Parents' Guide to

California Academy of Sciences

By Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Site brings the science museum experience into kids' homes.

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Its seriously one of the best websites for kids that can give them immense knowledge on topics specifically of kids interest.

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Discover Science is best for bringing museum experiences into your home. Webcams let kids manipulate camera angles directly from their home computer and observe organisms in their habitats. The video gallery has a broad variety of resources from quick clips to entire Academy lectures. It's particularly powerful to see what scientists are working on right now and how that relates to what kids are learning. The Science Heroes biographies and Science Today video clips both show kids examples of scientists in action. A key strength is that the featured scientists include men and women of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds.

Using the Discover Science resources before and after a visit can help kids maximize kids' learning at the California Academy of Sciences or local science museum. No website can top the rich learning opportunities that museum experiences bring. However, if visiting the California Academy of Sciences or something similar is not an option, then Discover Science comes pretty close.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Science: animals, astronomy, biology, chemistry, ecosystems and the environment, geology, life cycle, plants, rocks and minerals, substance properties, weather
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, making conclusions
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Last updated: June 11, 2020

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