ROCK-IT SCIENCE EDUCATIONALLY USEFUL PROGRAMS

Rating: 4.92 stars   52 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 2110 Walsh Avenue Santa Clara CA 95050 USA

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

Rock-It-Science: Putting the FUN in Science

We often hear about how our country is not producing enough scientists. There is now a big push to generate more interest among our youth, but all too often, the science classes that they take in school are focused on book reading and test taking. This does not inspire our kids to love science. In fact it often makes them dread it.

That is why programs like Rock-it-Science are so important. John makes science come alive! He presents each lesson in the context of a story that engages a child's interest. Then he has the kids do HANDS ON experiments. This allows the students to feel like scientists -- to enjoy the excitement of guessing what might happen next and then seeing the results. Programs like Rock-it-Science are desperately needed because they will actually inspire a love of science.

If we want more scientists in our country, then we need more programs like Rock-it-Science.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see. ~ Alexandra Trenfor

This quote immediately made me think of John McChesney and his teaching philosophies. Children at Rock'it Science experience the thrill of their own discoveries because he does not ever tell them what the expected outcomes are. I have had my two children enrolled in Rock'it Science classes for several years now and I will continue to register them for as many years as "Mr. Mac" is available.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My eldest daughter took Rock-It-Science classes for 5 years, and now my younger daughter is taking the classes. My kids have absolutely loved these classes! They love the stories, but most importantly they love the experiments. The experiments are aimed to show kids interesting properties of matter, but without the scientific names or the theories behind them. These experiments are truly aimed to let the kids discover for themselves the fun of experimentation, the fact that sometimes experiments do not work exactly as planned, and that science can be so much fun. I love hearing them excitedly tell me what they did that day in the class. I would not hesitate to recommend this class to any one.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 5-year-old grandson always loves Rock-It Science, and he is a young man who knows what he likes and doesn't like. Rock-it Science is fun, engaging, and calls for young people to think scientifically, not just memorize or be told. I love seeing him explore things at home that he explored previously in Rock-it Science.

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A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rock-It Science is a wonderful and weird hands-on science experience for home-schooled kids; a combination of comedic storytelling and open ended, thought-provoking explorations of different scientific principles. My son is habitually late for everything, but he strives to always be early for Rock-It Science because he doesn't want to miss any of it. And the fact that it's not affiliated with any umbrella organization or franchise means that it ranges far and wide in unexpected and surprising ways... This is definitely an experience worth preserving, supporting and indulging in!

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A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned about Rock-it science while surfing the Internet for hands-on science projects to do with my son. I was so impressed with the program that I decided that I wanted to bring it to the students at the school where I teach. I flew out to California to meet John and was blown away by his love for teaching children science. He has developed a fun, inquiry based and hands-on way of teaching scientific principals. I have taught two summer classes at our school in Michigan using John's program and have seen first hand how excited students get about learning. The stories pull them in and the experiments keep them coming back for more. The parents of my students rave about how much their children are learning about science and their enthusiasm to keep learning. I highly recommend this program.

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rock-It Science is a unique program and place. Kids learn creatively, with hands-on, interactive, thought provoking science experiments. Where else are kids going to learn, in a tactile way, how big and heavy each of the planets are and how relatively far planets are from each other, using the parking lot as the canvas? Where else are kids going to learn how salt changes freezing points and, oh, make ice cream in the process? Mr. Mac, as John MChesney is affectionately known by all the kids, is enthusiastic, creative and dedicated to teaching kids about science in a makes-you-want-to-know-more kind of way. Even further, Mr. Mac and his team created a teach-the-teacher program to further share the great way they teach science.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Both of my children go to Rock-It Science. My oldest for three years now. My youngest could not wait until she was 5 years old so she could join in. They look forward to it every week. As a parent who sits and watches the class I am always impressed with Mr. Mac (as the kids call him). I watch him both with the eye of a parent and the eye of a person with a BA in Education. Not only does he present an innovative, new experiment each week (a feat I find astounding) but his attitude and skill with the children is amazing. He is calm, centered and delightful as he teaches them, keeping things safe without making the kids fear anything. My children are learning hands-on science from him and I can see the results in their play at home as they adjust a fulcrum to make a toy or talk about gravity and temperature, but for me, I am incredibly grateful for Mr. Mac's educational approach. My children are presented each week with an amazing adult mentor who models respect, joy, and learning. It's a fantastic educational environment and I recommend Rock-It Science with enthusiasm.

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A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rock-It Science understands what motivates kids to learn. Classroom experience is more conducive to the real world, which is rare here in the Silicon Valley. Collaboration is key, and projects are left to the creativity and resourcefulness of the kids. Regardless of age, kids are given a range to explore, and their curiosity is always triggered.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

My kids and I very much enjoyed the year of science classes thy took a couple of years ago, taught by Mr. Mac. Mr. Mac has a great way with kids. His style of story with a subtle lesson underneath and then hands on lesson is perfect for young kids in particular. My kids always looked forward to their classes with him.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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