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Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science

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Fun, smart science games and activities.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about scientific experimentation and investigation on LAWRENCE HALL OF SCIENCE: 24/7 SCIENCE, the kids' section of a science site created by the University of California, Berkeley. Young learners will find instructions for experiments they can conduct offline as well as games that teach scientific fundamentals, like measurement and comparing the properties of different substances. Creative and colorful, Lawrence Hall of Science takes a lively approach to teaching kids about the world around them.

Positive messages

The site encourages kids to ask questions and seek out opportunities for learning. Science is presented as something that's fun, useful, and accessible.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"Tar Game" illustrates how smoking cigarettes damages the lungs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LAWRENCE HALL OF SCIENCE: 24/7 SCIENCE is the kids' section of a science site created by the University of California, Berkeley. It's smart, fun, and free of ads. There are some links to educational content on outside sites, including YouTube.

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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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Website details

Subjects:Science: chemistry, measurement, substance properties
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, collecting data, investigation
Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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