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Science Rocks! Hardcover – January 17, 2011
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About the Author
Dr. Mike Goldsmith is a research scientist and science writer. He has written over fifty science books for children and has twice been shortlisted for the Junior Aventis Science Prize.
Top Customer Reviews
A) Explain science principles without offering kids a way to really, simply see it themselves and then it's nothing but boring "book learning", or
B) Are full of experiments that require expensive or unusual ingredients or equipment. That might be suitable for science fair projects that you're planning to devote money and energy to, but not if you just want kids to have some science fun around the house.
This book covers a wide variety of topics, gives brief, simple, colorful explanations, and most important, simple and easy projects to do at home. And except for a couple of items, virtually everything uses things you can get from a local store, like mentos, cornstarch, food coloring, vegetable oil, paper clips, stiff paper, batteries, a flower, gelatin, rubbing alcohol, etc. (The rubbing alcohol, if you can believe it, is for isolating DNA!)
The occasional less-likely item, like two sizes of magnifying glasses, aren't expensive to get, and are used as lenses in multiple experiments about light, so you aren't using them for just one experiment.
All in all, a great science book for kids. Great science fair ideas, but more importantly from my point of view, a lot of simple but impressive experiments for the casual home experimenter.
If adults explain all effects and structures of all experiments from this book, their kid will be very clever and proud.
I recommend it for NOT lazy children and adults!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the best books ever!! Great home science experiments to do with your kids or grandkids with things you find around the house. Lots of fun! Read morePublished 15 months ago by stephanie ash
7-year-old loves reading this through - a nice collection of several easy to do experiments.Published 17 months ago by Scmx
Outstanding book that has my 9yo boy SO excited about science experiments that work!Published 20 months ago by Busy mom
I bought this for a 10-year-old who loves science but doesn't like to read. It was the recommendation of another 10-year-old with the same inclinations. Read morePublished 22 months ago by A. Bell