e-Science Learning Program
There are very few curricula that excite my daughter. The e-Science Learning Program from Supercharged Science is among an elite group of homeschool science curriculum she likes and wants to use. That means positive attitudes and a happy mom.
My daughter has studied science a bit differently this year. She has spent several weeks studying introductory courses in preparation for high school chemistry and physics. She had completed both the courses and was ready to move on to astronomy when the opportunity to review the e-Science Premium Membership a (six month subscription to the full website) through the Old Schoolhouse Review Crew became available. The online course is perfect for exploring different subjects of science and for in-depth studies.
Aurora Lipper is the creator of Supercharged Science. She is also a mechanical engineer, college instructor, pilot, and a rocket scientist. There is one thing she isn’t and that is boring. Aurora has a heart for helping students learn about science in a way that is fun and engaging.
Aurora’s website is quite extensive and overwhelming. I spent a considerable amount of time on the first day I had access to the site just becoming acclimated. The getting started page is a must to read along with watching Aurora’s video on how to get the most out of the site. My daughter and I have had access to the e-membership since late February and we are still finding cool stuff to study. You might want to take a look at the user’s guide for a quick idea of how things work.
e-Science Premium Membership is for all grade levels (K-12). A member has the option of studying subjects according to grade levels or by topics. Pre-K and K students gain exposure to simple experiments in physics, life science, and Earth science. They can make a waterscope, rain gauge, plant press, an anemometer, catapult, and more. Fifth graders have 4 subjects, which includes chemistry, human anatomy, Earth science, and astronomy.
The topics portion contains 20 units plus information on the scientific method, science fair projects, and more. Just a few of the topics are an overview of science (the 18 key scientific principles), light, mechanics, chemistry, biology, electricity, and others.
My daughter and I decided to begin with an experiment shown on the getting started page – microwaving soap. We downloaded and printed off the worksheet and then watched the video. We learned Ivory soap contains a high amount of air and water moisture. The microwave heats the water molecules in the soap causing the soap to expand into a most unusual shape. This was quite impressive and a big hit!
We then went to unit nine and learned a bit about light and created a spectrometer.
The eight-grade level was after that. It includes chemistry, physics, and astronomy. We chose to begin with physics of forces, motion, and energy. Our first experiment was the flying paper clip demonstrating the inverse-square law. Another physics experiment we did was, “What is a Joule?” Eighth grade physics has 63 experiments! We did not do all of those experiments. There is so much more we wanted to try during the review period.
Astronomy was the next subject my daughter chose to study. We started off watching the Planetarium and Star Show. It is a recording of a one hour tele-class Aurora did a while back. My daughter took notes on the worksheet and exercises provided for the video.
Astrophysics is a subject my daughter has wanted to study for a long time. I have been unable to find homeschool curriculum for this subject. Astronomy is all I have found. My daughter was thrilled when she discovered Aurora offers astrophysics in the e-Science learning program.
We have learned about particle physics in this unit. My daughter created a cosmic-ray detector as one of the experiments.
There is still more to learn. My daughter has said she wants to continue the e-Science program through the summer. That is a testimony in itself on how great Supercharged Science is.
There are several things I am enjoying about this program. It is easy to use; students are able to learn independently; there is a shopping list for each lesson; most of the supplies are household items; worksheets with vocabulary; the comment sections at the end of the lesson are helpful for even more learning; a Scientific Journal shows how to record results of experiments; and there are many topics available for study. There is even a summer e-camp available.
There is one thing I wish the website offered. A sitemap will be very helpful in navigating the numerous lessons and experiments (there are over 600 experiments.)
There are details about the membership you will want to know.
- There are technical requirements such as the having the latest internet browser a computer capable of watching and listening to videos, Adobe Flash Player, and an Adobe Reader.
- You may use e-Science program in conjunction with another science curriculum. There are conversion charts showing how to add to or replace experiments from the other textbooks.
- The membership FAQ will help answer any questions you may have about the program.
- Aurora and her staff are readily available to answer questions.
- You may download a free Copy of the Science Activity Video Series and Guidebook.
- There are special free samples for the Old Schoolhouse Review Crew readers (that means you.)
The cost of the e-Science learning program is $37 per month for the K-8 plan. The K-12 plan is $57 per month. The cost is for the whole family. You will want to read the “What’s so great about THIS program?” It contains a chart showing what the e-Science learning program offers and the cost differences in comparison with other homeschool curriculum for science.
The good thing is Aurora is offering a sale so you may try the program to see if it is right for your family. You will receive full access to e-Science for just $1. This is a sale for one month’s worth of access.
You may keep up to date with the happenings at Supercharged Science by following the social media sites.
I invite you to read what the other Old Schoolhouse Review Crew members have to say about the e-Science learning program.