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Science Court Explorations - Tom Snyder Productions (Scholastic)

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  • Cost Category: $76-$100
  • Price Details: The cost for a license to use the materials in one computer is $89; for $450 a license to use this on 10 computers is available. However, an afterschool program may need only one copy of the CD-ROM (that permits the instructor to project the videos). Individual students do not necessarily need to be at computers.
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  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Grades: grades 2 to 4
  • Suitable for Multiple Uses?: can be reused
  • Subject(s): multiple science topics
  • Part of Series?: no
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Through multimedia CD-ROM graphics and hands-on activities, kids are the jury in a court case that requires scientific understanding and investigation, verbal skills, and teamwork.  This activity helps afterschool programs promote real world science.

Science Court Explorations: Pendulum: In this curriculum, which combines a multimedia CD-ROM with hands-on activities, students become the jury in a court case about a dubiously-timed ski race. Science Court emphasizes the lifelong importance of teamwork, and encourages students to verbalize their thoughts as they make predictions, analyze data, and reflect on or rework their conclusions. Leaders don't need to be science savvy but they should be strong facilitators, and must set aside plenty of setup and in-class time for this curriculum.

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