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Science Bob

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Experiment-packed site with some seriously fun science info.

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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.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Science: chemistry, gravity, physics
  • Skills: Creativity: combining knowledge, innovation, making new creations, Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, hypothesis-testing, investigation
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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