Welcome to your Science Adventure!
I am so excited you’re joining us this year! Welcome to the Supercharged Science Family!
I am going to do all the lesson planning and content delivery for your science curriculum, and it all starts on this page. Here you will find the lessons on video to start off each science lesson. The videos on this page go with Academic Year Planner (link below).
Academic Year 2022-23
Welcome to our Supercharged Science Family! I am so excited you’re joining us this year! This online program is very flexible. Your child can work through the program at their own pace, fast or slow, and on their own schedule. You can watch the lessons in any order, as many times as you’d like.
You don’t have to worry about trying to come up with a weekly science curriculum, answering hard science questions, and getting your kids to do their lessons… I’m going to do all the heavy lifting for you and do all of this and more! All YOU need to do is provide the kids.
As an added bonus, I am offering additional LIVE, interactive classes each week to introduce one science concept to your kids. Near the end of each lesson, I’ll answer questions and point to the experiments that go with the science topic we just covered.
Plan on doing science for 30-60 minutes per session.
You decide how many session per week you'd like to do. We have enough science content for you to do science every day or once a week - you get to choose!
You'll find a material list and set of experiments you can expect to do with each month's topic. You can start the program at any time.
The live classes work through my HUGE science curriculum in only one year. I have created over 2,500 videos, experiments, activities and projects on the website, which is way too much to do all in one year.! The weekly live classes highlight one area of my science curriculum each month, and help break the content down into a program that is fun and easy to work through.
What that means is that we'll be hitting the big concepts and showing you the best experiments to do that really bring these science concepts to life. If you want to go into more depth on a topic, click TOPICS at the top of this page and take a deeper dive into that area for as long as your child in interested and excited to learn more. This is YOUR program and you get to make it work best for YOU. Please don't feel that you have to do ALL the experiments in order to get a great science education - you don't!
Science is about developing a deep curiosity about the world around us, AND having a set of tools that let kids explore that curiosity to answer their questions. Science is all about formulating questions, and creating experiments to answer those questions. It's a way of thinking, a process of learning that has a definite method. You can't learn that from just reading a textbook, filling out endless rounds of drill worksheets, or watching silly cartoon animations.
If you're brand new, please also check out the Getting Started videos!
Step 1: Download your Science Packet.
I've put together a schedule of the classes I will be teaching live every week, and you are welcome to join me! There will be engineering challenges, time for questions and interaction, and so much more during our time together. This is also called an "Academic Planner", as it contains the information you need to plan out your academic year.
Teaching Schedule for Live Science Classes
The links below will walk you through this online science program, step by step. We're going to start with an overview week in August, where we will take a full week to look at each area of science: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Engineering. This is intended to be a fun way to get us started with our year of science together.
New this year, Aurora and her team are teaching specialized subjects for our live class series! Aurora is teaching Physics and Chemistry every week in the Fall, and then she will move into applied sciences like Engineering for Winter and Spring. Throughout the year, specialized instructors will cover Microscopy and Microbiology with Oliver; Electrical Engineering and Electronics with Brian; Aviation both ground school and in-flight lessons with flight instructor Al; and bonus stargazing sessions with real astronomers.
You are welcome to do as many classes as you'd like, or if you prefer to go at your own pace and just watch the recordings of specific classes, please feel free to do so on your own schedule. The button below is an excerpt from the Academic Year Science Packet.
Step 2. Read your Science Packet & Pick Sessions!
On pages 9 - 14 in the Academic Packet for 2022-23, you'll find details of all the live bonus classes we are offering in the Fall (HINT: there's a lot!).
Grab your calendar and select the classes you want to join and pencil them in. Below is the master calendar for all our classes, including the Math Classes (sold separately and published to a different website, but many of our students are doing both so I included it here). If you miss a class, you'll find the recordings posted to this page below the calendar.
Simply scroll down to the appropriate month and click on the date to watch the recording.
A note to returning students
This year, we're covering physics, chemistry, earth science, life science, biology and different areas of engineering. The science topics covered this coming year are following the same structure as last year. You'll notice even more depth into these topics than previously covered, including additional experiment labs and worksheet downloads.
The scientific principles we are going to cover are like the "big ideas" in science, because they represent some of our greatest scientific achievements to date. It’s important that you understand them and know how you use them. When you feel like you've heard something before, that's great news - it means you are retaining more! Take it and run with it, deepening your curiosity about the world and your confidence to go out and explore it.
Learning science isn’t just a matter of memorizing facts and theories. Doing real science is all about developing a deep curiosity about the world around us, AND having a set of tools that let kids explore that curiosity to answer their questions. Science is all about formulating questions and creating experiments to find your own answers.
Academic Year 2022-23 LIVE Classes with Aurora:
You'll find all the science content for the current academic year published below. All live class video recordings, handouts, worksheets, bonus labs, material lists, experiment lists, and bonus live sessions are found below. (For Brian's Electronics content, please go here.)
WORKSHEETS AND MATERIAL LISTS PUBLISHED JULY 2022
This month, we are focusing on the fundamentals of physics. You’ll be taking a crash-course in physics as you swing, zoom, bang, drop, roll and tangle with Newton’s Laws of Motion and understand the basics principles of Energy. Kids will be experimenting with hovercraft, freefall motion, parachutes, catapults, building three kinds of speakers, and more!
