Use Mr. D's Science Club as a way to bring the scientific process into the classroom. Choose one of the experiments and prepare the materials ahead of time. Before kids do an experiment in small groups, discuss the procedures and such important concepts as independent variable, dependent variable, and controls. If possible, have kids predict what will happen, and then follow up with some questions to help them analyze the results.Continue reading Show less
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Kids can choose from four experiments that address a variety of science topics. Each includes an introductory video, printable Teacher Tips, and a printable Steps and Materials student handout. In the Fingerprints experiment, kids make fingerprints, compare patterns, and learn the importance of fingerprinting in solving crimes. In Creating Craters, they explore Earth Science, using common household items to model the formation of craters. Kids explore chemical reactions in the Bouncing Ball experiment, mixing materials together to produce a new material that bounces. And in Straw Sounds, they explore properties of sounds using straws of various sizes.
Note that only four experiments are part of the free app; additional experiments must be purchased.
Mr. D's Science Club offers four excellent hands-on experiments for kids. The videos do a decent job of explaining the science, so kids will learn some things before even trying the experiments. The app could truly inspire kids to become immersed in science, but a lot of work must be done for them to fully benefit from the experiments. Older kids or adults must gather and set up the materials, and supervise the work. Teachers will need to develop questions for kids to answer about the experiments and their results. Overall, this science tool provides some good ideas to get started, but additional preparation and follow-up are required.
Key Standards Supported
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Key Standards Supported
Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.
Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Matter and Its Interactions
Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.
Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.
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