SCIENCE, DISCOVERY, LAUGHTER is now on Youtube

AWARDS AND REVIEWS


SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, September 1996
Science, Discovery, & Laughter: A Fun and Practical Guide for Doing Science with Children. videocassette. color. 58 min. with tchr's guide. Prod. by Office of the Superintended of Public Instruction. Dist. by The Science Club. 1994, 1996 release. $19.95 (pub. perf.).
K-GR 6 -- Science, Discovery, & Laughter is chock full of great, easy-to-do science experiments that will motivate children to learn more about basic scientific principles. The activities are presented by consultants of The Science Club who represent both sexes and every major racial group. Variations of these activities are then performed by families and groups with the same careful attention to cultureal diversity. You may have already made terrariums, ice cream, and mixed baking soda with vinegar -- but here they are given a new twist. However, have you ever made Glop, Martian Mud, or Straw Flutes? When was the last time you took a walk with a sock on the outside of your shoe, and then planted the seeds collected? Along the way some scientific principles such as surface tension and states of matter are covered. The guide is worth special mention. All ingredients, measurements, and recipe instructions are cleverly displayed. There are also quotes and challenging questions that require changing the variables of the experiment. The recommended "Everybody Books" (so called because picture books are not just for youngsters) are excellent choices. The consultants are not professional actors, and some lines are flubbed. This video, however, deserves to be in every school library, every public library that serves a homeschooling population, and every home that cares about budding young scientists. Use it as PTA and Scout meetings as well. --Ken Freutel, Dwight Elementary School, IL

LOS ANGLES TIMES
Tuesday, August 27, 1996
Home Edition
Section: Calendar
Type: Video Recording Review
ID:0960073988
Words: 454
Byline: LYNNE HEFFLEY
TIMES STAFF WRITER

Discovering Fun-Filled World of 'Science'

When does a child's natural joy of discovery turn into science- and
learning-phobia? Never, if the creators of a new video guide, "Science,
Discovery & Laughter," have anything to say about it.  This entertaining 
tutorial for parents and teachers, produced by The Science Club of
Seattle, is chock-full of hands-on, easy-to-do activities for adults and
children to enjoy together.

Make "Martian Mud," a weird, cornstarch-based concoction that acts like a
solid and a liquid.  Create nifty "meteor" craters with back-yard stones
and a tub of flour and cocoa powder.  Use "magic" to make pepper move,
take a "sock walk" for an unusual "growing experience" --a garden in a
sock-- or mix up some wonderfully gooey "glop" that bounces and stretches.

The video offers tips for using the experiments as leaping-off points for
further discovery, aided by a terrific accompanying booklet.  It also
shows by example how to encourage children and enhance and share their
pleasure in learning something new.  Most important, it serves as a
reminder that there shouldn't be an age limit to curiousity and
imagination. 

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