Publisher: Supercharged Science
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NASA rocket scientist, university professor, pilot, and mom Aurora Lipper is dedicated to making science intriguing and fun for children. To that end she has created both online science curriculum and packaged science programs (which include materials and equipment) for grades K through 12.
In both the “e-Science” Online Science Learning Program and the Science Mastery Programs, the emphasis is on learning by doing. Hundreds of experiments are available to students in both types of programs. Even better, videos of Lipper demonstrating how to do each experiment allow all but the youngest students to work independently most of the time. However, parents with young children will need to pay attention to safety issues and oversee most experiments to ensure students are using proper procedures and reasonable caution. For parents who might not have a science background themselves, or perhaps don’t have the time to teach it, these programs are a welcome solution.
Lipper’s specialty is in physics and engineering—not surprising given her background. So there are lots of experiments with electricity, magnetism, mechanics, matter, energy, light, sound, thermodynamics and much more. Chemistry and life science are also covered; experiments in both beginning and advanced chemistry are now available. While hands-on experiments are the mainstay of both programs, there’s much more to Supercharged Science.
Online e-Science Curriculum and Learning Program
Supercharged Science offers the Online e-Science Curriculum and Learning Program with options to suit students in grades K through 12 plus optional “packages” that include all materials for those who would rather not search out all the resources themselves.
One thing that e-Science does better than almost everyone else is use hands-on activities to connect scientific concepts with practical applications in the real world. Experiments use mostly inexpensive, easy-to-find items. Once kids are excited by what they’ve built or experimented with, the course then introduces the academics. In this way, students have a deeper understanding of the material while enjoying it more than with traditional academic-focused approaches. Lipper explains that she has based this approach on how real scientists work in the real world.
For starters, a monthly subscription fee of $37 a month for students in grades K through 8, or $57 a month for high school students or advanced younger students (at least fifth grade) gives your family access to an amazing number of resources—more than 800 experiments plus enough educational material for at least two to three years of science education. For grades K through 8, you might need nothing more than what is on the website. Sign in on the website, select which lesson you wish to use and let your kids run with it.
Science experiments are buttressed with easily-digestible information to convey the key points students should be learning. Quizzes will help you check whether or not that’s happening. For high school (or junior high students needing more challenging material), you can access textbook readings, exercises, and quizzes for a complete course with both academics and lab work.
Even with all this, the video presentations and experiments provide an indispensable core. Beginning with a video presentation then completing the experiment is likely to create an excitement and curiosity about science that is difficult to achieve starting with textbook material.
In addition to this, author Aurora Lipper teaches a live tele-class on the computer every few weeks where students in e-Science can connect with her personally. While this component is offered live at a particular time, it is also recorded. Aside from the live tele-class, everything else can be accessed whenever it’s convenient for you.
Unlimited support is provided for all students and parents. Whatever part of the course you’re using, feedback or advice from Lipper or another expert in the field of science a student is studying is always available by email. There’s also a place to share ideas and comments with other parents and students.
A 30-day trial period will allow you to sample the program with no obligation, and costs just one dollar. Even if you decide to enroll, you can still cancel at any time without any obligation. Also, there’s no need to enroll for a full year at a time either; you just pay month-by-month with no long-term commitment.
Science Mastery Programs
(include materials and equipment)
Science Mastery Programs are offered at Silver, Gold, and Diamond levels and include access to all the online resources for time periods of one, two, and five years, respectively. Each level includes parts and materials for 100 to 600 activities and experiments plus a nearly 200-page experiment manual. Extra kits for more specialized projects (e.g., robotics) are also included, with more such kits added as you move up to the Diamond level. All the video and audio material is provided on DVDs and CDs so you need not be reliant on an internet connection, but you still have both options. The larger programs for Gold and Diamond levels are serious science programs that include everything you need for two to three years of science education.
Supercharged Science takes a secular approach but should not have any content in conflict with religious beliefs. They describe themselves as “creation neutral.”
Overall, Supercharged Science has put together some very comprehensive science education programs. Their online e-Science programs give students access to a high-quality curriculum that makes extensive use of hands-on activities and experiments to excite and motivate kids. The price is reasonable for all that you receive. If you want all of the extra parts and pieces too, you may want to consider their Science Mastery programs. Everything they sell comes with a full money-back guarantee and comprehensive technical support.
If you want to try out a free sample of the type of activities contained in these programs, you may download the "Science Activity Manual & Video Series" for free by clicking on this link: Science Activity Manual and Video Guide.
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- Suitable for: one-on-one, family or class, or independent learning (older students)
Audience: Grades K-12
Need for parent/teacher instruction: varies by age
Prep time needed: depends upon whether you find your own experiment equipment & materials or order Mastery Programs
Educational philosophy: hands-on/experiential
Religious perspective: neutral
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