Bug Science

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It might be creepy, but entomology is one cool branch of science for kids! Bug Science is a funny, educational book filled with cool workshops that are ideal for science fairs. Sometimes it’s all about the bugs, like an experiment to reroute ants. Sometimes it’s about how we interact with bugs, like the workshop on spider phobias. You can even turn your friends into bug bait to see who has the sweetest skin.

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Overview

It might be creepy, but entomology is one cool branch of science for kids! Bug Science is a funny, educational book filled with cool workshops that are ideal for science fairs. Sometimes it’s all about the bugs, like an experiment to reroute ants. Sometimes it’s about how we interact with bugs, like the workshop on spider phobias. You can even turn your friends into bug bait to see who has the sweetest skin.

Bug Science is peppered with sidebars from entomologists and is sure to inspire a new appreciation for the buggy world we live in.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Marilyn Brien
These two choices from the Science Fair series are quite similar in format yet very different in theme. The books each contain twenty workshops that can be used as science fair projects. Each investigation is a scientific inquiry that answers a basic question. The workshops in Crime Scene Science focus on forensics. They include observing footprints, examining fingerprints, mapping crime scenes, and analyzing blood splatters. Bug Science is a collection of workshops that focus on some type of bug. Projects include training a cricket to recognize smells, building a catapult to study a jumping insect, comparing the eating habits of different bugs, and determining the reproduction rate of compost worms. Instructions include the required materials and procedures, time involved, and suggestions for additional resources. Adult direction may be required. In spite of the subtitles, I think they are also excellent resources for science teachers who are looking for activities that promote the development of a variety of skills and concepts utilizing cooperative learning groups. The activities are particularly valuable for upper elementary and middle school youth. These inexpensive resources are valuable for students and teachers as classroom activities or individual enrichment activities. Reviewer: Marilyn Brien
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
This book is part of the "Science Fair Winners" series, and is designed for students who are interested in participating in school science fairs. The book consists of twenty "workshops," each having to do with some aspect of the lives of arthropods. Each workshop focuses on a project that is tied to a specific scientific concept and a practical, real-world application of that concept. The workshop includes essential information on the time, knowledge, resources required for successful completion, and also lets students know if adult supervision or participation is needed. A step-by-step "how-to" is provided, written in clear, readable text that will engage students and guide them through the process. There are eye-catching illustrations, as well as quotes from various experts on the importance of the scientific concept being explored. The workshops concern such topics as flies, microscopic bugs, spiders, butterflies, fleas, compost worms, and many others. Any student with an interest in biology or zoology, and an interest in participating in science fairs, will find this a useful and enlightening book. Even students who are not participating in science fairs will probably enjoy reading and doing the experiments for their own enjoyment. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426305191
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Series: Science Fair Winners Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Romano Young is very much a renaissance woman with interests as broad as the seven seas and as deep as the deepest trench in the deepest ocean, with a particular interest in anything oceanic. She is an author of many celebrated books for young readers, both fiction and nonfiction, some of which she also illustrated. Her interest in science experiments are an outgrowth of many successive years of science fair projects with her children. Karen and her family live in Connecticut.
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