Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Noah Justice DVD's: Awesome Science episodes 4, 5, and 6
This is a review combining the 3 DVD's in the "Awesome Science with Noah Justice" series for episodes 4 (Explore Yosemite and Zion National Parks), episode 5 (Explore Mount St Helens), and episode 6 (Explore John Day Fossil Beds). I'm going to combine them all into one review because I have the same thoughts/feelings/reflections about all 3.
Let me say, I really enjoy science, geology, and I do believe Biblical creationism. My criticisms of this series are not with their content, but rather with the method of delivering the information. The geology of Mount St Helens and how that shows how rapidly forces can act and changes can be made is a topic which has always interested me. Perhaps for that reason I found that video to be my favorite of the 3. However -- I would not really recommend this series of videos.
Why? Well, for one thing, the delivery is so fast, the words are spoken at such a high level of intensity (??maybe someone told the child who is narrating to sound like he is excited? and then he goes a bit overboard with that suggestion??) that it feels kind of like someone is yelling at you, really fast. The words are spoken so fast that it's hard to take in/remember the information, and there's not much repetition of material--repetition is very helpful in any speech or presentation that you want people to remember what you're talking about! There is also that annoying little "awesome science" icon that pops up randomly at the lower right hand side of the screen, which definitely distracts attention.
My children also watched these with me. They are 8, 10, and 12 and are usually all interested in science-y movies, but all of them didn't care for these. They actually said, do we have to watch the others? (we watched them on different days)
So -- I do feel kind of bad giving a poor review to something that a child has done, but truthfully it's just not what I'd recommend.
I received a free copy of these dvd's and their accompanying study guides for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.
Posted by Sheila at 8:46 AM