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Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power & How We Get It

Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power & How We Get It

by Kathleen M. Reilly
     
 

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Energy is a valuable resource that comes in many different forms. This book will help kids learn about the history and science of the world’s sources of energy, from nonrenewable fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. Sidebars and fun trivia break up the text, making it easily accessible and

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Energy is a valuable resource that comes in many different forms. This book will help kids learn about the history and science of the world’s sources of energy, from nonrenewable fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. Sidebars and fun trivia break up the text, making it easily accessible and engaging, while hands-on projects encourage active learning. Activities range from constructing a battery to recreating an oil spill to explore how difficult cleanup can be.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Bursting with basic facts, fun trivia, informative sidebars and lots of hands-on projects, this introduction to the basics of energy is certain to engage budding scientists. Read the introduction to learn the basics and then skip to the chapters that pique your interest. Learn all about coal: how it was created, the different types, where it is found, how it is mined and a fun recipe for "coal candy." Or check out biomass: it comes from plants mostly but also animal waste. Each chapter has "Words to Know" (straightforward, easy-to-understand definitions of essential vocabulary), many sidebars with interesting bits of additional information (Legend has it that an ancient Greek scientist used the power of the sun in a battle with the Romans. He set their ships on fire by reflecting sunlight into a fine point onto their ships and created such heat that the ships caught on fire), the advantages and disadvantages of each energy source and instructions for many "make your own" projects. From the "Build It Yourself" series, this title is a great choice for kids (and their parents) as well as an excellent resource for elementary science teachers. Recommended. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
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Connect Magazine
Energy Investigations: Why We Need Power & How We Get It, by Kathleen M. Reilly, is a good collection of information and activities that introduce and compare both renewable and nonrenewable resources. Twenty-five projects are included for cre- ating a variety of models, simulations, and experiments to give readers hands-on experiences in energy and power generation. As is true of many of these resources, some explanations of manufacturing and risks may seem biased, so it would be good for a classroom study to include other sources of information to see how they compare. This book has many good ideas for activities that can be completed as a class, in small groups, or individually. Students in second through sixth grade would benefit most from this book,

2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winner.

School Librarian's Workshop
"Energy is a necessary resource that comes in many forms and is used in many different ways. This book defines and explains a dozen kinds of energy from electricity and petroleum to solar power and geothermal energy in a way that middle grade students will understands. It includes illustrations, sidebars and 25 projects to help them comprehend the text plus an interesting chapter on “The Future of Energy” and how students can perform a home energy audit."

CLEAR REVIEW
"Giving kids a hands-on opportunity to see energy in action, these 25 projects are an exciting introduction to the ways this hot topic affects both world politics and everyday lives. The tough topics of energy shortages are covered with enthusiasm in a lively discussion so kids can make educated, positive changes for their future."

National Science Teachers Association—"Why We need power and how we get it are the topics addressed by this wonderfully informative book for middle school children; it teaches them about the sources of the energy used in everyday life. In this day and age, our students need to be educated on which resources are renewable and nonrenewable and why it is important that all resources be utilized."

Old Schoolhouse Magazine
"Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It is a wonderful book for a science-loving kid. It's recommended for ages 9-12, but my 7 and 8-year-old sons enjoyed it as much as my 10-year-old son. This is one of those wonderful books that you can leave strategically placed for your child to pick up, and the next thing you know they're coming to you asking for supplies to do the activities. They're learning and don't even know it! ....I learned a lot about energy from reading this book, and so did my sons. I would absolutely recommend Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It."

Dan Kammen Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley Founding Directror, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory
"This book is great fun, with energy education and visualization projects that will inspire middle-school to high school students and adults alike. It is high-time that someone captured the excitement and importance of energy, and Kathleen Reilly has done a clear and engaging job, and one that I can see capturing attention in schools, science camps, and in homes across the country."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934670347
Publisher:
Nomad Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Build It Yourself Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
538,942
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.

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