Friday, June 27, 2014

Library and Educational Services Review

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      I would like to tell you about Library and Educational Services. They are a company that both homeschoolers AND educational or library professionals can purchase products online at discounted prices. They have books, fiction and nonfiction, audio dramas, and DVD series. I was given the opportunity to review two of the DVD's in one of these series featuring cool science experiments from Go Science DVD's .


     There are 7 physical (not downloaded) DVD's in this series (each retailing at $8.97) including:

 
  •  Volume 1: Sound, Gravity, Space
  • Volume 2: Life Science, Weather
  • Volume 3: Air
  • Volume 4: Motion, Friction, Electricity, Light
  • Volume 5: States of Matter, Water
  • Volume 6: Chemistry
  • Volume 7: Engineering, Design, Flight  
 
       They also can be purchased as a set (7 DVDS, over 80 experiments) for $59.82.  They are recommended for ages 4-12 years old.  Each DVD is about an hour in total viewing length. I chose Volumes 4 (Motion, Friction, Electricity, Light) and 5 (States of Matter, Water) for my family. Each of the Go Science DVDs features Christian educator and college professor Ben Roy. Ben Roy worked in the past on the WTVC News channel 9 Science Theater, and now teaches at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Ben has produced science lessons for the Weather Channel and About.com as well. He gives science demonstrations that are engaging and educational. It's clear that Mr. Roy has a passion for science, a love of teaching, and a strong faith!


Volume #5 States of Matter & Water includes these Science Demonstrations:
 
Go Science ReviewStates of Matter
  • Ice Cream
  • Oobleck
  • Density Column
  • Ice Block Melt
  • Run through Corn Starch and Water
  • Pitcher of Cold Water put in hot water
  • Putting Ice in Water Float or Sink?
  • Making Butter

Water
  • Traveling Water
  • Antimagnetic Water
  • Pouring Water
  • Burning Money




Volume #4 Motion, Friction, Electricity and Light includes these Science Experiments:
Motion:
  • Tablecloth Trick
  • High Bounce Balls
  • Marble Gravitron
  • Yo-Yo Big Spool
  • Bowling Ball
Friction:
  • Friction
  • Floating Rice
Electricity:
  • Simple Motor
  • Nail Magnet
  • Jumping Rings
     Light: 
  • Food Coloring and Bubbles

     Some of these Science experiments could be duplicated at home or used as Science Fair Project Ideas, some are better left to the professionals. We watched the videos together as a family and discussed the scientific concepts that went along with the experiments. My children enjoyed watching both videos, and watched through them multiple times without being asked. There were several experiments that they asked to be able to try themselves including making an electro-magnet and making ice cream. You could watch the video all at once, like we did, or you could break up the experiments, which are each approximately 5-10 min. long, and use them individually to fit into your current science curriculum as needed. These videos will make a great addition to any science curriculum, encouraging hands on activities and passion for curiosity. They also encourage our children as Christians to see Science as a way to further our knowledge about our Creator.

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