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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Secret Science Team Kit review/giveaway


WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!

PENNY W

HAVE A GREAT LEARNING ADVENTURE!

OUR GROUP OF "MAD" SCIENTISTS


As a home school mom I am always on the lookout for new things to energize our schooling time.  I know I get bored with the same 'ole thing all the time.  I was excited when I came across Ectropy Science and their Secret Science Team kits. 
Science has never been my strong subject.  Every time, YES every time, we tried to do an experiment, it would fail.  Fail miserably.  I'd have to explain to the kids that this is what was supposed to happen and this is why according to scientific laws.  Finally we figured out if I never touched anything, then the experiment would work!


I am interested to see what will happen with this Secret Science Team Mission Kit I was sent to review. Maybe if I keep my distance all will be fine.


When the package was delivered the mail woman said, "wow, you're receiving  top secret packages now!"
Nothing like a top secret package to get the neighborhood talking!

Contents of the "top secret" package:  storyline sheet, case file instruction booklet, data recording sheet, test tubes with caps and test tube rack, plastic beaker, chromatography paper, pH paper, test liquids and other reagents.
 

After looking  over the contents, reading the assignment and getting a "feel" for what was involved, I decided to have a 'Science party'.  I invited 4 other families to join us to complete this Science Kit.  
We had 13 children, ages 4 - 16.  

Our assignment was to find out who has stolen Dharma and Pippa's red bicycle.  From Ectropy website: "The girls think they have a lead in the case when they see the boy next door with a new blue bike that looks alot like theirs and find a rag soaked with a red liquid in the neighbor's trash."  After performing 3 experiments, the students were asked to come to a conclusion.  When a conclusion is reached the student has to sign into the Secret Science Team website to find if their conclusion is correct.


I set up 8 stations and divided the children into 8 "teams".  Because of the age difference I put an older student with a younger one.



We began by reading the assignment.  Then moving onto the first experiment.  Here are the children "experimenting and reasoning"





The students worked intensely to figure out who stole the bike.  Each "team" successfully completed the 3 experiments to come up with the correct answer.

This Science Kit was very enjoyable.  The instructions were clear and easy to follow.  We worked through the first experiment together then the students worked on their own.  Each experiment explains the science behind the process.  This kit is more than just science experiments.  It is a science experience. It teaches children how to use science and develop analytical reasoning.  Definitely a fun way to learn about science!  

I feel the best age for this kit is  8-12 year old students because they enjoyed it the most. The instructions are clear enough for them to work on their own with little supervision.  The younger children needed a lot of direction and the older ones felt it was a bit "lame".  

The only drawback I found was there was not enough test liquids and other reagents.  With 8 stations, there were only 2 sets of test liquids and reagents. The students had to wait until another team was finished with the liquids.  I would recommend at least 4 sets of liquids.  

I highly recommend these kits!  We had a wonderful time together experimenting and using our reasoning skills to solve the case!

Ectropy Science has generously offered one of my readers a single mission kit.  Add a little fun into your science class!  OR just have a bit of fun with the kids!

To enter you MUST:
Be a follower of this blog and visit Ectropy Science to check out what else they have to offer and comment about what you find there.

EXTRA ENTRIES:
1.  Follow For One Another on networked blogs
2.  Follow For One Another on Twitter
3.  Like Ectropy Science on Facebook
4.  Visit Ectropy Science blog and comment that For One Another sent you
5.  Blog about this giveaway and leave link

A random winner will be drawn on December 6, 2010.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond with address.  If no response, an alternative winner will be chosen.

*****PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER!!!!

*Thanks to Ectropy Science for sponsoring this giveaway. I received a complimentary kit to review.  I was not obligated to post a positive review, but it was easy to do :) 






71 comments:

  1. I'm your newest follower from the Tuesday Blog Hops! Come check out my blog at: http://adventuresofathriftymommy.blogspot.com/

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  2. Wow! Glad I found you. We homeschool 5 children - ages 13, 12, 8, 4, and 2. And when baby number 6 arrives in the spring, I'm hoping he or she will learn completely through osmosis! :) We are only starting our 2nd year of home education, though.

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  3. Hi, I am following you from the totally tuesday blog hop! I hope you have a wonderful day and a Happy Thanksgiving

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  4. hi there. your newest Tuesday blog hop follower. great blog. would *love* a follow back. you can find me at:

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    lots of FUN giveaways... come by and enter!

    *love* that they have lab coats. cute!

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  5. Very cool!

    I am now following your site (came from a blog hop)! I visited the website and it has some very cool science stuff. My younger daughter has been asking for a microscope and they have some nice affordable ones there.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    I would love for you to stop by my site.
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  6. First of all I would like to say I loved your review especially the intake of students of different age. I have a 7 year old science geek (lol) and I am certain it would be fun for her (us)

    Google Friends Connect - following your blog publicly as Louis

    another interesting tool is the MicroMax

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

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  7. following you on twitter @left_the_stars

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  8. I like The Secret Science Team on facebook (Louis Here)

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  9. I'm a follower of your blog (annejk112233) and I also like the MicroMax...I didn't know you could buy a microscope for so cheap:) annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I follow you on Networked blogs. annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I follow you on Twitter (I'm wowtotweet) annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. I like Ectropy Science on FB (I'm anne dall on fb) and told them u sent me at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Secret-Science-Team/289388112223#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=452921837223&id=289388112223

    annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. I visited their blog and told them u sent me under the Welcome post at: http://www.ectropyscienceblog.com/?p=1#comments

    annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. GFC follower
    I went to the site and see that they offer Party Kits! My son LOVES Science and doing experiments would be great for his birthday party.
    tchoplin2009@gmail.com

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  15. Follow you on twitter
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  16. Like Ectropy Science on fb
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  17. I follow via GFC and they offer a large variety of microscopes
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  18. follow you on networked blogs
    april yedinak

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  19. i love the Gift Bundles!

