KidSource Science Experiments

“A welcome change from run-of-the-mill science fair books”

Basic science and advanced science experiments tested with the help of Maryland middle school students. Each chapter addresses a different discipline of science. Also included are interviews with scientists in the field. (Lowell House Juvenile, 2000)

Kid Source Science Experiments

From The Critics

A welcome change from run-of-the-mill science fair books, Ms. Hansen’s experiments make the activities practical by tying them into a child’s everyday world (weather, garden, pollution levels, body, etc.). There’s a cabbage leaf juice pH experiment, for example, that goes beyond testing milk or vinegar for acidity to suggest testing rainwater to determine the presence of acid rain. The book starts with an excellent section on why to do investigations, safety tips, and the basics of how to design and carry out an experiment. Interspersed throughout the experiments are a variety of interesting quotations from famous scientists and short vignettes about historical experiments: Alexander Fleming and the mold that made penicillin, the study of neutrinos, the experiments with plants on the Mir space station, etc. Each experiment has clear directions, a list of materials, an explanation of how and why it should work, and methods for further study. The book includes a table of contents, a glossary, a detailed index, a section on further research. Part of the “Kidsource” series. 2000, Lowell House, $9.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: J. Cook SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8

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How can you measure something you can’t see? Why do plants grow down with their stems up? Is the air in your neighborhood polluted? This book contains more than thirty experiments and short science tests related to biology, geology, meteorology, ecology, chemistry, physics and electromagnetics. The scientific method for investigation is well-explained and the author emphasizes safety throughout. She describes methods to collect and manage data and relates many experiments to important past discoveries, such as Fleming’s discovery of penicillin mold. Experiments begin with simple ways to study the world around us and advance to controlled tests, such as understanding acid and bases, polymers and how electricity is made. The illustrations are informative and comical and sidebars provide historical facts as well as clever tips. Contains a glossary, index and handy reference lists, including Internet sites. The book should stimulate enthusiasm for science and be a useful resource for parents. 2000, Lowell House/NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group, Ages 10 up, $9.95. Reviewer: Elaine Wick—Children’s Literature

Children’s Literature

Learning about different branches of science will be fun with this fascinating collection of easy-to-do science experiments. This resource introduces middle school students to different aspects of biology, geology, meteorology, ecology, chemistry, physics and electromagnetics. After discussing the scientific method, safety precautions, science equipment, data gathering tools, and ideas for designing experiments, the author provides dozens of interesting scientific experiments such as growing seedlings, sifting through layers of earth, making a rain gauge, testing levels of acidity, growing crystals, and building a galvanometer. Each experiment includes background information, a list of materials, step-by-step instructions, a discussion about results, and project extension ideas. This activity book also contains useful tips, intriguing facts, cute illustrations, resource lists, suggested Internet sites and a glossary. Young scientists will enjoy rolling up their sleeves and using these challenging activities to explore the world around them. 2000, Lowell House/NTC Contemporary Publishing Group, Ages 9 to 12, $9.95. Reviewer: Debra Briatico

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