See What Science Is All About is a science instructional video program for teachers, adults, or even gifted students. There are two levels (suggested), Grades K-3 and 4-6. The program was produced in 1985 and originally sold to schools throughout the US and Canada. It covers all major science topics in Earth, Life and Physical science and originally was presented on nine videotapes. It provided 14 hours of teacher instruction. Having been recently retired, the program, now digitized, is available free to YouTube viewers. The intent of the series is to provide teachers with important content, science concepts and demonstrate many hands-on activities that one can use in the classroom or in a home-school setting. We hope this will, indirectly, turn many students on to science nationwide.
Although the programs are available for viewing on YouTube, each See What Science Is All About video program is copyrighted and cannot be copied or distributed by any means or media.
The program presenter, Jack Ross, possesses an acute interest in all aspects of science and has a Masters of Arts Degree in science instruction. He has taught classroom science at junior high, adult education and university extension levels and spent a year as a county level science resource specialist.
Please note that even though some of the technology presented is outdated, the science principles are still accurate and useable in the classroom. Since this program was produced before some of today's technologies, you will find some activities will work better when adapted to current equipment. For example, when we show the use of the microprojector (projecting microscope), you will find that a microscope with a digital camera connected to a big screen tv will work better. For your microscope needs, we can highly recommend Microscope World. Older technologies, like vinyl records and turntables may still be available to demonstrate in the classroom but some other items shown on the programs may be difficult to find.
If you decide to watch the entire series, you may find it best to cover one subject at both levels first before going on to the next. Even if you are a primary teacher, this will give you with a comprehensive understanding of the sciences. As an example, watch K-3 Earth Science - Astronomy then watch 4-6 Earth Science, Astronomy, K-3 Geology then 4-6 Geology etc. If you are only concerned with primary activities and content then you should stay at one level. An example of this would be to watch K-3 Earth Science (Astronomy, Geology, Oceanography, and Meteorology) then K-3 Life and finally K-3 Physical Science. If you are short on time and just need activities for one particular area (like oceanography) then hunt out the proper section from the lists that follow.
Bookmark the youtube channel here (lists all 35 programs)
The links below provide a table of contents that identify the content on each video program:
Physical Science programs (both grade levels)
Life Science programs (both grade levels)
Earth Science programs (both grade levels)
Contact Jack: firstname.lastname@example.org