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The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists: The Coolest Experiments and Projects for Science Fairs and Family Fun [Paperback]

by Ken Denmead
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

November 1, 2011 1592406882 978-1592406883
Fans of the New York Times bestselling Geek Dad and The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun will flock to the 3.0 version, The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists. As Ken Denmead explains, most kids lack an understanding of science and an awareness of how it influences our everyday lives. What kids today need is a fun way to learn scientific concepts. This book will help scientists-in-the- making discover how our world works with creative project ideas, including how to: Grow crystals to power your Stargate and set your room aglow Extract your own DNA and decode your genes Build a MacGyver radio from nothing but cast-off electrical and office supplies Chock-full of instructional illustrations throughout, The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists puts the fun back in science.

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Editorial Reviews

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"If there's a series of books I would recommend as a must-have for all dads, it would have to be the Geek Dad books. They're creative and fun while being really educational at the same time." - Chris Singer, BookDads.com

"The real joy of this book comes from working and learning as a family and sharing your observations and enthusiasm. I have barely scratched the surface of what this book has to offer and look forward to completing the more complex projects with my little geeks." - FatherGeek.com

"Whether you're looking to inspire a love of science in your young child,or to encourage an older child to hold on to their curiosity about how things work,this book is sure to give you ideas galore and hours of fun and educational entertainment." - Nicole Wakelin, GeekMom.com

About the Author

Ken Denmead is the publisher and editor-at-large of GeekDad.com. A professional civil engineer, he lives near San Francisco with his wife and their two sons, who are both geeks in training.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406883
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ken is a husband and father from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as a civil engineer. He's also the publisher of GeekDad, a parenting blog where along with a group of other dedicated, geeky parents he posts projects, book and movie reviews, weekly podcasts, and more about being a parent and being a geek.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book by a better Dad than I September 5, 2012
By joemacd
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This is generally a pretty good book. Lots of cool and fun ideas.

However, a fair number of these projects require far more patience and time than my kids would put up with. Or me.

If you have bright kids with good listening skills and lots of patience, this is the book for you.

If you have kids that tend to get bored when things are not moving fast enough to keep them interested, like I do, you might want to stick to old fashioned sports.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Muahahaha - Mad Scientist Bible January 22, 2013
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I went to school for the hard sciences, so when I saw this, I had to have it.

I'm used to cold boring instructions from college text books and lab exercise manuals, which we were somehow able to decipher to do our course work, but this book is an easy and fun read. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, and the degree of complexity of the projects is clearly labeled.

You don't have to be a science geek to do these projects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift June 22, 2012
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I purchased this for my hubby to do cool stuff with our kids. He will wait a bit till they get older. But he loves it and is super excited to do some of the stuff himself as well. Great gift for a dad!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all geek to me July 21, 2013
By dadlee
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problem: computer-progammer pro seeks fun times with five-year-old daughter. oops -- kids don't run on "0" and "1" series! you catch that spark in a different way. dads will invent and five-year-olds will reinterpret happier with ken denmead's delightful ideas book that goes many steps beyond finding out how many buckets of water + how much mud = the amount of mud that makes mom self-propel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great January 25, 2013
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My son chose this along with some others for his father for christmas, great ideas for experiments and they'll be able to use this a ton
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Dad's who REALLY love to invest in their Children.... December 28, 2012
By Blonda
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For Dad's who REALLY love to invest in their Children....
Great choice for Christmas - my son and sons-in-law really were happy with the set of these "Geek Dads" books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Huge Hit December 13, 2012
By Talor
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This book was a gift to a truly "geek dad" who loved it. Now, let the experiments begin. His 6 year old son is also very excited about the prospect of becoming a "mad scientist" so, needless to say, the book was a huge hit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Geek Dad Son December 8, 2012
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My son has 6 children under 8 years old and is kind of a geek guy himself. I bought 3 of the Geek Dad books and they are perfect for him to interact with the kids with projects, etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The answer to you kids next science fair project
Schools aren't really teaching what I'd call science, at least where I live. After a few years of trying to follow the schools guidance on projects I thankfully found Ken's series... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Justin Ryan
3.0 out of 5 stars good book
decent book. has afew good ideas. too much talking and not enough action. still better than i can write though.
Published 14 days ago by Damon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Christmas Gift!
My husband is happy to have this and started planning his summer projects now. Good way for the kids to bond with dad.
Published 1 month ago by Thinner Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Fun
Our family enjoys doing some of the projects in this book. Its been super fun planning family nights around the projects in this book.
Published 2 months ago by Ashley Baechle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with Science
The book is filled with science I can enjoy with my son! It will be nice spending quality time with him.
Published 2 months ago by Robert J. Chambers
4.0 out of 5 stars fun stuff for geek moms and kids too
I have the series, they have given me loads of inspiration! Just remember to try and pick experiments that the kids can do their share (not get bored and head back to the Xbox... Read more
Published 9 months ago by BrianandWyattsmom
5.0 out of 5 stars My Son Loved it
Gave this to my 41 year old son for his birthday. He plans to use it with his 3 kids...6, 4, and 2.
Joan N from Illinois
Published 14 months ago by Joan C. Nasiatka
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