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Space is a subject that has always appealed to humans. We glance up at the sky and wonder about life beyond our planet. The boys have enjoyed previous studies related to astronomy and I figured the opportunity to review Microgravity with Janet’s Planet on DVD would appeal to them.
Microgravity with Janet’s Planet
What is Gravity?
Spotlight on Henry Cavendish
Weight versus Mass
Spotlight on Sir Isaac Newton
Spotlight on Galileo
What is microgravity?
What effects does microgravity have on our bodies?
How can you experience microgravity on earth?
From Janet Ivey, the lady behind this program: “For the past decade, science education has been my passion and America’s children have been my inspiration. It is incredible to see how excited children can become about the world around them when the information is presented in an accessible and fun way. That is the mission of Janet’s Planet, and I look forward to continuing to support better science education in the years to come.”
The Microgravity DVD costs $13.50 including shipping and tax. You can purchase a copy on Janet’s Planet. On the website, you’ll also find a pdf file for teachers or parents that discusses microgravity in more depth.
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Our Experience with Microgravity with Janet’s Planet
The boys were a bit reluctant at first when watching this. I knew it was that they’d rather be off doing their own ‘stuff’ than school work and persisted in having them watch the entire disc in one setting. They ended up enjoying aspects of the disc, especially the later segment when Janet gets to experience microgravity on the ZeroG plane. That was the high point of the disc.
They did comment that the episode was better than some they’ve seen for science geared towards kids. However, they found the talking historical photos and occasional animated character to be ‘cheesy’ rather than entertaining.
From a parent’s perspective, I thought it was a well put together presentation on a topic that can be quite interesting. They did a great job of expressing the information without completely ‘dumbing down’ the content for the kids. Overall, it’s a great resource to help explain in a more visual manner a topic that can appeal and confuse at the same time.
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