Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Go Science DVDs {Crew Review}


We are usually pretty good in our house about doing science experiments.  I’m not afraid of a mess (well, at least not a BIG mess) and I’ve collected the common but quirky supplies that we might need over the past 10 years.  But every once in a while, there is something cool we’d like to do that is just a little. too. much. for our supplies and our city-sized plot of land.

Library and Educational Services sent us two DVDs from their 7-volume Go Science DVDs. The Series 2 editions– recommended for ages 6 years –10 years -- make good supplements to nearly any science curriculum and will help bridge the gap between home-friendly experiments and those cool, out-of-this-world experiments that might not be practical based on equipment, expense, or mess.


Series 2 includes these seven volumes ($8.97 each, or $59.82 for all seven):
Volume 1: Sound, Gravity, Space
Volume 2: Life Science, Weather
Volume 3: Air
Volume 4: Motion, Friction, Electricity, Light
Volume 5: States of Matter, Water
Volume 6: Chemistry
Volume 7: Engineering, Design, Flight

Here is a sample (I think it is from volume 1):


We received Volume 3: Air  with the following topics.  Most of the beginning experiments deal with air pressure as well as the Bernoulli Principle.

  • Pop Can Cannon  
  • Marshmallow with Vacuum  
  • Hover Craft
  • Clinging Cards 
  • Table Lift with Baggies
  • Is the Jar Full?
  • Bouncing Bubbles
  • Diver’s Lungs
  • Fan with Balloon and Beach Ball
  • Bow Up Big Bags/ Race


Volume 7: Engineering, Design, Flight. Topics include inertia, mass, experimental methods (variables), air pressure, vibration and sound,  balance/ center of gravity, and force to name a few:

  • How Much Will it Hold
  • Leaning Tower of Lyra
  • Nail Balance
  • Trebuchet
  • Centrifuge
  • Walking on Eggs
  • Bed of Nails – Small
  • Rocket Balloons
  • Vinegar Rocket
  • Toilet Paper on Paint Roller
  • Film Canister Rocket

Each of these experiments is short, maybe about 5 minutes or so on average.  Hosted by Ben Roy, you can tell that these segments originally aired as part of a separate television program.  Mr. Roy is assisted by a number of children/ young teens who help him conduct the experiments and make predictions about their experiments.  After a quick introduction and the experiment, Mr. Roy gives a quick explanation of the principle at work in the experiment and a wrap up explaining science’s relationship to God. Mr. Roy has a love of the Lord and is able to relate that the properties of science are another way to better understand God and his love for us.

The boys absolutely loved watching the DVDs, and balked when I tried to turn off the show (I thought I’d make them last longer if we watched just a couple a day).  Levi even enjoys watching them a second or third time.  They oooh’ed and ahhh’ed when cool things happened, like lifting up plates of weights with air pressure.

My recommendations & thoughts: I found these to be well done videos for early elementary.  Several times I’d wished additional information had been presented to explain the principles in more detail – but if you are using these along side a curriculum as a supplement, you will likely have resources at your fingertips to delve into a discussion with more depth.  And, these can be a great jumping off point for your kids to investigate concepts that interest them.

I do wish each DVD had come with a teacher’s guide which explained the scientific principles being highlighted in each experiment – that way I could grab the necessary DVD and we could watch the specific experiment that corresponded to our work.  Some sort of simple guide like this would really add value to the products and make them more useful alongside any number of curriculum.  This sort of information on the website would help me to purchase the right DVDs and would help me to know that I was getting a helpful product.

As I said, the boys loved the DVDs.  As I was preparing this review, Levi said, “I think we should get the other ones!”

Go Science DVDs @ reapingaharvest

If you are interested in the content of a particular DVD, please click below as each Crew Member was able to pick from the seven volumes in this series:

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All prices are accurate as of blog posting. 

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