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Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids enjoy their classes and summer cams, highly recommend.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mr. Mac and his assistant made the world come alive for my two sons. Rock-it Science's effective use of the picture story format was visually engaging for my 9 and 12 year olds, and the enquiry based learning stimulated their imagination - words spilled excitedly from the boys as they retold what they learned each day. Sometimes the why wasn't always clear but that's what made Rock-it Science exciting - there's always something to learn, or prove, or try again. Rock-it Science infused a curiosity for science and how it explains our world, that remains with my sons to this day. As the parent, I appreciated they came home with their own projects sans adult influence on trying to "cookie cutter - make it pretty." I know when it's my son's creations and the fact they proudly came home with it, showed Rock-it Science respected the students creativity. Thank you Rock-it Science!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son went to the summer session for two summers. They make science fun and very understandable.

There lessons are technically very acurate while still having the kids play and learn at the same time.

I higly recommend it.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Have heard about how great RockIt Science is for several years. My 11 yr old just started taking it this year and loves it! She has tried both the middle age classes and the teen classes, which consist of more dangerous experiments, and likes both. I wish I had enrolled her years ago in these classes! She has done and seen a lot, but these classes expose her to new things she has not experienced before. Very hands on and fun, and Mr. Mac's crazy creative stories are lots of fun too!

Review from Guidestar