Parents' Guide to

Catch the Science Bug

By Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Fun investigations are science-related; not very scientific.

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age 5+

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age 5+

Fanastic Website with Supporting PBS Episodes on Vimeo and tpt

This website has so much to offer for young minds on everyday science and engineering. If you go to tpt or Vimeo you can purchase 9 different videos that support each of the nine Science Files. Click on the link "Science Files" to see the 9 files on different science and engineering topics. You do not have to purchase the videos to use the site but if you do, you have a nice review and reinforcement of the material taught in the videos. These videos have aired on PBS Rhode Island and both the website and the video series have won Silver Choice Parents Awards. If you want something interesting and fun to do with your child that would really give them a head start in the STEM fields....this site is for you! Plus the blog has many interesting topics and some great math problems! You can find something for all ages on this site. Not only does it promote science and engineering to but also promotes an appreciate of the earth and being environmental responsible! We have personally had Kim come and teach science programs at our school and all the teachers and students loved her!!!!

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Is It Any Good?

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Investigations like "Colors in a Leaf" give kids a chance to observe that plants have pigments by doing leaf chromatography. But major ideas like photosynthesis and why we see color are all but ignored. All kids do is write down what they see. There aren't any opportunities to reflect on and form conclusions from their data. Even the challenge question simply asks kids to look up the name of pigments in the leaf.

"The Science Files" section of the site treats science as a collection of facts. One of the files called "Vet Detective" has activities that might be fun for a kid interested in becoming a veterinarian. However, each "activity" is merely a short passage with one or two multiple choice questions. The science content is limited to the application of a few simple facts. Catch the Science Bug makes efforts to highlight women scientists but the site could be improved if other underrepresented groups were featured too.

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