Hands on science resources

If you are looking to get hands on with science learning along with your kids, below are listed lots of recommendations, reviews and suggestions of science resources for kits, curricula and books from our e-community. Don’t forget to also visit also our page Science for A Sense of Wonder where Science Book titles are listed: and our science museums listings page.

HowToTeachScience.com I am starting a free series of lessons on the elements of the periodic table. I believe in introducing it to children with a table on the wall. Then over time you can show them about the elements. It is what their world is made of. It teaches them not to fear science or to feel like Chemistry is a “harder” science. That way they don’t grow up to fear it. It will feel normal to them just like having a map on the wall. The lessons will be in the form of a newsletter that will come every other week, that way it’s casual. Each one will cover one element on the table with the history of its discovery, facts about it and information for the advanced learner. They are made to apply to ALL ages. Plus I include anecdotes and jokes that are common in the chemistry field or that pertain to that element. Each installment also has ideas for presenting it to your children some have fun activities, things to make or a lapbook and links for further reading and information about all sorts of topics, some about discoverers and some humorous. This is my passion and I want to share it with everyone…..Please enjoy and use them free and tell others about it. You can use this link: http://www.howtoteachscience.com/newslettersignup.html Teresa Bondora

Kitchen Science Books (all available from amazon.com)

  • Science in the Kitchen (Usborne Science Activities) by Rebecca Heddle, K. Woodward (ages 4-8) $12.95
  • Gifted & Talented: Kitchen Science Experiments: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Science by Barbara Saffer, Leo Abbett, $5.95 (ages 4-8);
  • – Kid Science: Kitchen Science Experiments (Kid Science) by Q.L. Pearce, Sophie Sheppard (Illustrator) (ages 9-12) $8.05;
  • Kitchen Science for Kids (Four-H Series) by Patricia F. Thonney, Tracy J. Farrell $4.75 (ages 9-12)These were from our past posts, if you do a search on “Science experiments” you will see them:
  • E-Encyclopedia Science by Dorling Kindersley. We are currently one-third way through DK e-encyclopedia Science working our way through nuclear physics. We are trying to branch out also and do other stuff on chemistry my son’s area of focus this year, but we are stuck at the moment for resources. I got him “I Can Become A Chemistry Wiz.” kit by Penny Norman
    which I thought was real neat but he said it was too easy and he’d done or understood all of the experiments.
  • (Dorling Kindersley) How Science Works – is a fabulous books. Each topic contained in a double spread with clear magnificent photos, practical modern-day applications, state of the art science & technology. The book says it is a complete science curriculum in itself. It answers questions like what causes the aurora borealis and much much more. A favorite among with my son.
  • A great science book is “Science experiments you can Eat”. The title tells it all.All these books can be used with elementary students of several ages, and so
    would have wide appeal.
  • The Mad Scientist library http://www.madsci.org/libs/
  • We really like the monthly science kits from THE YOUNG SCIENTIST CLUB (see: http://www.youngscientistsclub.com). The Young Scientists Club Reviewed here DS LOVES getting the box in the mail and as soon as he’s done with one, he can’t wait for the next one. I like that everything you need is right there. Even though many times what you need are things that are probably lying around the house (paperclips/balloons, etc.), it’s worth it just to be able to enjoy the experiments instead of hunting for everything first. It’s also nice that they connect to each other so we can keep reviewing what we’ve done along the way. You can save on shipping and handling by ordering in bulk as apposed to monthly. You can choose whichever ones you want and they will take them out of their separate boxes and ship them together (they seem to be very flexible). It takes away from the excitement of opening a new box every month but it may help those with a tighter budget.
  • A collection of links for science experiments
  • ScienceKit.com http://sciencekit.com/article.asp?ai=381&bhcd2=1196648023
  • This site has nice science kits: http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/drilldown_pages/view_category.asp?cat=308
  • Science: we started Real Science 4 Kids but got delayed by other things. The kids did do science fair experiments and presentations
    (actually, a lot of work was mine, but they learned some.) The kids enjoyed the “Mysteries of the Human Body” exhibit. Ds loves science
    but his reading/writing/spelling/grammer needs so much work that it gets pushed to a lower priority by mean old mom (who also loves
