What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- combining knowledge
- making new creations
Engagement, Approach, Support
What's it about?
On Science Bob, kids can view science-related videos, print out directions to more than 25 experiments, and link to other websites about space, earth science, and more. Kids can also browse through science fair projects. Science Bob also posts a response to a user-submitted question each week.
Is it any good?
SCIENCE BOB -- the website from science teacher Bob Pflugfelder, who drives around in a mobile lab made from an old ambulance and has appeared on media outlets like "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" -- offers experiments and videos to get kids excited about science. Kids can check out science fair project ideas, submit science-related questions, and access instructions for more than 25 experiments, ranging from floating a ketchup packet in a bottle to learning about buoyancy to building a rocket from a 35 mm film canister.
The printable instructions are easy to follow and explain how the experiment works. However, be aware that several experiments require parental supervision. Although the site frequently advises kids to ask for it, some may try to tackle the science tricks on their own -- and you probably don't want your tween mixing sugar and boiling water to make rock candy or creating an exploding lunch bag alone.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why you should pay attention when a website says you should ask a parent to help with or supervise a science experiment or other activity. Even if you think it'll be easy to do the activity by yourself, why should a parent help you?
The science fair project ideas on this site encourage kids to learn more about aspects of science they don't know much about. What things about nature, space, chemicals, or other topics are you curious about? Is there any experiment on this site you and your mom or dad could do to find out more about that subject?