Teacher Review For DIY Sun Science

Great for engaging students and families in learning about the Sun.

Donna M.
Classroom teacher
Vista Visions Academy
Vista, CA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
The activities are great to post on the school website and encourage parents to do with their students at home. While it is designed for upper elementary and middle school students, I have used several of the activities, such as Making a Prism and Measuring the Sun's Size, to engage my high school earth science students at the beginning of a lesson.
My Take
DIY Sun Science is an app that contains several different hands-on activities for students to do, all designed to learn more about the Sun. While the activities require outside materials, the set-up and procedures are well-written and easy to follow. I have used these as small group activities. The high quality follow-up videos are produced by NASA, and explain the concepts deeper than have been introduced by the hands-on activity. The app was posted on our school website (K-12) and several parents of elementary and middle school students commented that they appreciated the opportunity to engage in these activities with their children. While the activities can be used as stand-alone experiences, they can be integrated into a more complex unit of instruction.