Science is important and in my opinion should be fun for students learning it. I'm really not that great at teaching it and have many times thought it would be super nice to have a science teacher available for my daughters and I. That's exactly what I felt I received when we recently reviewed Series 2 of the Go Science DVDs from Library and Educational Services.
What is Library and Educational Services?
Library and Educational Services is a small family owned business, that has been operating for 35 years. They are wholesale distributors that sell to libraries, schools, homeschools, re-sellers, specialty stores, churches, missionaries, daycare centers, and ministry leaders. What I love the best is the materials they distribute are carefully selected to ensure they are in harmony with Christian values and morals. I feel this is very important and something that I'm very thankful for.
What are the Go Science DVDs?
The Go Science DVDs are a series of 7 DVDs that feature fun and educational science demonstrations hosted by a gentleman named, Ben Roy. Mr. Roy is a science teacher at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is the former director of a science program on television. His high-energy, fun teaching methods, and love for God truly make watching the DVDs not only educational but also highly entertaining. At the end of each demonstration, Mr. Roy says "Every time we learn something about science, we learn something about our Creator, God!" How true and powerful is that statement? I knew after watching the first demonstration that these DVDs were exactly what I wanted my girls to be watching. They are recommended for ages 4-12. We had the opportunity to pick 2 out of the 7 offered for our review.
Volume 1: Sound, Gravity, Space
Volume 2: Life Science, Weather
Volume 3: Air
Volume 4: Motion, Friction, Electricity, and Light
Volume 5: States of Matter, Water
Volume 6: Chemistry
Volume 7: Engineering, Design, Flight
We choose Volume 1: Sound, Gravity, Space and Volume 2: Life Science, Weather.
How we used Volume 1: Sound, Gravity, Space
There is a lot offered in Volume 1. My daughters had a blast watching it and often paused to recreate demonstrations they were watching. We had some giggles and some "Ah ha" moments while watching. We found that the demonstrations were quick but always on point. Mr. Roy has a gift of being able to teach science in such a fun, engaging way. I'm going to break down each demonstration offered and explain how it impacted us.
- Piano - In this video my daughters were able to visually see how the strings on a piano worked. We loved this one. We have a piano and my daughters thought it was neat to learn what was happening as they push down a key.
- Screaming Pop Can - My daughters absolutely loved this one. They had so much fun trying to get pop cans to scream. I had a blast watching as they attempted and even tried it myself.
- Balloon with Nut - My daughters had to try this one and rushed around trying to find a balloon and a nut. In this video Mr. Roy takes a balloon and nut and is easily able to create a buzzing sound. The girls thought it was neat how the sounds would vary depending on the speed they were twirling the balloon.
- Simple Telephone - This is the classic string and cup demonstration. One that we had done before, but one they were eager to try again. My daughters have always been fascinated by this one and I'm glad it was included.
- Reuben's Tube - One of our favorites! We had never heard of a Reuben's tube prior to watching this DVD. I'm so glad this was included. Mr. Roy did a fantastic demonstration. Watching this one, prompted us to do more research about it.
- Breaking Glass - Of course, I'm sure we have all heard of a lady singing and breaking glass. Have you actually seen it done? Well there was no singing, but definitely some high pitch sounds that did indeed cause glass to break. We didn't try this one, but we really thought it was neat.
- Organ Pipes - In this demonstration organ pipes are blown through to hear sound and one is attached to a balloon filled with helium. The girls paused and had fun discussing what they felt would happen.
- Stick with String - This was fun and one that my girls also tried. Making sound with a string and stick by twirling it around.
- Water Whistle - In this demonstration Mr. Roy creates a fun water whistle. My girls also tried this one and I thought it was pretty entertaining watching them.
- Candle SeeSaw - In this demonstration it was fun to see how the wax from a candle can cause a seesaw motion. Another one we didn't try, but I'm sure we will in the future.
- Drop Book with Paper - If you place a paper on a book and drop it, will it fall at the same rate? I paused this one to ask my girls their opinions. It was fun to hear what my girls thought would and wouldn't happen.
- Sun Golf Balls - In this video the girls were amazed to learn the size of the earth compared to our sun. Mr. Roy does a fantastic job using golf balls to demonstrate.
- Solar Bag - We didn't get to try this one, but we really want to. In this video Mr. Roy took a very long bag and tied one end closed. He then runs with one end and it fills with air to float in the sky. It was so big and very impressive to my daughters.
- UV Beads - Another favorite. My daughters wanted to try this one really bad. I hope to be able to soon. In this video UV beads harness the power of ultraviolet rays to change colors right before your eyes.
- Bang Barrel - Another we couldn't try at home, but wonderful as well. In this video Mr. Roy has taken a 2-liter bottle and filled it with liquid nitrogen so that it will explode. A barrel is placed on top and the barrel flies into the air. Very cool!
As you can probably tell, we truly enjoyed watching Volume 1: Sound, Gravity, Space and couldn't wait to watch Volume 2.
How we used Volume 2: Life Science, Weather
Another great DVD that offered a lot in the way of science demonstrations. I knew from watching Volume 1 that this was also going to be a wonderful DVD and was trilled to again be watching with my daughters learning fun, engaging science. Once again, I'm going to break down each demonstration and try not to give away to much.
Our Final Thoughts
We absolutely loved the Go Science DVDs. I'm so thankful we had the opportunity to review them. These are DVDs that can be watched over and over. I love that we can use them again, when we cover something in the future. I also loved how God and a Christian lesson are included in every science demonstration. It was also great that we could participate in some of the experiments at home. I didn't have to purchase anything, because most items could be found at home. However, some of the experiments were more elaborate and not safe to try at home. We sure loved being able to watch them though and learn why a certain process was happening. Science truly is fun!
What do the Go Science DVDs cost?
They are available to purchase for just $8.97 each. This is a fantastic price in my opinion. I feel that the amount of information and fun experiments make these well worth the price.
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