- Videos of an actual rocket scientist teaching science to your kids. The teacher’s name is Aurora Lipper, and let me just say she breaks all the usual sterotypes of what you think of when someone says rocket scientist. She is just wonderful — her teaching style is engaging and her enthusiasm and passion for science is contagious. Not at all stuffy. Plus, since it’s an eScience program, there is the benefit of having everything available online, so that whenever you’re ready for science class, it’s there waiting for you.
- PDFs with textbook-style reading that correlate with the videos. There are graphics included here as well. You can either print these off and make a little book for your students, or read them from your computer or eReader. I sent them to my iPad.
- Access to hundreds of activities, experiments and projects. Along with these projects, comes great instructions (including video examples) and supply lists. Most supplies needed can be found around your house or at your local Wal-mart or hardware store. There are so many activities offered that you can choose what interests your students or what you can afford.
- End of unit exercises that can be used to test your student’s retention of the material.
- Parent resources, including helpful articles, a huge list of links to games, books, supplier suggestions, as well as more than 2000 pages of lesson plans (that’s not a typo, I said two thousand).
- Comments sections for each unit where your students can ask Aurora their questions. She’s also readily available through email, and once a week, she hosts a weekly call-in where your students can actually speak with her one-on-one!
- A tele-class every few weeks, taught by Aurora. We attended the astronomy class a couple of weeks ago and loved it. Aurora used Go-To Meeting, with a power-point slide presentation. She even took questions! The next tele-class is on Rocketry and will be held on May 8. Go register. It’s free!
Note: The eScience program does not cover creation or evolution so ALL families can participate with our programs. We focus on how to build the robot, take data and measurements, work a microscope, launch the rocket, why a laser works…basically sticking to the physics of what’s going on and how to build the projects. Of course, you can always add to it in any way you see fit.