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How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects [Paperback]

by Stephen Voltz, Fritz Grobe
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Book Description

November 5, 2013 1452109524 978-1452109527
From the Coke and Mentos fountain makers who found initial fame via Maker Faire and YouTube (more than 150 million views!) comes this collection of DIY science projects guaranteed to inspire a love of experimentation. Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz, also known as EepyBird, share their favorite projects: a giant air vortex cannon, a leaf blower hovercraft, a paper airplane that will fly forever, and many more. Each experiment features instructions that will take users from amateur to showman level—there's something here for all skill levels—alongside illustrations, photographs, and carefully explained science. How to Build a Hovercraft is guaranteed to engage curious minds and create brag-worthy results!

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"Want to create big, splashy projects mostly using household items? This fun book contains detailed step-by-step instructions, well-thought-out scientific explanations, and sensible safety precautions."
-Natural History magazine

About the Author

Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz are the mad scientists behind EepyBird. Best known as "the Coke and Mentos guys," their viral videos have been seen over 150 million times. They experiment with soda and candy, sticky notes, paper airplanes, shampoo, plywood, and more, searching for ways to transform these everyday objects into something new and unforgettable. They are based in Buckfield, Maine.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452109524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452109527
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Brings the Awesome, Then Explains It November 19, 2013
By jdowd
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In the past, I have found that many science-project books for kids tend to focus first on the hard science and less on what excites most kids (and parents) about this stuff in the first place which is: OHMIGOD WE MADE A HOVERCRAFT AWESOME!!!! I'm psyched to talk about the science after the cool thing happens and explain why it happened, but the first job of any book like this is to bring the awesome and get folks excited. I don’t know why so many authors don’t seem to get this.

In this book, the AWESOME leads. We had the book for all of fifteen minutes and we were already showing Grandma how to implode soda cans on the stove with a bowl of ice (Grandma is always down for some awesome, bless her). A week later and we are about six projects in, with plans for knocking off a few more over the weekend. We have already built a simple electric motor using copper wire and fridge magnets, a paper airplane launcher, a few optical illusions and the big one, this past Saturday- the hovercraft.

Building this hovercraft took literally only an hour. It used materials most people have ready at-hand: a chunk of plywood, some plastic, some pipe insulation (we had to borrow the leaf-blower from my neighbor) and a lawn chair. I paid exactly zero dollars to build this hovercraft (but I am now out of duct tape). We were off hovercrafting before anyone got bored or something else came up in the busy weekend schedule of soccer games, chores and other obligations. The neighbor kids came by to ride on it. We all brainstormed about ways to make it better and things to add (handles for carrying it back up the slight hill we were sliding down, a second leaf blower for more power…missiles).

So the book really delivers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hands on science, buy it November 10, 2013
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Lots of cool experiments with the science behind them. All the activities can be found on youtube, but it is nice to have it in a solid book with neat writeups. Would be awesome for anyone who love science and building things. Ages 8+!
I teach high school technology and bought it for the class.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my grandson March 1, 2014
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I bought it for my grandson and of course he said he liked it although he hadn't used it yet. I bought it after reading a review in the Orlando Sentinel and thought it would be great for him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching tool February 21, 2014
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My class loved reading and attempting some of the experiments in the book. Perhaps it will one day inspire them to become chemists, physicists, or engineers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These guys are a new kinda fun. December 18, 2013
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Coming from Maine I have an extra soft spot in my heart for Stephen and Fritz, but bottom line - they deliver on their promise to 'make science fun'. But more than that, I think they speak to all those brilliant young people who struggle in the structure of today's public education. These experiments are simply inspiring and the addition of the science behind them is what makes this book work.So buy the book, lay in a supply of sticky notes, printer paper, never throw away a 5 gal. pail...and of course coke and mentos, and stimulate that amazing mind you may also have laying around the house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Projects for kids and adults December 15, 2013
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I bought this book after watching a neighbor wow the kids with the hovercraft. I plan to give it to my granddaughter (and her parents) There are projects on many levels, requiring a variety of materials. It's a cool book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun March 6, 2014
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Wonderful recipes for science experiments that are also great fun. I'd recommend it for junior high and up.

Each section gives a list of required materials, many of which you may already have, a warning about possible hazards (and some of these experiments are dangerous), an explanation of the science involved, and a step-by-step, illustrated guide. The authors seem to be having a great time in the photos. I'm sure the readers will too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and useful for planning March 2, 2014
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Great ideas and good directions make this a perfect choice for implementing STEM with our group. Very glad I purchased.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars playing with science experiments
This is a good book for young scientist who like to experiment with different gadgets or, performing a show to amaze an audience.
Published 2 months ago by Carlton R. Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the kids
So far this book has been a real big hit with my sons of 13. We have done a couple of the small projects that were really cool. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Nagle
4.0 out of 5 stars for 6-8 kids
Excellent to promote the enthusiasm in science for a 6-8 kid. Even better if you are the grandfather/granduncle expending a vacation with them! Lots of fun.
Published 3 months ago by Gabriel Farkas
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivery and Quality
It was delivered on time and a great book for anyone looking to have fun. However, kids do require adult supervision to do the experiments.
Published 3 months ago by Raunak
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my nephew
I bought this book for my 15 year nephew and he couldn't put it down! He's really excited to try some of the experiments!
Published 3 months ago by HC
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Great fun for family while they learn!
Wish it was Hard Cover as it will be around a long time
Published 3 months ago by Donald Simoneau
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative learning with fun projects
I purchased 3 copies for our grandsons' Christmas gifts aged 6 -14 . The were absolutely a hit for all. They are already planning their first project.
Published 3 months ago by sbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for Family
Great book for a family gathering and men who need to entertain children! Just get all the ingredients and equipment they need first. Don't warn them too much.
Published 3 months ago by kathleen f bartley
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