    science….) I started a window garden but the kids didn’t seem too interested in it yet.
  • Another home school mom and I have developed a new elementary science curriculum. These are science unit studies geared towards kindergarten
    through 6tth grade students. Each unit includes easy hands on projects, work sheets, puzzles, links, suggested reading and much more! The units are completely downloadable so you can begin instantly! Many different topics are available – such as the skeletal system, DNA, cells, plants, and the solar system. These complete unit studies are designed to take all the work out of science for the homeschool or classroom teacher – with none of the usual costs. Only 9.99 per unit and NO SHIPPING CHARGES! As and introductory offer, we are offering one unit FREE !! Please see http://www.fun-with-science.com/ to get the unit Fun with Skeleton Bones – FREE! Would you be interested in alerting your homeschool group about our curriculum and our free introductory offer?
  • We have watched several science experiments and demonstrations on YouTube, but we watch them from this site:
    That way the children aren’t exposed to anything that might show up along the edge of the screen.’
  • ‘Exploratorium Science Website The folks from this museum
    in San Francisco have one of the best SECULAR science-related
    websites anywhere. It will take quite a while to sift through
    the “explore” and “educate” pages with their many hands-on
    activities. Don’t miss the resources in the upper right-hand
    side menus of those pages.’ http://www.exploratorium.edu/index.html
  • Federal Resources for Education Excellence (FREE) website now provides richer, more expansive resources to teachers and students
    alike. There are over 1500 resources to take advantage of at FREE, ranging from primary historical documents, lesson plans, science visualizations,
    math simulations and online challenges, paintings, photos, mapping tools, and more. This easily accessible information is provided by federal
    organizations and agencies such as the Library of Congress, National Archives, NEH, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian,
    NSF, and NASA. Check it out today at http://www.free.ed.gov!
  • Science: unit studies and Real Science 4 Kids. Real Science 4 Kids?
    http://www.arn.org/realscience/realscience_morabout.html which has a
    chemistry program. Previously loved Stratton House Home Science
    Adventures. Other books we like: EarthChild 2000, Head to Toe Science, Pop Bottle Science
  • Science Projects http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/animals.html#PROJECTSI would recommend “Home Science Adventures” by Stratton Hill. I have done almost all of the units
    with my science loving 1st grader. The kits can be used by kids spanning from grades 1-6. It is
    experiment based, all the supplies are provided, the experiments always work, and they have interested my
    kids (my 4 year old has sat in on the lessons- but they can definitely be adapted to older kids. I think
    it best fits grades 1-4. The experiments can take as short or as long as you wish, depending on interest.
    My son usually wants to do 2-3 in a day. I am sad that we are almost done with all 6 units but we will
    hopefully revisit them in more depth in a few years.
  • Super Science Fair Projects Workshops http://www.super-science-fair-projects.com/sample-science-fair-projects.htmlHowToTeachScience.com I am starting a free series of lessons on the elements of the periodic table. I believe in introducing it to children with a table on the wall. Then over time you can show them about the elements. It is what their world is made of. It teaches them not to fear science or to feel like Chemistry is a “harder” science. That way they don’t grow up to fear it. It will feel normal to them just like having a map on the wall. The lessons will be in the form of a newsletter that will come every other week, that way it’s casual. Each one will cover one element on the table with the history of its discovery, facts about it and information for the advanced learner. They are made to apply to ALL ages. Plus I include anecdotes and jokes that are common in the chemistry field or that pertain to that element. Each installment also has ideas for presenting it to your children some have fun activities, things to make or a lapbook and links for further reading and information about all sorts of topics, some about discoverers and some humorous. This is my passion and I want to share it with everyone…..Please enjoy and use them free and tell others about it. You can use this link: http://www.howtoteachscience.com/newslettersignup.html Teresa Bondora
  • I love Sonlight program. I don’t do their Language Arts but I did try out their Science program this past year. I like it that there’s a Plan
    that goes with it…and it makes my job easier. However, we are not too strict that we tick off every box or everything that the manual suggests. Just their
    reading list is great and that’s one of the reasons we went with Sonlight.
