March 15, 2007 (Vol. 27, No. 6)
Strong Points: Fun, very approachable
Weak Points: Nothing significant
Here’s a fun one I covered a few years ago, and they have grown tremendously, so it’s time for another look. First of all, how can one not like a site that describes itself as a “24-Hour Exploding Laboratory”? Yes, there is some silliness here, but the beauty of this site is the whiz-bang factor that makes it fun for kids of all ages. That, in turn, stimulates imaginations and encourages interaction. The site’s Ask a Scientist segment is well done. A few questions posted at the site show interests that include chemistry, anatomy, biochemistry, zoology, and other sciences. The questions are clever and the answers are informative. Every effort appears to be made to answer questions in a friendly manner, which will serve the important purpose of encouraging students to be comfortable to ask more questions. An excellent educational idea.