Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Supercharged Science Review

Hello Friends, I just had the opportunity to review an e-Science Premium Membership from Supercharged Science - www.ScienceLearningSpace.com. My girls had a lot of fun with this science program and we are excited to share our review. I can tell you that as homeschool mom, who struggles with teaching science, I have really enjoyed being able to review this great online science program with my daughters.

Supercharged eScience Review

What is an e-Science Premium Membership from Supercharged Science?

The e-Science Premium Membership is a complete online science curriculum that can be used as a complete curriculum or can be used to supplement another curriculum that you may already be using.  This online science curriculum currently features over 800 science experiment videos and many pages of lesson plans! The list of unit topics is pretty impressive as well. With my membership I had access to Unit Zero through Unit 20. I also had full access to The Scientific Method, Math and Science Fair Projects units as well. Each topic is filled with valuable printable lesson plans, step-by-step videos, exercises, quizzes and wonderful teaching guides.

The unit subjects are:
  • New to e-Science
  • Overview to Science
  • The Scientific Method
  • Mechanics
  • Motion
  • Matter
  • Energy (2 units)
  • Sound 
  • Astrophysics
  • Chemistry 1
  • Light 
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Alternative Energy
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electronics
  • Chemistry 2
  • Life Science (2 units)
  • Biology (2 units)
  • Earth Science
  • Award-Winning Science Fair Projects
  • Mathemagic
  • Teaching Resources
  • Science e-Camp

As you can tell, that unit list is quite a large selection. There is so much to choose from and you can't really go wrong with whatever one you choose.

The instructor and creator of Supercharged Science, Aurora Lipper, is a fantastic teacher! She has personally recorded most of the video segments for the curriculum. Here's some quick background on Aurora that I learned.  Aurora is actually a real rocket scientist. She worked for NASA. She holds a graduate degree in mechanical engineering and also did PhD work at Stanford University. She has taught on the faculty of Cal Poly University and has taught K-12 science to well over 10,000 kids. Amazingly she is also a licensed pilot. On top of all that she is a stay-at-home mom to 4 children! Impressive, to say the least!

Aurora recently started doing live call-ins every Wednesday. I think this is so neat! To know that someone is there for you live, if and when, you need it. She is always available by email to answer questions and offer help as well.

A great thing about this science curriculum is that it can be used for K-12. You will need access to a computer and an internet connection to be able to properly use this awesome science curriculum.

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How did we use the e-Science Premium Membership and what did we like about it?

When first starting, I'll admit, I didn't really know where or how to get started. I quickly discovered that Aurora had posted in the top menu a Getting Started link. This link proved to be quite helpful. It was a page filled with information on getting started and a very helpful video is included. Before I knew it, we where on our way to learning science. 

We opted to start with Unit 1 - Mechanics. This unit focused on force, gravity, and friction. My daughters had never learned about these subjects in depth, so we were pretty excited about having the opportunity to learn about them and complete experiments that were not only fun but held our attention as well.

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Supercharged eScience ReviewSupercharged eScience ReviewI was easily able to print out the complete unit and to keep it all together I placed them in a folder used just for all things Supercharged Science. I really liked being able to print out the whole unit. 
Supercharged eScience ReviewI thought that each lesson in the mechanics unit was very in depth and covered all the important parts, while still making it fun and entertaining. My daughters enjoyed the videos, as Aurora did a very good job of explaining the process of each subject and activity.  

We also loved that each lesson included a materials list for the activities and projects that would need to be completed. This was extremely helpful for us. We were able to gather the materials and complete the projects with ease. We found most of the materials we needed in our home.

A favorite activity for us was the Flying Paperclip. My daughters had fun putting this project together and taking turns trying it out. It was even cooler for me, seeing how much fun they were having while learning science.

Supercharged eScience Review

Supercharged eScience Review

 Another favorite activity was an activity called Tracking Threads. This activity focused on teaching friction. My oldest had a blast with this one. Once again, I was happy to be able to print out all the pages we would need. She was able to record guesses and then record the data. She thought it was really fun to compare her guesses to the facts. She really retained the information learned.

Supercharged eScience Review
Supercharged eScience Review

We are just getting ready to start unit 2 - Motion. I'm pretty excited about this one, because it focuses on velocity, acceleration, and Newton's three laws of motion. I have reviewed some of the projects and I can already tell it's going to be a ton of fun.

So what does an e-Science Premium Membership cost?

The K-12 Level Plan cost is $57 a month. Friends, the content and amount of information on this site is well worth the $57 in my opinion. 

Also for a limited time, Aurora, is offering everyone a copy of the Science Activity Video Series and Guidebook For FREE

and if that's not cool enough, she is also offering full access to e-Science for just $1. Yes friends, you read that right! Just $1. I hope you take advantage of this amazing offer and I'd love for you to let me know what you think about it. 

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