Science Buddies

Common Sense Media says

A bevy of science projects tailored to your kid's interests.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Students are empowered to do reseach and discover fun things about science.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

If you really want to, you can purchase supplies to assist with your research, but they're not pushy about it.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Registration identifies kids who are under 13 so long as they're honest about their birthday. An email address is required to register, and kids will have to wait a few minutes before an email arrives activating their account. Discussion Boards let kids post questions about their project to other students and experts, but posting any personal contact information is prohibited.   

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Science Buddies is a website that provides project ideas, guides, and help for kids studying all kinds of science at nearly any level. Registration isn't required to browse through the many projects, but, with an account, you can save favorites, "Ask an Expert," or participate in discussion boards. There's a lot to look at, and it's a great resource for kids who love science as well as those who need a little extra guidance. However, some of the project-idea links aren't up-to-date and may frustrate kids.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • estimation
  • graphing
  • statistics

Science

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • engineering

Hobbies

  • building

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data
  • hypothesis-testing
  • analyzing evidence

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • developing novel solutions
  • innovation

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • academic development

Communication

  • asking questions
  • presenting

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Site design is colorful, clear, and thoughtfully organized, albeit text heavy. Project search filters are easy to use, and there's a wizard tool to help kids find topics geared just to them. Career connections will interest many.

Learning Approach

Clear instruction on inquiry skills and step-by-step project directions encourage kids' can-do attitudes. By making their own selections, kids will feel empowered as they do hands-on projects that promote deep learning. 

Support

The site's main purpose is to help -- there are project guides and instructions for everyone. Ask-an-expert help is available and there’s also a store to buy project supplies. Still, with no audio or video options, some users may miss out.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • estimation
  • graphing
  • statistics

Science

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • engineering

Hobbies

  • building

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data
  • hypothesis-testing
  • analyzing evidence

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • developing novel solutions
  • innovation

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • academic development

Communication

  • asking questions
  • presenting

Kids can learn about almost any science or math topic. Project complexity varies, and in each project, kids are asking questions, collecting data, analyzing evidence, and making conclusions. Kids also can learn about engineering design as they think of and create alternative solutions and prototypes. Science Buddies is a comprehensive sciente tool kit for kids with a broad range of interests, ages, and ability levels.

This Learning Rating review was written by Emily Pohlonski

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What's it about?

Science Buddies is a website that provides ideas and support for science fair projects and at-home experiments. You can browse project ideas by topic or take an survey that recommends projects based on what you're interested in (geology, sports science, and robotics are some of the categories to browse). Project ideas are ranked by difficulty, and there are three levels within each section: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Science Buddies provides a ton of options for kids looking for some clear guidance on science projects. With a huge variety of topics and difficulty levels, from simple wind meters and building towers with Legos to DNA sequencing and digital voice analysis, it's got something for everyone. Project ideas are nicely grouped; you can choose from the sciences, engineering, math, and computers. Within each group, kids can browse by topic of interest, how much time they have to finish the project, and difficulty level. Parents will like the clear safety guidelines and time lines for completing each project. The downside of all this: some projects might give kids so much information that much of the heavy lifting is done for them. In those cases, parents might want to encourage their children to be creative and alter the investigations to get a fresh result.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what kind of scientific investigations sound interesting. Guide kids to the interest survey if they're struggling to pick a project idea. What does your child want to learn more about?

  • Planning ahead will ensure that your child can actually complete the project. Ask your kid what resources she will need to complete her project. How much time will it take?

  • Scientists build on each other’s ideas. Discuss with your kids the best way to share what they've learned with others.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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