Ace Your Science Project about the Senses: Great Science Fair Ideas

Ace Your Science Project about the Senses: Great Science Fair Ideas

by Robert Gardner, Thomas R. Rybolt, Leah M. Rybolt
     
 

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How do your eardrums work? Can odor molecules pass through a solid the same way they pass through air? How does your sense of smell affect how something tastes? Use the scientific method to answer these questions and more with the fun life science experiments in this book. Many experiments include ideas for a science fair project. See more details below

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How do your eardrums work? Can odor molecules pass through a solid the same way they pass through air? How does your sense of smell affect how something tastes? Use the scientific method to answer these questions and more with the fun life science experiments in this book. Many experiments include ideas for a science fair project.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
No one can accuse the authors of skipping on the details of the senses or concepts of science, whether it is discussing Gestalt psychology (perception experiment), the olfactory receptor neurons (distinguishing mixtures experiment), or Ernst Weber (cold-plus-pressure receptor sensitivity). Five experiments are offered under each of the sections of Vision, The Sense of Hearing, The Sense of Smell, The Sense of Taste and The Sense of Touch. Unfortunately, the language veers from sentences appropriate for a seven-year-old (i.e. "Maybe you think science is only a subject you learn in school. Science is much more than this") to detailed anatomic language on the eye (i.e. "The middle cat, or choroid, is a thin, dark membrane that lines the inner surface of the sclera"). The experiments start out with a fun concept, such as measuring the distance between your blind spot to the center of your retina, but sometimes give too much information about what to expect. While all of the experiments are far too wordy, students will enjoy the section on taste, as it uses every day items such as soda and candy to evaluate the taste sensations of sweet, salty, sour and bitter. While it would be helpful to have in a library for the advanced student looking for a science experiment, many students will become either lost or lose interest when reading most of the experiment ideas. This is part of the "Great Science Fair Ideas" series. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
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:
9780766032170
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Series:
Ace Your Biology Science Project Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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