Friday, April 12, 2013

Supercharged Science Review

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Confession time:  When we do science...I skip most of the experiments!!  I know I shouldn't, but I do.

And the times I do gather all of the supplies, we usually end up doing a 30-second experiment that doesn't work like it should.  Does this happen to you?  Please tell me I'm not the only one!

 photo escience-full-600px_zps738b5d59.jpgSo I was willing to try something new.  A product where someone else does all the experiments for me...right in my home!  I found it and it's called Supercharged Science!

Supercharged Science offers an e-Science Online Learning Program.  This is like no other science program we have done.  And  I want to make it crystal clear that Funny Bunny is LOVING it!!  I cannot be happier!  I have never seen her react this way to science.  And I'm not talking about plants and animals.  She's learned about Force, Gravity, and Friction...and was excited about it! 

Here is how it works:

Step 1: Watch the Getting Started Video.  
Step 2: Pick the topic you want to start with.  
Step 3: Watch the videos and dive right into the activities.  
Step 4: Download the Conversion Charts to help coordinate with another science program if you have one. 
Step 5: Get help when you need it through email. 

The e-Science Learning Program is a complete K-12 hands-on science curriculumIt incorporates over 1,000 videos that guide kids step-by-step through hands-on activities, projects, and experiments. 

Aurora and her husband Al started about 10 years ago with the ambition of improving the way kids learn science.  They both knew from experience that when kids are genuinely excited about a subject, teaching it is easy.  

Aurora, by the way, is a real rocket scientist who has worked for NASA, designed rockets, and has 3 patents for her inventions!  How cool is that?!

During the first month you will get access to the first 7 units, plus additional sections like “The Scientific Method”.  If there is a later unit that you want to access early, you can email and they will approve it immediately.  This way, if someone is working on a certain topic, they are never made to wait months to have access to it.  The each month you will get access to the next 2 units in order {60-80 experiments}. 

Here is how we used it:

We started with Unit 1: Mechanics {Force, Gravity, and Friction}.  I was tempted to start with something that Funny Bunny is more familiar with, like Biology, but I wanted to try something new.  Each lesson contains:

*  Lesson Highlights
*  An Introduction with a Video
*  Reading
*  Experiments and Videos
*  Exercises

We read the Highlights together and watched the Introduction Video.  Aurora then gives the option to continue to the Reading section to learn more about the topic or dive right into the Experiments and Videos, which is what we did.

Aurora is a great teacher and I love how excited and she gets in her videos!  You can tell she is passionate about Science!

Below you can see a couple of Funny Bunny's experiments.  We actually did many others but I didn't get any pictures.

Force: Flying Paper Clip

Force: Building Bridges

I thought one of the neatest experiments was one on Gravity.  If you pitch a ball toward the sunset at the same instant you drop another from your other hand, which one reaches the ground first?  What if a bullet is fired parallel to the ground from a gun and a bullet dropped from the same height at the same time?  Will both hit the ground at the same time?  What do you think will happen?  We were pretty surprised by what we found!

Thoughts of a 9-Year Old:  The experiments were cool {especially the hovercraft} and were fun to do. 

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at Supercharged Science.  The e-Science Online Learning Program is $37/mo for the K-8 Level Plan and $57/mo for the K-12 Level Plan.  You can cancel anytime.  Go to the Membership FAQs for any questions you may have.  Check out this page for Homeschool Parents and this one for Teachers and Educators.  If you'd like to try it out first, sign up for their FREE Samples!

My Crewmates are also reviewing Supercharged Science, so you can check out what they think HERE.

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