Experiment of the Week


A few years ago, before I started homeschooling, I received a free copy of Bubbles, Rainbows, and Worms. It was originally published in 1981. When it comes to science and history books, I’m usually cautious about older publishing dates because many times the information may be too antiquated and not as useful as a currently published book. In this instance, much of the information is still useful and current enough to become a regular resource for our weekly science projects. The science experiments are elementary for children to conduct while providing a lot of hands on activities for them to do.

With them becoming older, they now enjoy things that blow up, things that crawl on the ground and belong outside, and are more inquisitive than ever. I keep telling them, “We can look that up, we can look that up” and along with their curiosity, mine too grows. I also like some things that blow up, but I just don’t like cleaning it up. That aside and in the spirit of home education, it’s time to move onto bigger, better, and more exciting science experiments.

My children are great fans of Mythbusters and How Do They Do It?, and a few other regular shows on the Discovery Channel. Sometimes I sit down with them and Dad, but when episodes or segments involve insects, things that crawl, or a lot of blood thirsty animals, I find something else to do. I haven’t figured out from whom and where they are going to learn biology.

Experiment of the Week is science that even I can enjoy. Geologist, Dr. Robert Krampf, has created an online science workshop where you can learn the answers to many “mysteries” and everyday occurrences. If you are a science junkie (and even if you are not), there is some really great information and the children will love it because he blows up a few things every once in a while, which we, of course, enjoy doing. Even better than that are the video tutorials that show you how to conduct the same experiments at home. It’s like having your own private science tutor who is fun, really cool, and very knowledgeable.

The free experiments and videos offered at the site are great fun and enhance any science curriculum. You can also create your own study around the experiment of the week which is sent to newsletter subscribers. If that isn’t enough for you, then for a reasonable membership fee of $20, you can gain unlimited access to archived (If you are not a member, then you have access only to the current experiment of the week.) and new members only video science experiments and help support the free offerings and management of the site.

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