Did you know that in fourth grade many girls say they like science but by the time they reach eighth grade the numbers drop dramatically? This science slide only continues as girls grow up because women only make up a quarter of the jobs in the science and technology fields. This is a trend that led scientists and moms, Marcie Colledge, Ph.D., and Kelly McCollum, MPH to create Yellow Scope science kits, which encourage girls to be active scientists with hands-on experiments.
Check out our Yellow Scope review.
What Are Yellow Scope Science Kits?
Yellow Scope aims to inspire girls to explore their world, science, and all the amazing possibilities out there through a variety of fun science kits. Each kit is full of experiments that allow girls to make observations, and even design their own experiments.
The kits are based on topics like Chemistry, DNA, and the art of science and color, and others. They are geared towards girls 8-12, which is the perfect age group to target to try to keep girls interested in science.
Experimenting with Yellow Scope
My daughters, ages 9 and 11, recently tried out the Foundation Chemistry Kit pictured above. It is full of supplies for dozens of experiments. Check out all that is included:
- 32-page lab notebook
- Safety goggles
- 3 beakers
- Stir Stick
- Citric Acid
- Sodium Bicarbonate
- Colored Dyes
- Colored Tablets
- Chalk Cloth
- Collectible Chemistry Pin
- THINK LIKE A GIRL pencil
- Colored Pencils & Pencil Sharpener
Yellow Scope Review
One of the first things I noticed was that the kit was easy for kids to follow. It clearly explains each experiment as well as all of the lab equipment that’s included. It also has lab rules and gives some basic chemistry information.
The language is easy for kids to understand and doesn’t get too technical. As a parent, I appreciated all of these things because sometimes when the language gets too technical, kids get lost and disinterested. If experiments aren’t explained properly, kids tend to get frustrated which will make them turn away.
My girls started with experiment one in the “Reaction Time” section of the notebook. This asks the question: Does a chemical reaction happen when you mix citric acid and sodium bicarbonate in water? They followed the directions and were able to do everything themselves while I supervised.
The result of this chemical reaction was a blue fizzing that lasted for a while. Of course, they thought this was cool (I did too!). The booklet explains why the solution started fizzing so kids can learn the science behind what they just did. (And, I’ll admit, I even learned something too!)
Next, they flipped through the book to the “Ready. Set. Fizz.” section. This was another experiment that was easy to follow with some interesting results. This one called for three beakers filled with water at three different temperatures. The girls took the temperature of all three beakers before dropping a reaction tablet in each one. The next step was to use the timer to see the reaction time of all three beakers in the different temperatures.
After they saw the results, they wrote down the reaction time on the chalkboard and then recorded their data in the book so they could chart what they learned. Their results matched up to the fact that the chemical reaction took the longest in the cold water. Being able to observe the reaction time and then plot it down really allowed them to grasp the concept of what they just did rather than simply move on to the next thing.
The Verdict on Yellow Scope
The Yellow Scope science kits check all of the boxes to get girls engaged in science. They’re easy to do, interesting, and fun. The best part about this kit was that my girls were truly engaged. They still have several more experiments to try out, which they’re looking forward to doing. Hopefully, they’ll let me try some out myself!
If you’re looking for something scientific and fun for a young girl in your life, you’ll want to check out what Yellow Scope has to offer. You won’t be disappointed.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The images of children in this post were provided by Yellow Scope and are not images of the author’s children. Yellow Scope supplied a free science kit to the writer, but this did not influence her or her children’s review.