Supercharged Science is an online video based homeschool science curriculum that takes the guesswork and frustrations of science out of the way.
What is it? Homeschool science curriculum by Supercharged Science
Who is it for? Grades K-12
How much is it? $37/month for k-8, and $57/month for 9-12
There are currently 20 complete units to work through, ranging in topics from motion, to chemistry, to astrophysics, to alternative energy. Each unit is broken down into different lessons – the number depends on how many subjects that unit covers. When you dive into the unit, you’ll find an introduction to the topic – which is typically an intro video and brief reading explanation, a download of the unit if you wanted a print copy and a shopping list for all the experiments planned for the unit.
Some lessons offer additional experiments and activities for advanced students, meaning that it’s flexible enough to be used for a wide variety of grades and levels at the same time.
In addition to the unit studies, there is also a complete section all about science fair projects, an e-Science Camp, a unique math unit, and a collection of teaching resources to help you teach science.
What we did:
When we reviewed this site, my boys ranged in age from grade 1 to grade 4, so I didn’t really dive deep into any of the hard-core readings and tests for any of the units we did. Instead, we watched the intro videos, talked about what we learned, and then got into doing experiments.
First I checked out the “unit zero” information which explained e-Science and how it works, then we jumped into the pre-unit of understanding the scientific method. During this unit, we got the understanding of how scientists approach and create experiments – the steps of the question, hypothesis, materials, method, etc. For example, we had a great time testing out a pendulum that we made with a string taped to the edge of our table and weighted down with erasers. We tried a variety of things to see if the pendulum timing would change – weight difference, height difference, etc.
Next, we moved into the first unit, which was all about mechanics – force, gravity, and friction. I admit, maybe we worked a bit slower than some other people at these units because we chose to work at one or two experiments a day, which made each lesson last longer. It also meant we had plenty of time to make sure concepts were being understood before moving on to the next topic.
The lessons on gravity were fun – lots of dropping things, flinging things off tables, and jumping around. But, the one lesson that seems to have been the biggest hit so far was the one on static electricity. (Although a VERY close second was the DIY hovercraft project!)
I loved that everything was completely laid out – including a list of materials needed. For the most part, everything was easy to accomplish from things we already had at home. As we got deeper into the program there were experiments (like said hovercraft) which involved me needing to get a few parts in order to complete. But the bonus is that we were completely in charge of what we actually do – so if it’s something that’s out of our budget or interest, we weren’t obligated to do it at all. It’s all there to use as we’d like!
I also like that Aurora, the creator of the program, really simplifies things, and explains concepts using props to make it visually understandable to the kids. She takes the effort to show us everything in good details and my kids watched her videos with interest. The videos themselves are generally not too long, which is again good for attention spans. She also speaks to them without talking in too simplified language – like she expects the listeners to be able to keep up just fine. And, they do!
If you sign up to get regular emails from the Supercharged Science team, you’ll find that Aurora runs free live teleclass about once a month about different science topics – everything from lasers to ocean life to rockets. I’ve done a couple of these. They are really good – just be prepared that in the middle of the session she often does a sales pitch for her products/programs. There’s no requirement to buy anything – but I did want to let you know that it could be part of your session. Find out about the next teleclass.
e-Science is a great way to learn about the world of science from more than just a textbook. It’s an interactive, hands-on kind of learning which really appeals to kids, while still giving homeschooling parents the comfort of knowing their kids aren’t just playing – it’s actually learning!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this product when I was part of the Old Schoolhouse Review Crew in 2014 in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or that of my family who participated in the review.