The Awesome Science DVD series is produced by a homeschool family, and it’s actually a high quality production since the dad, Kyle Justice, is an experienced videographer/producer (National Geographic, Outdoor Channel, ESPN).
Episode 1, Explore the Grand Canyon, takes viewers on an adventure to the Grand Canyon, as 14-year-old Noah Justice explains the science behind the canyon’s formation from a Christian perspective.
I have to admit, I was skeptical about this series at first even though I’m a Christian homeschooling parent. Our family lives in Arizona, so we’ve been to the Grand Canyon many times and have studied it in depth. What could a kid who doesn’t even live in Arizona possibly have to tell us that we didn’t already know? And what kind of authority could a young teenager have that would make us want to listen to him as a tour guide?
Well, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Explore the Grand Canyon with Noah Justice caught my attention from the very beginning and kept me interested right up until the very end! The program was obviously carefully researched and scripted. Noah does a great job as the narrator, and it really does sound like he knows what he’s talking about. My 12- and 17-year-old sons liked it too, and could easily relate to the teen host. When it was over, 12-year-old Joshua exclaimed, “That Grand Canyon movie was cool!”
If you like Dave Stotts’ Drive Thru History series, you will like Noah Justice’s Awesome Science series, because they both have the same fast-paced style. It’s amazing how much information they manage to fit into a 30-minute episode. It’s like going on a virtual educational field trip complete with video footage, photos, maps and graphics – not to mention spectacular scenery! We have lots of videos and books about the Grand Canyon, but Explore the Grand Canyon is my new favorite resource.
Explore the Grand Canyon convincingly covers the formation of the Grand Canyon from a young earth creation perspective. For those who aren’t already familiar with the geology of the Grand Canyon, this program will be eye-opening and fascinating to watch; and for those who already have some background in this subject, it provides a thorough overview that is sure to include a few facts which you didn’t know or had forgotten.
The science in this DVD is accurate and up-to-date. The Grand Canyon visitor center still stubbornly showcases the “millions of years” theory; however, modern secular scientists are re-examining the evidence and finally coming to similar conclusions as creation scientists. In fact, the lake overflow theory shown in Explore the Grand Canyon is basically the same as what my oldest son recently learned in a physical geography class at the local community college.
Explore the Grand Canyon can be enjoyed as is, or used with its companion study guide (available separately) to turn it into a complete unit study. If you’re planning a trip to Grand Canyon National Park, be sure to buy the DVD ahead of time as preparation for your visit. The whole family will learn a lot from it, and when you get there you will have a better understanding of what you’re looking at.
This study guide/workbook is meant to accompany the DVD titled Awesome Science: Explore the Grand Canyon that is sold separately. It’s a handy little 5×8″ booklet with 32 pages (not 24 pages as Amazon says). The study guide serves as an outline of the program, and is also packed full of useful enrichment material. Included are vocabulary words, key concepts, fill-in-the-blanks, true/false questions, discussion questions, further explanations, and bonus activities. It will enable you to extend the DVD into a complete unit study to learn how the Grand Canyon was formed from a young earth creationist viewpoint.
About the Grand Canyon
Evidence: Colorado River Plausibility Questions
The Biblical Record
Looking at Evidence: The Canyon Wall
Examples at Mount St. Helens
Examples at Glenn Canyon and Cavitation
Example of Mars
You may need to watch the DVD a few times to get all of the answers, since the program covers so much information very quickly. But this study guide will help you to reinforce and remember all of that knowledge. It can be teacher-led or used in independent study. It’s perfect for older kids/teens studying geology or physical geography.
Taking a road trip to the Grand Canyon this summer? If you have a DVD player in your vehicle, the kids can pass the time by watching the DVD and doing the activities in the study guide on the way. Then they’ll have all the knowledge they need to refute the “millions of years” theory that they’ll be told when they get there.
Just so you know, the DVD can be enjoyed without the study guide, but the study guide can’t really be used without the DVD. Too bad the study guide isn’t actually included with the DVD (they’re about the same size), but it’s reasonably priced and probably worth purchasing if you want to get the most educational value out of the DVD.