  • Calvert’s science is pretty boring, so we’re doing a Charlotte Mason-y thing using Usborne books and science supplies we got from Sonlight. We also use Sonlight’s books: http://www.sonlight-curriculum.com/
  • Great Science resource that even has stuff for lapbooking! http://www.tobinslab.com
  • Try the TOPS website (http://www.topscience.org/) My son loves doing science experiments, and until I discovered this system I was forever trying to pull materials together from all over the place to do various experiments found in whatever book he was reading at the moment. He got interested in rocks last year, a subject I knew virtually nothing about, so I tried ordering their rocks unit. It was really great. They sent absolutely everything I needed (in the box they sent there are even little packets of salt and sugar, along with hard to acquire items like hydrochloric acid). A lot of the experiments he can do himself, with me only looking on; I just step in when chemicals or flame is involved. The teacher’s manual explained everything that the children would be doing in the tasks, so I didn’t have to know what I was doing ahead of time, but the great thing was that I was able to learn right along with him. This is a non-profit organization, so everything is done without frills, but they pass the savings on to you. If you just order the unit you want to do. It makes your life so much easier. Another good thing is that they take credit cards and ship to Japan. We have ordered three of their units so far, and I can really recommend their system if you lie to do unit studies and your kids are keen on experiments. You can pick a subject your children are interested in, and let them run with it. Also, I always thought these kind of task-based lessons would really be fun for a group fo kids if people wanted to get together for a science study group.
  • Steve Spangler Science http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiments/
    Steve Spangler is the science reporter for Channel 9 News (an NBC affiliate) in Colorado. This website offers a free collection of fun and interesting science experiments
    that have been featured on his show. The experiments cover the gamut in science strands including physical science, earth science, life science, chemistry and more! Many of them can be conducted with materials you probably already have around the house ・but if not, you can purchase the materials at this website. You can also watch sample videos of some of Steve ‘s science shows at the site ・they are available for purchase as well. When you get to the site, you will see an introduction followed by a list of experiments. Just click on the activity that interests you – and a new page opens with information, a materials list, directions, photo or
    illustration, and an explanation of the science behind the experiment. Experiment
    titles like “Alka-Seltzer Rocket,” “Marshmallow Masher,” “Soda Can
    Shake-up,””Eating Nails for Breakfast,” “Bleeding Paper,” and “Tornado in a
    Bottle” are certain to inspire your kids to try a few. Bookmark the site as
    you’ll want to return here often.
  • The Teaching Tank. The tanks themselves seem costly, the experimental approach and variety in the curriculum examples and descriptions look interesting and “do-able” on the whole. Perhaps the tanks make it easy, but there may be alternatives around here if the budget won’t stretch that far.They are very very good stuff, but still not a full curriculum but a supplement according to the creator. The see-thru tank is of course really versatile and useful for loads of different experiments. See full details at the link below: www.tchg.com
  • We used the time frame for science from Science from a Classical Curriculum from Well Trained Mind but I found the science recommendations not right for me as Mom. I needed more direction. So we are now using some books from apologia.com which teaches from a Biblical perspective. This is our fourth year using it, sometimes loosely, sometimes more closely. I’d like to hear from anyone else using this, too. And we also use Christian Liberty Press. We set our own goals (scope and sequence) and how we will attain them each year. Both kids take a couple of outside classes, son takes a Lego Robotics class (in Japanese) My kids take a couple of outside classes…a Lego Robotics class (in Japanese):
  • LEGO Education Centers Have Arrived in Japan!
    Brand new location opens in Aoyama, Tokyo Leading edge programs in both English and Japanese Curriculum based on MIT Media Lab’s “Learning by Making” Children learn creative problem-solving skills and cooperation skills Learn and grow in a bright and friendly environment A brand new location now open in Aoyama
    LEGO Education Centers focus on ages three to six but there are programs for younger and older kids too! Affordable!
    Sign up for a Free Trial Lesson. Phone: (03) 3568-6433
    LEGO Education Center
    Chez Irene Building 2F, 7-4-7 Akasaka
    Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
    Website: http://www.LEGOeducation.jp

