"My kind of science starts with building something first to make it exciting, and to get kids invested in the process. Once they think it's cool, then we do the academic stuff – usually, THEY can't wait to learn it because they want to make their experiment or project work better."
Supercharged Science is a complete science program that covers every topic remotely related to science and can be used like a regular lesson plan, beginning with Lesson 1 and progressing through subsequent lessons. It can also be used as a virtual science library, choosing lessons that spark students' interest and flying with it. There is so much to choose from, it can almost be overwhelming. But Aurora walks you through everything step by step.
I am very impressed with Aurora's ability to present such complex information in such an understandable way. Easy experiments flow right along with her explanations. Reading about her experience in scientific fields makes it even more impressive that she is able to convey things at a student-level. She was a rocket scientist! And though they are approachable for all ages, each lesson can be studied at each student's challenge level. For instance, when studying motion, there is a simple experiment using 2 cans of soup to illustrate the concept of inertia. High school students are ready to move beyond recognizing the concept and are taught how to mathematically calculate the inertia of both cans of soup.
We are nearly finished with our regular science programs this year, so we have opted to just hop around Supercharged Science topics for fun, supplementing the lessons we were already doing. We found a very handy feature that matches Supercharged Science lessons with corresponding lessons in just about any science program available. There is a conversion chart showing 23 popular science curricula and corresponding Supercharged Science lessons, but if you would like to use something not listed, you can request it as well. Supercharged Science is a complete science curriculum in itself, so honestly, pairing it with another program is overkill. Next year, we will use it as a stand-alone curriculum for my high school student's Physics class.
I volunteered to use the program with my high school students, but my younger daughters sat right in the middle of the lessons and they have loved it, too. We scrolled through available topics and found experiments and questions that sounded interesting. For instance, we cooked Ivory soap in a microwave to better understand how a microwave oven works. My boys said they had always wondered and now they know! We learned about light as we built a solar oven. They even built a hovercraft in a lesson about friction. Nearly all of the experiments use household items, or items that can be purchased inexpensively. We also took advantage of an online seminar, which was fun. I intended this program to be supplemental, but we're hooked now!
|Our soap experiment, before and after.|
|Our hovercraft! And it really worked!|
This is going to sound a little stalker-ish, but I love Aurora's voice. I am very picky about voices when we do anything video-based. Aurora's voice is fabulous. I could sit and listen to her read the phone book. And I'm pretty sure she'd find a way to make it interesting, too.
|The boys, building their solar oven.|