Ace Your Human Biology Science Project: Great Science Fair Ideas

Ace Your Human Biology Science Project: Great Science Fair Ideas

by Robert Gardner, Barbara Gardner Conklin
     
 

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How do joints work? How do sense receptors work? What type of personality do you have? Answer these questions and more while learning about the scientific method with the fun life science experiments in this book. Many experiments include ideas you can use for your science fair project. See more details below

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How do joints work? How do sense receptors work? What type of personality do you have? Answer these questions and more while learning about the scientific method with the fun life science experiments in this book. Many experiments include ideas you can use for your science fair project.

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Ace Your Science Project" series by award-winning author Robert Gardner, this book offers a basic course in human anatomy with easy to perform projects. In the section that addresses the circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems, the authors ask the readers to listen to a heart, find a pulse, make a model of the lungs, and look at how starch is broken down. The projects are illustrated with clear, if not always inspired, drawings. Other chapters look at the skeleton, joints and muscles, nervous and endocrine systems, human genetics, personality, learning and memory. Many of the projects have science fair call outs, offering questions and suggestions to expand the project into a science fair-type experiment. While the projects are not difficult to set up and certainly not dangerous, the reader should be sure to check with his or her teacher before using one for a science fair, since many areas forbid any experiments on mammals, no matter how benign the project. Backmatter includes an appendix with conversion tables, lists of further reading, and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
VOYA - Heather Pittman
The books in this series follow a similar layout by opening with a general introduction about science and science fairs and explaining that the best science fair ideas are not taken directly from a book but are original. A brief explanation of the scientific method is given along with hints for choosing a project and safety guidelines. Each chapter contains an overview of the science behind the topic at hand. The basic scientific facts involved in each experiment are explained, but the reader is encouraged to adapt and expand the experiments, creating an original project. Additional books and Web sites are offered to help students go beyond the steps described in the book. Ace Your Human Biology Science Project starts with a brief discussion of the human body before launching into the first of six project ideas within that area. Other chapters discuss the various body systems along with human genetics and experiment ideas for measuring things like personality and memory. The projects are explained in full detail, with a list of materials needed as well as relevant safety precautions. This series is well organized and precise. The scientific explanations are thorough while still being concise. The directions for each experiment are clear and easy to follow. The strength of this series, however, is perhaps also its weakness. The books explain the fundamentals to readers and then encourage them to discover more. For advanced, self-directed students likely to seek answers themselves, these books are perfect. They offer enough information and direction to get students started on what will ultimately be an original project. By encouraging students to use more than one resource, this seriesenables the development and growth of fundamental research skills. Less-advanced students without the initiative to do their own research might prefer something simpler. Other topics covered in this series include animal science, chemistry magic and toys, space, ecology and envirnoment, forces and motion, food, weather, plant, math and measuring, exercise and nutrition, and physical science. This strong series would be an excellent addition to any library, particularly at schools with a heavy focus on science. Reviewer: Heather Pittman
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8–These three series offer a wealth of information and differ only in the topics they include. All begin with an introduction that discusses science-fair projects and the scientific method and lists safety tips. The texts consist of five chapters of themed experiments–for example, some of those in Animal Science Project are “Clever Lab and Field Studies” and “Studying Human Behavior.” The chapters introduce the concepts and the experiments that follow demonstrate them. Many entries conclude with ideas for science-fair projects; as in the publisher’s “Score! Sports Science Projects” series, they are indicated by a trophy symbol. Each experiment includes a materials list, steps to follow, questions to consider, and diagrams that clarify the directions. When something potentially dangerous is involved, an adult is listed as the first material in the list and a reminder is included in the experiment. Worthwhile purchases.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766032194
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Series:
Ace Your Biology Science Project Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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