    “My kids have done many of MITs programs in Cambridge, Massachusetts including two Lego programs. I have been present for both Lego programs and thought they were very good. BTW, the classes we attended were for ages 8 – 16 and involved making cars … Other reason I really like the MIT programs – they were very inexpensive or free which doesn’t sound like the case for the classes you found. Oh well, just my two cents to say that the MIT programs generally are very high quality.” The Aoyama site is listed on the same website
    with the Kichijoji and the Jiju Ga Oka locations. The Aoyama doesn’t (at least according to the website) do the robotics. I do second the recomendation, though. The classes that aren’t programming are less expensive than the robotics and have a planned curriculum. The Aoyama site is listed on the same website with the Kichijoji and the Jiju Ga Oka locations. The cost of the cheapest class is 9,975 yen, called Funtime Lego, doesn’t have an age but the photos look like Duplos (those larger Lego type blocks for little ones, say 3 years old). No price listed for the Lego kit as there are with the other classes.

  • Science A La Carte from HEM’s Jan-Feb issue: how to create a science learning environment for your kids: http://www.homeedmag.com/HEM/181/jfscience.html
  • American Montessori Consulting
    http://www.amonco.org Lots of lovely science-related lesson plans very suitable for the young and very young.
  • Resources from a a Wall Street Journal article on chemistry sets and it
    mentioned one called Discovery Chem-X 1000 Science Labs and can be purchased
    from http://shopping.discovery.com. This one is for ages 9 and up. We may
    go with this one when daughter is a little older. Two other websites were
    mentioned: 1) http://naturesodyssey.com and 2) http://smithsonianstore.com
  • Science…..where it is still evolving, can be such fun to teach!
    I picked up this magazine, Newton, Graphic Science Magazine, at the
    local book shop, to have a look through. It has great pics and easy to
    follow instructions for fun experiments-even with limited Japanese.
    There is also a web site, http://www.newtonpress.co.jp/
    <http://www.newtonpress.co.jp/> You can become a member for 12000yen
    /year. They have lots of notices to science events happening around the
    country, or I noticed a Science Camp for kids was advertised-even for
    non-members. I am debating whether to join-up, or just get the magazines
    on occasion. Does anyone have experience with this? I noticed they also
    have a Korean, Chinese, and Italian Website. But didnt notice an English
    one…..? The magazine is wonderful!
  • http://junior.japantimes.co.jp/ It looks like an interesting newspaper, published bi-monthly, with a
    mixture of Japanese and English articles. Just from a glance, it appears to be an English language learning tool for Japanese speakers.
    There was a link on the page to order a sample, so if you can get it working, perhaps that would be the place to start. The phone number
    listed on the site for contacts is:http://junior.japantimes.co.jp/
  • My son likes Kagakuru Plus which is a weekly science magazine. It was a slow process for him, but now he is an avid reader.
  • I cannot remember the name of the science magazine I found at our local library in Japan… I think it was kagaku-no-tomo, but geared toward younger kids.but I thought the quality was great!
  • You can see “Asimo” One of the first humanoid robots created in Japan at 1 PM on weekdays (on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays at 1 and 3:30) at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan). Get a family membership for 2,000 yen per year, because you will want to go back!
  • This is a fantastic astronomy lesson! It takes about 15min, but was GREAT!. You can learn soooo much sooo
    quickly! http://www.quietbay.net/Science/astronomy/nightsky/

    Last weekend we stayed at the Himeji Municipal Accommodation and Facilities Center. We had a great time. There is a small group of facilities. A Nature Sanctuary,
    Children’s Museum (play area), Science Museum (with planetarium) and Hoshino Yakata itself (main attraction being the Astronomical
    Observatory). It is fairly new, clean and comfortable. Of course, in town there is also Himeji Castle, a zoo and aquarium. I don’t
    know how it rates there on a national scale, but we enjoyed and plan to go again. The links are below.

