What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site gives kids solid information on the more exciting subjects of earth science, like world record-setting feats of nature and cataclysmic events, as well as sharks, poisonous bugs, and space travel. This site is free, but the pay-for-use site Science Castle.com, which the creator of this site works for, is heavily promoted here. Be aware that the center-stage YouTube video on the site's home page is actually an ad for the Science Castle.com site.
Is it any good?
Extreme Science is packed with solid information for older kids and for science teachers to help spice up scientific learning. There are many extra science-related links and tools on this site that are also excellent resources for science exploration and homework help. It's unfortunate that this site is also packed with ads, many of which aren't clearly marked as such.
Online interaction: There's no online interaction on this site, but the site's creator notes that she sometimes responds to requests for more information about other science subjects, and she encourages site visitors to email about more extreme topics such as world records.
Families can talk about...
This site has a lot of ads, many of which are disguised as editorial content. A lot of the ads are for things kids won't be interested in, but consider taking the time to ad-proof your kids.
This site focuses on some of the most sensational aspects of the natural world. Sensational stories get people's attention, but sometimes they're not true, or they're exaggerated. If you're doing research for homework, don't believe everything you read online.