Friday, May 11, 2012

TOS Review: Go Science Videos - Volume 3 and 4

Even 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 spectacular demonstration of physical or chemical science has a spiritual application and points to our Creator! - Library and Education Services

When TOS and Library and Education Services offered these videos for review, I was excited! But I had a dilemma...What videos to choose for review? Library and Education Services has 6 different, but interesting videos for kids ages 6-14! (You can get ALL 6 videos for just $47.95 or each individual video for $8.97.)

Go Science Videos
Motion: Discovering the Laws of Gravity and Motion
Simple Machines, Sound and Weather
Magnetism, Engineering, Electricity, and Design
Chemistry, States of Matter, and Life Sciences
Air and Flight
Water, Space, and the Solar System

Ultimately I chose Magnetism, Engineering, Electricity, and Design (volume 3) and Chemistry, States of Matter, and Life Sciences (volume 4). It was a hard choice, but these 2 seemed to not only fit what we've been studying this year, but also areas the Saplings were interested in learning more about.

Each video includes a variety of demonstrations. Here are a few of them:

Volume 3
Monster Magnets
A/C Electromagnet
D/C Electromagnet
Making a Compass
Static Electricity 
Light Bulb

Volume 4
Chemical Luminescence
Exploding Bottle
Exploding Ballons
Flash Paper
Root Beer Float

Our thoughts? I'd love to say that my Saplings were "into" these videos, but they weren't. Although Ben, the teacher in the videos, is excited and animated, the kids felt he was a "little over the top" in his presentations and they didn't connect with him. Ben's tone was more for younger children, but the information presented was for older ones and the combination wasn't a good one for us. But the videos were quick and visually demonstrated a specific science concept with a biblical perspective. If you're looking for videos to SUPPLEMENT your science curriculum and have younger elementary-aged kiddos, these videos might be for you!

For more information, head over to the Go Science website here or read what other TOS members are saying here.

Disclaimer: As a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew, Our Side of the Mountain was provided this product free in exchange for our honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.  

1 comment:

  1. Oh these do look really good! we love science ya know! thanks for sharing - supplement with Godly perspective sounds good (and my boys are younger yet rather "science savvy")


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