    Just as a side note – they are very accommodating toward food
    allergies (must notify them in advance). Even the cafe at the
    science centre put together something special.

    Check out:

  • DISCOVER magazine is my favorite popular science magazine.
  • From age three, I started the eldest (our youngest is now beginning) with the series of science readers by Franklyn Branley. If we picked a topic say “volcanoes”, we would progress after a Franklyn Branley (and other books like Magic Schoolbus series) book to a higher level book on volcano with a little more info and then to the next level reading such as an Eye-witness book expanding on the same topic. Our goal is in depth encyclopedic knowledge of any topic. We would also try to pair the English readings with an equivalent book in Japanese from the public library.
  • My dad just emailed me this webpage, and we’re going to try it with our kids…it’s really cool! http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/periscope.html
  • Students learn about diseases through card game
    By Hasnita A Majid, Channel NewsAsia | Oct 2005

    GENOCET LIFESCIENCE CURRICULUM, SINGAPORE : Secondary school students may in the near future learn about diseases through a card game. Players say this game tests their wit and knowledge of diseases. Called Battle Cells Game Cards, it consists of two decks of cards – the pathogens or diseases, and the immune system. It is modelled after how the body battles with deadly infectious diseases. Players will have to reduce the health marks of the other players. The player with the most marks wins. Initially developed by life sciences educational services and kit provider Genecet Biotechnologies, the task of modifying the cards was given to four Secondary 3 students from Raffles Institution as part of a research project. “We wanted to create a card game that can cater to all types of learners. We want to get rid of outdated teaching methods such as textbooks which are no longer suited for children these days. We need more creative methods,” said Tan Ee Kuan, a student at Raffles Institution. Genecet says the card game is a suitable tool for students to learn about immunology and microbiology, and plans to market it. It is hoped that with the element of fun and play, students will be motivated to learn more about diseases. “It will work well as a supplementary tool in the classroom. We feel that it serves the slogan “teach less, learn more” and bring fun to the classroom,” said Jeffrey Lee at Genecet Biotechnologies. So far about 10 schools have shown interest in buying the product. Genecet says it plans to sell the cards at $20 each. There are two decks of cards for each game but discounts will be given to students. There are also plans to develop a teacher’s guide to facilitate teaching through the cards and expand these cards to include modules like ecology and even traditional Chinese medicine. – CNA /ls

    I came across an interesting article about a Life Science curriculum in use in some classrooms in Okinawa by Genecet Biotechnologies which also conducts holiday life science camps for kids, and would like to post the links
    http://www.genecet.com/products.html and
    http://www.genecet.com/research.html for those who would be interested in
    taking a look at this for your classrooms (I don’t know if they will ship to
    a homeschool though I don’t see why not) or email them for info at
    enquiry@genecet.com. Read the article below:

    Genecet takes life sciences into Japanese classrooms. EXTRACTING DNA samples from cheek cells and diagnosing the HIV virus is probably all in a day’s work for a laboratory scientist. But for children as young as 15 years old, these experiments offer them an opening to the world of life sciences. A Singapore-based company–Genecet Biotechnologies–intends to take that high-tech world into classrooms in Okinawa, a resort island southwest of Japan. This overseas expansion comes after it developed some 70 life-science kits for 100 schools like Raffles Girls’ School (RGS) in Singapore over the past five years.

