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How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects Paperback – November 5, 2013
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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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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. And at the end of every project is a QR code you can scan with your smart phone to go to videos of the project- I usually hate QR codes as they usually link to distracting junk, but in this case they added actual value to printed the content.
I highly recommend this book for people looking to do quick, easy, but high-impact projects that demonstrate a particular principle using stuff you'll find either at home or a standard hardware store for short money. It's for anyone looking to connect with science-awesome.
I teach high school technology and bought it for the class.
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.
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.
Really a great learning experience for you and your kids!