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Electric Mischief: Battery-Powered Gadgets Kids Can Build (Kids Can Do It) Paperback – August 1, 2002

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Grade 4-8-Step-by-step instructions for 10 projects are clearly explained and easy to follow; colorful illustrations aid understanding. Materials required, such as 1.5 volt batteries, wire, motors, and lightbulbs, are listed with each activity and are readily available at hardware stores. Projects include making battery connections and switches, and then building gadgets such as electric dice, a noisemaker, a back scratcher, and a bumper car. The skills developed lead up to the final project, a robotic hand. Similar in format to Bartholomew's Electric Gadgets and Gizmos (Kids Can, 1998), this new title will be useful for science projects. Dimensions are given in both metric units as well as inches.
Marion F. Gallivan, Gannon University, Erie, PA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

Include this imaginative book in your collection as a simple guide for students interested in fun with building and batteries. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Kids Can Do It
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550749250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550749250
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erica-tifany Thoma on October 30, 2009
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I'm a homeschool mom and so I'm always looking for activities for the kids. This series it good. Simple enough for kids, but has plenty to do for a day of activities.

Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By drmom2 on May 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book sounds good in theory. It looks like it has enough details & illustrations for kids (and their parents!) to follow. But our biggest problem was finding the supplies OR finding them at a reasonable price. The gadgets, once built, were often very cumbersome or rather stupid. (A light up fork?) And from the start my son was disappointed because it had little to do with MISCHIEF, which was why he got the book in the first place!
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By K. Burns on May 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
So frustrating and disappointing! The instructions did not deliver on the promising title and ideas. Who tested these experiments? Instructions included stripping 1" of wire, and then wrapping that 1" around the end of a clothespin, with the illustration showing it going around multiple times. It just can't be done! Another instruction is to strip one end of a wire, attach it to a motor, AND THEN strip the other end. Of course both ends should be stripped first, to avoid damaging any connections. After following the instructions, and then reworking, we eventually gave up and had to pick another project with just days to go before the Science Fair. A huge disappointment, and waste of materials and time.
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