Focus on Science Investigations 1
Focus on Science Investigations 2
Science Diagrams 2
These programs are meant to be a supplement to your science courses.
In the science curriculum we use, a lab notebook is required and
there are a lot of experiments to be done. Science Investigations
1 and 2 offer some simulated experiments that would be a helpful
addition to our curriculum. Both cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
They take you through the steps of the experiment and help you
present your data on graphs and diagrams. Two examples of some
of the processes demonstrated are Osmosis (2) and Photosynthesis
(1). Science Diagrams offers a way to make the diagrams needed
for your lab notebook, and import them into a word document. It
is a fun little drawing program with plenty of helps for drawing
the elements of your experiments, as well as diagrams of organs
and systems in your body. You can draw your own, or use pre-drawn
shapes from the Library which is found on the program.
Focus on Geography - River Studies
This is a geography program but I think it is science related
as well. The student can do river study field work right at their
computer on a simulated river and learn the skills needed for when
they do actual fieldwork. This will help the student learn about
river flow and bedload analysis. It also shows the student how
to analyze and record the data obtained from the study.
I found all these programs easy to understand and navigate through.
Being a very "hand on" type of person, I really enjoyed the Diagramming
program. My granddaughter, who is a visual learner, is going to
enjoy working through the simulated experiments. I think these
programs would be a good fit with any science curriculum that homeschoolers
are using. The only drawback that I can foresee is that these items
are from a company in the UK, and therefore are sold in pounds
sterling rather than dollars, and the postage could be prohibitive
which might be a deterrent to some.