Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Go Science Video Review


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PhotobucketI have been buying from LES for several years and am pleased to tell you about a creation based series of DVDs they offer called Go Science.

There are six volumes all together and I was excited to receive and review Volume 1: Motion and Volume 2: Simple Machines, Sound, and Weather.  

From the PublisherEven kids who claim an aversion to science will be engaged by the high-energy science demonstrations of Ben Roy!  Ben teaches science methods at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is the former director of a science program on television.  With this expertise, Ben captivates, motivates, and inspires students to be excited about science, while providing effective instruction based on science phenomena.  Each of the 67 spectacular demonstrations of physical or chemical science has a spiritual application and points to our Creator!  Recommended for ages 6 to 14. 

PhotobucketThe set of six volumes includes:

* Motion
* Simple Machines, Sound, and Weather
* Magnetism, Electricity, Engineering, and Design 
* Chemistry, States of Matter, and Life Sciences  
* Air and Flight

Volume 1 has demonstrations that include things like a ring and chain, gyroscope, and egg spin.  This particular video runs for almost 30 minutes so it was easy for Funny Bunny and I to watch it in one sitting.  The experiments and explanations were simple enough to understand and do at home, and the theme of motion and the laws of gravity and motion were repeated throughout, so it helped with retention.

Volume 2 has demonstrations that include levers, planes, pulleys, singing rods, making a cloud, and more.  This video runs almost an hour so we divided our watching time into a few sittings.  Some of these experiments were a little harder to reproduce due to not having the materials on hand.

Here you can view a sample from Volume 3

My Thoughts:  Overall I thought the videos were good.  They are recommended for ages 6 to 14, but I thought they would work best for the younger end of that range.  Ben does a good job of engaging the children on the video and explaining the experiments.  It is also nice that at the end of each demonstration, he points to God.  "Every time we learn something about SCIENCE, we learn something about our CREATOR GOD!"

Thoughts of a 9-Year Old:  I like Go Science Volume 1 and it's experiments.  I especially liked the gyroscope, inertia, and Newtonian cradle a lot.  The Newtonian cradle is a stand with five balls. The number of balls you swing one way should be the same amount that swing in the opposite direction.  But when you swing three, since there's five, you might think only two swing opposite...?  But no, one comes off one end to make three on the other side!

I also liked the egg spin.  It showed how to tell a hard-broiled egg from a regular egg.  One spins fast and one spins slow. 

A very nice DVD.

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at Go Science.  Each DVD is regularly priced at $14.95 but at LES they are just $8.97 each, or all six for $47.95 right now. 

My Crewmates are also talking about Go Science
, so you can check out what they think HERE


Disclaimer:  This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor.  I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.


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