    Said Dr Rosemary Tan, Genecet’s chief executive officer, who recently took a delegation from Okinawa to visit RGS. “They were amazed. Can you imagine seeing children who are only 15 to 16 years old doing experiments that university or post-graduate students do?” While the actual curriculum is still being worked on, the Japanese students could possibly take part in mock investigations where they extract DNA from a crime scene, diagnose it with a fingerprinting process, and then present their DNA findings to a mock judge.

    Using real world samples to relate life sciences is important–not least in discovering potential scientists but they are not known because they hadn’t done the life sciences before. These may not be your top-tier students. They may be in the middle or the end of the class. We plan to train them in the life sciences so they can choose to become scientists later in life,” she said.— TAN HWEE HWEE.

  • Lesson plans from Discovery School.com
  • Lesson plans for science and history at this site: http://www.cstone.net/~bcp/BCPIntro2.htmThis site may be useful for those who teach using themes

    Many of you were interested in Lego robotics workshops before. Here’s a Japanese link to CREFUS (Center for Robotics Education and Future Science) workshops with many locations around the country see map at
    http://www.crefus.com/partner/index.html They are becoming well known for being the specialist educators on robotics in Japan for kids and go up to very advanced levels. At the beginner levels they teach about motors and the mission is to build soccer robots. The intermediate stage curriculum focus on sensor and other PC programming and the top end advanced levels encourage the building of free creations and innovations on top of the soccer robot competitions and matches. There are a KICKS academy classes for kindie K3 kids through Grade 2 as well. Since Japan is still the world leader in robotics education, and schools particularly in the Kansai area are well known for this area, if you have kids interested in this subject, this particularly integrated and comprehensive programme may interest you. You should send your kids only if they are proficient in Japanese though.
    Curriculum at the webpage (in Japanese): http://www.crefus.com/crclm/index.html

    Microscopes: For a quick online guide to buying microscopes, what
    magnification, where to get it, see:
    http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/microscope.htm, for a detailed guide see
    http://www.greatscopes.com/important.htm; Combine a microscope gift for your
    child with Usborne’s Complete Book of the Microscope a fascinating volume that gives you the basics of how optical and electron microscopes work through stunning color photos of images captured by microscopes. Choose from a variety at reasonable prices from http://www.sonlight.com/. Or buy great models such as the portable MicroQuest one to head out for your nature trek with your kid, or other models where image capture is possible from http://www.greatscopes.com/ (discounts for homeschoolers). Other good microscope book titles are reviewed and available from http://www.greatscopes.com/bookstore.htm. These are the most popular hsler’s choices I believe.

    Source: From the Educate At Home page:

    In Japan, you can try the Study Room, a specialist store that specializes in really nifty kits, posters, books related to science study, and more. (Maybe not cheap though)

    For details on all the locations, see this page:

    Shimo-Kitazawa Store: 1F Hills Shimo-kitazawa 2-36-2 Kitazawa Setagaya-ku / Phone: 03-5478-8717

    Ueno Station 3F Concorde Shop / Phone: 03-5246-6876

    [Note: Lalaport Funabashi, Garden Place 2F Mitsukoshi Dept Store, Ebisu Shop / Tokyo Station, Yaesu exit Meitengai 1F Shop appear to have closed since they are no longer listed. The Tamagawa and Aichi shops have closed according to the shop’s website.]

    I have also seen Science museums and prefectural nature parks or other nature centers carrying microscopes along with science materials and field guides.

    I have also seen stores like Tokyo Hands and Toy S’Rus carry microscopes, but I don’t know about quality.

    I use a few resources like Wikipedia, Discovery kids and zoo.org for animal related research. If the kids want to look some thing up I just “google” it and then find a few sites that are OK for them to look at and explore. My younger one (8) loves http://www.pbs.com/ The content is fine and there are a bunch of good informational items there, like Kratt’s Creatures (again animals). My older one (12) uses Wikipedia for most of his research
    writings. We purchased the the Kingfisher Science encyclopedias. The Usbornes are “Internet linked” in that in certain places you can go on the internet to find out more about a certain subject. They maintain all their own links so the information is “guaranteed” to be there for so many years.

