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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Supercharged Science Review #hsreviews

Supercharged eScience Review
One thing my kids like about science are the experiments & I will have to admit that sometimes I get lazy and would like to skip that part. They were thrilled when we received access to Supercharged Science to review because it contains so many experiments.
We received six months access to the K-12 Level Plan of the e-Science Program which is $57.00 per month. We were given a link for you to receive the $30 Science Activity Video Series & Guidebook free or you may obtain 30 day access to grades K-8 or grades 9-12 the for just $1.00.   
Supercharged Science gives you 20 Units that cover everything from mechanics, electricity, light, chemistry, biology, earth science and more. There are also extra units that gives an overview of science, the scientific method, science fair projects, and more.  
When you first log in you can select the Unit you want to work on by topic or grade. Each additional month you subscribe you will receive access to more units. We were given access to all the Units to aid in my review.  
After selecting the Unit you are going to work on you will have a short introduction video & mp3 file to listen to along with a reminder to take notes in your journal. On the right side you can view and download each lesson in the unit and a shopping list for any items that will be needed in the experiments. Once you get into the lesson you have another video to watch.  The scientific concepts are listed underneath along with all the experiments. There are also lesson plans that may be printed to go along with each unit. It includes a unit description, key vocabulary, objectives, & textbook reading.   
I used this with all three of my girls ages 9, 11, & 13.The first week they were so excited to just work on an experiment I just let them choose some random ones to work on themselves. The next week we attended the IMAX Flight of the Butterfly movie, so we selected a life science lesson for further study. Then we went back to work on an entire Unit. The girls actually chose Unit 1 Mechanics and we worked through this Unit utilizing the experiments, lesson plans, audio & video files. The time we spent each day varied greatly depending on what all we did. We already had most of the supplies for the experiments. My 13 year old did look at the Chemistry Unit & we will need to order things online for that unit when we are ready.  

My girl's favorite experiment so far has been the hydraulic lift. They were so excited that it actually worked & they were very pleased with the finished product. It has been sitting on our table for weeks and they have shown everyone that has stopped by how it works. 

I will admit that my girls retain a lot more information if they have something to do with their hands. These experiments have been great & they have not needed a lot of parental help. Aurora Lipper does an excellent job at teaching science. 

Aurora Lipper created Supercharged Science to make science fun for kids. She is a stay-at-home mom to her 4 kids. She has a graduate degree in mechanical engineering, worked for NASA, has designed rockets, has 3 patents for her invention, taught on the faculty of Cal Poly University, has taught K-12 science to over 10,000 kids, is a licensed pilot, and is the president of the California Central Coast Astronomical Society.  
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