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What's it about?
The Lawrence Hall of Science kids' site features online games and instructions for offline experiments, both of which illustrate basic principles of physics, chemistry, astronomy, and other sciences. Each experiment also includes links to other activities, so kids can learn more about their favorite topics. Many of the games and experiments are based around real-world issues, like how cigarette smoking damages the lungs or how to spot potential household hazards.
Is it any good?
Lawrence Hall of Science does a great job encouraging curious kids to interact with the world around them and record their observations. Experiments feature common household items and are easy to conduct, with very clear instructions. Games are colorful, creative, and fun. The site's bright, modern design gives it a level of polish that some educational sites lack. Dozens of games and activities means kids will want to keep coming back.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the roles that science and technology play in our daily lives. How has technology changed the way we live? What are some of the advances (computers, cell phones, the Internet) that have most affected your life? Discuss how to manage media time more efficiently.
Families can also talk about which games and activities kids like best. Are you most interested in chemistry experiments? Animals? The mechanics of how things work?
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