    1001 Science and Chemistry Quizzes

    Summer Solstice http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/SummerSolstice.html
    Land Forms Bingo Game – Great Geography Aid

    Other neat science related websites:

    Here’s a very good website to encourage our daughters in the area of science sponsored by Girl Scouts. http://www.girlsgotech.org/girls_go_tech.html

  • Chemistry Element Collection
  • Dr Viau’s Incredibly Simple Science Notes
  • Designed for teachers and has Picture It, Powerpoint masters, etc. hands on activities
    but on its intro it says homeschoolers are welcome!

    * Lesson Units Introduction to Session One
    * Hands-on Activity: The Age of the Universe

    * Hands-on Activity: A Solar System Model
    * Science Notes

    o How to How to Design Your Solar System
    o The Main Sequence of Stars
    o Measuring Distances in Space
    o Weight, Mass, and Density
    o Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion
    Kepler’s First Law
    Kepler’s Second Law
    Kepler’s Third Law
    Kepler’s Third Law: Distance from Sun
    Kepler’s Third Law: Year Length
    o Star Information Tables
    o The Kelvin Scale: Measuring Temperatures in Space
    o The Periodic Table
    o The Life Zone
    o Find the Life Zone for Your Planet
    o Gravity Can Cause Stresses that Generate Heat
    o Menu for Pages about Moons
     The Phases of the Moon
     Statistics About Planets and Moons
     Moons that Look Big
     Comparing Apparent Moon Sizes
     Calculating Orbits for Your Moons
     Orbits: Roche’s Limit
     Can You See Your Moon?
    o Binary Stars and Twin Planets
     Binary Star Systems
     Orbits for Binary Star Systems
     Planets in Binary Star Systems
    o Help with Math
     Circle Talk: Math for Your Solar System
     Calculating Your Planet’s Gravity
     Finding the Mass of Your Planet
    o What Causes Seasons?
    o The Electromagnetic Spectrum

    It comes with a great scope and Study Questions page as well at

    Ask a Scientist http://internal.vusd.solanocoe.k12.ca.us/Cooper/Intranet/science/askasci.htm

    A marvellous site offering science toys you can make with your kids http://scitoys.com/ toys like a spectroscope or Make a solar hotdog cooker , a hydrogen fuel cell, A magnet in mid-air ; Pyrolytic graphite in mid-air ; The Gauss Rifle: A Magnetic Linear Accelerator ; A Curie-effect heat engine; A Magnetic Ring Launcher

  • Another amazing site for learning about how different flakes are formed, geometric shapes, and even the physics behind it. Along the left margin, check out the “Guide to Snow Flakes” for a great science lesson. Try the Physics section for older students, or follow instructions on how to make your own real snow flakes (or paper ones for those of us who are less adventurous). Go to WebsiteFor those of us with children who are always digging holes. Are you concerned about where you go to arrive if you dig a very
    deep straight infinitous hole on Earth? Your problems are solved! Surf on the map below, find where you will dig your hole and click
    there. After this, click on “Dig here!” and you will see the place where, one day, you will (believe me) put your feet. http://map.pequenopolis.com/
  • The ten areas of learning the Living Books Curriculum covers are Bible study, language arts, science, world history (Grade
    1), American history (Grade 1), geography, nature study, art, picture study, and music. Our Kindergarten program has a
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    In order to introduce ourselves to those families seeking a Living Books education, we make this offer of an entire
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    The Nocturnal Naturalist: Exploring the Outdoors at Night
    by Cathy Johnson


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    Science Museums in Odaiba

    We went to check out two of the science museums in Odaiba, both of which are quite new so do not feature in English-language guidebooks like Japan for Kids or Kids’
    Trips in Tokyo. Both of these museums are a good option for rainy Mondays when most other places are closed, though Odaiba is also good on sunny days as there is plenty of open space for picnics and outdoor play. My kids particularly like the ship-shaped play area next to the Maritime Museum, and, in high summer, the splash pools in the same area.

