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How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects Paperback – November 5, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1452109527 ISBN-10: 1452109524

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • 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 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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This book offers some great bonding experiences with the kids!
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Great ideas and good directions make this a perfect choice for implementing STEM with our group.
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I bought this book for my 15 year nephew and he couldn't put it down!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jdowd on November 19, 2013
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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 By max corbett on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lyuodsnukis on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Bromley on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christy Park on 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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By Ken C. on July 8, 2014
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This book offers some great bonding experiences with the kids! Everyone needs to make a Mentos soda geyser at least once in their lifetime.
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By rwhisner1 on June 14, 2014
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This book has a bunch of fun science projects you can do with your children. All the projects use easily gathered
materials to complete. The materials are items readily found in your home. For the science brained adults and kids all the projects have explanations of how/why the work.
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By K. Rollins on 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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