Thursday, May 17, 2012

Go Science! - Great God Centered Science Videos!

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I have never been very good at teaching science. Oh, I enjoy science well enough. I probably enjoy it now more than I did in school. Unfortunately, though, teaching it is not my gift. By God's blessing, this year has been a year where we have gotten quite a few science related items to review with the crew - including a few science videos. I wrote a review a few weeks ago about a wonderful science video. Recently we received a couple more videos called "Go Science" that have been equally great. Perhaps even greater, because these videos are done from a Christian perspective.


The great author and host of each Go Science video is Ben Roy. Ben teaches at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and used to be the director of a science program on TV. So far he has produced six volumes in this series:


  • Volume 1: Motion and the Laws of Gravity
  • Volume 2: Simple Machines, Sound, Weather
  • Volume 3: Magnetism, Electricity, Engineering, and Design
  • Volume 4: Chemistry, States of Matter, Life Sciences
  • Volume 5: Air, Flight
  • Volume 6: Water, Space, Solar System
We were blessed with getting Volume 5 and Volume 6. Since these videos are recommended for kids ages 6-14 Joshua got the nod to review these and loved them. He couldn't wait to do science because he loved the experiments and loved the host, Ben Roy.


Ben Roy knows how to work with and communicate with children. His voice is always brimming with excitement and always includes the kids - both the kids that are helping him with the experiment and the children that remain in the audience.


I was just as fascinated by how well he interacted with the children as I was with the experiments. Of course, Joshua was just excited about the experiments.


Here's an example of one of the experiments from this series. You can see what I mean about Ben Roy's interaction with the kids and why Joshua liked the experiments so much.





Can you see why we like these videos so much?


The two volumes that we received had 12 experiments on one (Volume 5) and 9 on the other (Volume 6). Each experiment last for 3-6 min. so each volume was around 40-45 min. long. Some of the experiments that were demonstrated on our videos included:


Volume 5

Bernoulli Effect
Can Crush
Flight
Cartesian Diver
Pour Air
and
Balloon Balance
among others.

Volume 6

Water Disappear
As Cold As Outer Space
Living in Space
and
Make A Rocket
among others.

As you can see from the clip above, each video was well done (they were originally done for a religious television show), fascinating and informative. But, probably the main thing that I like is that they are God centered. As the description on the website says:

Each spectacular demonstration of physical or chemical science has a spiritual application and points to our Creator!

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These videos are distributed by Library and Educational services, a great company that sells much more than just these videos. You can check out these videos and all of the great Library and Educational Services products by clicking here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. The Go Science videos can be purchased for just $8.97 per volume or $47.95 for the set of six volumes. Other TOS crew members received other volumes of the Go Science video series and you can find out what they had to say by clicking here. Happy Homeschooling!

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received Volume Five and Volume Six of the Go Science Video Series from Library and Educational Services in order to try out and give my honest review on this blog.

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