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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Go Science DVDs (Series 2) By Library and Educational Services (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

Go Science Review

My children and I recently had the opportunity to watch a couple of Go Science DVD's (Series 2) by Library and Educational Services.

The first one we watched was Volume 2 which was broken up into two topics: Life Science and Weather.

Go Science Review

Life Science included:
  • Flashlight-Animal Eyes
  • Animal Skulls
  • Bobby Pins
  • What Are You Looking At?
  • How Much Do Your Lungs Hold?
  • Eating Nails for Breakfast
  • Naked Egg

Weather included:
  • Fire Tornado
  • Ping Pong Cannon
  • Liquid Nitrogen Cloud
  • Cloud in a Bottle
  • Garbage Can Vortex
We also watched Volume 7 which included Engineering/Design and Flight

Go Science Review

Engineering/Design included:
  • How Much Will It Hold
  • Leaning Tower of Lyra
  • Nail Balance
  • Trebuchet
  • Centrifuge
  • Walking on Eggs
  • Bed of Nails - Small
The DVDs are recommended for ages 4-12. My oldest son, age 13, did watch some of the videos but thought the experiments were too simple, so I would stick with the ages recommended. The cost of each video is $8.97.

About the DVDs

The Go Science DVDs include brief segments (lasting an average of less than 10 minutes) of various science experiments. They are done by teacher Ben Roy in front of a group of students. He uses the students to help with each experiment.

The experiments do not have to be watched in any kind of order.

These DVDs are Christian based and all end with a biblical lesson.

Our Thoughts

Below are the reasons I enjoyed these DVDs:
  • The segments were short and entertaining
  • Ben Roy seemed to really connect with the students and you can see this in the DVDs
  • The manner in which Ben tied the experiments with a biblical life lesson was well done
  • There were a good amount of experiments
  • A lot of the experiments shown could be done at home
As much as I enjoyed the science segments, my children however, did not. As I mentioned before, my 13-year-old thought the experiments were too simple. (This may not have been the case had he watched some of their other volumes). 

My youngest didn't appreciate that every experiment ended with a biblical lesson. He felt that because they were experiments they should have dealt strictly with science. Maybe he would have enjoyed it more if the biblical topics would have been interspersed among some of the experiments instead of all of them.

Here's a sample video from their Volume 1 DVD- Sound:

To read reviews about the other Go Science DVD volumes (there are 7 of them), click on the banner below.

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