Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power & How We Get It [NOOK Book]

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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. Packed with information about what energy really is, where it comes from, and its alternative sources, the projects range from a steam-powered boat and a solar-powered water heater to an electric burglar alarm and a geothermal geyser. The tough topics of energy shortages are covered with enthusiasm in a lively discussion so kids can ...

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

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Overview


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. Packed with information about what energy really is, where it comes from, and its alternative sources, the projects range from a steam-powered boat and a solar-powered water heater to an electric burglar alarm and a geothermal geyser. The tough topics of energy shortages are covered with enthusiasm in a lively discussion so kids can make educated, positive changes for their future.

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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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936749317
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Build It Yourself Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 513,484
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author


Kathleen M. Reilly is a frequent contributor to Family Circle, National Geographic Kids, and Parents and the author of The Human Body: 25 Projects Illuminated How the Body Works and Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build. She lives in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. Mary Takacs-Moore works in the graphics department for a leading swimsuit manufacturer. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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