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Science Alcove

Finding Science in the Everyday

Hands-on Learning

Find easy to do hands-on experiments and activities for elementary and high school kids.

Read and Learn

Satisfy your science curiosity by reading interesting articles.

Easy Experiments

Easy experiments are a fun way to connect with your kids or classroom.  Materials in most activities here are easy to find or already on hand.  Try a few today.

The World of Trees

Trees and plants are the base of our biosphere.  Learn about their importance as producers of so much more than oxygen.  Food, shelter, animal habitat, psychological well-being-read all trees have to offer.

Science Quizzes and Polls

Science quizzes and polls are an awesome resource for you or your students. Fun and interactive they are a great way to see what you know. Visit Science Alcove
and find many resources to make you smarter.

What is Fringe Science

What is fringe science?  Fringe science looks at often bizarre, far-out ideas in already established mainstream studies.  Although fringe science is founded in established science, it explores concepts at the extreme boundaries of ‘regular’ science.

Great Courses Plus: An Amazing On-Line Learning Experience

  • The following contains affiliate links.  This is an on-line learning experience I have enjoyed immensely.  Experts entertain and educate  in the comfort of your own home streamed when you want to learn!

Mel Science Chemistry Experiment Monthly Subscription Service

  • The following contains affiliate links.  This is a monthly chemistry experiment subscription service.   Homeschool families and middle school classrooms will find immense benefit from kits containing everything you need to complete one or two amazing experiments per month.

PROS

  • Large library of science courses and lectures and other topics to satisfy your knowledge craving.
  • All you can stream subscription model that is responsive and easy to use.
  • Learn at your own pace, no schedules, no tests.
  • Carefully crafted courses with award-winning professors.
  • Monthly and Yearly subscription rates are a great value for all you can stream service ($19.99 per month; $179.99 per year).

CONS

  • Closed captioning not yet supported for all videos.
  • No certificates or on-line assessments provided.
  • No ability for school boards to purchase corporate license for classroom use at this time.
  • Monthly or Yearly subscription rates only; no pay per use available.

PROS

  • Decent monthly price considering all chemicals and materials are included.
  • At the moment, the starter kit is free.
  • Learn at your own pace.
  • Instructions are easy to follow.
  • Lots of supplementary material on-line and through a smarphone app (both iOS and Android).
  • In Canada, both French and English kit are available.
  • School subscription service is available upon request.

CONS

  • Can only subscribe to a monthly service at the time being (cannot buy specific kits).
  • Cannot reorder chemicals or supplies if you wish to further repeat the same experiment but vary the conditions.
  • More adult assistance would be necessary for kids under 11 as some components are more difficult to work with.
  • Not likely stimulating enough for most high school level chemistry.
  • Monthly or Yearly subscription rates only; no pay per use available.

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About Me

 

Hi, I’m Teresa Coppens, science geek, book nerd, educator, coffee lovin’ mom with a coconut aversion. I am passionate about the weird and unusual. Here in my cabinet of science curiosities get your science geek on. Grab a cup of your favorite brew, get comfortable at Science Alcove and learn to love your inner science geek!

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