Friday, May 11, 2012

TOS Review: Go Science

Go Science!  Yes, Gess' favorite subject is science so we were rather excited to get to review this product for the TOS CrewGo Science is a series from Library and Educational Services that gets kids excited about learning science by exploring motion, weather, electricity, air, the Solar System and much more!  There are 6 DVDS in the series which can be purchased as a set or individually.  We were able to choose 2 DVDs which was difficult because they all seemed very interesting. 

Each DVD includes a series of 3 to 6 minute demonstrations that helps to explain certain science principles or phenomenon.  In each one Ben Roy, a fun and lively science educator, leads a group of kids through some sort of hands on science experiment or activity.  He generally has one or more of the kids in the group participate as he demonstrates and explains the science principle that he is focusing on.

It should be obvious to my readers by now that Gess is absolutely fascinated by the weather so it was no big surprise that her first selection was Volume 2 Simple Machines, Sound and Weather.

 The demonstrations covered on this video are:

  • 1st Class Lever
  • 2nd Class Lever
  • 3rd Class Lever
  • Incline Plane
  • Pulleys
  • Trebuchet
  • Singing Glasses
  • Singing Rods
  • Sound Waves
  • Singing Pipes
  • Making A Cloud
  • Weather Balloon
  • Tornado Tube
  • Air Pressure

The other selection Gess made was Volume 6 Water, Space and Solar System. 

 The demonstrations covered on this video are:

  •  Water Disappear
  • Boil Water in a Paper Cup
  • Properties of Water
  • Floating Balls
  • As Cold as Outer Space
  • Make a Rocket
  • Living in Space
  • Solar System
  • Centripetal Force

Each demonstration was fun and educational.  Ben Roy did a great job at keeping the children engaged.  While I personally thought he seemed a bit "cheesy" as he tried to excite the children, he certainly seemed to get the job done.  Gess really loved watching the videos and would often do so even when we were not having school.  I even caught her interacting and raising her hand saying "pick me, pick me" when he asked for volunteers!  I am just glad she didn't get upset when she wasn't picked!

While these demonstrations are fun and educational there are many that you will not be able to repeat at home because he uses things that we don't regularly have access to.  However that is not the case for all of them.  There are some that are much easier to do at home, such as the tornado tube.  Still, it is nice to be able to watch experiments that I could not or would not want to do here at home and Gess certainly is learning from them.  Here, why not watch one yourself to see!

I also love the way Ben Roy ends his demonstrations.  At the end of each segment he reminds children that "every time we learn something about science, we learn something about our Creator GOD!"  That's right, as Christians we know that science and the bible do go hand and hand and that science is the study of God's creation.  I love that he make sure kids know that too!

Another great thing about the Go Science DVD series is the price.  You can get all six DVDs in the set for $47.95 or buy them individually for $8.97 each.  That's a pretty great price for a Science DVD!  You see Library and Educational Services is a wholesale provider of Christian and wholesome educational books, DVDs, CDs and more.  The neatest part is that they will sell their products at the wholesale price to homeschoolers!   The Go Science DVD series is just one of them.  This was a resource I never knew existed but hope to use a lot in the future.  To learn more visit their website or see what other members of the TOS Crew had to say about it.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received the Go Science Volume 2 and Volume 6 DVDs for giving my honest opinion and assessment of this product in my review.
Note: All pricing is current at the time of posting and is subject to change

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