CrossWired Science is a brand new online science company. We received access to their first “project”, which consists of two “Global Topics” called Sound, and Fluid Dynamics. This site is still being tweaked and refined daily. Olivia and I (and other TOS Crew reviewers) were lucky to be some of their first “beta” testers, of sorts.
What is CrossWired Science?
CrossWired Science is an online science curriculum. They are in the form of “projects”. If you do 4 projects, it is considered one year of science. In that respect, it can be used as a stand-alone curriculum or you could use it to supplement any current science you are utilizing.
We have had a chance to look over two “Global Topics”, which constitute one “project”. Each project is intended to take approximately a month to complete.
There are “core videos” to watch with each topic. Here is a snippet from their website to explain that a little better (plus it gives you an idea of how well they explain things for you on their website).
In the “Parent/Teacher” tab on their website, they have a “calendar” link that gives a ton of information on how you could use the program. That being said, they also stress over and over again that you can use this program however you see fit. They really encourage an eclectic approach.
Here is the sample calendar for one month to give you an idea.
It has multiple levels so you would be able to use it with kids in kindergarten through 12th grade. Most, if not all, of the videos, will be the same no matter what the age of the student. The quiz/test questions and other things will be more in-depth for older students, though.
The program is self-paced and has so much that goes along with each project. They give you so many ideas on how to expand on the topic, from enrichment activities, experiments, field trips, or books to read.
One of the avenues of learning each topic is through videos. You can get an idea of what their lessons look like by watching some of the sample videos on their homepage.
What do we think?
I am super impressed with this science curriculum! Olivia (5th grade) and I really enjoyed the videos. Most of the time, science videos we have watched have not been enjoyable, but the way they present things is wonderful. And, somehow, they present it in a way that is retainable!! (Imagine that!)
The topics really seemed like they would be too hard for my 5th grader. For example, in the very first video, she is learning words like “hydrodynamics” and “aerodynamics”. I was pleasantly surprised by the way the information was presented in an interesting and memorable way!
There is a quiz after the video and I liked that it was not too difficult, but at the same time still does a great job at reinforcing the information she just learned in the video.
Olivia and I both thought that sometimes they are talking too fast in the videos… that being said… we both were still able to answer the quiz questions, so maybe they knew what they were doing when they spoke at those speeds. ;)
Overall, I really love this program. I’m excited to dive deeper into it.
I’m also excited to see what the next Global Topics will be!
I also think the program is very affordable… I know “affordable” is a very personal definition, so definitely check out their prices to see for your self. I would list the prices here, but I’m thinking since they are a new company, the numbers may change and I don’t want to give out incorrect information.
All of the TOS Crew members got access to this site at different times. Because of that and because it is a brand new site, some of us were able to see more of the website than others. Please click the banner below to check out what other reviewers had to say about the program.