Science

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When my kids hear the word science, they don't think of a big boring textbook. They think of experimenting with something in the kitchen or out in the backyard. To them, science is cool! Well, science got a whole lot cooler when Supercharged Science showed up in our house. 

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The e-Science program contains over 20 units and each unit is so in-depth. Each unit is so comprehensive I doubt you will have to find extensions. The lessons are broken down like this:
1. Unit Description
2. Outcomes & Goals
3. Highlights & Objectives
4. Introduction
5. Development
6. Practice
7. Further study
8. Evaluation
9. Closure

Supercharged Science was created by Aurora Lipper who's background in engineering. She believes that science should be taught from the inside out. So rather than reading about science, then doing an experiment, she thinks kids should play with science first. Let them experience the science and develop their own questions. This approach to learning reaches all kinds of learners.

We were really hoping to explore Unit 20 which is Earth Science but is hasn't been released yet. So, we started with Unit 1, Mechanics: Gravity, Force and Friction. The hands-on experiments for this unit were very basic but they really got my kids thinking, even the 4 year old. Like, why does a brick fall faster than a feather? It was awesome to see my kids learn from something that they were experiencing not just reading in a book. Don't get me wrong, we love books! But it the meaning and memory from these lessons will stick a whole lot longer than just reading about it.

We do science about 2-3 times a week just depending on the other things we have going on. With this program, my kids were begging to do science everyday! What's great about this program is that you can work on it as much or as little as you'd like. The experiments don't take a ton of time to set up, but read ahead so you can plan accordingly. I am sure there are some that require more set up and actual hands-on time than the ones we did. 

Are you ready to sign up? A subscription to the e-Science program is $37 a month for the k-8 program. If you'd like to take a look at the quality of Aurora's lesson, you can get a free copy of an eBook she's giving away. 

I have only been on the Review Crew for a few months, but I must say that this program is one we will certainly be sticking with for many years to come. 

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