A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Science can be fun and it happens every day all over the world, from large centers to your own backyard.
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Science centers partnered with IBM to create this site, so names of the centers and recent attractions are promoted, as well as IBM.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that TRYSCIENCE is a great place to find guides to technology, science and nature centers, and science experiments. The site is packed with ideas for parents, teachers and older, highly motivated science students to share with other kids. Follow instructions to build a spaghetti bridge to learn which shapes withstand more force; or learn how salt in the soil affects seed growth. It could be a more kid-catching site if there were more online interactive elements. Still, if teachers or parents take the real world field trip advice and experiments to kids, they're likely to have a greater appreciation for the worldwide appeal of science.
Is It Any Good?
You can find lists and guides for science and technology centers in large cities around the world and detailed local science guides for more than 25 U.S. cities. There are many ideas for classroom- or home-based science experiments across all scientific fields that are well-organized and clearly presented. Some site updating is needed, like an announcement for for "National Engineers Week 2008." The site would be greatly enhanced by more kid-friendly text and online interaction.
Online interaction: Kids can leave comments about their experience with various experiments.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.