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How to be a Scientist Hardcover – May 9, 2017
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"This mix of classic and unusual science anecdotes and experiments is just the thing for budding STEM/STEAM fans, including tips for learning how to think and act like a scientist with fun activities and simple scientific explanations of biology, anatomy, physics, astronomy, chemistry and more." — Minnesota Parent
About the Author
Steve Mould is a science expert and comedian with a physics degree from the University of Oxford. He has a YouTube channel with more than 175,000 subscribers, and his videos regularly achieve hits in the hundreds of thousands. One of these videos (about "self-siphoning beads") went viral worldwide, gaining nearly 2 million hits and being mentioned in The New York Times and on the BBC. Scientists later discovered why the beads performed in the mysterious way they did and dubbed it "The Mould Effect." Steve also hosts a radio show on BBC Radio 4 and is part of the live comedy/science trio Festival of the Spoken Nerd.
Steve's second book for kids, The Bacteria Book: The Big World of Really Tiny Microbes, will be out in May 2018.
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Kids bummed over a science book? This book earned itself a permanent spot on our bookshelves. We haven't done a ton of experiments, but we do pull it out every couple of weeks and try something. What I love about this book is that most of the experiments are easy to do with items we already have around the house. So many times we've wanted to do experiments we've seen in other books or online only to find that we didn't have all the ingredients or items needed. Then the excitement over the experiment waned, and I would never go buy the missing items. With this book most of the experiments use things around the house or that most people already have in their homes. It makes it super easy to go from idea to execution. This is easily THE BEST science experiment book we own.
I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.
The book is divided into six chapters: Natural World, Human Body, Chemistry, Earth, Physics and Space and within each chapter are profiles of great scientists (like Mary Anning who is regarded as the greatest fossil hunter of all time--what a great role model for a young girl), explanations of different aspects of that particular area of science (how color vision works, in the Human Body chapter), fun projects (a stellar spread on making paper airplanes and another on making bicycle wheels "sing in the Physics chapter), and just tons of fun things to make and try. There is no kid on Earth that has even the smallest amount of curiosity that won't love the book. I love it and I haven't been a kid for half a century, lol.
Also, like all DK books, this one is beautifully designed and illustrated and the photos/illustrations are the best you'll find. The text is concise enough that even kids that don't like to read will stick with it. Years ago I taught science at a science museum in Connecticut and the minute I talked too long about science, I could see the kids start to fade, but the instant that I turned on a blacklight and made soap powder glow in the dark, they went nuts. If your kids are bored this summer, this book will revive them. :)
By the way, this book isn't just for kids. I think adults will like it just as much and help them remember the stuff they learned a long, long time ago and probably forgot.
There are 6 sciences covered: Natural World, Human Body, Chemistry, Earth, Physics and Space. Each science has multiple topics, each with their own activity. The majority of the activities require only common, household items so can be done easily.
Like all DK books, every page is filled with bright, engaging pictures and illustrations. The font size is fairly large and there is plenty of white space so it isn't intimidating to young students. DK says this book is aimed at 7-9 year olds and I agree although older children will definitely enjoy the activities and experiments. I'm looking forward to exploring this with my 7 year old granddaughter who is already very interested in science.
The book is rated for ages 7 - 9 which I think is appropriate but I do think children even a couple years old would enjoy the book as well. My 10 and 11 love the book.
The book is laid out nicely with colorful 2-page spread for each topic.
There 6 chapters to the book:
I wish i'd had this a year ago, as my child's class required each kid to bring in easy-to-do experiments to share with the class. Instead of scrambling around all over the internet trying to find ones that were age-appropriate, easy to put together, and within his ability to run and explain, i could have just picked almost any page out of this book.