Exploratopia: More than 400 kid-friendly experiments and explorations for curious minds

Overview

From physics to forensics, from the largest clouds to the tiniest ants, from Issac Newton to elephant dung, "Exploratopia" overflows with things readers can explore using the simplest, everyday items, such as eggs, paper clips, soda bottles, vinegar, and plastic cups. Kids will love these innovative activities and will have fun learning all at the same time.

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Overview

From physics to forensics, from the largest clouds to the tiniest ants, from Issac Newton to elephant dung, "Exploratopia" overflows with things readers can explore using the simplest, everyday items, such as eggs, paper clips, soda bottles, vinegar, and plastic cups. Kids will love these innovative activities and will have fun learning all at the same time.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The paper-over-board Exploratopia by Pat Murphy et al. begins with a close study of a few human body parts (eyes, ears, nose, hands, brain) then invites readers to venture into the backyard, to the beach and more. Along the way, the authors suggest taste tests, ways to improve memory, how to measure waves and other activities. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal

Gr 3–6
Practiced young experimenters ready to strike out on their own will find enticing science demonstrations on nearly every page of this inviting collection. Each of the 21 sections contains a half dozen or more entries that feature easily gathered ingredients, clear directions, and color photos or diagrams that are not only informative but often arresting as well. Areas of inquiry range from explorations of one's own ears to bathroom studies of surface tension and bubbles, from creating a mummy (in this case a hot dog, dubbed "King Oscar" in the directions) to making a rocket launched by "100 percent stomp power." Murphy and company also include many experiments specifically designed to sharpen observation, logic, and measurement skills, along with other intangible, but essential, "Tools for Exploration." A closing section of hints and shortcuts, plus a useful directory of links on an associated Web site, rounds out an above-average addition to science-project shelves.
—John PetersCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316612814
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/4/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

The Exploratorium, founded by noted physicist and educator Dr. Frank Oppenheimer in 1969, is an internationally renowned, interactive museum that sees more than 600,000 visitors every year. It was the first museum to encourage visitors to experiment for themselves, and it houses more than 650 hands-on exhibits within San Francisco's historic Palace of Fine Arts.

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