|Experimenting with salt and static electricity. This was very cool.|
|Every activity has a record sheet prepared for your student to keep track of their outcomes.|
The other experiment that we've done so far is "Conductor or Insulator?" This was another big hit, discovering which items conduct electricity. They got to graduate from household items, to bulbs, D-cell batteries and wires for this one! Again, another simple scientific concept broken into manageable bits of information and hands-on experiences for children. Some other opportunities for exploration are: Fiddling with Filaments, Making a Dimmer Switch, The Click Heard Around the World (Samuel Morse), Make a Galvanometer, How to Make an Electric Motor and many, many more!
I really appreciated the CD in the pocket at the back of the book. The CD contains all the book's pages for easy printing, so you don't have to stand at the copier and print them one at a time. I also liked that the writers suggest substitutes for things you may not have at home, like paper clips instead of alligator clips, or modeling clay to hold something in place. Frugal moms like it when we can "make do" with things we already own.
This title sells for $24.95 through the AIMS website here. In the past, I have paid more money for products with much less "meat" than Electrical Connections. I think it is definately a fair value and has enough projects to keep the average homeschooling family busy for at least half of the school year. If you take the suggestions of the guide and incorporate more in-depth reading about Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, and Nikola Tesla, you could expand upon this topic to your heart's content.
I would definately purchase other titles from AIMS to help bring Math and Science alive in our homeschool. We were extremely happy with this product.
**Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of Electrical Connections in exchange for an honest review, which I have provided here.