    One museum we visited opened just last year: the Sony ExploraScience museum, on the 5th floor of the Mediage
    building, part of the Aquacity Odaiba complex, in between Odaiba Kaihinkoen and Odaiba stations on the Yurikamome monorail line. My six year old loved this place. It is all hands-on, interactive stuff, divided into two sections, “Science Wonder” and “Digital Dream”. Science Wonder has things like optical illusions, voice changing machines, a bicycle wheel gyro, etc. There is also a planetarium which is really more like a theme-park ride, as it is themed as a journey through time and space to the big bang, birth of the sun etc, complete with sound effects, shaking seats and so on as the “space vehicle” gets too close to sun flares and so on. In the Digital Dream section, there are lots of hands-on computerised activities and games, eg make your own photo ID card which you then use to access computers with mini-robotic dog games, or a “Wanted” game, where you zoom in and out searching for your own face (as a wanted criminal) in a computerised version of Odaiba.

    There is plenty to keep children occupied for at least a couple of hours, and there are lots of eating and shopping
    places in the same building to use up the rest of a rainy day (or go and check out one of the other museums in

    Open daily from 11am to 7pm. Entry is Y500 for adults (16+), and Y300 for children aged 3-15. All the exhibits have labels and instructions in English as well as Japanese. The information leaflet is in Japanese only, but there is an English-language website:

    The other science museum we visited is Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation), which is in between Fune no Kagakukan (Maritime Museum) and Telecom Center stations on the Yurikamome. The bits my son particularly enjoyed: a physical model of how the internet works, where you can use black and white billiard balls (representing bits of information) to send messages from one station to another; a space training capsule from Masa, with a genuine space toilet, shower etc so you can see how astronauts live; a display of rescue robots designed to go into collapsed buildings.

    Miraikan has some exhibits and activities to interest younger school age children, but not much for preschoolers,
    and most of it is really aimed at older children/adults, eg detailed exhibits on the Genome Project.

    Everything is well labeled in English, and there is an English-language information leaflet. Open 10am to 5pm,
    closed Tuesdays. Entry Y500 for adults, Y200 for age 6 to 18. Website: http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/index_e.htm

    Miraikan” is about a seven minute walk from Fune-no-Kagakukan station on the Yurikamome Line
    from Shimbashi station. Here’s their website: http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/

    The Tama Rokuto Science Center or museum was reopened in January
    of last year after a complete renovation. We found the building and the
    various exhibits to be fun and interesting. They’re currently showing the
    IMAX film 3D Encounter, and there is also a planetarium show. http://www.tamarokuto.or.jp/ (Japanese)

    Access: It’s closest to Hanakoganei Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. There is also a bus from Tanashi on the same line.
    From the Seibu Ikebukuro Line, there are buses from Hibarigaoka, Kiyose and Higashikurume. The Seibu bus from Kichijoji, bound for Hanakoganei station, leaves from the station’s north exit. You get off at “Kagakukan minami iriguchi” and it’s a ten minute walk from there.

    Yokohama Science Center, near Yokodai station on the Negishi Line. You can watch IMAX science movies there too.

    National Science Museum (Ueno Park) 国立科学博物館 上野公園) 1,600 yen (adults); 600 yen (children) For enquiries phone: 03-3272-8600

    “Everything You Need To Know About Science” guide Ann Zeman and Kate Kelly is a good reference, and also about the Princeton Review series: High School Earth Science Review (Princeton Review series)
    High School Biology Review (Princeton Review Series)
    The Science CD from Study Works, called StudyWorks Science is highly recommended — the science software was also given an excellent review in PC Mag. http://www.studyworksonline.com
  • Sparkle science series available based on the Singapore curriculum

  • Dr Dobbins’ Rainbow Science Curriculum and the Spectrum Curriculum http://www.beginningspublishing.com/ Reviewed here

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