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  • Cost Category: More than $100
  • Price Details: $1200 for a set of 8 activities. Cost of locally available consumables not included. Placards should last indefinitely but some materials will need to be replenished with each use.
    The costs shown were accurate at the time of the review. Please check the publisher's web site for current prices.
  • Duration: variable based on how instructors use activities
  • Format: Activity Book, Instructors Guide, Kit or Materials
  • Grades: grades K to 3, grades 2 to 6
  • Suitable for Multiple Uses?: many times, reusable with parts or supplies, can be reused
  • Subject(s): astronomy, biodiversity, biology, earth science, engineering, environmental science, life science, mechanics, physical science
  • Part of Series?: Yes. Specifically designed for afterschool programs in schools and especially museums.
  • URL: http://www.miamisci.org/apex/

Eight separate units/topics that include four sessions each and provide kids with sufficient depth within a structure appropriate for typical after school program needs.  Each unit includes clear instructor binders and consistent unit features.

These materials include activities that give students the chance to explore eight separate topics through (at least) four sessions worth of hands-on interaction. The teacher binders include lesson plans and instructions that are clear and concise. The materials offer sufficient depth for students while not imposing excessive content or instructional demands on the afterschool instructors. Reviewers note that these instructors could easily extend the APEX activities to last longer or offer more depth if students require greater challenges, but the reviewers also concur that the eight APEX binders and the lessons they support provide exactly what typical afterschool programs seek: the chance to offer students the tools and framework to explore science and have fun simultaneously.



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