For years my family and I have enjoyed the free online classes offered by Supercharged Science, so you can imagine my excitement when we were chosen to receive a year subscription of e-Science Homeschool Science Curriculum to review. I couldn't wait to dive into all the fun but educational classes that Aurora Lipper, the founder of Supercharged Science, had put together for us to learn from. I knew my kids would have fun with the hands on experiments while gaining knowledge of basic science.
Aurora Lipper is a former Mechanical Engineer and NASA scientist. Her love for science and teaching is what urged her to begin these classes. It was upsetting to her that kids were not enjoying learning in their science classes. She wanted to make it so kids were excited to learn again. These classes are an excellent tool to teach basic science but in a way that kids don't even realize they are learning. It is enjoyable. Your kids will be giggling and learning at the same time as they endeavor to complete the hands on science activities. No more complaints of being bored 😉
Once you log on to e-Science Homeschool Science Curriculum, you will be able to choose how you would like to navigate the classes. You can navigate by topic or grade level. We chose to navigate with grade levels, but looked over the topic section as well.
There are 20 units available to choose from on the topics page and these topics will range for grades K-12. If you are unsure what topic is best for your student, you can navigate through the grade level page so there is less guessing if the topic and activity is age appropriate.
Let's look at the topics this site includes:
- Energy 1
- Energy 2
- Chemistry 1
- Alternative Energy
- Chemistry 2
- Life Science 1
- Life Science 2
- Biology 1
- Biology 2
- Earth Science
So many great topics to choose from aren't there? We want to share a few of our activities we did during our review time. They were so much fun!!!
Our favorite activity was from our Earth Science class. We were trying to see if salt could be used for heating and cooling. With a few household supplies, we learned all about endothermic and exothermic reactions. We took epsom salts and heated them in a 450 degree oven for 30 minutes. After pulling them out, we placed the salt into a cup and added water. Almost immediately we felt the cup heat up considerably that was our exothermic reaction. We used the same amount of non heated epsom salt and water in a different cup and it began to feel cool within seconds. That was our endothermic reaction. I was very impressed with this little experiment and the kids were talking about it for hours. I don't want to say anymore about it, because Aurora explains it so well in her class.
|OUR HEATED EPSOM SALTS|
|Our finished projects.|
|The one on the left is COLD|
The one on the right is HOT
We also will share a little experiment about inclined planes, but we don't want to give the "magic" away so you won't see our finished product. This activity taught us about energy and my kids had a blast doing it.
We watched a video and read a sheet on energy then answered some questions to help us understand energy better. It was very informative just like all of the topics here on Supercharged Science.
I can't say enough good things about this science curriculum. If you have children who enjoy hands on activities or who are bored with their current science curriculum, I would highly encourage you to check out these classes!!! Aurora is an amazing teacher who keeps your child's attention while teaching them all they need to know about the topic at hand.
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