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These clear, flexible, easy to lead activities let kids become scientists. Each one is innovative and conceptual-revealing astronomy without factoids or complex jargon by simplifying overwhelming subjects without masking science’s ambiguities.
These guidebooks provide cross-disciplinary, creative, skill-oriented activities to foster home-school connections using household items. They also focus on building equity in math since they are accessible to students and instructors of many levels.
These activities engage groups of kids and parents in hands-on science, experiments, discussions, and interactions with scientists that reveal science in daily life. Though designed for big group science events, these can be adapted for small groups.
Combing a TV show/website/materials, Fetch targets kids 6-10 by mixing six human contestants with a cartoon dog in a reality TV meets science battle. If you have a TV and computers, your kids can join the creative problem solving fun.
|5.||Field Trip to the Moon|
This highly structured one-time activity lets kids work together to solve problems and prepare for a trip to the Moon. The educator guide and DVD provide instructors with ideas and data to help plan a lunar station and trip to the Moon.
By pairing kids with elder gardeners/people of differing cultures, this program helps bridge cultural gaps through shoulder-to-shoulder gardening adventure. It includes a curriculum and supplemental resources, but you must supply community members.
|7.||GEMS Paper Towel Testing|
These four inquiry-based activities help kids design/conduct experiments to test/compare advertising claims about wet strength and absorbency of 4 paper towel brands. These are well designed and the teachers guide is elegantly clear and concise.
For afterschool programs with online computer access, these activities address a range of fundamental scientific concepts in a virtual world structured as a computer adventure game through a variety of online “missions.”
|9.||Math and Science Across Cultures, from the Exploratorium|
This instructors guide includes math/science activities relevant to students of all backgrounds and hints to help those uncomfortable with science content promote deep thinking, questioning and experimentation through the lenses of diverse cultures.
|10.||Mindstorms for Schools (LEGO)|
If you have computers, funds for (costly) materials, and training to troubleshoot/lead the use of Mindstorms, this professionally designed curriculum permits kids to program LEGO machines and address disciplines like physics, robotics and mechanics.
Staff with interest and experience in (the reviewed unit on horticulture) can use this traditional discussion-and-lab curriculum to spark participant interest in this field through journaling and engaging hands-on experiences.