- 09/06: Week 1 Mechanics (Forces, Gravity & Friction) Unit 1 (Download Worksheet #1)
- 09/13: Week 2 Motion (Velocity, Acceleration & Freefall) Unit 2 (Download Worksheet #2)
- 09/20: Week 3 Energy (Potential, Kinetic & Roller Coasters) Unit 5 (Download Worksheet #3)
- 09/27: Week 4 Work & Power (Simple Machines, Rube Goldberg Machines) Unit 4 (Download Worksheet #4)
- 10/04: Week 5 Sound (Vibration, Resonance, Waves & Speakers) Unit 6 (Download Worksheet #5)
October 2022 - Physics of Light
Discover the amazing properties of light by learning about intensity, color, brightness, polarization, and more as you work your way through the electromagnetic spectrum! We're going to build laser light shows, reflect holograms, shatter sunlight, and bend light into a pretzel using physics.
- 10/11: Week 6 Properties of Light (Frequency, Wavelength, Spectrum) Unit 9
- 10/18: Week 7 Lasers (Transmission, Absorption, Refraction, Diffraction) Unit 9
- 10/25: Week 8 Optics (Lenses, Optics, and Holograms) Unit 9
November 2022 - Electricity, Electronics, Magnetism
Spark together electric motors, build homemade burglar alarms, wire up latching circuits and create your own whizzing, hopping, dancing, screeching, swimming, crawling, wheeling, robots! Topics: electricity, magnetism, electrical charges, chassis construction, sensors.
- 11/01: Week 9 Electricity & Circuits (Series & Parallel, Burglar Alarms) Unit 10
- 11/08: Week 10 Robotics (Electrical Components, Sensors) Unit 10
- 11/15: Week 11 Magnetism & Electromagnetism (Relays & Linear Accelerators) Unit 11
December 2022 - Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity
Ooze, bubble, and slurp your way through the periodic table as you grow dinosaur toothpaste, coagulate slime, crystallize molecules, shake up ice cream, blast cannons and make a liquid freeze by heating it up. Discover 5 states of matter, supercooling, chemical kinetics, phase shifts, molecules, elements, atoms, chemical reactions.
- 11/29: Week 12 Chemistry (Matter, Atoms & Molecules) Unit 3, 8
- 12/06: Week 13 Chemistry (Reactions & Reactivity) Unit 3, 8
- 12/13: Week 14 Chemistry (Electrochemistry) Unit 8
January 2023 - Mechanical Engineering
We’re going to take the areas of physics and chemistry and apply it to one of the oldest branches in engineering: Mechanical Engineering. This area of science covers a wide scope, including engines and power systems, heat and cooling systems, renewable and alternative energy sources and so much more. We’re also going to do one full week of electrical engineering fundamentals so you can what real engineers need to know in order to do their work!
- 1/10: Week 15 Work, Energy, Power and Hydraulics/Pneumatics
- 1/17: Week 16 Renewable Energy (Solar, Wind, Geo, Bio, Tidal, Ocean)
- 1/24: Week 17 Thermodynamics (Temperature, Heat Transfer)
- 1/31: Week 18 BEAM Robots (Solar Robotics, Electronics Application)
February 2023 - Civil & General Engineering
We’re going to discover what it’s really like to be an engineer by building bridges, buildings, and skyscrapers and also by working our way through several engineering challenges which includes design, construction, and troubleshooting.
- 2/07: Week 19 Tension, Compression, Levitating Structures
- 2/14: Week 20 Materials, Structures, Buildings
- 2/21: Week 21 Special Class! National Engineering/Science Week
- 2/28: Week 22 Science Fair Projects!
March 2023 - Astronomy & Astrophysics Part 1
Take an intergalactic star tour of the universe as you discover new moons, comets and asteroids; explore the outer solar system, and learn about the unusual uniqueness of planets! Also included are live star gazing sessions to help you learn how to navigate the night skies easily!
- 3/07: Week 23 Planets, Moons and Binoculars
- 3/14: Week 24 Asteroids, Comets, Meteorites
- 3/21: Week 25 Solar Astronomy, Stellar Astrophysics
Spring Break 2023 Science Camp!
Five full days of Science: 3/27-3/31! Join Aurora for five days of hands-on science activities, projects, and experiments in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering and Earth science. You'll spend time each day with Aurora discovering and exploring fascinating concepts in science for the day, and then be off doing your experiments and working on your labs! All classes are recorded and posted.
April 2023 - Astronomy & Astrophysics Part 2
We will continue our journey in astronomy by discovering supermassive black holes, spinning neutron stars, active quasars, supernovae, and more! Listen to pulsars, explore time travel, make plasma in your kitchen and solar eclipses in a the closet.
- 4/04 Week 26 Galaxies, Telescopes, and Big Observatories
- 4/11 Week 27 Star Clusters, Double Stars, Nebulae
- 4/18 Week 28 Deep Space Objects
- 4/25 Week 29 Black Holes & Supernovae
May 2023 - Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering
Soar, zoom, fly, twirl and gyrate as you investigate the wonderful world of flight, creating flying contraptions, blasting rockets, and learning about air pressure, flight dynamics, wing design, air breathing engines, rocket thrusters, and take a real lesson in an airplane with a flight instructor!
- 5/02: Week 30 Aviation: Avionics, Instruments and Flight Lesson in a Real Airplane
- 5/09: Week 31 Aeronautical Engineering: Aircraft Design
- 5/16: Week 32 Astronautical Engineering: Rocketry
- 5/23: Week 33 Astronautical Engineering: Spacecraft Propulsion and Design
- 5/30: Week 34 Finale!
Bonus LIVE Classes with Experts All Year Long!
This year, we have several dedicated instructors who are sharing their specialized knowledge and experienced through a special set of live classes. Click on the images below to view their content and enjoy the learning adventure! All classes are open to all ages and included with your enrollment.