Science of Everyday Life

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Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media
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Accessible family and school-oriented science activities.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about various science concepts through activities and experiments. Each project is designed to be something that kids can do at home and probably already have the supplies to complete (hence the "everyday life" in the title). They can learn about electricity, engineering, molecular structure, and the composition of elements, among others. Science of Everyday Life is a fun resource for kids looking for simple activities they can do at home. 

Positive Messages

Science is connected to all kids' lives.

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Consumerism

3M is a major sponsor and is highlighted prominently on the website. Also, users are connected to the Discovery Education Store, where they can purchase science learning products.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Science of Everyday life is filled with ways to do science at home. These activities range from building a Bug Observation Box to making ice cream in a bag. If your kid's teacher is using the site as well, you can do up to four family tasks per age group that align with what your child is doing at school; there are a few virtual tasks, but most require additional materials usually found around the home.

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What's it about?

SCIENCE OF EVERYDAY LIFE is a free website sponsored by 3M and Discovery Education that focuses on STEM education. The site features lesson plans, virtual labs, videos, and student interactive modules. Family activities provide ways to do science at home and supports learning at school.

Is it any good?

At first blush, videos such as "Land: Earth’s Important Resource" may not seem very interesting, but the site packs key concepts into two-minute clips, providing kids with the information they need to participate in engaging activities such as "Developing Possible Solutions -- Slippery Soil." For high school and middle school kids, student modules make attempts to connect with students' real lives. For example, "Taking the Energy Challenge" has kids compare the energy uses of two teenagers with realistic lifestyles. A few virtual labs are structured so students explore, plan, and experiment, mirroring NGSS scientific practices and encouraging students to think about designing their own investigations.

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  • Families can discuss the physics of roller coasters and then try to build your own model using The Ups and Downs of Fun.

  • Families also can talk about ways in which we use energy everyday. How can we reduce our energy consumption? For families interested in reducing their carbon footprint, check out our list Going Green Online.

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