Supercharged Science is the brainchild of former NASA scientist, mechanical engineer, university instructor, pilot, astronomer and mom of four Aurora Lipper. Mrs Lipper has been teaching science to students for almost 2 decades with highly engaging hands on classes that exceed state and national standards and STEM requirements. Using the concept that students don't want an education but instead want to explore, discover and think for themselves, Supercharged Science allows for students to actually perform science and learn from actually doing science experiments rather than reading about them.
The online curriculum can be used one of two ways. One can elect to select a grade level, in which they are given a list of topics appropriate for that grade. For example, a concept learned in life science for PreK-K would be that all animals need food in order to live and grow. However, 8th Grade topics include Chemistry and Physics, with learned concepts being things such as substances are made from different types of atoms which combine with one another in various ways to create molecules that range in size from two to thousands of atoms.
The second way the curriculum can be used is by topic. This is great for those students who enjoy rabbit holes. If say, a student really enjoys learning about animals, the topic of Biology can be selected and that student can learn a wide variety of information about vertebrates, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
|Some of the topics available to select from|
How We Used It
For this review period, the kids have been working their way through the 6th grade level of the curriculum. The 6th grade portion offers sections on Earth Science, Energy, and Life Science. When given the option, my children both decided they wanted to start with the Life Science portion of the curriculum.
The lessons themselves include video and explanation where the instructor, Mrs Lipper, walks the student step by stem thru what they will do.
|Watching the video lesson on how to prepare a Heat Fixed Slide|
The first lesson turned out to be more of a review for the kids to refresh their memories as how to safely transport, use and store the microscope, as well as how to determine total magnification of their specimens.
One they were re-familiarized with the scope, it was time to have a bit of fun. The first experiment had the kids cutting out and looking at various items they could find in the house.. This included a letter from a newsprint, a piece of grass, hair, salt crystals to name a few.
|Garrett looking thru the microscope|
|Newsprint letter under the microscope|
|Hair Under the Microscope|
|Fresh Cut Grass under the Scope|
In addition to the actual observations, the lesson stressed the importance of documenting their observations as accurately as possible, not only for their own records but so that others looking at their drawings would know what they were looking at, as well as what magnification they were observing the item at.
|Ashleigh documenting her observations|
|Ashleigh's observation results|
|Cup o' Nasty collected from the drainage collection under the bridge|
|Another Fairy Shrimp|
|Garrett's Observation Sheet|
|Ashleigh's Observation Sheet|
|Garrett creating a heat fixed slide|
|Ashleigh preparing her own heat fixed slide|
|Ashleigh staining her slide with iodine.|
We have gotten thru 8 different sections of the life science portion of the curriculum. Once we work thru the other 10 portions, we will be moving on to work on the earth science portion, which is much longer and consists of 52 different experiments. If scheduling works out well, I look forward to finishing up with the 25 experiments involved in the Energy portion of the curriculum so that kids can finish the entire 6th grade section before our year is over.
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