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Some not-so-easy-to-find parts required
on June 23, 2014
First, I really do like this series. This is the third I've read, and though you could start here, you might as well start with number 1. They are funny, smart, and easy to read. While the eccentric scientist uncle may be an offensive stereotype to some, the fact that Nick and Tesla are so very cool more than makes up for it. I don't know how any kid could make it through the projects and activities of this book and NOT think science is really neat.
My one objection is that some of the projects require very specialized equipment. This is not stuff you're likely to have just lying around. A bicycle bell? A 1.5-3 volt motor? How about a length of fish aquarium tubing? I'm not saying it's impossible to find these things, but you can't just hand this book to a child and expect that at the end of it she will have not only read it but completed all kinds of neat projects as well. You are going to have to do some scavenging and shopping for supplies, and probably need to be around to help with several the projects as well. Most children who are capable of doing all these projects alone would not be interested in the story, and vice versa: kids who are the target audience for the story are going to be too young to do all this projects alone.
Still, if you're willing to support your child through this book, it's just a really neat series sure to engage young engineers.