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  20. i follow you on twitter @beckybeitzel

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  21. i follow on networked blogs fb name is becky barrett beitzel


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  22. i like Ectropy Science on fb @becky barrett beitzel


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  23. i left them a comment on their blog


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  24. they sell lab coats (costumes), too. how cute. follow with gfc

    [email me at gmail.com, user pennywatcher]

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  25. follow with networked blogs (penny watcher)

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  26. twitter follower (hcwpw)

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  27. ectropy science facebook fan (penny watcher)

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  28. How cool is this! And they even have Scientist costumes! (And I now follow).

    ecarian at yahoo dot com

    Found you on This for That!

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  29. And I blogged!

    http://suchfuntogive.blogspot.com/2010/12/easy-wins-low-comment-giveaways.html

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  30. And I follow you on Twitter (Scribbleprints).

    ecarian at yahoo dot com

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  31. That is so cool! My son would love something like this! They even sell science costumes! I follow your blog.
    kathie78@yahoo.com

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  32. I like Ectropy on FB (as Katherine Snyder)
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  33. I like the MagnaScope. annatiffany at yahoo dot com

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  34. I like the Secret Science Team Mission Kit Case File #1003. I follow your blog.

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  35. I follow For One Another on networked blogs

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  36. I follow For One Another on Twitter
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  37. I Like Ectropy Science on Facebook
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  38. I follow you with GFC. I love the MagniScope. Thanks for a great giveaway. This is such a great item to help the children learn.

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  39. fllow via twitter (kathie78)
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  40. Following on GFC! Wow- I loved their site- the party kits and gift bundles are great ideas

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  41. Following you on twitter @barrettboys

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  42. Following you on Networked Blogs

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  43. Liked Secret Science on facebook!

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  44. Chitownchica follows your blog and I like the shporting goods store mission. We homeschool too and I am always looking for fun science things like this!

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  45. google friend klp1965
    kathypease(at)gmail(dot)com

    i also like the Carson's zOrb is a digital microscope with an integrated camera that displays the magnified image right on your computer screen.

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  46. like es on facebook kathy l pease
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  47. I like them on facebook and follow you on twitter! I never knew this science site existed! Some of the gift bundles are going to be great Christmas/Birthday gifts for my nephew!

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  48. I saw that they have the carson's zorb digital microscope. We got one of these for my daughter last christmas and she uses it all the time to look at diferent things.

    kerrie@mayansfamily.com

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  49. I follow with gfc (psychdog) and I would love to get my son the gift bundle 2. He would have so much fun with the microscope, jacket and kit. Thanks!
    hickenfam at hotmail dot com

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  50. I follow you on twitter - @hifam.
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  51. I really like the Party Kit. My boys would have a blast.
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  52. Following you via network blogs.
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  53. Following you via twitter.
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  54. I like Ectropy Science on facebook
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  55. I follow and they have awesome microscopes on their site
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  56. I am a follower and I found this: zOrb
    a macro microscope.
    looks neat :)

    thanks,
    googcheckian AT gmail DOT com

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  57. I follow and they have awesome microscopes on their site
    sarahlovesvegas@hotmail

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  58. google friend klp1965
    kathypease(at)gmail(dot)com

    i also like the Carson's zOrb is a digital microscope with an integrated camera that displays the magnified image right on your computer screen.

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  59. I follow with gfc (psychdog) and I would love to get my son the gift bundle 2. He would have so much fun with the microscope, jacket and kit. Thanks!
    hickenfam at hotmail dot com

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  60. And I follow you on Twitter (Scribbleprints).

    ecarian at yahoo dot com

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  61. twitter follower (hcwpw)

    [email me at gmail.com, user pennywatcher]

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  62. i left them a comment on their blog


    hiccupapparel at yahoo dot com

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  63. i follow you on twitter @beckybeitzel

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  64. I'm a follower of your blog (annejk112233) and I also like the MicroMax...I didn't know you could buy a microscope for so cheap:) annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  65. Very cool!

    I am now following your site (came from a blog hop)! I visited the website and it has some very cool science stuff. My younger daughter has been asking for a microscope and they have some nice affordable ones there.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    I would love for you to stop by my site.
    http://mysimplewalk.com

    ReplyDelete
  66. Hi, I am following you from the totally tuesday blog hop! I hope you have a wonderful day and a Happy Thanksgiving

    http://caseysgoodlife.com

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  67. I'm your newest follower from the Tuesday Blog Hops! Come check out my blog at: http://adventuresofathriftymommy.blogspot.com/

    Have a great day!

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